Thursday

June 20th

Wisconsin Rapids Lionesses standing next to Cranberry Guy mascot with trees in background

Berry Fest Raffle (ongoing) 

Purchase your ticket from a gal in the yellow vest of the Wisconsin Rapids Lioness Club. Look for them at Cranberry Blossom Festival events including the Dairy Berry Pancake Breakfast and Cranberry Blossom Festival Parade. Buy a ticket for a chance to win up to $500 cash!  $5 / ticket; multiple winners; do not need to be present to win.

  • Winners will be drawn on Sunday, June 23rd at 1:00 PM

“Celebrate Red” Exhibit (10 AM – 5 PM)

The 2024 “Celebrate Red” art exhibition expands upon the Central Wisconsin Cultural Center’s traditional cranberry art show. View cranberry-related art plus other interesting subjects inspired by the color red. One lucky artist’s art from this year’s Celebrate Red exhibit will be chosen for the 2025 Cranberry Blossom Fest poster.

  • Central Wisconsin Cultural Center (CWCC)
    • 2651 8th Street South, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
  • For more information visit, www.culturalcenterarts.com
Lunch by the River event - large group of people sitting on grassy area of local park under shade from trees

Lunch By The River (11:30 AM – 1 PM)

Join us for Lunch by the River at the beautiful Veterans Memorial Park in Wisconsin Rapids, WI for delightful entertainment and exceptional food. 2024 Cranberry Blossom Festival Posters will be available for purchase, provided by the Central Wisconsin Cultural Center.

  • Veterans Memorial Park Wisconsin Rapids
    • Downtown along the east side of the river between the Grand Ave. & Jackson St. bridges
  • Hosted by the Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce. For more information visit, www.wisconsinrapidschamber.com
Cranberry Guy standing on side of street + kid drawing with chalk on sidewalk

Chalk It Up! (2 PM – 5 PM)

Participants of all ages are invited to create their own sidewalk chalk designs. Register anytime during the event from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. A small chalk kit will be provided, though bringing your own supplies is encouraged. Themes for this year include food, agriculture, and cars. Best of Show and awards will be held at 5:15 PM. Must be present to win.

  • Boys & Girls Club of Wisconsin Rapids Area
    •  501 West Grand Avenue, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495
  • For more information visit, www.bgcwra.org
Group of young kids riding carousel ride at Cranberry Blossom Festival

Cranberry Blossom Festival Carnival (4 PM – 10 PM)

Rides, games, food & fun for the whole family!  Parking $3 / vehicle. Admission is free!

Outdoor movie setup + group of people sitting in lawn chairs near white semi truck

Cinema Under the Stars (Opens at 6:30 PM)

Enjoy a movie under the stars in downtown Wisconsin Rapids. Admission is FREE. Bring your own lawn chairs or spread out a blanket and make a picnic. Popcorn and snacks will be available for purchase. The movie will begin at dusk. Hosted by Sunrise Rotary.

  • West side of the river, along 1st Avenue South between West Grand Avenue and Goggins Street (in front of Tribune Building)
  • Hosted by Sunrise Rotary. For more information visit, www.wisconsinrapidsrotary.org
Wisconsin Rapids Aqua Skiers in double pyramid formation on water

Aqua Skiers Water Ski Show (Pre-Show at 6:30 PM)

Watch the FREE water ski show set to the theme of “Celebrating the History of Professional Water Ski Shows.” This hour-long show is family friendly and will highlight many ways you can move across the water. Music, dancing, barefooting, jumping, pyramids, and the graceful ladies performing ballet and swivel skiing are all part of this event.

  • Red Sands Beach at Lake Wazeecha
    • 6411 South Park Road, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
  • For more information visit, aquaskiers.org.
Group of people standing and sitting in front of McMillan Memorial Library

McMillan Concert Series – Mambo Surfers (7PM)

The Mambo Surfers are a band based in Milwaukee, WI that performs all original music. Their musical influences range from blues to polkas, punk to reggae, Indian Ragas to Native American and Sufi chants. They call their intricate, energizing music “World Rhythm Jazz Rock.” Come groove to their vibe!

  • McMillan Memorial Library 
    • 490 East Grand Avenue, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
  • For more information visit, www.mcmillanlibrary.org

Friday

June 21st

Wisconsin Rapids Lionesses standing next to Cranberry Guy mascot with trees in background

Berry Fest Raffle (ongoing) 

Purchase your ticket from a gal in the yellow vest of the Wisconsin Rapids Lioness Club. Look for them at Cranberry Blossom Festival events including the Dairy Berry Pancake Breakfast and Cranberry Blossom Festival Parade. Buy a ticket for a chance to win up to $500 cash!  $5 / ticket; multiple winners; do not need to be present to win.

  • Winners will be drawn on Sunday, June 23rd at 1:00 PM
Cranberry Guy mascot and man near pancake griddle

Dairy Berry Pancake Breakfast (6 AM – 10 AM)

Enjoy a delicious breakfast including pancakes, sausage, coffee, cranberry items and more!  Adults $10; kids age 5-12, $7; age 4 and under free. Cash only.

  • Lincoln High School Cafeteria
    • 1801 16th Street South, Wisconsin Rapids, WI  54494
    • Park in student lot between football field and PAC
  • Hosted by the Grand Rapids Lions Club. For more information visit, www.facebook.com/lions7154211888
Car covered in handmade quilt and parked in driveway

Material Girls Quilt Show (9 AM – 4 PM)

Quilt and basket raffles, vendors, food, and special displays including Gnomes and Aunt Daisy’s Quilt. Vote for Viewers Choice and check out the Silent Bid Quilts. See the Historic Point Basse group do manual quilting. Check out the Something Old & Something New shop or have your sewing machine cleaned by Brubaker’s. A “Quilt of Honor” presentation will be held Saturday, June 22nd at 11:00 AM. Don’t miss the Quilted Car!

  • Assumption High School
    • 445 Chestnut Street, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
  • Hosted by the Material Girls Quilt Club.
Group of young kids riding carousel ride at Cranberry Blossom Festival

Cranberry Blossom Festival Carnival (12 PM – 10 PM)

Rides, games, food & fun for the whole family!  Parking $3 / vehicle. Admission is free!

Mobile escape room trailer parked on driveway

Escape from Within – Mobile Escape Room

(4 PM – 10 PM)

At Jack Diamonds Lair Mobile Escape Room, we place you in the middle of the mystery. Once the timer begins, it’s up to you to figure out how to ESCAPE the room! 20 minute sessions / 6 people max per session. $10 per person.

  • Grand Rapids Lions Club
    • 2411 36th Street South, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
  • Sign up by emailing cranberryblossomfestival@gmail.com, or stop by to see if there is an open session
    • Please include “ESCAPE” in the subject line.
  • For more information visit, www.escapein54321.wixcite.com
Large group of people standing and sitting along side of river listening to live music

Downtown on Tap (5 PM – 9 PM)

7th annual live music, food, and fun along the Wisconsin River!  No cost to attend.  Face painting from I Heart Art Studios until around 7:00 PM.  Food trucks & beverages available for purchase. Bring your sealed, purchased beverages from downtown establishments. No carry-ins. Bring a chair or a blanket & enjoy live music by Barefoot Americans.

  • Veterans Memorial Park
    • 112 2nd Street South, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
  • Hosted by Current – Wisconsin Rapids. For more information visit, www.facebook.com/downtownontap

Saturday

June 22nd

Wisconsin Rapids Lionesses standing next to Cranberry Guy mascot with trees in background

Berry Fest Raffle (ongoing) 

Purchase your ticket from a gal in the yellow vest of the Wisconsin Rapids Lioness Club. Look for them at Cranberry Blossom Festival events including the Dairy Berry Pancake Breakfast and Cranberry Blossom Festival Parade. Buy a ticket for a chance to win up to $500 cash!  $5 / ticket; multiple winners; do not need to be present to win.

  • Winners will be drawn on Sunday, June 23rd at 1:00 PM

“Celebrate Red” Exhibit – Special Hours (9 AM – 1 PM)

View the Central Wisconsin Cultural Center during their special Cranberry Blossom Festival hours. View the 2024 “Celebrate Red” exhibit, shop in the gift shop, and purchase the new 2024 Cranberry Blossom Festival poster or posters from past years. Get a sneak peak of the artwork chosen for the 2025 Cranberry Blossom Festival poster!

  • Central Wisconsin Cultural Center
    • 2651 8th Street South, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
  • For more information visit, www.culturalcenterarts.com
Car covered in handmade quilt and parked in driveway

Material Girls Quilt Show (9 AM – 4 PM)

Quilt and basket raffles, vendors, food, and special displays including Gnomes and Aunt Daisy’s Quilt. Vote for Viewers Choice and check out the Silent Bid Quilts. See the Historic Point Basse group do manual quilting. Check out the Something Old & Something New shop or have your sewing machine cleaned by Brubaker’s. A “Quilt of Honor” presentation will be held Saturday, June 22nd at 11:00 AM. Don’t miss the Quilted Car!

  • Assumption High School
    • 445 Chestnut Street, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
  • Hosted by the Material Girls Quilt Club.
Outdoor craft vendor fair with people walking among tents and booths lined on street

Cranberry Blossom Festival Arts & Crafts Vendor Fair (10 AM – 3 PM)

Free family friendly outdoor event, rain or shine.  Something for everyone:  woodcrafts, art, jewelry, home decor, cranberry products & delicious food! Shop over 80 vendors from across the state. Be sure to bring your appetite to fully enjoy a wide variety of food options.

  • West Grand Avenue (between the bridge & 3rd Avenue South)
  • Hosted by the Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce. For more information visit, www.wisconsinrapidschamber.com
Little Girl Fishing in pond with Cranberry Guy standing on shore

Kids Learn to Fish (11 AM – 2 PM)

Learn to fish & tie fishing knots at this catch & release free event.  Kids of all ages and experience are welcome; gear will be provided or bring your own.

Mobile escape room trailer parked on driveway

Escape from Within – Mobile Escape Room

(11 AM – 5 PM)

At Jack Diamonds Lair Mobile Escape Room, we place you in the middle of the mystery. Once the timer begins, it’s up to you to figure out how to ESCAPE the room! 20 minute sessions / 6 people max per session. $10 per person.

  • Grand Rapids Lions Club
    • 2411 36th Street South, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
  • Sign up by emailing cranberryblossomfestival@gmail.com, or stop by to see if there is an open session
    • Please include “ESCAPE” in the subject line.
  • For more information visit, www.escapein54321.wixcite.com
Group of young kids riding carousel ride at Cranberry Blossom Festival

Cranberry Blossom Festival Carnival (12 PM – 10 PM)

Rides, games, food & fun for the whole family!  Parking $3 / vehicle. Admission is free!

Street view of the South Wood County Historical Museum

Ice Cream Social (1 PM – 3 PM)

Stop by the South Wood County Historical Museum for the annual Ice Cream Social. Serving up vanilla ice cream with delicious cranberry topping. The museum will be open to visitors during the event.

  • South Wood County Historical Museum
    • 540 3rd Street South, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
  • For more information visit, www.swch-museum.com

Grand Rapids Lions Club Concert (5 PM – 10:30 PM)

The Grand Rapids Lions Club proudly presents Spicy Tie Band with special guest The Alternators. Plenty of food, beverages & fun!  Parking $10 / vehicle. Music begins at 5PM.

Sunday

June 23rd

Wisconsin Rapids Lionesses standing next to Cranberry Guy mascot with trees in background

Berry Fest Raffle (ongoing) 

Purchase your ticket from a gal in the yellow vest of the Wisconsin Rapids Lioness Club. Look for them at Cranberry Blossom Festival events including the Dairy Berry Pancake Breakfast and Cranberry Blossom Festival Parade. Buy a ticket for a chance to win up to $500 cash!  $5 / ticket; multiple winners; do not need to be present to win.

  • Winners will be drawn on Sunday, June 23rd at 1:00 PM
Police officer kneeling next to kid holding fish near river

Wisconsin Rapids Police Department
Kids Fishing Contest (9 AM – 11:30 AM)

Annual free event for kids 14 and under.  Snacks, drinks, and prizes for everyone who participates.

  • East Wisconsin River riverbank (South of Grand Avenue & former Elk’s Club)
  • Hosted by the Wisconsin Rapids Professional Police Association.
Group of young kids riding carousel ride at Cranberry Blossom Festival

Cranberry Blossom Festival Carnival (11 AM – 4 PM)

Rides, games, food & fun for the whole family!  Parking $3 / vehicle. Admission is free!

Cranberry Blossom Festival Parade + crowd on side of street watching firetrucks drive by

Cranberry Blossom Festival Parade

“All Things Cranberry”  (12 PM – 2 PM)

Get ready for theme-filled floats and fun for all! Gather along Grand Avenue for a parade featuring live music and plenty of candy.

  • The parade starts at the SWC YMCA and heads east down Grand Avenue, ending at 9th Street South.
  • Hosted by the Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce. For more information visit, www.wisconsinrapidschamber.com
Two people in red rubber boat on river using nets to catch yellow rubber ducks

Wisconsin Rapids Fire Department Duck Derby

(After Parade, approximately 2 PM)

Purchase a raffle ticket to “adopt” a rubber duck at Wisconsin Rapids Fire Station #1 or #2.  Watch it swim down the Wisconsin River for a chance to win prizes!  Winners do not need to be present.

  • Ducks will be dropped by firefighters off the Jackson Street bridge and race to the finish line just beyond the Grand Avenue bridge.
  • Hosted by the Wisconsin Rapids Firefighters Charitable Foundation.