Events & Festivals

Don’t miss these annual Oneida County events

The communities of Oneida County fill their calendars with exciting events all year long, from Northwoods festivals and fairs to art shows and concerts. Whenever you visit northern Wisconsin, you’re sure to find something fun to do—here’s a closer look at some of the events that return to Oneida County year after year.

See more Oneida County events here.

Hodag Heritage Festival, Rhinelander

Rhinelander is the home of the Hodag—a legendary beast that’s said to roam the Northwoods and cause all kinds of mischief, from stealing golf balls to grabbing trophy fish right off the line—and one of Oneida County’s newer events brings the famous furry creature front and center every May. The Hodag Heritage Festival highlights Rhinelander’s most famous resident with a week of activities (including a scavenger hunt and special food & drinks at restaurants and retailers), capping it off with a daylong celebration at Pioneer Park that includes a pancake breakfast, a Hodag calling contest, live music, historical tours, and more.

Find more Rhinelander Area events here.

Oktoberfest, Three Lakes

Experience Oktoberfest in all its beer foam and schwein roast glory in downtown Three Lakes in mid-September. Three Lakes Oktoberfest offers a variety of food, entertainment, and vendors. Attendees can expect German fare, German beer and a whole pig roast, as well as baked goods, crafted wares, live demonstrations, and more. Games and friendly competitions for all ages, along with live music including the Pommersche Danz Gruppe from Wausau, one of two remaining Pomeranian dance troupes in the state, make this event a must for the entire family. Come hungry and ready to dance!

Find more Three Lakes events here.

Northwoods Fall Ride, Tomahawk

Tens of thousands of motorcyclists head to northern Wisconsin every September to participate in the Northwoods Fall Ride, a weekend-long event that features rides on the scenic highways of Oneida and Lincoln counties and raises money for charities like Wounded Warriors and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Tomahawk is the home base for many of the weekend’s activities, and bikers will find live music, motorcycle demos, tours of the Harley-Davidson Tomahawk Operations Plant, and more.

Find more Tomahawk events here.

Beef-A-Rama™, Minocqua

Minocqua’s signature event, Beef-A-Rama™ is a one-of-a-kind celebration that comes to downtown Minocqua every year on the last weekend of September. Beef-A-Rama has been held in downtown Minocqua for more than 50 years and features fun events like the Rump Roast Run, beef cookoffs, games, live music, a craft show, and more. Put on your best cow costume—you won’t be the only one—and enjoy the fun.

Find more events in the Minocqua Area here.

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