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There's always something FUN to do in Downtown Hayward WI and the surrounding area!

The MAIN Summer Event everyone travels to Hayward for and LOVES is the Annual Musky Fest Event June 21-23, 2024. It's Hayward’s largest summer celebration of the great fishing history of Wisconsin’s Northwoods. This year is the 74th year of the annual event which is hosted by the Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce. The weekend includes the crowning of our Musky Festival Queen, sidewalk sales, a huge  arts & crafts show (vendors & booths), live music, children’s games & contests, car show, learn to fish event, great food trucks, booths & vendors, fishing contest and a carnival throughout the weekend. Everyone will enjoy the regional musicians during Friday and Saturday night live street dances. The weekend concludes with the Musky Run race on Sunday morning and following up the fun-filled weekend with the large Grand Parade with so many fantastic floats. All this happens in Downtown Hayward WI!

SUMMERS are the perfect escape for family and friends to visit this most heavenly, stress-free environment, away from all of the hustle and bustle of your normal busy lifestyle. Generations of families flock to our town for their annual gathering, reunions, and family getaways. In Hayward, summers run on LAKE TIME, with activities revolving around lake days with quality vacation and cabin time, swimming, biking, hiking, walking, running, atving and enjoying everything the great outdoors has to offer. It's our Northwoods paradise!

We invite you to come and discover the beauty that lies on the water and trails in the Hayward Lakes Area, so be ready for epic outdoor adventures, events & fun. The Hayward Lakes Visitor Center & Hayward Area Chamber (Center) is the perfect place to stop and fulfill those extra activities & adventures you want to plan for while you are here.

After your escapades in the outdoors, plan to visit the Downtown Hayward WI district so you can spend a little sipping, shopping, eating, & exploring our delightful unique business district. We have so many welcoming businesses, shops, cafes, winery, galleries, restaurants, for you to discover. We are sure you will leave with many favorites. It's the Best Part of Your Day and Your Favorite Place to Be!

As you make your way around downtown you will notice a few murals of our historic past and rich culture, welcoming art, nostalgic representation of activities the area is known for and great picture scapes that are photo worthy and instagram must snaps.