Perhaps as a result of our appreciation of the community’s rich history, Greater Green Bay has an impressive commitment to culture and the arts. From public art to a thriving music scene to an interesting array of museums and performance venues, you will be able to explore the finer things in life on a daily basis. Oh… and don’t forget the food and drink! We know our stuff.
Art abounds in Greater Green Bay! Take a tour of local murals with this mural guide from the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Visit the gallery or take part in art yourself with a project at The Art Garage. The Artless Bastard in De Pere offers a gallery, gifts and special events. And the Artisan and Business Center at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College offers workshops and classes in addition to coursework on building your own art business.
There’s a festival for every season and reason! Enjoy Mosaic Arts Artigras in early spring, with items for sale by regional artists and craft persons, demonstrations and music. There’s the Green Bay Film Festival every March, which offers the added bonus of featuring Wisconsin-made films and the opportunity to meet with some of the film makers. In July, you’ll want to head to Leicht Memorial Park for the Tall Ships Festival, offering on-board ship tours, sailing excursions, music and a maritime marketplace. There’s also Mile of Music in late July/early August, featuring multiple live music venues along a one-mile stretch of College Avenue in Appleton. In August, Artstreet by Mosaic Arts brings together nearly 200 artists from around the country for you to browse or buy your favorites. In September, enjoy the savory delights of Taste On Broadway, with food, desserts, wine, beer and live music.
Food & drink
Let’s be honest… we know our food and drink. Let’s start with beer: There are at least 10 breweries in Greater Green Bay plus a combination dog park and outdoor bar. We are home to seven wineries, including several vineyards – did you know that Northeast Wisconsin sits on the same 44th parallel that runs through wine country in France? Plus, we have foods to fulfill all your dreams, from perfect hamburgers to the finest gourmet cuisine. Plus fish fries. And cheese. Lots and lots of cheese. Check out the various food options in the “Festivals” section on this page or peruse this list of local restaurants you don’t want to miss.
Greater Green Bay offers a unique variety of museums throughout the area. Heritage Hill State Park provides living history, with actors portraying historically accurate members of a community teaching you about their trades and roles. The Neville Public Museum offers engaging exhibits related to history, science and art. The National Railroad Museum displays and maintains historical photographs, objects, model trains and even real trains you can walk around inside, including America’s most famous electric locomotive featured on a postage stamp. The Oneida Nation Museum provides education and history about the Oneida and Iroquois culture, as well as showcases a beautiful variety of native basketry, jewelry, beadwork, art and music.
There’s an outdoor music stage at the Green Bay Botanical Gardens. Enjoy Thursday evening concerts at Leicht Memorial Park or Fridays on the Fox, with free live music on the City Deck in Downtown Green Bay throughout the summer. There’s a Christian-based music forum at Cup O’Joy. Or, experience Hops on the Hill, with beer and music at Heritage Hill State Park.
From the ornate, vaudeville-style Meyer Theatre to the modern 10,000-seat stage at the Resch Center, Greater Green Bay offers different styles for different experiences. Take in a show at the Weidner Center on the UW-Green Bay campus or at the Ashwaubenon Performing Arts Center. For Broadway-style shows and musicals, head to the Fox Cities PAC. Enjoy outdoor entertainment at one of our local parks, including lunchtime concerts at Whitney Park and evening concerts at Leicht Memorial Park. If outdoor entertainment is what floats your boat, the City Deck in Downtown Green Bay offers entertainment every Friday throughout the summer, including music, movies, dancing and even juggling.
Greater Green Bay boasts our own performing troupe! The locally famous talent at Let Me Be Frank Productions writes and performs all their own musical and comedy variety shows. The stage at St. Norbert College offers high-quality community theater, performing large-scale shows featuring top local talent. If you’re in the mood for outdoor theatre, head to Door County for a special treat at the Peninsula Players.
Enjoy a full range of entertainment options
In addition to these cultural options, Greater Green Bay offers a full range of activities: