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City Festivals

The City Parks and Recreation Department supports the efforts of community programs. Some programs are located in Park and Recreation facilities. We have several fun festivals, and they each offer something different to the people who come out and participate in them.  We’re sure there is one meant just for you – so come on out and enjoy!



Reedsburg is proud to have been the --- "Butter Capital of the World" --- in the late sixties, seventies and eighties when our local milk processing plant produced more butter than any other place in the world! To celebrate that fact, our week-long Butter Festival was born, and for over 50 years Butterfest has been one of the great traditions of Reedsburg. Organized by a dedicated group of volunteers who, for one week in June, (Dairy month – of course!) pull together an old-fashioned festival consisting of the arts and craft show, several live bands, a carnival with concessions, a Saturday parade and their famous Knights of Columbus Chicken Barbeque! Great family fun!




Freedom Fest was born out of a small group efforts to raise funds annually. As annual contributions were not sustaining the funds needed. Mayor Dave approached the City Council which graciously agreed that the Freedom Festival was too important to the community to go away and appropriated funds in the budget to pay for the fireworks. ---  This great Fourth of July celebration begins in the afternoon at Nishan Park, where food vendors, kid's games and live entertainment will keep the family busy until dusk. While the final schedule of events varies slightly each year, the Freedom Fest committee brings in several bands, food vendors, bounce houses fro kids and fireworks professionals to guarantee a great family experience for our community.  --- Sometimes Uncle Sam even shows up to make an appearance! A grand fireworks show tops off the evening as thousands of onlookers watch the beautiful and brilliant display light up the dark night sky. For more information contact (608) 524-2850 or go to




Our festival celebrates activity and healthy living in April each Year. This well-organized fest features a half marathon through the scenic Reedsburg area, in addition to a 5K run/walk, a 1 mile walk and a kids race. Vet Fest continues to grow in popularity and profits from the event support local veteran's activities and the Reedsburg Area United Fund. Organized by a group of people who just love to run for the fun of it, the Vet Fest committee has thought of everything a serious runner looks for in a race, so if running or walking is your passion, you won't want to miss Vet Fest! For more information contact Jeff at (608) 524-6459.