Haunted Hollow

Looking for a change of pace in the haunt world. Here is your chance to take part in a haunted yard like you have never seen before. This is a very large rural yard filled with creepy settings and spooky sounds. We invite all ages to take part in our event. Everything is viewed from the comfort of your car even though you may be on the edge of your seat or on the floor at times. See you there if you dare! Located 3 miles east of Waupaca on Highway 22/54 then north on Maple Grove Road our event runs October 11th to October 31st. We will be open from Sunday – Thursday 7-9:30; Friday. Saturday 7-11:30. If you do not wish to be scared, please use your flashers. We will be accepting non-perishable food items for the Waupaca Food Pantry. www.hauntedhollow-home.com

Sunday-Thursday 7:00-9:00 pm
Friday and Saturday 7:00-11:00 pm

N3762 Maple Grove Rd.
Weyauwega WI 54983

Autumn Harvest Fest

Celebrate fall with this interactive family festival complete with food, music, art demos, arts/crafts exhibitors and activities for children. Enjoy a trip to the pumpkin patch and fall color boat tours on the Chain O’ Lakes.

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Questions call Arian 715-412-1423 or email arian939@gmail.com.

Located on County QQ, Waupaca WI.

Download an Artist Application for vendor space.

Lost Arts – Taste of Norway

The Iola Historical Society, Iola-Scandinavia Chamber Of Commerce, and Northland Lutheran Church are serving up some tasty and artistic treats on Saturday, October 5, at the Iola Historical Society’s historic village at 210 Depot Street, just off Main Street. The events are free, although donations for the Historical Society are appreciated, start at 9:00 a.m. and run until 3:00 p.m.

Lost Arts Fest is also being featured by the Historical Society, with talented local artisans demonstrating skills such as blacksmithing, rosemaling, rug weaving, hand quilting, post-and-beam construction, and basket weaving, among other “lost” arts. Some items from the artisans will be available for purchase.

Taste Of Norway, also sponsored by the Iola Historical Society, will feature locally made Norwegian treats, such as rosettes, krumkake, lefse and more, with free samples and items for sale individually or by the dozen. Coffee will also be available.

Following up on the Taste Of Norway theme, the Northland Church Ladies are hosting a Norwegian cooking demonstration of traditional Norwegian pastries and lefse.

All of the buildings in the Historical Society’s village will also be available for touring, except the original Iola & Northern Railroad depot, which is being restored. The buildings include a country school, the original Helvetia Town Hall building, a replica of the 1900 Iola firehouse (featuring Iola’s first three mechanized fire engines, all original), and a vintage log cabin. A caboose is also available for touring.

The Historical Society’s main building also includes displays of Norwegian artifacts from early settlers and other Iola area historical artifacts, including Native American artifacts collected in Waupaca and violins made in the 1930s through the 1950s by former Iola resident Bert Stromberg. Both collections were recently donated to the museum. In the Helvetia Town Hall, there are also displays on 100 Years of Ski Jumping In Iola.

The I-S Chamber’s annual Craft and Gift Show will also take place Oct a at the historic village, with both indoor and outdoor vendors selling a wide range of homemade food and craft/gift items. Vendors interested in setting up should contact Traci at 715-445-5505. Fee for a 10’x10’ booth is $30.

In addition to these events, for the children there will be pumpkin painting and face painting and a kid’s fun run.

Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival

The history of the Indian Crossing Casino will come alive this fall at the Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival slated for October 4th and 5th on the shores of the beautiful Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes located in central Wisconsin.

2019 Lineup

Friday, October 4

  • 7:00 pm – The Jay Stulo Band
  • 9:00 pm – Reverend Raven & The Chain Smoking Altar Boys – featuring Westside Andy

Saturday, October 5

  • 2:00 – 9:00 pm – Jonny T-Bird and Big Dad (performing between bands)
  • 3:00 – 4:30 pm – The Robert Allen Jr Band
  • 5:00 – 6:30 pm – Madtown Mannish Boys
  • 7:00 – 8:30 pm – Ivy Ford Band
  • 9:00 – 10:30 pm – Toronzo Cannon

Order Online Tickets   Available until Noon on Friday, October 4th.

Friday – $20 in advance, $25 at the door
Saturday, $25 in advance, $30 at the door
Weekend Pass – $30 in advance, $35 at the door
Price includes sales tax.

Purchase tickets at the door

Order Tickets Online
Advance Sale Tickets Prices Available online until Noon on October 4th, 2019, by phone order at (715) 258-7343 or at the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce, 221 S. Main Street, Waupaca, WI 54981 until 4 pm October 4th.

Online tickets will be held at “Will Call”. Pick up at the Indian Crossing Casino Friday evening or Saturday.

Individuals not 21 years of age will not be admitted to the Festival.  Identification required at the door.  Carry-in beverages and seating will not be permitted.  Handicap access into the Casino is available on the east side of the building.


Shuttles will be running from the hotels to the Blues Fest. 


Food will be available for purchase Friday night and Saturday.


2019 Event Sponsors

Waupaca Foundry             Premier Community Bank           L & L Propane
Community Insurance          Faulks Bros. Construction, Inc.

Waupaca Community Arts Board
Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce
Waupaca Area Convention & Visitors Bureau


Food will be available at the Festival from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Friday evening and 3:00-9:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The Wheel House Restaurant is located across the channel from the Casino serving from 11:00am – 11:00pm.

For a complete list of Waupaca area dining visit, https://waupacamemories.com/eat/.

Lodging Packages & Deals
for a complete list of area lodging properties visit, https://waupacamemories.com/stay/.

Lodging Packages


Festival Shuttle

From area lodging properties, service will run on Friday from 6:00pm until 11:30pm and on Saturday from 2:00pm until midnight.  To schedule pick-up, guests should contact the front desk or inn keeper.



Photo by Craig Libuse

Indian Crossing Casino
E1171 County Road Q
Waupaca, WI 54981

About the Casino: The Indian Crossing Casino is in its 90th year, having opened as a dancing and entertainment facility (not gambling) on July 4, 1925.  Even today, it is one of the most significant landmarks on Waupaca’s Chain O’ Lakes.  There have been changes in

popular musical styles over the decades, from big band swing to rock & roll, but the Casino’s interior has remained virtually the same.  The large stage, the heavy velvet stage curtains, and the spacious wooden dance floor still exist as they did in 1925.

In the early years, it was illegal to dance on Sundays in Waupaca County so attendees had to quit dancing at midnight on Saturdays.  During WWII, special programs for soldiers were featured, with 10 cent dances, three for 25 cents.  In 1930, there was the Battle of the Bands which was broadcast over WLS Radio in Chicago.  And there were also sporting events at the Casino, such as swimming races, with prizes for boys and girls.

Some of the popular musical bands and entertainers featured at the Casino over the years included Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Dorsey, Les Brown, Lawrence Welk, Beach Boys, Everly Brothers, Woody Herman, Neil Young, Bobby Vinton, Herman’s Hermits and Ricky Nelson.  Nelson died in a plane crash shortly after entertaining at the Casino.

The legend of the Indian Crossing Casino continues today and you are invited to be a part of the history at the Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival.


Waupaca’s Fall-O-Rama

September 21st at South Park

Arts & Craft Vendors

Vendor Registration Form



16 Craft Beers and wine to taste.  German food, soda and water.  Entertainment by the Charlie Justmann Band from 5:00 pm – 8 pm.  The Band plays German oom-pah, big band and oldies.  The TBA 8 pm – 11pm. They play a wide range of music from the 60s, 70s, and 90s. Location downtown Waupaca on Main Street. Prost!

Tickets: $10 per person in advance, $12.50 at the gate includes beer and wine sampling.
Tickets Available from: Waupaca Rotary Members, Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce, At the Gate.

Oktoberfest is a fund raiser for the Waupaca Breakfast Rotary Club.  Proceeds benefit Rotary programs including local youth and international endeavors.

Arts on the Square

Waupaca Celebrates the Arts!
Downtown Waupaca on the Square.

A juried fine arts festival and multidimensional celebration of the arts. This event takes place on the Waupaca Town Square and includes a 24-hour theatrical installation, arts workshops, an expanded farmer’s market, entertainment stages and street performers. This is a participatory festival, visitors can view and create their own art.


Scandinavia Corn Roast

First Weekend in August – Great Family Event. All weekend long enjoy carnival rides and concessions, great food and refreshments, great live musical entertainment for all genres, Saturday parade and ball games and on Sunday the Corn Roast, Pie Social and Tractor Pull! Saturday & Sunday visit the historic Knoph Cabin & Jole Barbershop museums on the grounds. Sunday is the only day we serve corn. Located at Ellison Memorial Park in the Village of Scandinavia, Wisconsin, this is a well-rounded family event with something for everyone! Held rain or shine with lots of tents, you’re covered! For more information go to www.cornroast.net, 715-467-2366 or email info@cornroast.net.

Waupaca City Band Concerts

Waupaca City Band Concerts
A tradition for over 100 years.  Friday night concerts are held weekly from mid-June through the end of July at 7 p.m.

This last concert of the season will be held at the Wisconsin Veterans Home – King.

In the event of bad weather the concert may be held at the Waupaca High School tune in to WDUX 92.7.

Waupaca Community Theater presents Willy Wonka

The Waupaca Community Theatre presents “Willy Wonka” on  July 27th, 28th and August 1st – 4th.

For details, please visit fineartsfestival.org.

Waupaca High School Performing Arts Center
General admission tickets will be available at the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce or at the PAC box office 1 hour before showtime.

Tickets: $12 General Admission Seating