Happy Hour Ideas in the Willmar Lakes Area

Our local restaurants, shops and attractions are open and have taken measures to ensure your safety. As of July 25, 2020, Minnesota has implemented a state wide mask mandate. (Click here for more details on the mask mandate). So while enjoying our many fun activities and events, please remember to wear your mask when indoors or where ever you aren’t able to be socially distant.

Let’s Be Active

Maybe you want to warm up with a virtual yoga event led by Candace Clemens from Yoga Flock. Watch as Candace teaches you a variety of yoga poses from the comfort of your home! All you need is a space that fits your yoga mat, a beer or your favorite beverage (optional), and a device to watch the live stream from, set up in a place you can easily see while doing your practice. She also hosts Yoga then Beer events at Goat Ridge Brewery as well!

Looking for a little competition? Sign-up for one of the many Glacial Lakes Championship Running Series events by visiting their Facebook page. Some of their earlier 2020 events were postponed to this fall so make sure to check out the latest schedule and registration options on their Facebook page.

Enjoy a night with live outdoor music at Goat Ridge Brewery.

Enjoy a night with live outdoor music at Goat Ridge Brewery.

Let’s Put Some Music in Your Step

Live music throughout the month can be found at these great businesses: Glacial Ridge Winery, Goat Ridge Brewery, O’Neil’s, Ruff’s Wings & Sports Bar, Foxhole Brewhouse, Willmar Legion, Willmar Eagles Club, and the New London Legion. For the most updated event listings, check out our Community Calendar.

Another option would be to check out the Summer Playlist from Bailey Hovland that includes great songs such as Every Morning by Sugar Ray, Saturday in the Park by Chicago, Centerfield by John Fogerty and of course Summer Nights by Grease.

Fun for the Whole Family

Willmar Movies in the Park series kicked of in June with a Drive-In Style showing of Jumanji: The Next Level at the Willmar Civic Center. They continue to offer a movie on the third Friday of each month through September. Check out the full schedule of movies by clicking here.

Enjoy a relaxing ride around Green Lake on one of the popular public cruises hosted by Green Lake Cruises. Choose from a Saturday morning Bloody Mary Cruise, a Wednesday evening Fajita and Margarita Cruise or a Sunday Brunch Cruise. Call 320-894-5774 to make your reservations today!

Spend an afternoon at Robbins Island Regional Park with the kids and take in the StoryWalk as you stroll around the perimeter of the Willmar Destination Playground. The story featured is “Up, Down, and Around” by Katherine Ayres. This is a great way to experience reading and nature at the same time!

Enjoy a night of live trivia every other Thursday night with the staff of the Willmar Public Library. Join their Facebook Group and play live online trivia solo or assemble a team. These events are for ages 18+. Upcoming dates: August 27, September 10, and September 24.

Do you like puzzles?  Why not give our Willmar Lakes Area puzzles a try or check out the Kandiyohi County Historical Society’s puzzles.  Compete against your friends and family to see who can solve them the quickest.

This craft is rated as a moderate craft difficulty and is for ages 18+.

Let’s Add a Little Arts & Crafts

The Willmar Public Library is offering take and make craft kits. Register here for supplies to create your very own split pea wreath. Library staff will contact you by phone or email when it is ready for pick up. Continue to follow their website for more craft options.

We Can’t Forget About All of the Great Food in the Willmar Lakes Area

Enjoy a night out in one of our clean and safe restaurants that have indoor and outdoor dining options. Masks and reservations are required at each establishment. Not ready to eat out in public, you can still enjoy delicious local foods via takeout or delivery from many of our amazing local restaurants. To see an updated list of which restaurants are offering takeout, delivery, or indoor/outdoor dining, click here.

Call ahead and order your favorite crowler to go from Foxhole Brewhouse.

And the Delicious Local Wine and Beer

Goat Ridge Brewing Co. in New London has opened their indoor and outdoor seating areas. Masks and reservations are required. They continue to offer their Drive-Thru option as well Wednesday-Sunday 4-8pm. Just call 320-354-2383 to place your order by phone or to make a reservation. Online ordering is also available by clicking here.

Foxhole Brewhouse in Willmar is now open for inside and outside seating! Masks and reservations are required. Also, they will continue to offer their off sale pick up or curbside pickup. Just call 320-441-2071 to order or order online by clicking here.

Glacial Ridge Winery is now open Thursdays 4-9pm, Friday-Saturday 12-9pm. Make a reservation for a tasting today by calling 320-796-9463. Also, enjoy their Summer Concert Series every Thursday night from 6:30-8:30pm throughout the summer!

If you have more fun ideas of how to engage in a Happy Hour of sorts, let us know. We’d love to hear them!

Fish our lakes

The possibilities are endless on our 30 recreational lakes…boating, swimming, fishing, water skiing, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boating, hydro biking, paddle boarding and so much more!

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Explore our Trails

Surrounded by beautiful lakes and scenery…who wouldn’t take a hike or a leisurely bike ride to enjoy the view? With miles of trials to choose from, you can always find new places to explore.

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