Central Wisconsin Water Walkers free show
Tuesday, June 6 | D.C. Everest Park, Wausau
There’s no such thing as a free lunch, but there is a free water ski show. The Central Wisconsin Water Water Walkers will be performing all summer with free shows on Lake Wausau. This year’s theme is Spongebob The Ski Show, so it’s bound to be entertaining as the skiers perform incredible tricks. With plenty of grandstand seating to watch from, and food for sale on-site, the ski show ought to make a great way to spend a Tuesday evening. Free, family friendly. Fun fact: They also perform on Thursdays at Lake Du Bay at 4480 Park Road Mosinee, WI 54455. 6:30 pm. cwwaterwalkers.com
Copper Box and Bull Falls Brewery
Friday, June 2 | Bull Falls Brewery, Wausau
They’re not a Wausau band, but they might as well be. Everyone around town knows who Copper Box is. Bringing that zydeco style with horns, an accordion and a whole lot of energy, Copper Box really is a part in a box. This Oshkosh band has been around since 2002, bringing more than two decades of entertaining people. They’ve played accordion festivals, been on national TV and have received several WAMI awards. Come see them play in the Bull Falls Biergarten. 6 pm. bullfallsbrewery.com
Whitewater Rec Release
Sat.-Sun., June 3-4 | Wausau Whitewater Park, Wausau
So this one might seem a little specific — how many Wausau area residents are whitewater kayakers? — but there is a very good reason to include the first whitewater rec release of the year. It’s really fun to watch. Kayakers show up from around the Midwest as Wausau Whitewater let’s the water in to kickstart those crazy rapids. With plenty of seating, it’s really fun to make your way down to the downtown course to watch kayakers do plenty of those fun flips and turns and roll underwater, only to emerge a few seconds later unscathed. It’s just part of Wausau in the summer. If you are a kayaker, It’s $20 per day, $30 per weekend, and you need ACA membership ($10). Otherwise it’s free to mosey on down and watch. 10 am to 4 pm. wausauwhitewater.org.
Concerts on the Square: Brass Differential
Wednesday, June 7 | 400 Block, Wausau
There are a lot of events around the Wausau area that, when they happen, it officially feels like summer. So at the risk of sounding overused, the first Concert on the Square is definitely one of those events! Kicking off this season of concerts, which extend a little later into the year this year, is Brass Differential. This Green Bay-based group has been the go-to party band since 2012, bringing a unique style of brass-heavy New Orleans style but also mixing in R&B, jazz and blues among other things. The march through the crowd is worth seeing alone. 6-8 pm. No smoking, no pets, no tents or large tables and no blankets down before 4 pm each day as it kills the grass on the 400 Block per Wausau Events. Rain location: Whitewater Music Hall. wausauevents.org.
Saturday, June 3 | Downtown Wausau, Wausau
Wausau Pride is really growing into quite the event. This year, it’s comprised of four parts! First up is Family Pride Fest from 11 am to 3:30 pm, with kids activities such as bounce houses and others from local non-profits. Security will be on site. After that, Whitewater Music Hall will host a teen open mic from 3:30-5:30 pm. (Aimed at 13-19 years old, safe space, no hate speech tolerated). Originally The Grand was going to host a pretty famous drag performer, but due to an illness Whitewater Music Hall will host a remixed drag show at 7:30 pm. And then the official after party will occur at The Oz night club. See Wausau River District for more details on each of the events.
Family Storytime at Rib Mountain State Park
Saturday, June 3, | Rib Mountain State Park
Sometimes you just want a nice storytime with the kiddos — so why not do it in the open air, in nature, and on top of Wausau’s very own mountain? The Marathon County Public Library will be hosting this storytime with two different times — 10 am and 11 am — each identical with stories, songs and so much more. Entry to the park is free too, so the event really is completely free. What a great excuse to take the kiddos on a hike before or after the story hour too. No registration. Just show up and enjoy. mcpl.us