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Events & Festivals in the Hayward Area

The Hayward Area is proud to be home to many world-class events and historical and cultural festivals each year. The finest athletes in the world compete annually in the Lumberjack World Championships, American Birkebeiner cross country ski marathon, and the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival mountain bike race. Join us for the Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce Musky Festival, Hayward's largest community event every June, or for the Honor the Earth Powwow celebrating the beautiful culture and tradition of the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe.


Below is a sample of our historic World Class events and unique events that call the Hayward Area "Home".
For a complete calendar of over 150 Hayward Area events and festivals; please dowload your Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce
Calendar of Events Brochure or call 715-634-8662 for your complimentary copy today!

32nd Annual Hayward Lions PRE-BIRKIE
Saturday, February 8, 2014

Gear up and have some fun with the Hayward Lions 26 km & 42 km XC Ski Races.  This annual event gives all levels of skiers a chance to ski the world famous American Birkebiener trail at a little more relaxed atmosphere.  This race is a qualifying race for the American Birkebeiner race.  For complete information phone: (715) 634-6456 or e-mail prebirkie@cheqnet.net.

Walleyes For Northwest Wisconsin 16th Annual Family Ice Fishing Event
Saturday, February 8, 2014

Come enjoy a beautiful day on Lac Courte Oreilles lake ice fishing with friends and family members with a great chance to go home with fishing stories, door prizes and possibly with one of the many grand prizes for a variety of fish categories; including panfish, walleye, northern, crappie and others.
Visit merchandise and food vendors.  A wonderful family event inviting fishing enthusiasts of all levels!

Red Dress
 March 1, 2014

The First Annual Red Dress Gala.  An elegant evening of fundraising for the American Heart Association and honoring six outstanding women in the Hayward Area. 

American Birkebeiner
Saturday, February 22, 2014

American Birkebeiner -America's Largest XC Ski RaceThe American Birkebeiner is made up of several ski events in addition to the 50K and 54K marathons and is one of the largest cross country ski races in North America. It is also part of the prestigious Worldloppet League. Three days of competition also include the Elite Sprints on Main Street in downtown Hayward, Barnebirkie, Junior Birkie and 5K/10K Family Fun Ski, Prince Haakon 12K, and the Kortelopet. Call 715-634-5025 or go to www.birkie.com.

Fishing Has No Boundaries - Hayward Chapter Annual Event
May 16-18, 2014

Taking place at the Lake Chippewa Campground; this is the "Granddaddy" of all the events, where the first event was held on the Chippewa Flowage in 1988. Since that time, over 1500 participants and triple the amount of volunteers at this 3-day event have been involved in a fishing experience that might have only been a dream to some. Experienced guides, boats, bait, fish cleaning, meals, emergency medical care, awards, and prizes await each eager participant who attends the Hayward event. If you are interested in more information call 715-634-3185 or visit www.haywardFHNB.org

Backroads Banderdinker® Paddle Event


Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce
Musky Festival65th Annual Musky Festival
June 19 - 22, 2014

 Musky Festival -Hayward, WIHayward's largest summer celebration of the great fishing history of Wisconsin's northwoods. Held annually the weekend following Father's Day in downtown Hayward. The weekend includes the crowning of our Musky Festival Queen, sidewalk sales, large handmade arts & crafts show, live music, children's games, great food booths, Musky Run, fishing contest and a carnival. Everyone will enjoy regional musicians during Friday and Saturday night street dances. The weekend concludes with a large parade on Sunday. www.muskyfestival.com

Honor the Earth Pow-WowHonor The Earth Pow-Wow
July 18-20, 2014

The largest Pow-wow in North America, the Honor the Earth Pow-wow celebrates the annual gathering of the tribes to honor mother earth and the Creator in celebratory drumming, dancing and song the third weekend of July in Hayward. Traditional Native American music, dancing, crafts and food create an authentic tribal experience. The Lac Courte Oreilles Royalty Coronation, special recognition ceremonies, social singing and dancing, a traditional cooking contest, a run/walk, softball tournament and golf tournament are among the featured events.

Lumberjack World Championship -Hayward, WisconsinLumberjack World Championships®
July 24-26,  2014

The thunder of chainsaws, the quick feet of log rollers, the brute strength of sawyers and choppers plus the amazing agility and speed of the pole climbers will not allow your heart to stop pounding throughout this amazing world championship event! The Lumberjack World Championships® is recognized as the premiere timber sporting event in the nation where lumberjacks and lumberjills from around the world including the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand compete for the gold. For more information call (715) 634-2484 or visit www.lumberjackworldchampionships.com

Sawyer County Fair
August 14-17, 2014

Lumberjack World Championship -Hayward, WisconsinThe 105th Annual Sawyer County Fair promotes and encourages education, agriculture, the arts and entertainment through an annual fair and associated event. It has been in existence for over one hundred years. Families, youth and adults may enjoy different programs and activities that promote positive youth and young adult development. The fair hosts a carnival, demo derby, kids pedal power, cow milking, racing pigs, tractor pull, veggie races and more. For more information call 715-934-2721 or visit www.sawyercountyfair.org.

Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival
Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival - Cable & Hayward, WISeptember 12 - 14, 2014

Each year in mid-September, thousands of fat tired fliers descend on the towns of Cable and Hayward in northwestern Wisconsin to take on the off-road bicycle tests of endurance and agility offered during the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival weekend. Since its inception in 1983, the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival has built a popularity and reputation that is unmatched in the sport today. From the 27 hardy cyclists who lined up to challenge the unknown trails of the Chequamegon in the first year, to the sold out limited field of 2,500 who are chosen by a random lottery, the Festival has earned the title of the "Nation's Most Popular Off Road Bicycle Adventure." For more information call (715) 798-3594 or visit www.cheqfattire.com.

Hayward Annual Fall FestivalHayward Area Chamber of Commerce
Hayward Fall Festival
Saturday, September 20, 2014


Fall welcomes fine arts & crafts booths, wonderful food booths, a farmer's market and live music to the Main Street in downtown Hayward. This annual fall tradition is a wonderful celebration of the area's true colors.

Hayward Lakes Chapter Muskies, Inc. 34th Annual Muskie Tournament
October 3-5, 2014

Featuring over $35,000 in prizes and 17 Tournament Lakes, the Hayward Lakes Chapter Muskies, Inc. fall total release tournament is one of the finest in North America.  Proceeds from the tournament are used by the Hayward Lakes Chapter for stocking and projects to improve Musky fishing. The Grand Prize Drawing & Awards Ceremony will take place on Sunday in Hayward. Only tournament entrants are eligible to win the grand prize and must be present to win.

Gourmet Wine TastingHayward Area Chamber of Commerce
Gourmet Wine Tasting
Thursday, October 16, 2014


Enjoy a beautiful evening of fine wine, unique beer selection and wonderful food enjoyed in a festive setting.  Come taste the spirit and flavors that will assist you in planning your next gathering or holiday celebration.

A "LURE" of LIGHTS Christmas Weekends
Friday and Saturday Nights 6pm to 9pm
November 29, 2013 through December 31, 2013

The Hayward Area welcomes families, friends, weekend get-a-way couples, men's groups, ladies' groups and Christmas lovers of all ages to experience an old fashion Christmas with new modern world technology as thousands of LED lights "paint" businesses of the Hayward Area into a holiday glow.  Lodging specials, dining specials, shopping specials and special events make Hayward your only choice for holiday shopping and fun.

Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce
10th Annual Festival of Trees

 Thursday, December 5, 2013

The holiday spirit is very much alive as individuals, organizations and businesses of the Hayward Area donate holiday ornaments, decorations, Christmas trees and more to be auctioned off for the charity of their choice.  Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy an evening of fun, food and holiday spirit.


Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 726 - Hayward, WI 54843 - (715) 634-8662