Whitewater Storytelling Festival September 23rd – 25th

Published On: Monday, September 19, 2022By Categories: Blog, Event News and Reviews, The ArtsTags: , , ,

Grab your imagination and head to Whitewater, WI for the magical Whitewater Storytelling Festival happening this weekend! The weekend will be filled with many opportunities to enjoy and engage with local and regional storytellers and the enchanting art of storytelling! Visit the event web page for all the details and to access a printable program and the google map!

Here is a snapshot of the weekend’s activities.

Happening all weekend . . . . 

Enjoy a fun story stroll all weekend with your family. You’ll be able to read a wonderful children’s book as you stroll throughout the downtown area of Whitewater any time you want beginning on Thursday afternoon! There are also several art galleries in Whitewater that have some amazing shows we encourage folks to check out! Hours vary for the galleries so check out the event web page for information.

Happening Friday, September 23rd

Introduction to Telling Family Stories workshop w/Jim May


Join renowned storyteller Jim May as he shares his wisdom and expertise with new and seasoned storytellers on how to be your family’s storyteller!
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Jessica’s Restaurant Banquet Room
140 W Main St. in downtown Whitewater
Space is limited – purchase tickets here

Sip & Tell


Enjoy the tales and stories from 4 of our talented tellers while sipping your favorite beverage!
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Jessica’s Restaurant Banquet Room
140 W Main St. in downtown Whitewater
Space is limited – purchase tickets here

Open Mic Night

Join other aspiring storytellers, poets, and musicians for a casual and fun evening of talent!
6:00 pm @ The Book Teller in downtown Whitewater

Happening Saturday, September 24th

Children’s workshop “Guess How Much I Love You”

Join Noelle Larson, music and art therapist, for this free workshop for children and families, which will be a celebration of Music, Movement, Children’s Stories, and Family Love.
9:30 am – 10:30 am
Cravath Lakefront Community Building

Storytelling sessions

All ages storytelling sets happening on the Main Stage in Cravath Lakefront Park Amphitheater
10:00 am – 5:45 pm

Children’s story times happening in the Story Zone tent in Cravath Lakefront Park
10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Spooky Stories & Music happening on the Main Stage of the Cravath Lakefront Park Amphitheater
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Other literary happenings . . . . 

Crafts for the kids will be offered by the local Ice Age Trail Alliance chapter and the Whitewater Parks & Rec. department. The craft station will be next to the Children’s Storytelling Tent

  • Ice Age Trail Craft – 11:00 am to 12 noon
  • Whitewater Parks & Rec Craft – 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

We will also have a wonderful face painting artist set up from 1-2:30 in the park and a reading zone where you can grab a book and a place on the lawn to read and relax with the kids.

Artisan Market

We will have an outdoor market running from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday in Cravath Lakefront Park in the green space along Whitewater St. The highlight of the market will be the Typewriter Tarts who deliver poetry on the spot to patrons. Give them an emotion, an event, a person, or any topic of your choice and they will write a short poem and perform it for you.

Local Author Visit

Local author Steve Rhinelander author of Poutine and Gin will be reading excerpts from his newest book at The Book Teller at 5:00 pm. Stop by to hear about a hard-boiled detective in an alternate historical setting in Wisconsin.

Musical performance at UW-Whitewater

The Music Mosaics season at UWW kicks off with a recital showcasing the entire Dept. of Music performance faculty! Tickets can be purchased at tickets.uww.edu.

Happening Sunday, September 23rd

Cars & Coffee . . . and Tales


9:00 am to 12 noon on the grounds of the Lake Home Info real estate offices out near Whitewater Lake at W7644 Kettle Moraine Dr.
Join this free family-friendly car show event nestled in the Kettle Moraine on the last day of the festival! All makes and models are welcome, and we’ll have an open mic set up to hear the stories and tales of the cars, their owners, and their travels. Local coffee roaster Nordskov Coffee will be there along with The Sweet Spot and The Black Sheep to provide some treats for your morning.

We can’t wait to inspire, enchant, and entertain you during this fun-filled weekend! Check out the full list of activities, storyteller bios, and access a map of the event on the event’s web page here! Come for the stories, stay and create your own.

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