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Music and airplanes will fill up your week

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are scheduled to perform during EAA's AirVenture, which runs July 24 through 30.

With music and airplanes filling up the event calendar, this is a great time of the year to kick back and enjoy the weather at one of the many upcoming events. Find a relaxing seat and great entertainment every day of the week in Oshkosh.

Stroll over to Ardy and Ed’s Drive-In during Cruise Night for an evening of great cars, music and food this Thursday at 5 p.m. The event features a live remote from WVBO Radio, the nostalgic setting of Ardy & Ed’s across from beautiful Lake Winnebago and some of the coolest collectible vehicles in the state.

Waterfest, the best summer concert series in the Fox Valley, rolls on Thursday with Gregg Rolie. Rolie was the original lead singer and a founding member of both Santana and Journey. Opening bands include Pau Cebar Tomorrow Sound and Steely Dan. Gates open at 5:45 p.m.



This year’s EAA AirVenture runs July 24 through 30.

Come enjoy the wonderful talent and fashion show featuring individuals with some very special abilities during the Uniquely You Pageant at Oshkosh North High School on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. The event features concessions, silent auctions and an opportunity to shop specially selected vendors. All proceeds donated to local area non-profit special needs agencies and groups.

A new exhibit, “Voices of Native American Art – Telling our Story,” is opening up at the Oshkosh Public Museum Sunday at 1 p.m.  The unique exhibit presents a variety of artwork from living native artists who are members and descendants of different Native American nations, many with deep connections to the Lake Winnebago watershed. The exhibit will run through Oct. 8.

The world-renowned EAA AirVenture begins July 24. More than 10,000 aircraft will land at what becomes the busiest airport in the world during the weeklong event. Daily air shows, aerobatics, nightly concerts, night air shows, workshops, demonstrations and a lot more may all be found at AirVenture. Special event highlights include the U.S. Navy Blue Angels air show, a performance by the Barenaked Ladies, the Apollo Program’s 50th Anniversary and Old Glory Honor Flight’s Yellow Ribbon Flight.

The Live at the Leach Tuesday Night Concert Series welcomes Bad Habitz to the Leach Amphitheater July 25. Enjoy live music, family activities and food truck vendors. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with family-fun entertainment provided by the American Black Belt Academy.

Music is in the air in downtown Oshkosh as the Main Street Music Festival begins July 26. The five-day festival features more than 100 musicians, artists, comedians and entertainers. Enjoy music from many different genres as performers fill downtown bars, restaurants and streets. No tickets are necessary, just come downtown and enjoy the show.

The Grand Opera House gets into the music mix as well when the Oshkosh Area Community Band comes in to play its final summer concert of the season July 26. Family favorites such as marches, selections written for bands and individual performances by sections of the band will be featured during the free concert.

Bring blankets and lawn chairs for a night of relaxing under the stars while watching the movie “Finding Dory” during Free Family Movie Night July 28 at the Leach Amphitheater. Live entertainment will be provided by the American Black Belt Academy before the movie.

The Lakeside Quilters Guild is holding its 29th annual EAA Quilt Show July 27 at the Oshkosh Seniors Center. The show’s theme is “Friendships Around the World” to welcome national and international visitors to the EAA AirVenture. Guild members will display more than 80 quilts, including bed-sized, lap and baby quilts, wall hangings, home decor, miniatures and challenge quilts.

Get your running shoes and bring them to EAA AirVenture July 29 for a run around the world’s busiest airport. The EAA Runaway 5K takes you through a tour of the AirVenture campus as you run past incredible aircraft and get a preview of aviation exhibits of all types.

Live at Lunch, the community lunchtime concert series, takes place every Wednesday at noon in Opera House Square. Escape the office and enjoy food and refreshments from local restaurants and live music from local musicians. Live at Lunch continues through Aug. 9.

Check out the Farmer’s Market in downtown Oshkosh every Saturday morning for all your fresh produce needs. It’s a great opportunity to shop local and stock up on in-season fruits and vegetables, crafts and ready-to-eat foods. With more than 140 vendors, live music and themed events, there is always something for everyone at the Oshkosh Farmer’s Market.

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