KAUKAUNA – The first real signs that summer is coming are starting to arrive. The very best part of the season is outdoor, live music and we finally have a big weekend to mark on the calendar.
Electric City Experience, the Fox Valley’s first outdoor music festival of 2022, will take place from June 8-11 in Downtown Kaukauna. The festival has been known to create some tough choices for music fans in the area. Every year, the festival features a solid lineup of favorite local and regional acts.
Again, the Experience will run five stages of music. It simply isn’t possible to take it all in.
Electric City Experience is free to attend with events centered at Hydro Park and the Kaukauna Farmers Market lot. This year’s festival is presented by Berkers Family Dentistry.
While made for music fans, those with just a casual interest in local bands will still find plenty to enjoy. Festivities will include a carnival midway. The food plaza always features a nice variety with vendors serving up everything from sweets to subs to deep-fried goodies and burgers fresh off the grill.
No festival is complete without well-stocked beer tents. Electric City has done better than many, featuring the common domestic fare, craft beers from Stone Arch and the seltzers that have recently climbed in popularity.
Events start Wednesday, June 8 with the Live From Hydro Park kickoff show featuring Bobby Evans & The Dairyland Kings. The music will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday is made for families with Kids Carnival Day beginning at 4 p.m. Enjoy $1 rides and stick around for a hip hop performance from Ill Genesi. The family-friendly show kicks off at 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday bring non-stop music performances until 11 p.m. on both nights.
While a good party is enough reason to attend, Electric City Experience has done well to make revelers feel good about a big weekend of fun.
In 2021, proceeds from the event resulted in $17,500 in nonprofit and community investments.
During COVID, Electric City Experience adopted the Kaukauna Public Library’s Little Free Pantry program as its key beneficiary. The festival team has provided more than 150,000 pounds of food since Sept. 2020 to ensure all Kaukauna families can put food on their tables.