Big Band Dances At Devil’s Lake Begin June 24


Six Saturday evenings this summer 1940s big-band music will enliven the historic Chateau at Devil’s Lake State Park in Baraboo, Wis., when the Hal Edwards Orchestra returns for its 31st consecutive year of performing beside the lake at sundown.

The Wisconsin Dells High School Jazz Band will play with this local-favorite orchestra that has performed in the region since 1942.

Let the music move you around the dance floor in what is considered Wisconsin’s most romantic dance pavilion, which has hosted bands since 1925. Twirl or tap your toes while watching, either way you’ll leave refreshed and uplifted.

Save these dates to kick up your heels from 7:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m.:

  • June 24, 2017
  • July 15 and 29, 2017
  • Aug. 12 and 26, 2017

Admission is $10.00, plus you’ll need to purchase an annual or day state-park vehicle admission sticker at the park’s entrance. There are self-registration stations if the office is closed.

Avoid Waiting In Line, Buy Ahead Online

Long lines at the park entrance’s Visitor Center are becoming more common in the summer and nice-weather weekends year-round. Before you come purchase an admission sticker online here from the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks. Here you can also donate to help keep the parks open despite severe state funding cuts. Allow a few days for it to arrive by mail before you depart for Baraboo.

These magical summer nights are a favorite of guests of the Inn at Wawanissee Point, the only bed and breakfast adjacent Devil’s Lake State Park, five minutes east.

Reserve a guest room EARLY. Summer weekends fill fast!

Click HERE or call us at 608-355-9899.

To learn more about the Chateau’s history and an earlier pavilion, along with resort accommodations and mining infrastructure that sprouted along the lake in the 1800s, visit the Nature Center. You’ll find a robust historic photograph collection with notations, and geology, nature and wildlife exhibits. The Center is at the Park’s north shore and is open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

More Music In The Park

Music floats across Devil’s Lake three other evenings this summer during free concerts sponsored by the Friends of Devil’s Lake State Park. Find these bands along the Park’s north shore:

  • June 25, 2017: 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.: The Sparetime Bluegrass Band, a five-member band from Madison, Wis., with vocals, banjo, bass, fiddle, guitar and more
  • July 30, 2017: 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.:  Swing Crew, a fun, interactive, acoustic band playing classic rock, country, pop, swing, island beat and more, with jokes, stunts, toasts and audience participation
  • Aug. 27, 2017: 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.: The Mad City Radiators, a five-piece band with high-energy, family-friendly music from rock to folk to country

Check the Devil’s Lake State Park Visitor Guide at for more details, and to learn about other events at Devil’s Lake State Park and tips to enjoy exploring the largest state park in Wisconsin.

Guided Kayaking And Hiking

See our blog article about guided kayak tours and geology hikes that repeat through the summer. Find the dates at

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