Event Calendar

Festival of Trees
Dec 10 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Festival of Trees organization is excited to be partnering with Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts for their 3rd Annual Festival of Trees event on Saturday, December 10 from 11 AM – 4 PM!

We invite you to stroll through THELMA to view over 35 trees decorated by individuals, families, organizations and businesses for our progressive silent auction! Our auction of fully decorated trees has grown each year, and seeks to reach and support more Fond du Lac area non-profits! Enjoy a holiday cookie and beverage while you listen to a variety of local singers and musicians sharing their time and talents. Bid on a tree or specialty item for your home, business, non-profit or as a gift. Visit and get a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Your support through the purchase of beautifully decorated trees in our silent auction helps us provide funds to our local Fond du Lac non-profits, allowing them to continue their missions.

See the schedule of events for Saturday below:
Kid Games| 11AM – 4PM
Crafts & Cookie Decorating | 11AM – 4PM
Live Nativity Scene | 1PM – 1:30PM
Carriage Rides | 11AM – 2PM
Makers Market | 11AM – 4PM
Santa & Mrs. Claus | 1PM – 3PM
Live Music throughout the day!

Date: Saturday, December 10
11 AM – 4 PM
Price: $5/Adult | $3/Children (4-12) | Children under 3 FREE
Location: Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Fond du Lac Bridal Faire 2023
Jan 5 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Plan your wedding the easy way with the largest bridal expo in our area. Come anytime from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM on Thursday, January 5, 2023. Browse 40 exhibits, sample cakes and catering, enjoy a free glass of champagne, win prizes, and more

Guest Tickets: $5 in advance, $10 at do the door.

BRIDES TO BE GET IN FREE by completing the form HERE

Participating Vendors:
Annie’s Fountain City Cafe
Athena Cryo
Avenue 795
Best Western Hotel & Convention Center
CC’s Chocolates
Chapel of the Archangels
Edith’s Bridal
Everdry Wisconsin Waterproofing
Gold Star Tours
Camelot Golf Club
Margo Videography
Matthew Rodenkirch
Mr. & Mrs. Catering
The Nuthouse Bar FDL
Photo Focus Photography
Record Entertainment DJ
South Hills FDL
Switchback Entertainment
The Hive
Watershed Sheboygan
Wendy Pelletier
PS Beauty Lounge LLC

Women’s Art History Lecture | Frida Kahlo
Jan 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Thelma’s Women’s Art History Lecture Series aims to highlight influential women in art history. Frida Kahlo influenced the world through her art, paying homage to indigenous Mexican culture and feminist values. Discover her life and work in this exciting and engaging lecture.

Date: Thursday, January 19
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
For Ages: All Ages Welcome!
Price/Tickets: FREE Admission

Open House
Jan 21 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Stop by Saturday the 21st from 11 – 1 pm for THELMA’s open house! Whether you are a newer member or a long-time supporter, you are welcome to join us. Take a tour off the building with a THELMA staff member to see all the rooms we have nestled around the building. You will get a run-down of our varied programming and I guarantee you will learn something new! This is a great opportunity to ask questions and meet the friendly faces behind the scenes at THELMA. Complimentary coffee and snacks will be provided. We hope to see you there!

Opening Reception | Robert Knipschild: Retrospective + Shannon Lee: Multisensory Mold
Jan 21 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
View our newest exhibitions at our opening reception on Saturday, January 21 from 4 PM – 6 PM at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts! Grab your friends and a drink and view the new art displayed in our galleries. You’ll have a chance to meet artist Shannon Lee and learn about the works on display. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine will be available. Artwork will be on display through February 26, 2023! FREE admission and open to the public.

Date: Thursday, May 5
5:30 – 8:30 PM
Price/Tickets: FREE
Location: Susan O. Ahern Contemporary Wing

Exhibition will be on display from January 12 – February 26, 2023!
Robert Knipschild: Retrospective
Shannon Lee: Multisensory Mold

Galleries are free to view:
Sunday: CLOSED
Monday – Friday: 10 – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 – 3 pm

Homeschool Art
Feb 1 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

In collaboration with the FDL Public Library, we are excited to present a new program, Homeschool Art! At this new monthly program just for homeschoolers, join us the first Wednesday each month to learn about a new artist and create a project in their style. Projects will be adaptable for all ages.

Students will start at the FDL Public Library (McLane Meeting Room) and make their way to THELMA halfway through the program.

The Farm Dinner | Family Style Farm-to-Table Dinner
Feb 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Farm Dinner was dreamt up so members of our community could sit down and share a meal with the farmer who grew the food that made their meal; to have a delicious, welcoming way for people to know and care about where their food comes from and what nourishes us as a community.

In collaboration with the acclaimed Cellar District, join us for this unique event and enjoy a cocktail hour from 6-7 PM and get to know your famers and community before a family style dinner is served from 7-9 PM! Our farmers and vendors will not only be sharing their delicious ingredients but their stories and ways you can find or support them after you part for the evening.

Cellar District is known for revolutionizing the way people experience dining out. They take pride in their ability to discover some unique ways to combine local, fresh ingredients and the dining experience as a whole. We couldn’t be more excited to partner with them to to bring this experience to our community.

Limited tickets available. $60 per seat. Includes family style meal & live music!

Braised Brisket
Mashed Potatoes
Winter Root Vegetables

Curry Meatballs
Salmon Spread
Featured Winter Vegetable
and more

Please contact us if you wish to have our vegetarian option – by request only​!

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THELMA Book Club
Feb 6 @ 5:30 pm
Get ready for the next meeting of the THELMA Book Club on Monday, February 6  at 5:30 pm! The book for this month’s meeting will be The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. You do not need to have the book read. Books are available at the front desk of THELMA.
Join the THELMA Book Club! It’s free and open to the public!


About the Book:

“In love we find out who we want to be.
In war we find out who we are.

In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says good-bye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gaëtan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.” – Good Reads

Sturgeon Spectacular
Feb 10 – Feb 12 all-day

We have the cure for those winter blues. Check out The Premier Winter Festival in the Midwest, the Sturgeon Spectacular. Whether you join the always popular Outdoor Curling Funspiel, Amateur Snow Sculpting Competition, and Snow Land family activities, or come out to see the awesome snow & ice sculptures and enjoy one of many great restaurants or shops in downtown Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, this festival has something for everyone… See what we have in store this year!

THELMA Schedule of Events:
| Friday, February 10 |
1:00 – 10:00 PM:
WI Snow Sculpting Championship
7:00 – 9:30 PM: FREE Sam Luna and Friends Kick-off Concert in Great Hall (Bar opens at 6 PM, Music starts at 7 PM)

| Saturday, February 11 |
8:00 AM – 10:00 PM:
WI Snow Sculpting Championship continues
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Curling Lounge (Drinks, tables, and seating available)
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM: FREE Carnival Style Sturgeon Mini Games
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM: FREE Kid Craft & Cookie Decorating
12:00 – 2:00 PM: FREE Meet the Princesses
2:00 – 4:00 PM: FREE Frozen Movie Showing
4:00 – 5:00 PM: FREE Kids Craft
6:00 – 7:30 PM: Adult Sip n’ Paint Class (Pre-registration required)
7:00 – 9:30 PM: FREE Copper Box Concert in Great Hall (Bar opens at 6 PM, Music starts at 7 PM

| Sunday, February 12 |
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM: WI Snow Sculpting Championship continues
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM:
Curling Lounge (Drinks, tables, and seating available)
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM: Brunch and a Band featuring Erin Krebs and food by Cellar District (Specialty drinks available such as Bloody Marys, mimosas, and more.)
1:00 PM: WI Snow Sculpting Championship judging begins
2:00 PM: Spectacular Finale: Winners of WI Snow Sculpting Championship, Chili Crawl, Downtown Ice Sculpting, and more announced on Plaza.

Stay tuned for updates on the events and activities surrounding this awesome winter festival. For more information, visit

Frozen Moving Showing | Sturgeon Spectacular
Feb 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In “Frozen,” fearless optimist Anna (voice of ‘Kristen Bell’ ) teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of ‘Jonathan Groff’ ) and his loyal reindeer Sven in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.

Join us for a Frozen movie showing during Sturgeon Spectacular on Saturday, February 11 @ 2:00 PM at THELMA! Invite your friends, enjoy special drinks, popcorn, and the company of others! Cash bar and snacks available for purchase. Open to all ages!

Date: Saturday, February 11
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM