What’s New in Jefferson County? July 1-9, 2018

Through July 15, 2018 – Church Basement Ladies 2 – A Second Helping

Join us as our delightful “Steel Magnolias of the Prairie” deal with life, death, and new adventures, finding strength in each other from below the “House of God.” This time around, the year is 1969 and the world is changing. As folks protest the Vietnam War and women are demanding equal pay for equal work in their small rural Minnesota community, the ladies of the Lutheran church basement kitchen are dealing with changes of their own. With their heartwarming humor and hilarious antics, they take us from serving the high school students at the Luther League Banquet to a church sponsored Missionary Night and the rise and fall of a Viking’s Super Bowl Sunday.

Seven shows weekly Wednesday through Sunday

Fort Atkinson – The Fireside Dinner Theatre – 1131 Janesville Avenue




Through August 2, 2018 – AquaGladiators

NEW!!This year, an inflatable aqua park water feature will be added to the Jefferson Family Aquatic Center.  Joint the fun every other Wednesday from 1-5pm and also the 2nd Friday of June, July, and August from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.  Come and try your skills on the Aquaglide Challenge Track.

1-5pm and 5:30-7pm

Jefferson – 518 N. Fifield Avenue




July 1, 2018 – Lake Mills Cars & Coffee

Are you ready? Fire up your engines and cruise on out to the July Rock Lake Motors Cars & Coffee.

Cars & Coffee has grown from event to event, year to year, with our unique atmosphere combining great coffee from Roast Coffee Company, an amazingly diverse group of gear heads with very cool machinery, and last but not least, our own Rock Lake Motors music mix to set the vibe!

8am to 11am.

Spend the first Sunday morning of each month (May through September) with car enthusiasts in beautiful downtown Lake Mills.


Lake Mills – Church Street



Through July 4, 2018 – Whitewater’s Annual Fourth of July Celebration

June 29 through July 4, 2018 – Whitewater’s Annual Fourth of July Celebration

 Friday, June 29th

5:00 pm Carnival Opens
5:00pm Festival Opens
5:00-9:00pm Carnival Wrist Band Special $20
7:00pm Live Music Titan Fun Key

Saturday, June 3oth

12:00pm Festival opens
12:00pm Carnival opens
12:00-4:00pm Carnival Wrist Band Special $20
2:00pm Live Music The Chris Kohn Band
5:30pm Live Music Ol’ Style Skratch
8:30pm Live Music 33RPM
10:00pm Fireworks

Sunday, July 1st

10:00am Festival opens
12:00pm Carnival opens
12:00-4:00pm Carnival Wrist Band Special $20
5:00-9:00pm Carnival Wrist Band Special
12:00pm Minneiska Ski Show
12:00-4:00pm Petting Zoo and Pony Rides
2:00pm Pedal Tractor Races
4:00pm Miss Whitewater Pageant

Monday, July 2nd

1:00pm Carnival opens
5:00-9:00pm Carnival Wrist Band Special
No Service Club Food Vendors or Live Music

Tuesday, July 3rd

12:00pm Carnival opens
5:00pm Festival opens
5:00-9:00pm Carnival Wrist Band Special
7:00pm Live Music Dixie Crush

Wednesday, July 4th

10:00 4th of July Parade
Car Show Begins Immediately after Parade
12:00pm Carnival opens
12:00pm Minneiska Ski Show
2:00pm Festival opens
2:00pm Live Music The Steve Meisner Band
5:30pm Live Music Unkommon Wealth
8:30pm Live Music Cold Sweat and the Brew City Horns
10:00pm Fireworks

Whitewater – Cravath Lakefront Park


July 3-4, 2018 – 4th of July Celebration in Watertown

Many activities throughout the holiday including live music, food, beverages, wrestling, fireworks and a 130 unit 4th of July Parade. (See times listed below)

July 3rd: 3:00pm – 10:00pm at Riverside Park – Brats, burgers, floats, treats, beer and soda.  Live music 3-6pm: Singer/Songwriter Kelsey Miles and 6:30pm: Ol’ Style Skratch.


July 4th – Parade at 10:00 am downtown on Main St. – Activities to follow throughout the day at Riverside park.

10am-6pm-Brats, burgers, floats, treats, beer and soda. Following parade end, meet and greet the Brewcity Wrestlers.  Brewcity Wrestling bell time is 2:00pm sharp.

Watertown – Riverside Park – 812 Labaree Street


July 4, 2018 – 39th Annual Ice Cream Social

Join us for our 39th Annual Independence Day Ice Cream Social at the Hoard Historical Museum! Come celebrate the Fourth of July with music, patriotic readings, delicious vanilla ice cream with all the toppings, children’s activities, and special patriotic exhibits in addition to the Museum and the Foster House open for touring!


Fort Atkinson – 401 Whitewater Avenue




July 6, 2018 – Movie in the Park

“DESPICABLE ME 3”  Bring your blankets, chairs, and picnic to Rotary Waterfront Park on the first Friday June, July, and August at dusk for an outdoor movie experience under the stars.


Jefferson – 301 S. Gardner Avenue





July 7, 2018 – Foster House Open House

The Dwight and Almira Foster House will be open for FREE tours from 10 am to 12pm.  The Foster House was built in the 1840s and tells the story of the Foster family, the house, and the growth of Fort Atkinson. While at the Foster House, you will be able to tour the fully furnished first and second floors. A knowledgeable volunteer will be able to answer questions about the family, house, and early years of Fort Atkinson.

The Foster House is located on the grounds of the Hoard Historical Museum facing Foster Street.

10am to 12pm

Fort Atkinson – Hoard Historical Museum – 401 Whitewater Avenue




July 9, 2018 – Fort Atkinson Cruise Night

Featuring vintage cars, music, food, and fun, Cruise Nights are a great event to bring your family or friends! Located in Jones Park.


Fort Atkinson – Janesville Avenue


Katie was the Executive Director of the Lake Mills Main Street Program from 2011 to 2019 and was the Secretary for the Jefferson County Tourism Council. In 2019, she retired to explore a new fashion degree and travel throughout the world. Katie was also a writer and contributed a great deal of copy for our website and printed guide. She was a great asset to our organization and we'll miss her!


Sprouting Acres contest winner June 2022


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