Schedule of Events

There's something for everyone at Sturgeon Fest- from the youngest fry to to the adults who have swam many a mile. We'll have a full schedule for the day as the event draws closer!

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Sturgeon Fest Opening Ceremony: remarks from local dignitaries, ceremonial Native American blessing, first sturgeon release, and meet the Sturgeon General!

12 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Public sturgeon release! Sponsor a sturgeon for $10 and release it into Lake Michigan at Sturgeon Fest- citizen science in action! (Reserve a sturgeon online ahead of the Fest to ensure a sturgeon for release anytime between noon and 2. Day of sponsorship is available on a first-come, first-serve basis only as long as remaining numbers allow.)

2 - 3 PM

  • Special Kohl’s Wild Theater live performance of “The Great Global Extravaganza” from the Milwaukee County Zoo.  An educational and fun mix of skits, songs, and stories that introduce audiences to animals from around the globe.

11 AM - 3 PM

  • Local food trucks
  • Family fun tent with crafts and games
  • Take on the the Adventure Rock climbing wall from 12-3! (FREE climb with sturgeon sponsorship, or $5 per climb)
  • Live reptile & amphibian exhibit
  • 15+ booths with hands-on activities from some of our favorite environmental organizations
  • Prairie Tours from Tom Kroeger of Lakeshore State Park (see full schedule at event for start times)
  • Scavenger hunt through the grounds
  • Wandering minstrel sharing sturgeon inspired tunes
  • And much more!

Hand release a sturgeon

Support the sturgeon and hand release one of these amazing relics of the dinosaur age at this year's event. Stay tuned for 2017 sponsorship to open!

Sponsor a Sturgeon