Mielke Park & Mielke Arts Center
The Shawano Folk Music Festival has one of the best sites imaginable for a small summer folk music festival. It’s beautiful, it’s big enough to hold 4 outdoor stages, yet small enough to feel intimate and friendly.
Mielke Park is a small wooded County Park. Footpaths meander through the trees, connecting a few small clearings. It's got a big pond, a playground, an amphitheate and an air-conditioned theater. A pair of bald eagles has found a home at the top of one of the park’s tall trees.
The festival’s Evening Concerts are held in Mielke Arts Center, a small black-box theater in the center of the park.The daytime programs take place on the Ridges Amphitheater stage and at Maple Grove, Bullfrog Flats and Pond View Glen - stages under tents in the park’s clearings. There’s a food court just outside the Arts Center, and crafters set up booths along the foot paths. The Mielke Arts Center is managed by the Shawano County Arts Council.