Special Events

Special Events 

Screen Free Week
Date: 2022 date coming soon!
Together with Advocate Aurora Health, Foredtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin, Washington Ozaukee Public Health, Feith Family YMCA, Riveredge Nature Center, Grafton Park and Recreation, Cedarburg Public Library, Ozaukee Skateland, and W.J. Niederkorn Library; the Port Washington Recreation Department is proud to bring you Screen Free Week! 
This weeklong extravaganza of FREE community events is designed to offer you a number of opportunities to get active and get outside!  While technology can be a helpful tool and is most certainly a necessary part of our lives, especially now, it is also important that we get time away from our screens, which is what this week of events is all about! 
Community Cleanup

Date: 2022 date coming soon!

Join us in cleaning up our community! 
What you will need:
- Thick gloves, such as work gloves or gardening gloves
- Garbage Bags
Check in at the Veteran's Memorial Park comfort station, here you can get a map of an area to clean up and pick up some extra supplies if you need them!  Check in is from 8:30-11:30 AM.  
Things to keep in mind:
- Never pick up any trash without gloves on
- Do not touch your face with gloves or dirty/soiled hands
- Dispose of trash bags in appropriate receptacles
 For more information and updates closer to the event check out our event page on Facebook!

 Hiking Challenge
Date: 2022 date coming soon!
The Port Washington Hiking Challenge is back!  You will receive a guide on the first day of the challenge that contains over 20 hiking destinations that are within 2.5 hours or less from Port Washington. The guide will not only include several hiking locations but also, maps and links for more information on each hiking destination so you can feel prepared before you step out the door for your adventure. You will also be provided with a list of plant and animal species with pictures so you can hunt for them and learn along the way. 
We are challenging individuals, pairs, or families to get outdoors and make the most of our Wisconsin trail system, parks, and the summer/fall weather. Let's improve our mental wellness while keeping active and enjoying nature and the great outdoors! The more hikes accomplished and the more challenge finds = more entries you will receive which means a greater chance to win gift cards to Sherper's! 

 Great Port Washington Campout
 Date: 2022 date coming soon!
 Gather your family and friends to enjoy the serenity and inspiration of nature through this fun camping event.  After setting up your tents, campers can enjoy a number of classic campground activities such as s'mores, yard games, tie-dying, and more!  We will also have stargazing activities with Northern Cross Science Foundation starting at dusk!  Wake up and enjoy sunrise yoga and a continental breakfast!
Pre Registration is Required!
*wristbands will be provided for each paid participant and must be worn for the duration of the event*

Polar Express 2021
Date: 12/4/21
Time: 9am-12pm
Location: Port Washington Fire Dept
Fee: $7 per ticket (ages 2 & under FREE)

Mark your calendars for a magical journey to the North Pole and bring the family to see Santa and the wonders of his workshop. Activities include caroling, cookie decorating, trolley rides, train display, letters to Santa, making of "reindeer food", FREE photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus with a special gift from Santa. If you are coming from Cedarburg and Grafton, feel free to catch a ride on a decorated school bus to and from the event.

Ticket Purchase Options - must be picked up by Dec 3
a) Parks and Recreation Departments (Cedarburg, Grafton, Port Washington)
b) Port Washington State Bank (Cedarburg, Grafton, Port Washington)
Cedarburg Bus Option:  Ticket holders who have selected the Cedarburg Bus Option will enjoy transportation to and from the North Pole via the Cedarburg Polar Express Decorated School Bus. The Cedarburg bus departs at 10:15am from Cedarburg Community Pool W68 N851 Evergreen Blvd. The return home Cedarburg Bus departs from the North Pole at 12:00pm.
Grafton Bus Option:  Registered ticket holders who have selected Grafton Bus Option will enjoy transportation to and from the North Pole via the Grafton Polar Express decorated school bus. The Grafton bus departs at 8:45am from Multipurpose Senior Center 1665 7th Avenue Grafton. The return home Grafton Bus departs from the North Pole at 10:30am.

 Santa in a Snow Globe
Registration begins November 29 
Dates: December 17 and 18, 2021
Time: 5:00-7:00 PM
Location: Upper Lake Park Picnic Area 6
You may only attend during the time you are registered for. (30 minute time slots) 
Get your picture taken with Santa safely! Come on up to Upper Lake Park to meet Santa in his giant snow globe, give him a high five, and even get your wish list into the North Pole mailbox. Letters will be provided to complete at the park or bring your own handcrafted letter to place in the North Pole mailbox. VIP will be taking pictures that you will be able to instantly download and/or print at your favorite spot. The picture link will be provided on the Port Washington Recreation Department website within 1 week. Hot chocolate will be sold from 5:00-7:00pm (Beer Garden Area) with holiday music, lights, and decorations to fill the park! Pictures with Santa will be for pre-registered participants only. You don't want to miss out on seeing Santa this year! 

Banner Permit - Hill School 
 Have a special event or community offering coming up?  Our Banner permits will help you get the word out!