Above: Jackson Taylor

What the GPOE is excited about in August around Baraboo, Wisconsin

Watermelon, movies outdoors with seasonal snacks, and the most delicious farmers market month of the year. We are certainly excited for August in Baraboo!

Welcome to the monthly Baraboo event calendar, where our blog author dives deep into the vibrant community happenings! In our monthly Baraboo Events Blog, we will provide you with a comprehensive list of upcoming events and share our personal experiences, turning this blog into your go-to guide for making the most out of every event. Get ready to enjoy these events like a local, as our author spills the beans on insider tips and hidden gems to enhance your experience. Discover the rich history behind some of these intriguing events, allowing you to connect with the heart and soul of Baraboo. From lively festivals to cultural celebrations, our blog will ensure you never miss an opportunity to enjoy the excitement, creating lasting memories at every turn. Embrace the joy of community gatherings and explore the essence of Baraboo like never before. 

Sandhill crane and chick.

August Highlights

Cranes of the World Celebration

August 12 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Fun for the entire family! Save the date for our annual Cranes of the World Celebration on Saturday, Aug. 12, at our headquarters in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Plan your visit here. Here’s what to expect:
  • Hands-on activities for the little Craniacs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including origami crane folding, crane masks and a crane anatomy display.
  • We will also introduce two new tours – Continent of Cranes and a Storytelling Tour that explores the folklore behind cranes. Guided tours will be at 10 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m., along with a Keeper Chat with an aviculturist at 2 p.m.
  • Don’t miss special guest appearances by naturalist and humorist David Stokes at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and our Whooping Crane mascot Hope from 9:30 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 3:30 p.m.!
  • And, of course, be sure to check out our gift shop, where you can find unique crane-themed gifts, many exclusive to the International Crane Foundation.
  Please join us and celebrate cranes around the world! Daily admission is $12.50 for adults, $10 for seniors 65 and over, and $6 for youth ages 6-17. Children five and under and Members are free. For more information about the day, please call 608-356-9462 ext. 121.
Via International Crane Foundation 

Stories in the Park encourages literacy through active play and movement, songs, music, and cooperative games. Stay and play at the playground or visit the zoo afterwards. This program is intended for toddlers-preschoolers, but all ages are welcome.


Special event for Hope House of South Central Wisconsin, raising funds for their shelter and their work with domestic violence and sexual assault and trafficking victims in Sauk, Columbia, Adams, Marquette, and Juneau counties. Top Shelf has been called “Madison’s most versatile duo.” Tracy Jane Comer (keys, guitar, vocals) and Alan M. (percussion, vocals) perform music from many decades and styles, with a “heavy pour” of great radio hits from the ’70s/’80s and ’90s…everything from classic rock to classic country plus a touch of blues and jazz. Expect surprises! – Isthmus

Time: 6-8pm


Jackson Taylor is from Medford, Wisconsin and currently resides in Weston, Wi. He covers acoustic country music from 90’s to present along with many originals. In 2018 he released his first single “Let the Night Begin” and in 2022 an EP followed, “Pray Like Hell.” In June 2022 he released the single “Painting Pictures” Playing 70 different venues and close to 175 shows in 2022, Jackson likes to keep things real and authentic. You get what you see with this artist. Note: This venue 10 minutes north of Baraboo. Click here for more info.
“We will have free ice cream sundaes (while supplies last!), games, crafts, juggling, and comedy! Event will be held outdoors under the overhang next to the museum entrance, rain or shine! The event will run from 1-3pm and will be included with the price of admission. Donations always appreciated!” – Baraboo Children’s Museum Click here to learn more.
Ladies join us for a Farm to Table Tour. During the tour, you’ll see firsthand how sustainable agriculture works, how what is grown in the ground goes through a process to reach the kitchen table or the handcrafted skincare products. Please, remember that you will NEED to purchase a ticket for 12.75$ from NEW LIFE LAVENDER AND CHERRY FARM.  Please purchase a ticket for August 26th at 11 am here.

Badgers Retro Board Games-Final Week Party!

Our final week together will include board games and treats. Registration required, please call 608-356-6166.

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