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Silent Auction

Come visit the Silent Art Auction Tent across the parking lot from the food pavilion. Bid on your favorites and help grow our scholarship fund.

A bid sheet is attached to each piece of art with the artist's retail price and starting bid at the top. You may enter a bid for any item by placing your name, contact number and offer on the bid sheet. You may bid multiple times on any item. We ask that all bids on artwork be raised in at least $5.00 increments.

We appreciate the generous contributions of the Festival artists, who donate the pieces for the Silent Art Auction. We thank these artists for their commitment to our Festival.


The Saturday auction will start at 11:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m. At 3:00 p.m. all bidding ceases and the winners may stand in line to pay for their artwork, or continue to browse the Festival until the line dwindles. The tent workers will be available to give out artwork until 5:00 p.m. Workers will notify winners by phone if needed. Any artwork not picked up by noon on Sunday will be held over and added to the Sunday Art Auction.


Sunday, a second auction with new artwork will begin at 11:00a.m. Again, open bidding will cease at 3:00 p.m. Winners may pick uptheir items between 3:00-5:00 p.m. Winners will be notified by phoneto pick up their pieces.The committee encourages everyone to visit the Silent Art Auction Tent during his or her visit. Good luck to all bidders and thank you for your support of the Festival.

Children's Area

Are your children begging you to make their own art? The activity area allows budding young artists a chance to dig in and get their hands dirty! Children can make masks, don a smock and paint a mural, have their faces painted, string beads… every year there’s a new creation to make. Activities are best suited for ages 4 to 10.

In addition, there will be a coloring table for the little ones and an
art wall for those who enjoy painting.

The committee wishes to thank you in advance for stopping by and
making art with your children. Thank you to our friends and sponsors
for contributing to the Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts.

The theme this year helps promote sustainability in our community, and teaches children about how important it is to help the environment. These crafts either talk about nature or use sustainable materials to create beautiful projects, showing that art can come in all forms. Oconomowoc is a small town with beautiful lakes, and talking about nature, forms of environmental services, and how we use them within art will be beneficial to every single customer the tent services. Projects: Fish flag, tissue-paper flowers, sustainable water-bottle bracelet, painted rock critters, origami frogs and water color birch bark reliefs with tape-resist water theme.

The Children’s Art Area is focusing on the theme “creativity” by featuring projects that begin with a simple line or shape that becomes a creative work when projected onto a larger background.

The Children's Art Area celebrated the city of Oconomowoc this year with art projects focusing on the local environment: the skyline splatter painting, the lakes lily pad, and the agriculture scarecrow puppet.

The Children's Craft Area is celebrating the life cycle and survival ofthe monarch butterfly in several different nature-themed crafts. Our young budding artists will paint colorful murals, design symmetrical monarch wings, and twist 3D wire sculpture creating an epic and responsible appreciation for nature through art.


One very popular feature of the Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts is the food tent. Vendors comprised of local civic organizations and churches provide an array of sandwiches, pizza, salads, soft drinks, cookies, snacks and pies (with ice cream).

Spotlight Group

AFS Intercultural Programs

AFS Intercultural Programs has been a worldwide non-profit leader in international student exchanges for more than 60 years.  AFS works toward a more just and peaceful world by providing international and intercultural learning experiences to individuals, families, schools and communitiies through a global volunteer partnership.

Every year, AFS exchanges more than 13,000 participants among more than 50 countries. AFS-USA awards more than $3 million in scholarship and financial aid to outstanding students across the country each year. 

The Oconomowoc chapter of AFS has been active since 1958.  More than 140 foreign students and over 100 OHS students have participated since that time.  For the 2018-19 school year, Oconomowoc families hosted students from Ghana, Hungary, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Mozambique, Germany, and Italy.  For the 2019-20 school year, AFS students from Norway, Thailand, Portugal, Germany, and Spain will spend their year with Oconomowoc families and study at OHS.

Adult volunteers recruit host families, recruit study abroad students for summer, semester, and yearly programs, support families and students through monthly contacts, fundraise to provide scholarships and stipends, work with the OHS AFS/International club, and facilitate events and presentations to bring cultural understanding to the community.


Pontoon Shuttle

Once again the Downtown Oconomowoc Business Association will be offering free Pontoon Shuttles to the Festival this year, sponsored by the Boat House. Departures will be every half hour from the city boat launch on Fowler Lake, in the municipal parking lot just north of City Hall. A short jaunt across Fowler Lake will land you at the Festival grounds in Fowler Park.

Look for Light up the Lake, an annual Venetian boat parade held on Lac la Belle in conjunction with Festival Week. Beautifully lit boats circle the lake at dusk, to the delight of the many spectators. This year's parade will take place at City Beach on Saturday, August 17, following the 7:30 p.m. concert by the American Legion Band. A fireworks display will end the evening.