Whitewater winter events


Photo by: Dane Sheehan

Tylor Fraser carries a northern pike across Whitewater Lake, which he caught while participating in the Whitewater Lions Club 45th Annual Fish-A-Ree.

Felicity Knabenabuer, Community Editor

The Whitewater community is always bustling about like busy bees no matter the time of year. The start of 2023 is no different. There are a variety of events throughout the city that make the perfect opportunity to get out and get involved. 


Mindful Mondays Book Club Information Night

Reading is more than just a pastime. It can also be a shared activity! Join community members Lori Frison and Denise Maple for Mindful Mondays book club information night. This is the first night of many but this one will include an introduction to the book club and picking up the first book selection. Each month on the 4th Monday, the book club will host a discussion and mindfulness practice. Jan. 23, Irving L. Young Memorial Library, 431 W. Center St, Whitewater.


“Part of the library’s mission is to provide programs for people of all ages. We try to introduce new topics to the community such as education or personal enjoyment. All of our library programs are always free and are just a way for people to participate and be a part of the community,” said programming and marketplace librarian Sarah French.


 Local Landmarks at Risk Presentation

These city owned landmarks: Birge Fountain, Starin Park Water Tower, White Memorial Building, and Whitewater Effigy Mounds Preserve are looking a little worse for ware. The deterioration of Whitewaters historical landmarks is concerning to many. Join Landmark Commissions members as they provide a brief overview and photos of the landmarks and discuss why these locations are in desperate need for repair. Jan. 24, Irvin L Young Memorial Library

431 W. Center St., Whitewater.


Two Baroque Cellos Performance

Two professional cello players want to put on a performance for the Whitewater community, playing works from Boccherini, Duport and Berteau. Catch musicians Charlie Rasmussen and Benjamin Whitcomb at their concert in the light recital hall in the Green hill center of the Arts. Jan. 29, 950 W Main St, Whitewater


Itty Bitty Art Show (Canvas Pickup & Creation)

This is an announcement to all artists in the area! Be a part of the Itty Bitty Art Show and pick up your canvas to create some adorably tiny art. It will be shown off just a few weeks down the road in march. Any teens and adults interested have to bring back the canvas on Feb. 24. Jan. 30, 431 W. Center St. Whitewater, WI


Weekly Walk – Ice Age trail

Hiking never has to be a solitary occasion ever again when the weekly walks on the ice age trail exist! Join professional hiker Andrew Whitney as he and any others who want to come along as they trek through thick wooded hills to vast and gorgeous prairies every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. They hike approximately three miles of the ice age trail in the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest. Whitney waits for hikers to join him at the Hwy 12 crossing located about four miles east of Whitewater. The corner of Hwy 12 & Sherwood forest Rd in the DNR parking lot. 


“We do this for the serenity of it I guess. Being outside is the best and alot of people like the exercise. We have been doing this for 20 years, every single week. No matter if it’s 10 below, it’s raining or snowing. The only thing that keeps us is lightning,” said avid hiker Andrew Whitney.


Witte Artistry Exhibit at Cultural Arts Center

Special effects have long been an important art form within media, such as movies and commercials. Whitewater Alumni Kim Witte has been pursuing a make up career for over 11 years and is back to show off her work. The Whitewater Arts Alliance presents Witte Artistry, an exhibit that features work from Witte. Enjoy some light refreshments as you bask in her artwork.

Feb. 2, 402 W. Main St. Whitewater.


Whitewater Indoor City Market

Never miss out on your farmers market goodies— handmade and homegrown. The Whitewater Indoor city market regularly has vendors selling baked breads, woven blankets and many other comforting wintery wonders. The market is available every Saturday until the outdoor market opens once again in May. Feb. 4, 431 W. Center St, Whitewater.


Barista cat cafe grand opening

The first ever cat cafe in southern Wisconsin is opening up right in your backyard! The Whitewater community is gaining the purrfect business for cat and coffee lovers alike. Make a reservation for the grand opening and join owner Natalie Serna for the first official day of her Barista cat cafe’s operation. Feb. 4, 135 W. Center St. Whitewater.


47th Annual Lions Club Fish-A-Ree

Do you love fishing? Then start off your morning with a valentines pancake breakfast before heading downstairs for hourly fish prizes and a 50-50 raffle! The 47th annual Lions club fish-a-ree is back and better than ever. Feb. 12, Lions Clubhouse, N7441 Kettle Moraine Drive.


Itty Bitty Art Show

This exhibition shows off tiny art work from community members throughout the month of Mach. Stop on by to treat your eyes to some fantabulous itty bitty art. March 1, 431 W Center St. Whitewater.


2023 Whitewater Polar Plunge

Is that a polar bear roar you hear in the distance? Why, it is! The 2023 Whitewater Polar plunge is on its way to Cravath Lakefront Park to help raise funds for Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes. Enjoy live music, hot cocoa and watching your fellow community members take the plunge. Mar. 18, Cravath Lake Park.