Frequently Asked Questions

The only ticketed shows are Racket Fest’s main stage sets at the Algoma Club on Friday and Saturday evening.  Tickets are $6 for a night, or just $10 for the weekend.

Tickets are available beginning Thursday, February 14 at Fletch’s opening night.  Weekend $10 passes purchased Thursday evening will receive half off the purchase of the Racket Fest compilation album.

100% of ticket sales are paid to Racket Fest musicians.

Most events are all-ages, with exception of late night sessions at Peabody’s and the Reptile Palace, which are both 21+.

The Saturday AM Oshkosh Public Library Listen & Learn sessions focused on ages 6+.

Minors and individuals under the age of 21 should be accompanied by an adult at the following:

  • Thursday kick off event at Fletch’s
  • Friday night at the Algoma Club
  • Saturday lunch at Fletch’s
  • Saturday night at the Algoma Club

The Algoma Club (Main Stage)

103 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh

Manila Resto (Fri/Sat dinner sets)

107 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh

Fletch’s Tap House (Thur eve kickoff; Sat lunch sets)

566 N Main, Oshkosh

Oshkosh Public Library

(Listen & Learn)

106 Washington Ave, Oshkosh

Menominee Nation Arena

(Sat AM Farmers Market)

1212 S. Main, Oshkosh

Reptile Palace 

(Saturday late night session)

141 High Ave, Oshkosh


(Friday late night session)

544 N. Main, Oshkosh

Thank you for your interest in supporting Water City Racket Fest and our efforts to promote and encourage the local creative community.  Here are a few things you can do to help support us:

  1. Attend a show.  Your attendance helps create a better live music setting, while the minimal ticket charge helps to pay for the quality musicians that perform at Racket Fest.
  2. Share the event with your friends.
  3. Purchase the Racket Fest Compilation CD for $7, featuring 10+ original tracks from Racket Fest bands.  The CD will be available at Fletch’s and the Algoma Club during Racket Fest. These funds help cover costs of the annual fest.
  4. Subscribe to the Oshkosh Independent Magazine.  For $2/month, you can help support the efforts of the Oshkosh Independent to bring local, independent news coverage to Oshkosh and the Fox Valley.

Learn more about the Independent Racket Nights series at

You can also read the event launch announcement here.

Oshkosh’s downtown has an array of solid dining options, though we recommend supporting venues that are supporting Water City Racket Fest.  In addition, Racket Fest live music sets are taking place during several meal times that you should check out:

Manila Resto, 107 Algoma Blvd

Recommendation: Dinner Friday and Saturday

Manila Resto is home to Racket Fest music between 5:15pm and 7:30pm both Friday and Saturday nights.  The festival’s main stage at the Algoma Club sits directly above Manila Resto.  The modern Asian restaurant is a founding partner of Water City Racket Fest.

Racket Fest live music includes:

Friday, Feb 15, 2019:

  • 5:15pm: Steev Baker (Madison)
  • 6:15pm: Adelyn Rose (Minneapolis, MN)

Saturday, Feb 16, 2019:

  • 5:15pm: Sighs (formerly Heller Mason, Appleton)
  • 6:00pm: Nickel & Rose (Milwaukee)

reservations recommended

Fletch’s Tap House, 566 N. Main St

Recommendation: Lunch Saturday

Fletch’s Tap House is hosting both the Thursday night Racket Fest opening night kick off show and an intimate acoustic lunchtime set on Saturday.  The craft-beer centered venue serves more than 20 beers on tap, and serves classic Wisconsin tavern baskets.

Racket Fest live music includes:

Thursday, Feb 14, 2019:

  • 8:00pm: Noell Kaylene (Oshkosh)
  • 8:40pm: Present Age (Oshkosh)
  • 9:45pm: Pudge (Appleton)

Saturday, Feb 16, 2019:

  • 12:15pm: Good Night Gold Dust acoustic (Mankato, MN)
  • 1:30pm: TBA

We’ve wrapped up 2019 Water City Racket Fest, but will be booking the Independent Racket Nights series between Jan and Jun 2019.

Head over here and fill the form out and let us know you’re interested in Water City Racket Fest and/or the Independent Racket Nights series.

For bands that have not played much in the area, we typically look to introduce you to the area at an Independent Racket Nights series show.