Craving an art-filled weekend brimming with the most luscious summer fruit? Come celebrate Cedarburg’s 32nd Annual Strawberry Festival, Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25. This free, family-oriented festival is a favorite of many, drawing up to 100,000 people annually to toast the bold and delicious fruit in all its forms, and enjoy some of the most decadent homegrown strawberries in the area.
Strawberry Festival’s many food vendors are sure to please any palate. Festival favorites include the “Original” Strawberry Brat, strawberry shortcake, strawberry pie, strawberry crepes, strawberry slushies and chocolate-covered strawberries as well as many other locally made delicacies. Schmit’s Berry Farm, a local grower, provides the festival with the ripe and juicy strawberries, which are available for purchase by the quart. The festival also boasts an extensive Food Court, offering everything from summer favorites like hamburgers, chicken, BBQ and roasted corn, to sweet treats and specialty foods. The popular Sunday morning all-you-can-eat Strawberry Pancake Breakfast takes place on the north end of the Festival grounds from 8-11am and is served by the Cedar Creek Settlement merchants. More than 1,000 customers get their fill of mouthwatering strawberry pancakes while listening to live music outside along Cedar Creek.
For attendees with a taste for wine, Cedar Creek Winery’s Strawberry Blush Wine is a must – this and the winery’s other award-winning wines can be purchased by the glass throughout the festival.
Wander down Washington Avenue and you’ll see why “Art is a Tradition” in Cedarburg. Fondly referred to as Arts on the Avenue, Strawberry Festival highlights more than 250 of the best local and Midwest artists who bring their combined perspectives, skills, and thousands of works of arts to the streets of Cedarburg, including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, fine glass, woodwork, mixed media, and photography. Arts on the Avenue is a combined effort of four local organizations, the Cedarburg Cultural Center, Cedar Creek Settlement Merchant's Association, the Ozaukee Art Center and the Cedarburg Art Museum, and offers one-of-a-kind works of art from functional to surreal, from witty to the elegantly decorative.
Live music all over the Festival’s Historic District satisfies every audiophile. The Gruber Law Office Main Stage - Festival Food Court will feature the rockin’ fun cover band Our House and many more throughout the weekend. Cedar Creek Settlement events at the north end of town include live bands, food booths, and a merchant’s marketplace as well the Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest and Strawberry Bubblegum Blowing Contest and the Sunday Morning Strawberry Pancake Breakfast.
One of the most popular events is the CedarQuacker 500 sponsored by Port Washington State Bank, where hundreds of rubber ducks are launched into the creek in a race to the finish Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m.
Members of the Greater Milwaukee Model T Ford Club will be showing off a nice selection of all types and ages of Model T’s from roadsters and touring vehicles to pickup trucks and speedsters. The club is dedicated to preserving these wonderful automobiles, helping members get their cars repaired, and enjoying the pure fun of driving a Model T, aka (because of its affordability) as “the car that put the world on wheels.” For more information about the club, visit milwaukeemodeltclub.com.
Want to see a little more of beautiful Historic Cedarburg? The Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Ozaukee County’s “Berry Big” 5K Run/Walk kicks off Saturday at 8am and circles through the neighborhoods that surround the downtown area. Or take a ride on the Tractor Hayride Shuttle that travels around the festival route including stopping at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts. Watch demonstrations in the farmyard, and take part in children's crafts in the museum’s classroom. Fun for the whole family!