Cultures Fest, Blippi, Man of Honor and more this weekend

Community Cultures Fest 

Saturday, 6/8 | Marathon Park, Wausau 

In the 70s and 80s, Wausau welcomed a number of Hmong refugees who were fleeing Laos and Cambodia after assisting Richard Nixon’s secret war there. And more recently, Wausau has welcomed a number of refugees from Afghanistan and other places. The transition recently has been much more smooth – but I bet a number of people would like to know more about our new neighbors. Now is your chance! Put on by American Hispanic Association (AHA), ECDC Multicultural Community Center, The Hmong American Center and New Beginnings for Refugees, this event is a celebration of cultures in the Wausau community. Check out the displays and vendors at Marathon Park. 10 am to 4 pm. More at 

Blippi: The Wonderful World Tour

Tuesday, 6/11 | Grand Theater, Wausau

I grew up watching Sesame Street, but that was a long time ago. Since then, children’s entertainment has gone online. Very few online children’s entertainers have become as famous as Blippi, created by Stevin John. His videos are often educational in focus, teaching small children through Blippi’s adventures. The Wonderful World Tour is a live event where Blippi learns about different cities around the globe. Stevin John does not play Blippi on tour – an actor plays the character instead. This could be a fun event for young children, whether they are familiar with Blippi or not. 6 pm. $37.50-77.50. More at

Triebold Family Opera 

Saturday 6/8 | Stoney Acres Farm, Athens 

Pizza on the Farm at Stoney Acres is a summer must-do already, but this particular night might truly be a must-see. Emily Triebold is an opera singer who has performed at Carnegie Hall and is a finalist for the Pasadena Vocal Competition — so to say she’s got the chops is an understatement. Triebold and her husband Adam, a music teacher in Athens, will bring you a night of opera to go along with your pizza and beer. According to Stoney Acres, when Emily performed Carmen she stunned the entire gathering into silence, it was so powerful. Besides the opera, the two will perform a set of pop songs as well. Surely there will be some opera-named pizza as well. Music typically runs 5-8 pm, pizza typically starts at 4 pm. 

Tom Pease 

Tuesday, 6/11 | Oak Island Park, Wausau 

Tom Pease

In the world of children’s entertainment, Tom Pease is a local legend. Pease has been performing children’s material for decades now, starting his programs in 1982. Pease performs more than 200 shows per year, now performing for children of the children he once performed for. Pease’s philosophy is that our society sings less and less, and he wants to spread the joy of singing to children to reverse that trend. Expect plenty of audience singing, laughs and joy as Pease puts on this 45-minute show at Oak Island Park. Two shows, 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. Free. 

Man of Honor 

Fri-Sun, 6/7-9 | Wausau Eagles Club, Wausau 

Most of the time a raffle wouldn’t make the City Pages’ highlights section, but the Man of Honor event fits the bill, with three days of music, fun, fireworks and raising money for veterans. There are food and games during the day Saturday, music by Honkey Tonk Highway on Friday and Knock Point on Saturday, and fireworks at dusk. On Sunday, The Polish Connection will play, plus a $5 chicken dinner and the raffle drawings throughout the weekend. Proceeds go to help members of the military, veterans and their families. Noon-11 pm Fri, Sat; 11 am-8 pm Sunday. Check out for more details.