Welcome to the Waupaca Fine Arts Festival

The Mission Statement of the Waupaca Fine Arts Festival is to foster the arts through promotion and sponsorship of artistic programs, cultural activities, and educational leadership to further promote artistic appreciation to the citizens of the Waupaca area.

The Fine Arts Festival was founded by Waupaca High School Choral Director, Gerald C. Knoepfel in 1963. Since that time, the Fine Arts Festival, its membership, along with generous contributions from the citizens of Waupaca and beyond, are responsible for helping to support and bring the Arts to Waupaca.

The three main branches of the Fine Arts Festival include: The Waupaca Community Chorus and Civic Orchestra, the Waupaca Community Theatre & Children’s Theatre, and the Waupaca Art Show.

The Fine Arts Festival has given to the citizens of Waupaca and its surrounding area an opportunity to develop their talents as singers, musicians, artists and actors. They’ve discovered new heights for their creative abilities. The Festival’s various cultural events have reached an audience of thousands of people and helped them grow in their appreciation of the arts.

This is our 62nd anniversary year for our organization. Learn more here, see a state proclamation, and read the 50th anniversary book.

2023-2024 Fund Drive Contributors 

Waupaca Community Theatre & Children's Theatre

The Waupaca Community Theatre has been presenting outstanding productions for nearly 40 years! Talented casts, full pit orchestras, a beautiful hall ... learn about our current season, past shows, and how you can play a part.

The Waupaca Community Children's Theatre is an opportunity for young actors and actresses to be "onstage" for such musical shows as Shrek, Mulan, Seussical, and Alice in Wonderland.

Waupaca Community Choir

The Waupaca Community Choir is a non-auditioned choir which welcomes singers of all ages and abilities. The choir has a 56-year tradition of presenting master choral works with orchestra to the greater Waupaca Community. The typical season begins rehearsals in January with a culminating performance in late March to early April.

Waupaca Art Show

The 2022 Waupaca Art Show will be held in April and will be the 56th annual event. It will feature art and artists from across the region and will be at a beautiful new location, the Danes Hall.

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