66th annual Johnsonville Brat Days

by Sheboygan Jaycees
For The Beacon

Come celebrate the 66th Annual Johnsonville Brat Days presented by the Sheboygan Jaycees on Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3 at Kiwanis Park! As we get amped to celebrate brats and FREE live music yet again, we wanted to share how excited we are about the lineup this year!

With the popularity of the “open air” Johnsonville Main Stage in 2017 and 2018, we are keeping the Main Stage open! No tents here! And the acts this year make it worth it… we have an unbelievable music line-up!

Friday will be jam-packed with Jasmine Cain, Blessid Union of Souls, and Keith Anderson on the Johnsonville Main Stage, as well as The Droors, Pat McCurdy, and Sir Real on the Bitter Neumann Variety Stage inside of the Festival Foods tent!

Saturday kicks off with the ever popular Happy Schnapps Combo, followed by Cold Soda Club, Bare Bones Blind, Bacchus Lotus, and Spitfire Rodeo on the Bitter Neumann Variety Stage. The afternoon at the Johnsonville Main Stage begins with Kallas, Krashkarma, then Tantric.

All eyes will be on PUDDLE OF MUDD closing out the night on the Johnsonville Main Stage! As always, we will have FREE music playing on both stages throughout the event. View the full lineup at

To honor the namesake of our event — you’ll want to be sure to stop by our Brat-Tastic food tent for fresh and tasty bratwurst! We don’t pierce these brats…we’re doing it like the old days and using a FRESH BRAT with the patented Sheboygan Hot Tub method. We will be grilling them low and slow until they’re perfect. We are fortunate to be able to offer this premium delicious Johnsonville brat choice that everyone loves! Try the brats in so many ways… brat taco, brat pizza, brat egg rolls, brat jambalaya, corndog brats, brat mac & cheese, and of course the traditional double brat.

Our Sargento & Meijer Family Area is ready to rock! We have an awesome area to play in and new things for the kiddos to do. Rockwall climbing, trampoline bungee jumping, walk on water balls, bounce houses, a picture frame craft, temporary tattoos, and a musical performance by Randy Peterson. Whew – that was a lot!

And for just $10 you can get a wristband to do all that was just mentioned from 11am-5pm on Saturday, August 3. How can you go wrong?

Hey don’t forget… Bulitz Pony Rides and Petting Zoo will be there too for an additional fee. We continue to expand our Family Area so more families can enjoy Brat Days! More info at

In our continued efforts to give back to our community, the Sheboygan Jaycees are excited to showcase our 7th annual Charity Challenge as part of Brat Days. This year’s finalists include Habitat for Humanity Lakeside, Horizons4Girls, Humane Society of Sheboygan County, Purr-fect Match Animal Rescue, RAYS (Runaway & Youth Services), and Tilly’s Pit Crew. There will be a tip jar at each of our bar areas. The money that patrons put into these tip jars will be divided up among these finalists based on the number of hours that they volunteer to fill shifts at the ticket stands, beer stands, and food area. So, the more hours that these volunteers put in, the more money they receive! The top three organizations with the most volunteer hours receive an extra $500, $200, and $100 respectively from the Sheboygan Jaycees. Learn more at

The fun doesn’t stop there! The Sheboygan Chevrolet/Chrysler parade takes place in Downtown Sheboygan at 9:00 am on Saturday, August 3 — you don’t want to miss the spectacular parade that we’ve put together that is a fun-filled event for the entire family with great community involvement! After that, make your way to Kiwanis Park for carnival rides all day, the brat eating contest noon, a performance by the Milwaukee Flyers at 1:00 pm, and much more. The Marketplace vendor area is open Friday 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm featuring handmade crafts, independent sales consultants, and some bargain shopping.

The Sheboygan Jaycees is a civic organization that has been running Brat Days since 1953. To learn more about becoming a member of the Sheboygan Jaycees, we are currently accepting membership applications at

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