Sputnikfest was named one of the top five funkiest festivals in the country by Reader’s Digest.
Here’s more information on Sputnikfest, plus four other things to do this week in Manitowoc.
1. Attend a wacky and fun Sputnikfest
It’s time for Manitowoc’s wackiest festival to commemorate the piece of Sputnik that landed right outside the Rahr-West Art Museum!
On Saturdays, aliens, humans and animals of all ages are invited to the museum, 610 N. Eighth St., for a 5k art walk/run, children’s activities, costume contests, live music , trivia, an Alien Drop raffle and more. .
The festival is open from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday. The program for the day is as follows:
- Noon – 5K Art Walk/Run;
- Noon-4:30 p.m. — Live music with Dr. Bombay;
- 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — ArtSlam activities;
- 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Wacky Weekend Workshop: Rocket Building;
- 1:00-3:00 p.m. — The 501st Legion walks the grounds;
- 1-3 p.m. — Lakeshore Robotics does demonstrations;
- 3:00 p.m. — Alien animal contest;
- 3:30 p.m. — Costume contest for children;
- 5:00 p.m. – Alien Drop 50/50 raffle;
- 5-9pm — This band from the 90s performs;
- 5:15 p.m. – Sci-Fi Trivia Contest; and
- 7:00 p.m. — Space debris costume contest for adults.
For all the details, visit www.manitowoc.org/sputnikfest.
2. Take part in ArtSlam activities
ArtSlam, led by the Lakeside Artists Guildtakes place in conjunction with Sputnikfest on Saturday.
A few blocks down Eighth Street from Sputnikfest at 502 N. Eighth St. is the First Presbyterian Church, which is the surface of this year’s community mural. Grab a brush and channel your inner artist as you help paint the mural by number.
More information is available at www.facebook.com/Art-Slam-Manitowoc-1909228436036104/.
3. Show off your super-fandom at the Sabbatical Brewing cheer rally
Kick off the football season by showing your green and gold pride at Sabbatical Brewery835 S 29th St., at 6 p.m. Saturday.
There will be special appearances from Frozen Tundra Man and Green Bay SuperFans, music from Lakeland University and food from Blue Suede Foods.
Prior to the 2:30 p.m. pep rally, the Wisconsin Badgers game will be shown in the dining room.
Version 2 of Sabbatical’s hazy Session IPA SuperFans hits draft lines and limited cans at the cheer rally.
For more information, check out the brewery’s Facebook page at https://fb.me/e/3usTNAVNw.
4. Experience old-fashioned fun at Mid-Lakes Thresheree
Learn about the roots of Wisconsin’s agricultural past as you see vintage farm machinery at work, interactive historic homes and exhibits, and watch a variety of demonstrations.
For the busy calendar of events, visit https://www.manitowoccountyhistory.org/programs/midlakes-thresheree.
The courts are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children ages 4-17, and free for children under 4 and museum members.
5. Experience live music at the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance
Head to the Franciscan Center for Musical Education and Interpretation6751 Calumet Ave., Friday for their final episode of Fireside Friday.
Musical guest BuckShot will perform from 6-8 p.m. this Friday.
To learn more about the artist’s journey and his set list, visit the Facebook event at https://fb.me/e/3ulGQQUB4.
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