KAUKAUNA — At long last, an electric start to the summer music season is returning to Kaukauna.
Electric City Experience was announced on Wednesday after last staging an event in 2018. It’ll will take place from June 9-12, 2021 and feature five stages of live music. The event will be centered at Hydro Park and the Kaukauna Farmers Market Lot.
Festivities will also include a carnival midway, food trucks and plenty of cold beer.
The announcement was a welcome sign that life is beginning to return to normal in these final stages of the pandemic.
Electric City Experience was put on hiatus in 2019 after experiencing some organizational issues. Organizers intended to bring it back in 2020, however pandemic-related restrictions kicked in before they reached the point of announcing the event.
This year’s event should make it worth the wait after people had so few live music opportunities in the last year.
Events start Wednesday, June 9 with a Live From Hydro Park kickoff from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday is made for families with Kids Carnival Day from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday are built for music. Live music will run until 11 p.m. on both nights. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday.
For those wary, the event will be fully outdoors and organizers are planning safety measures in the interests of community health and wellbeing.
It’s the region’s first music festival of the year, and while it draws fans from throughout the Fox Cities, Electric City Experience has always been special to Kaukauna.
Beyond providing a weekend of fun, it’s raised money to benefit Kaukauna year-round.
Though Covid-19 precluded a 2020 event, organizers continued that work.
Working with the Kaukauna Public Library and its Little Free Pantry program, the festival team has been able to distribute more than 50,000 pounds of food to date. Pop-up pantry events allowed for residents to pick up fresh produce in addition to packaged goods.
Keep an eye on Valley Review for further announcements as the festival draws nearer.