Brodhead Airport Fly-ins – February, May, & July
Brodhead's airport, which consists of 88 acres of grass, trees, 50 hangars, and three grass runways, was established in 1946. It is home to the very large and active EAA Chapter 431, chartered in 1973 with 19 members and currently boasting a membership of nearly 80.
Groundhog Chili Ski Fly-in
Held the first Saturday in February from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and open to the public, this is a mid-winter event established for pilots suffering from cabin fever. Planes are equipped with skis. Free will donation for homemade chili and fixins.
Photo courtesy of EAA Chapter 431
Community Pancake Breakfast
Held on a Sunday in mid-to-late May, this annual event is specifically designed for the public, and features a standard pancake breakfast including eggs, sausage, and beverages. It is also a fly-in event, so attendance is high and attendees can witness many take-offs and landings. Sometimes features a visit from the UW med-flight helicopter if it is available, and visitors can get an up-close inspection of this wonderful lifesaver, as well as information about it and its work. Usually features free Young Eagles airplane rides for kids age 8-17 and many airplanes on display for the public.
Held "the weekend before Oshkosh" which is usually the third weekend of July but sometimes later. This three-day event is open to the public, but is actually a national gathering for builders and pilots of the Pietenpol and Hatz series of homebuilt airplanes. There are seminars, movies, evening meals and camping. Pilots fly in from all over the country and many continue on to the big fly-in at Oshkosh the following week.
Twilight in the Park Concerts – June 19 through August 14
To open and print the 2016 concert schedule, click here.
What better way is there to spend a relaxing summer Sunday evening than listening to a concert in the park? Twilight in the Park concerts are a series of free concerts held from 6:00 until 8 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Brodhead. Concerts begin June 19th this year and conclude the weekend of Covered Bridge Days, August 14 in 2016. Concerts are coordinated by the Business Improvement District and sponsored by local businesses and clubs. In case of rain, the concerts are moved to the Brodhead High School Auditeria.
Hundreds flock to the annual Amish School Fund-raiser each summer. The sale takes place the last Saturday of July, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Many come before 8 a.m. to view the items to be auctioned. Among the items are beautiful hand-made quilts, handmade furniture, and antiques. Stroll around the grounds and buy tasty Amish baked goods, homemade ice cream and other delicious treats, and admire the strong work horses. Not far from the school, which is at the corner of Atkinson Road and STH 104, you will find Detweiler Kauffman Furniture, where you may purchase beautiful Amish-made furniture year-round. This quaint store is at WS09 Atkinson Road. For more information, call 608-897-8787.Covered Bridge Days – August
During the second weekend of August each year, Brodhead hosts a weekend brimming with exciting and interesting activities for everyone, with the theme of “Bridging yesterday with tomorrow.” Recently-added events include the Wildflower Festival, featuring native plant tours and educational programs as well as a juried, high-quality art festival in downtown Veterans Park (see details by clicking the “Wildflower Festival” button); exploring the historic Mill Race by pontoon boat at the new “Embrace the Race” event; and a regional garden tractor expo that brings hundreds of vintage and refurbished garden tractors to town. Among the many long-standing Covered Bridge Days activities are a kids’ fun run, garden displays, tractor show with a thresheree and tractor pull, horse show with pony rides, toy tractor pull, flea market, vendors on the Square, Model A antique car display and classic car show, historical tours, volleyball and softball tournaments, a street dance, a parade, food stands and beer gardens. For more information, call the Brodhead Chamber of Commerce at 897-8411.
Click here to download and print the complete 2016 Covered Bridge Days Schedule
The new Wildflower Art Festival, sponsored by the Brodhead Chamber, is held on the Saturday of Covered Bridge Days, the second weekend of August. Quick to become popular with artists and customers as well, it is a juried art fair held in shady Veterans Park from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Click here to open the 2016 Wildflower Art Festival card
On the first Saturday of November, the Brodhead Jaycees sponsor an art and craft show held at Albrecht Elementary School and Brodhead Middle School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food stands are available at both schools. This major fundraiser for the Jaycees allows them to sponsor many activities for kids as well as scholarships.AutumnFest – October
During the first Saturday of each October, come to Brodhead for AutumnFest! Fun-filled activities abound, including a chili contest, music, children's activities, food booths, sidewalk craft vendors, and pontoon boat rides on the Mill Race. For more information, go to "Community Events - Upcoming," call the Brodhead Chamber of Commerce at 897-8411.
Click here to download the 2015 AutumnFest poster with a list of all activities!
Nothing can kick off the Christmas holiday better than taking time to enjoy the annual Fire & Ice Festival in Brodhead with carriage rides, lighted parade, memory tree lighting and Friday night luminarias the first full weekend of December. Pretty lights and seasonal music greet you as you find bargains and that special something for the people on your shopping list. Fire is on the Square to keep you warm and to roast hot dogs, or marshmallows for s’mores. Ice provides great entertainment as it is transformed with a chainsaw into glistening, incredible ice sculptures! Prepare to be amazed! Hose-drawn carriage rides, frozen T-shirt contest, car giveaway, food, and much more! For more information, call the Brodhead Chamber of Commerce at
Click here to download and print the complete 2015 Fire & Ice schedule