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Your guide to spring in Oneida County

Wondering what to do this spring in Oneida County? We’ve got you covered—read on to learn about some of northern Wisconsin’s exciting spring events, one-of-a-kind attractions, options for outdoor recreation and more.


Oneida County’s events calendar starts to swing into action in spring, with community festivals, farmers’ markets, and marathons all making the list.

In Rhinelander, don’t miss fun events like the Hodag Heritage Festival—a celebration of the city’s most famous resident—and the start of Hodag Farmers’ Market in May. Find more Rhinelander events here.

Minocqua’s weekly farmers market also kicks off on the Friday before Memorial Day, and the Island City also hosts the Northwoods Escape Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K and the June Bloom Arts & Crafts Show in late May and early June. Find more Minocqua Area events here.

The annual Main Street Memories Car Show has brought scores of classic automobiles to downtown Tomahawk every Memorial Day weekend. Find more Tomahawk events here.


Cast a line or hit the trails—there’s lots to do in Oneida County as the weather warms up and welcomes visitors to explore the outdoors in northern Wisconsin.

  • Hiking: There are dozens of walking and hiking trails to explore in Oneida County, including popular routes like the Bearskin State Trail (which connects Minocqua and Tomahawk) and the Three Eagle Trail (which connects Three Lakes to Eagle River in Vilas County)
  • Biking: Cyclists will find plenty of trails in the Northwoods, from family-friendly paved trails to challenging single-track mountain bike routes
  • Fishing: Wisconsin’s general inland fishing season opens the first weekend in May (and musky season opens a few weeks later on Memorial Day weekend), and Oneida County is home to one the largest concentrations of freshwater lakes on the planet, so there are plenty of great angling opportunities

Find more information on outdoor recreation in Oneida County and the Northwoods of Wisconsin here.


Oneida County has a great mix of indoor and outdoor attractions throughout our welcoming communities that you can enjoy whether spring’s coming in like a lion or a lamb. Here’s a few you shouldn’t miss:

  • Northwoods Zip Line, Minocqua: This fun family destination offers Wisconsin’s largest zip line canopy tour and is open year-round
  • The Brew Station, Three Lakes: Craft beer, wine & bourbon hotspot in downtown Three Lakes
  • ArtStart, Rhinelander: Located in the historic Federal Building in downtown, ArtStart offers inspiration through exhibits, classes, kids’ activities & more
  • Big Bear Mini Golf & Ice Cream, Tomahawk: Grab some ice cream and play a round at this fun Tomahawk attraction that usually opens for the season in May

See more Oneida County attractions here.

Places to stay

One benefit of planning a spring getaway to Oneida County is that you’ll likely find less competition for lodging, as spring is traditionally a “shoulder” season between the smaller crowds of winter and the busy summer season. That can mean cheaper off-season rates at Oneida County’s lodging properties—search our filterable listings to find great hotels, motels, cabins, cottages, resorts, and vacation homes.

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