When you choose UW Oshkosh, you become part of the more than 66,500 residents of the greater Oshkosh community.
- More than 1,000 events hosted each year in Oshkosh
- Home to Country USA, Lifest and Rock USA music festivals
- Host to weeklong Experimental Aircraft Association international aviation event, which brings more than 500,000 people from around the world to Oshkosh each summer
Restaurants and dining
- More than 100 locally owned restaurants, plus 35 of your favorite chain restaurants
- Five local coffee shops and several Starbucks located throughout downtown and the city
- More than 75 locally owned downtown retail shops
- More than 100 other retailers throughout the city, including several large retail shops
- 40+ name brand stores at the Outlet Shoppes at Oshkosh
Recreation and entertainment
- Home to three world-class museums: The Paine Art Center and Gardens, EAA AirVenture Museum and the Oshkosh Public Museum
- Downtown Oshkosh features Wisconsin’s oldest operating theater building, the Grand Opera House, which hosts events throughout the year
- More than 30 city-operated parks and several county parks and trails, many with waterfront access for fishing, water sports and recreation
- Several sports and recreation centers, indoor/outdoor pools and tennis courts
- Leach Amphitheater, Ford Festival Park and a movie theater provide entertainment throughout the year
Points of pride
- Oshkosh was ranked by Forbes magazine as one of “The Best Small Places for Business and Careers”
- The Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market was ranked No. 44 on a list of “Best Farmers Markets in America” and was the only Wisconsin market recognized
Connect to the Fox Valley
- Fox River Mall in Appleton is nearby, which is home to more than 180 stores and shops and is approximately 18 minutes from campus
- Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton brings in Broadway shows like The Lion King, Wicked and many more…
Explore the region
The city of Oshkosh proudly resides in the New North region, which consists of 18 diverse counties, numerous distinct cities and 1.23 million people all acting as one region, making the region truly north of what you expect.
The New North region has been recognized repeatedly for its exemplary quality of life, including low crime rates, great recreational opportunities, superior education opportunities and affordable healthcare. The region offers: world renowned professional sports, noteworthy regional museums, rated hiking trails, PGA Championship golf courses, diverse restaurant locations, thriving arts communities and more than 300 miles of shoreline on the Great Lakes.
There is always something to do in the region and with 4 different seasons, temperatures reach as high as 100 degrees in the summer and as low as below zero in the winter, offering a multitude of options for recreational activities. From boating to skiing or outdoor summer festivals to indoor resort lodges, Northeast Wisconsin offers it all. No matter the weather, there are countless events and activities to enjoy each season.
Learn of events and fun activities to do in the region and the State of Wisconsin on New North’s Event Calendar and TravelWisconsin.com Event Calendar:
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