New Glarus, WI

Whether you’re visiting New Glarus for a day, a weekend, or you’re just pedaling through, it’s easy to see why New Glarus’ Swiss founders chose to settle in the picturesque hills of Green County.  Almost 175 years later, New Glarus is as beautiful as ever and its people continue to celebrate their rich heritage with attractions sure to delight:  festivals, museums, shopping, dining, plus so much more. 

With farm fresh food just steps away from the village, enjoy the best farm-to-table dining available. For foodie adventurers, try Swiss and European delicacies like wienerschnitzel, roesti potatoes, raclette, or fondue. Pair your meal with wine from local wineries or a glass of beer from our award-winning brewery. For dessert, try our locally made fudge, ice cream, or Swiss pastries. You won’t leave hungry!

New Glarus’ weekend festivals offer spirited polka bands, lively yodeling, and a chance to sample local and regional delicacies. 

Polkafest takes place June 7-8 in downtown New Glarus, showcasing an impressive lineup of polka bands with free admission to the fest tent. 

 Enjoy the Heidi Festival weekend June 28-30, filled with great food, entertainment, music, and fun for the whole family. The weekend’s highlight is the presentation of Johanna Spyri’s classic play, Heidi.  It’s the heartwarming story of the young girl with braids, Heidi, her gruff grandfather, and their love of the majestic Alps of Switzerland.  The performances are staged by local actors in a warm presentation that includes live goats and kittens on stage!

 New Glarus Blues, Brews & Food Trucks. From 11 AM – 8 PM on June 29th, bring a blanket to spread on the grass and enjoy blues music all day long, cold local beers on tap and food trucks from all over Wisconsin. 

Wilhelm Tell Festival.  Visit us over Labor Day weekend to learn the story of Swiss independence.  It’s a live theater presentation with intricate costumes and a lively cast that includes goats, cows and horses.  More than 100 local volunteers join to make each colorful performance come to life, staged in a beautiful outdoor setting. Visit for details.

 Oktoberfest.  September 26-29, Oktoberfest takes place in downtown New Glarus and features live music, , local beer, great food, wagon rides, chainsaw carving, plus plenty of family fun.  

See the complete New Glarus festival schedule and learn more about our shops, hotels, restaurants, and attractions at Grüezi!