Every week, we highlight 5 interesting events, activities, initiatives, or unique happenings around the Greater Green Bay community (in no particular order). Things to do in Green Bay this week:

1 – Fit Fest/Celebrity Red Zone Challenge – Saturday, July 16th, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Leicht Park

FIT Fest is an annual festival featuring the area’s best health and wellness businesses showcasing their products, classes, and knowledge. The festival also highlights some of the fitness and wellness programs included in the FIT in the Parks series and highlights some of the great resources available in our wonderful park system. Come out and enjoy a day of health, wellness and fitness by visiting the booths of local wellness organizations and participating in Try-It classes.

As part of Fit Fest this year, join us for the “Celebrity Red Zone Challenge”, from 10:30 am to noon at Leicht Memorial Park (right behind Titletown Brewery), and watch your favorite area personalities and active community partners hit the gridiron to help fight hunger. Enjoy an afternoon of trick plays, diving catches, one handed interceptions, and some of the best TD dances that would make the ESPN Top 10 Plays of the Week.

Originally part of On Broadway’s Winterfest, we are trading the ice and snow for sunshine and joining forces with the City of Green Bay and Aurora BayCare to promote healthy and active life styles in our community. Past teams have included members of the Green Bay Chill, Paper Valley Roller Girls, Comedy City, and Packer Alumni. Be sure to join us for some fast paced football action as we help promote health and wellness in Green Bay.


2 – Open Streets Green Bay- Saturday, July 16th, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Downtown Green Bay

Mark your calendars for a full day of fitness, healthy activities, wellness demos, and more with “Open Streets Green Bay” on Saturday, July 16, 2016. Brought to you by Aurora Baycare, “Open Streets” will be closing off a number of downtown city streets to vehicle traffic in an effort to promote fun transportation alternatives, such as biking, walking, running, skating and more.  Similar to what many of you have probably experienced on State Street in Madison, “Open Streets” will give you the unique opportunity to casually walk, bike, or jog the downtown area while also enjoying music, food, and entertainment.

Personally, I am happy to see efforts like this as one of our current initiatives is making a more pedestrian and biker friendly Green Bay. While we have seen some progress with the expansion of our trail system and the renaming of the Green Bay Traffic Commission to the Green Bay Traffic, Bike, and Pedestrian Commission, we still have a long way to go to truly accommodate a walker’s/biker’s lifestyle. Please note that I think the city of Green Bay Planning and DPW staff do an excellent job with the projects they work on (which, included bike lanes and pedestrian considerations to the recent Military Ave, Broadway Ave, and Monroe Ave projects as well as the upcoming  Webster Ave and University Ave projects), however we as a community simply need to rework some of the past infrastructure. In any case, anything we can do to help get people walking, biking, running, or simply being more active is a good thing and I am excited for this event to once again hit the downtown area.

The four primary objectives of “Open Streets” (pulled from their website) include

  • Empower participants with the ability to improve their health and wellness
  • Encourage cycling, walking and running as ways to be fit
  • Increase community awareness, knowledge and acceptance of active modes of transportation
  • Connect the neighborhoods, parks and businesses within our communities


3 – JD McPherson Live at the new Barrel Haus, Badger State Brewing Company – Saturday, July 16th, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)

Join us for the grand opening of the new Barrel Haus banquet area at Badger State Brewing Company. Check out one of the area’s newest hot spots and enjoy the amazing tunes of JD McPherson. Tickets only $22 in advance and $27 at the door. Get your tickets today at:


4 – Hot Rods and Harley Bike Show – Saturday, July 16th, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, at Vandervest Harley Davidson

If you are a fan of classic cars, Harleys, customs, and tricked out rides, be sure to check out their annual Hot Rods and Harley show this weekend. Event is FREE and open to the public and guests can vote on their favorite rides of the day. See a great selection of custom vehicles from across the Midwest and enjoy food, beverages, LIVE music, and more.


5 – Bay Beach Lego Celebration – Saturday and Sunday, July 16th and 17th, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Bay Beach Amusement park

Join us at Bay Beach Pavilion for a great Lego event on July 16th and 17th from 10:00 am to 6:00pm. See awesome Lego displays from Kenosha Lego Users Group including a working amusement park. One of my favorite events at Bay Beach, you will see some amazing Lego displays and impressive creations. Even if just a passive fan of Legos or construction, this is worth checking out. Participate in Lego building contests on Saturday and win prizes! Visit with the Star Wars 501st.


Posted By: Brian Danzinger