wizard of oz festival

June 14 - 17 2018

Festival Package - $100

The package includes all of the events except for the Dash for the Ruby Slippers 5K Run/ Walk.


Thursday, June 14th

1 judy garland musical history eventFestival Opener  - A Musical History Event in the Judy Garland House

A cast of adults and children will take the audience back to the time the Gumm family (Judy Garland's family) lived in the little white house in Grand Rapids. Hear the songs they sang and stories about what happened while they lived here. (Limited space. If sold out, a second show will be performed immediately after).

TIME:
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
PLACE:
Judy Garland Museum
PRICE:
$10.00


dinner at wizard of oz festivalA “Rat Pack” Dinner

Come and enjoy a dinner that Judy, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and friends might have enjoyed at one of their summer BBQs: broasted chicken, coleslaw, mashed potatoes & gravy or waffle fries (specify) & garlic bread. Drinks provided. Must purchase tickets in advance.

TIME:
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
PLACE:
Judy Garland Museum
PRICE:
$13.00


JG Frank Dean

Judy Garland’s Miracle Year, Part 1 - Judy, Frank and Dean

John Fricke introduces “Judy’s Miracle Year – 1962!” She tallied Oscar and Emmy nominations; her first Gold Record; and Grammy, Golden Globe, and SBI Awards. From being told in 1959 that she’d never work again, she soared to the greatest triumphs of her career!

The thirty-minute talk will be followed by a screening of the 1962 television special, The Judy Garland Show, with guests Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin -- on the big screen. This rare black-and-white copy of the show (as taped and telecast) includes the original commercials and neatly sidesteps the image distortion caused by inept 1980s colorization.

TIME:
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
PLACE:
Judy Garland Museum
PRICE:
$10.00


The Wizard of Oz, Young Performers Edition

The Wizard of Oz – a children’s production – will be presented by the Young at Art theater company. Great fun for families. (Performances on Friday and Sunday as well.)

TIME:
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
PLACE:
Reif Performing Arts Center, 720 NW Conifer Drive, Grand Rapids MN - Ives Theatre
PRICE:
$10.00

Tickets can be purchased at the Judy Garland Museum or Reif Performing Arts Center.


Friday, June 15th

Oz and Judy Jeopardy!

Don't miss the annual fun as fans compete for prizes while playing a very special edition of the classic TV game show. Once again, popular hosts Joe Malinovsky and Paul Herrick provide the answers - and, in response, the contestants have to provide the correct questions about The Wizard of Oz movie and its star!

TIME:
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
PLACE:
Judy Garland Museum
PRICE:
$5.00


judy garland hidden treasures“Hidden Treasures at the Museum" with John Kelsch

Come and see some of the unique items related to Judy Garland that have never been seen by the public. During the last twenty-three years, the Judy Garland Museum has received some lovely and unusual items related to Judy and her family history. Hear the stories behind them, as only museum director John Kelsch can tell them! A unique experience.

TIME:
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
PLACE:
Judy Garland Museum
PRICE:
$10.00


judy garland at ed sullivan showJudy Garland’s Miracle Year, Part 2

Hear the backstory of the making of I Could Go on Singing (prior to the evening's screening); see the film’s premiere footage (and two songs) from The Ed Sullivan Show. Extensive research enables the presentation of new anecdotes, facts, and fun about Judy’s extraordinary performance. Presented by John Fricke.

TIME:
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
PLACE:
Judy Garland Museum
PRICE:
$10.00


wizard of oz community eventA Community Picnic and Live Entertainment!

Join us for some entertainment and good food! Dreams Come True Dance Studio will be entertaining the crowds with some of the acts they are taking to Disney World this summer!  Log Home Wood-Fired Pizza, and Chad’s Meat Wagon will be cooking up some real delicacies. Vouchers will be given to those that purchase this event, to turn in for their meals at the vendors. 
Bring a blanket or some chairs and set up to watch the classic Wizard of Oz film on the big screen beginning at 9 p.m. Those attending I Could Go on Singing should line-up early!

TIME:
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
PLACE:
Judy Garland Museum Garden
PRICE:
$15.00


IcouldGoOnSingI Could Go On Singing

Judy’s final screen triumph, made in 1962, will be shown in Blu-Ray on a 12’ screen. Beautifully filmed in London, I Could Go on Singing is a semi-autobiographical drama-with-songs about international singing star, Jenny Bowman – professionally a legend, but personally adrift – who reaches out to the man she loved and lost (Dirk Bogarde), as well as to the young son who never knew her. Costarring Jack (The Odd Couple) Klugman and featuring fantastic scenes of Judy performing at the London Palladium.

TIME:
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
PLACE:
Judy Garland Museum
PRICE:
$10.00


The Wizard of Oz, Young Performers Edition

The Wizard of Oz – a children’s production – will be presented by the Young at Art theater company. Great fun for families. (Performances on Sunday as well.)

TIME:
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
PLACE:
Reif Performing Arts Center, 720 NW Conifer Drive, Grand Rapids MN - Ives Theatre
PRICE:
$10.00

Tickets can be purchased at the Judy Garland Museum or Reif Performing Arts Center.


wizard of oz kids costume contestChildren’s Wizard of Oz Costume Contest

Dress as your favorite Oz character and join the contest just before the film screening.
Prizes awarded!

TIME:
8:30 p.m. –  Judging will BEGIN PROMPTLY at 8:30 p.m.
PLACE:
Evergreen Terrance Lawn, next to the Judy Garland Museum
PRICE:
FREE!


wizard of ozOutdoor Showing of “The Wizard of Oz” (1939) on JUMBO Screen

The classic film, starring Judy Garland, will be shown in the finest Blu-ray, on a JUMBO Screen outdoors. Bring a blanket or lawn chair!  Free event for the community.

TIME:
9:00 p.m.  (1 hour & 52 minutes)
PLACE:
Evergreen Terrace Lawn, next to the Judy Garland Museum
NOTE: In case of rain, movie will be at the IRA Civic Center.

PRICE:
FREE

SPONSORED BY WOODLAND BANK & CHILDREN FIRST!

woodland bank logo  children first logo


Saturday, June 16th

ruby slippers

Dash for the Ruby Slippers 5K

Our second annual Dash for the Ruby Slippers 5K will be off and running!. First Place Winner receives a trophy, as does the "Best-Dressed Oz Costumed Runner.” Each pre-paid participant is guarenteed to get a T-shirt! 

TIME:
8:30 a.m. - Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m.
PLACE:
Judy Garland Museum Parking Lot

PRICE:

Individual $35
Family (includes 2 T-shirts)   $70
Children age 4-12 $15
Children under 4 FREE  


wagon ride festivalLand of Oz Kids’ Activities  - Carriage Rides

A memorable event for kids of all ages: Carriage Rides, Scavenger Hunt, Art Exploration and Tornado Tubes!
Meet characters from The Wizard of Oz and take pictures with them!

TIME:
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
PLACE:
Under the Tents - Outside the Judy Garland Museum
PRICE:
FREE

SPONSORED BY CHILDREN FIRST!

children first logo


fans judy garland homeHistoric Judy Garland Festival & House Film Clips

Recently, the Museum transferred old news footage and found some treasures from the last twenty-five years. Come and see: the Judy Garland Birthplace being moved to its present locations, plus interviews with Munchkins, John Kelsch, Lorna Luft and others from decades ago! A unique retrospective that fans will love!

TIME:
11:00 a.m. – Noon
PLACE:
Judy Garland Museum
PRICE:
$10.00


John FrickeAsk Anything about The Wizard of Oz with John Fricke

Perfect for the whole family!  Historian/documentarian John Fricke discusses the most frequently-asked questions about the world’s best-known, best-loved film – and addresses any wonders you might have! (Also: a brief reminder of the wonderful anti-bullying themes in The Wizard of Oz.)

John Fricke is regarded as the preeminent Judy Garland and MGM Wizard of Oz historian and has written seven books on these topics. He is the recipient of Emmy Awards as co-producer of the PBS American Masters and A&E Biography Garland documentaries, and a Grammy Award nominee for his liner notes on the Capitol CD, Judy Garland: 25th Anniversary Retrospective. John has appeared as a programmer and co-host on the Turner Classic Movies network and at their Los Angeles Film Festival. In addition, he’s been interviewed on The Today Show (four times), CNN, Entertainment Tonight, The Joan Rivers Show, National Public Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio. He’s a long-time regular at the Judy Garland/Wizard of Oz Festival, and we are happy to welcome him back this year.

TIME:
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
PLACE:
Judy Garland Museum
PRICE:
FREE


judy garland house

A Musical Event in the Judy Garland Birthplace

A tribute to the great Judy Garland will take place in the Judy Garland home with songs by a variety of singers. Stuart Boehr accompanies on piano. A brief sing-a-long and spoken tributes are included as well.  (Limited space. If sold out, a second program will take place immediately following.) 

TIME:
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
PLACE:
Judy Garland Museum
PRICE:
$10.00


19 judy garland fan eventJudy Garland Fan Event – “Hooray for Hollywood”

Fan-hosted event honoring the legendary star. There will be a dinner and two presentations by long time fans. 

Following dinner, the banquet room will be open and free of charge until midnight. For further infromation, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call: 262-344-1268.  Reservations for the dinner must be made by June 5th.

TIME:
6:00 p.m. – Midnight
PLACE:
Timberlake Lodge Hotel & Event Center
PRICE:
$35.00 – includes the meal. Fans joining after dinner are free. Cash Bar provided.*

*Since this is a fan-hosted event, we ask that you pay at the door. Reservations must be made by June 5th.)


Sunday, June 17th

The Wizard of Oz, Young Performers Edition

The Wizard of Oz – a children’s production – will be presented by the Young at Art theater company. Great fun for families.

TIME:
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
PLACE:
Reif Performing Arts Center, 720 NW Conifer Drive, Grand Rapids MN - Ives Theatre
PRICE:
$10.00

Tickets can be purchased at the Judy Garland Museum or Reif Performing Arts Center.


PLEASE NOTE:  ALL EVENTS and INFORMATION MAY BE CHANGED WITHOUT NOTICE