Greetings, Friends!

It’s finally April and that means three things: you survived winter, a 50-degree day can make you think anything is possible and it’s the unofficial start of event season. That last one is definitely our favorite.

One of the things that make Oshkosh special is the variety of events you can enjoy year round. And with spring finally back in season, there is now even more events to enjoy. From flying in an airplane to enjoying Broadway performers at The Grand, April has events that will delight both the young and young at heart.

We love when two of our most favorite things come together to form one amazing event. We are, of course, talking about airplanes and pancakes. Join EAA Chapter 252 as they host the Steve Wittman Pancake Breakfast Fly-In April 7, from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Wittman Airport.

Enjoy a morning of all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, milk, juice and coffee while you learn about how the airport and its business operates. You will also have the opportunity to see numerous aircraft on display and best of all, kids age 8 to 17 can take a free airplane ride from 9 to 11 a.m., weather permitting.

Admission to the breakfast fly-in is $7 for adults, $3 for children under 10 and free for pilots of homebuilt aircraft who fly in.

It’s Showdown time in Oshkosh. The 2018 National Physique Committee (NPC) Fox Cities Showdown is celebrating its 20th year as one Wisconsin’s leading bodybuilding, classic physique, men and women’s physique, figure and bikini competitions.

Athletes from all over the Midwest will showcase their hard work and dedication to the sport during the Showdown at the Alberta Kimball Auditorium April 14, from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Special guests IFBB Pro, Jose Raymond, and IFBB Pro and Figure Ms. Olympia, Cydney Gillion, will both be appearing at the show.

There is no better place to find inspiration to hit the gym than at the NPC Fox Cities Showdown. Tickets are $30 for general seating and $35 for the VIP section.

Broadway is coming to Oshkosh for one of the biggest shows to ever be on The Grand Oshkosh stage. The Four Phantoms will make their only Wisconsin appearance of the 2017-18 season at The Grand April 19 through 21.

The Four Phantom’s performance will include a celebration of the great Broadway musicals including The Phantom of the Opera. An extraordinary group of performers, each of whom has starred as the Phantom on Broadway, will be performing as well as special guest Kaley Ann Voorhees, the youngest woman to ever play Christine in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.

Two-time Grammy winner David Cook will lead this sensational group of performers, which include Ciarán Sheehan, Marcus Lovett, Brent Barret and Franc D’Ambrosio. Each of the three nightly performances will begin at 7:30. Ticket prices vary by seat from $110 to $25.

The most anticipated event in ACW Wisconsin history, Watercity Wrestlecon 2018, will take place April 21 at the Menominee Nation Arena. This will be the first professional wrestling event at the newly built arena.

Watercity Wrestlecon will feature ACW’s biggest stars and former WWE and ECW stars including special guest appearances by soon-to-be WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett, former WWE superstar The Hurricane and ECW legend The Sandman. Ryback, Scott Steiner, Wylde N Randy and Joey Ryan are just a few of the other wrestlers that will be performing during the night.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 7. There will be meet and greet opportunities with all the big stars as well as your favorite ACW stars. You will definitely not want to miss the $5,000 Battle Royal match. General admission tickets are available for only $20.

Oshkosh will be overrun by runners, joggers and walkers when the Oshkosh Marathon, Half Marathon, Corporate Marathon Relay, Half Relay and 5K take over the town on April 29.

Participants will enjoy the sights of the city and experience the beauty and serenity of the Wiouwash Trail as they make their way through the flat and scenic course. Registration, start and finish are all at the Leach Amphitheater. The marathon and half marathon start at 7 a.m.

The Oshkosh Marathon has not only encouraged numerous people to be more active, it has also raised more than $200,000 for local charities. Whether you love running or not, everyone is encouraged to come down to the Leach or line the streets to help support and cheer on the participants.

Of course, these are not the only events happening in town. Check out the Paine Art Center and Garden’s “Masterpieces of the Valley” and Oshkosh Public Museum’s “REPLAY!” exhibits going on throughout the month. There are also more great shows and events happening at The Grand and Menominee Nation Arena.

We don’t like saying the “W” word anymore, but the Winter Farmers Market is still going on every Saturday morning throughout April at Merrill Middle School. Comedy Improv Shows can be enjoyed on Friday and Saturday nights at the Backlot Comedy House and the Fire Escape always has artistic fun to explore in Downtown Oshkosh.

You can learn about these events and hundreds more on the event calendar. It has the most comprehensive list of events in the city, with new events added almost every day.

Enjoy an eventful April!