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Brews and Wines Paired with Runs and Walks

Couple walking in Downtown Dells holding a cup.

Run, walk, or just stroll, but do get your feet moving at these three spring events in Wisconsin Dells that reward your step counts with tastes of artisan brews, barrel-aged beers, and tasty wines. 

Sneakers and Sips

There are ways to enjoy the waning days of winter and the early thaw of spring. How you ask? Just plan a friends’ vacation to Wisconsin Dells timed to one of these three grownup events. 


Luck will be on your side when you commit to some fun shenanigans in downtown Wisconsin Dells during the Thirsty Shamrock 5K and Pub Crawl on Saturday, March 12. The 5K kicks off at 10 a.m., starting and finishing at 105 Broadway, recognizable as the entrance to the Scenic River Walk. While a pot of gold is not one of the prizes at the end of the 5K, a guaranteed good time is, with green beer provided post-run by Wisconsin Dells Brewing Company (21+ for this treat) and green donuts all around. Register online now and start training. It’s $25 through March 11, then $40 on race day. Added bonus: Show your running bib at area restaurants, bars, and shops to save a little green on your purchases.

After you catch your breath and pose for photos with your running mates, then gear up for part two of the Thirsty Shamrock event with a downtown pub crawl (21+ for this too) from 1-5 p.m. Sample from a huge selection of artisan brews at participating bars. There are a limited number of tickets available for purchase online or on the day of the event. Advance tickets are $25, and on March 12 the price goes to $35. On the day of, you’ll pick up your tasting glass at the outdoor River Walk Park (9-11 a.m.) or the Wisconsin Dells Visitor and Convention Bureau at 701 Superior Street (11 a.m.-2p.m.). 

Beer Glasses with Rare Barrel Affair logoTo recap: Round up your running friends and register for the 5K, buy your pub crawl tickets, and make plans to spend the night. Oh, and decide which shade of green looks best on you and start packing your shamrock-inspired wardrobe for the weekend.


No whining about having nothing to do in the spring when Wisconsin Dells is hosting a Spring Wine Walk on Saturday, April 30, from 2-6 p.m. More than twenty downtown businesses are participating this year, with restaurants and shops transformed into wine tasting destinations. Along with sipping reds and whites, you’ll be treated to yummy hors d’oeuvres too. 

Here’s how it works: A limited number of tickets go on sale Thursday, March 3 at 6 p.m. Ticket holders will pick up their wristband at the Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau, 115 La Crosse Street, any time between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the day of the wine walk. Then all that’s left to do is sip and walk, sip and walk, well, you get the picture!


While the wine lovers head to the Spring Wine Walk, the beer drinkers among the group will have something to call their own that day too, namely the Dells Rare Barrel Affair, set for Saturday, April 30, from 1-5 p.m. Staged at Vennebu Hill Event Venue, this annual event features rare and barrel-aged beers alongside the classic Wisconsin beers we all know and love. Beer aficionado? This event is calling your name. Craft beer novice? This event is for you too. Light snacks are also included in the price of admission. Wondering if your favorite brewery will be participating? Click here for the list of nearly 25 breweries who’ve already committed and get ready for some serious strolling of the beer show floor. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase online. You’ll see there are advance and day of event ticket options for those who will be sampling as well as a reduced ticket price for those who will be serving as designated drivers.   

If you like to plan your vacations around events, then we direct your attention to the Events tab on the Wisconsin Dells website and wish you happy planning. 

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