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July 13, 2018
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Wisconsin Maritime Museum
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75 Maritime Drive, Manitowoc, WI, 54220, United States
Manitowoc Subfest 2018 logo

Subfest in Manitowoc celebrates its 4th annual event July 13-15, 2018, including the celebration of the USS Cobia‘s 75th anniversary! There’s plenty to do and see at this lakefront festival, centered on the Wisconsin Maritime Museum.

Subfest Cobia

Manitowoc celebrates its maritime heritage with a wide variety of events on land and water for everyone. They include submarine tours, a water ski show, exhibits, a lighted boat parade, classic World War II submarine movies, music, sidewalk sales, fireworks, and plenty of food.

On Saturday the 14th, the “S.U.P. for the Sub” Stand-Up Paddleboard & Kayak Race takes place, click below for details or to compete!

Manitowoc Subfest SUP for the Sub

Subfest fireworksThere’s also a special Fish Boil Friday night, get your tickets here!

Manitowoc is easy to access via I-43, U.S. 10, U.S. 151, or Highway 42. Follow Waldo Blvd. or U.S. 151 from I-43 to get to the downtown and lakefront areas, and be ready for a fantastic time! Don’t forget to pick up some candy and sweets at Beerntsen’s on 8th Street while you’re there (it’s a State Trunk Tour favorite.)

Manitowoc Subfest Address:

Wisconsin Maritime Museum
75 Maritime Drive
Manitowoc, WI 54220
(920) 684-0218

Subfest parade

A Schedule of Events is below!

2018 Subfest Schedule of Events:

9:00 am – 6:00 pm Museum open and self guided sub tours with submarine veterans
10:00 am – 6:00 pm Krazy Daze Sidewalk Sales
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm Food Vendors & Beverage Tent
6:00 pm – 9:30 Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns

8:00 am – 4:00 pm Krazy Daze Sidewalk Sales & Famers Market (until 1:00)
8:00 am – 9:00 am Yoga on Museum roof deck
9:00 am – 7:00 pm Museum open and self guided sub tours with submarine veterans
10:00 am Hot dog eating contest
10:00 am – 6:00 pm Submarine models and Boat Pond
10:00 am – 6:00 pm Kids activity area open
10:00 am – 10:00 pm Food Vendors & Beverage Tent
11:00 am Kids Twinkie eating contest
11:00 am Educational Talk: Boat Nerding
12:30 pm Educational Talk: Presentation by retired Submarine Commander ADM Charles Beers
1:00 pm Stand Up Paddleboard & Kayak Race
2:00 pm Celebrity Sub Eating Contest
2:30 pm Educational Talk: The Lost Submarine: The story about the Manitowoc Submarine USS Lagarto
3:00 pm – 5:30 pm Blind Ambition
7:00 pm – 10:30 pm Star Six Nine
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm Sub Pub open to public
Approximately 9:15pm Lighted Boat Parade
Approximately 10:00 pm Fireworks

9:00 am – 6:00 pm Museum open and self-guided sub tours with submarine veterans (Sub tours begin at 11:00 am)
10:00 am Tolling of the Boats Ceremony on deck of Cobia
10:00 am – 2:00 pm Kids activities and Boat Pond
10:00 am – 2:00 pm Food Vendors & Beverage Tent
12:00 pm – 4:00 Krazy Daze Sidewalk Sales (select locations)
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Unity the Band