MANITOWOC – Manitowoc’s amazing Sputnikfest returns on Saturday and will team up with Art Slam. The festivities will take place on and near the grounds of the Rahr-West Art Museum, 610 N. Eighth St. Admission is free.

Sputnikfest commemorates the 1962 crash landing of the Russian Sputnik IV spacecraft in the middle of North Eighth Street in Manitowoc, directly opposite the museum. The event was named one of the top five funniest festivals in the country by Readers Digest.

Art Slam debuted in 2018 and showcases the work of local artists and includes a public mural project.

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Here is the range of activities for both events, which will also offer food and drink for purchase:


  • 10:30 am-11:45am – 5K registration and package pickup
  • Noon – 5 km art run / walk
  • 1 p.m.-3 p.m. – 501st Legion, a global Star Wars costume organization composed and managed by Star Wars fans
  • 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Live music with Bazooka Joe
  • 3 p.m. – Contest of extraterrestrial animals
  • 4 p.m. – Mini Space Debris and Adult Space Debris fancy dress contest
  • 5:30 p.m. – Alien Drop raffle
  • 7:00 p.m. – Let Me Be Frank “Sputnik Manitowoc” comedy show; requires tickets

Slam Art

  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. – Public Mural Project on South Ninth and Chicago Streets in Manitowoc
  • 10 a.m.-12 p.m. – Art Slam registration
  • 12 pm-3pm – Cosmic Kids creation station (tie, clay painting and rocket building)
  • 12 pm-3pm – Live statue
  • 12 pm-5pm – Live painting by Lucas Bagemehl
  • 12 p.m.-6 p.m. – Spittin ‘Live portrait image (register with Darla LeClair at 920-645-4896 or [email protected])

To learn more about Sputnikfest, visit www.manitowoc.org/sputnikfest. To learn more about Art Slam, visit lakeshoreartistsguild.weebly.com.

Art Slam exhibition and opening

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Works of art created during the Art Slam festival will be on display in an Art Slam exhibition from September 17 to October 17. 17 at the Rahr-West Art Museum.

An opening reception for the exhibition will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on September 17, in conjunction with the closing reception of Really Big Prints. Nick Mueller, from Manitowoc, will be the keynote speaker at the reception. It will present a slide show on the history of how architecture and art have shaped American cities and how they influence our current community.

Light snacks and drinks will be served at the reception, which is free and open to the public.

The Art Slam exhibition will then be presented during normal museum opening hours at the Rahr-West: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and closed on Mondays. The museum is a facility of the Town of Manitowoc and the museum and galleries are open to the public free of charge.

Contact Brandon Reid at 920-686-2984 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @breidHTRNews.



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