San Damiano Monona


Harry Whitehorse International Wood Sculpture Festival

Friday, June 14, 2024
Saturday, June 22, 2024
Saturday, June 22, 2024
Saturday, June 22, 2024
Due to the forecasted weather for Saturday, June 22, the schedule for the last day of the Harry Whitehorse Wood Sculpture Festival has changed. The closing ceremony will be at 10:00am and the community potluck at 11:30am. Please join us to celebrate this amazing week!
The festival is in full swing Friday, June 21 with so many fun things planned for all ages. Take a look at the most up to date schedule  online (click here). See you soon!



A Truly Immersive and Unforgettable Experience

The Harry Whitehorse International Wood Sculpture Festival, in partnership with the Friends of San Damiano, will unite renowned artists worldwide for a week-long residency in Monona, Wisconsin, in an outdoor setting on Lake Monona. They will create captivating sculptures, showcase their previous works, and engage with the community during their stay.

This festival is significant culturally and artistically because it is the first international festival dedicated to an indigenous person, honoring the legacy of the late Monona, Wisconsin, and Ho-Chunk Nation sculptor Harry Whitehorse. Through wood sculpting, it fosters cultural exchange, promotes indigenous arts, and celebrates the natural beauty of San Damiano Monona.

What sets this festival apart is its fusion of tradition and innovation, combining contemporary and traditional wood sculpting techniques. The emphasis on international collaboration and indigenous artistry adds a rich layer of diversity and cultural exchange. The festival’s setting on the picturesque shores of Lake Monona, coupled with its interactive programming and community engagement initiatives, creates a truly immersive and unforgettable experience for attendees.

Event Details

Dates: The festival will take place from June 14 – 22, 2024
Opening Ceremony:
June 14 @ 5 PM
Artist Working Hours: June 15 – 21 @ 9 AM – 5 PM , June 22 @ 9 AM – 11 AM
Closing Ceremony & Reception: June 22 @ 5 PM
Location: The festival will be held at scenic San Damiano Monona on Lake Monona in Monona, Wisconsin. The address is 4123 Monona Drive, Monona, WI Map
Duration: The festival spans a week, offering attendees ample opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of wood sculpting.
Activities: Attendees can expect a diverse range of activities, including:

  • Live wood sculpting demonstrations by renowned artists.
  • Cultural performances, food vendors, and live entertainment create a vibrant and festive atmosphere.

Accessibility: The festival is open to all ages and is designed to be inclusive and accessible to everyone interested in art and culture. Limited special needs parking.
Tickets: Free tickets are available on Event Brite.



4400 Monona Drive, Monona, Wisconsin.
Monona Grove High School is .5 miles from San Damiano.
There are limited handicapped parking spaces at San Damiano Monona.
No parking at San Damiano Monona for the general public.

Summer Biergartens 2024

Tuesday, June 18, 2024
Thursday, July 11, 2024
Thursday, August 15, 2024
5:00 pm
8:00 pm

June Biergarten at San Damiano: The Cash Box Kings

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for the June Biergarten at San Damiano on Tuesday, June 18th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm! Enjoy amazing views, beer, food trucks, yard games, & live music.

Live Music

Cash Box Kings, offering a throwback to the golden age of blues with some kickin’ fresh young blood, will be playing from 6:00-8:00 pm.

July Biergarten at San Damiano: The Ladies Must Swing

Thursday, July 11, 2024

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for the July Biergarten at San Damiano on Thursday, July 11th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm! Enjoy amazing views, beer, food trucks, yard games, & live music.

Live Music

The Ladies Must Swing is a 19-piece all-female jazz band that finds its niche playing events in airport hangers and other places that evoke jazz nostalgia and toe tapping swing. The band will be playing from 6:00-8:00 pm.

August Biergarten at San Damiano: Orquesta SalSoul Del Mad

Thursday, August 15, 2024

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for the August Biergarten at San Damiano on Thursday, August 15th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm! Enjoy amazing views, beer, food trucks, yard games, & live music.

Live Music

Orquesta SalSoul Del Mad combines the best of two worlds bringing together the fire of Latin rhythm and the smooth sound of soul. Come on out and move to the groove! 6:00-8:00 pm.

What to Bring to the Biergartens:

Lawn chairs or blankets. Cash for food and beverages.


There is very limited parking at San Damiano. We recommend walking or biking. If you drive, please drop off guests and materials, then park on Winnequah Road or local streets, and walk to the San Damiano entrance on Monona Drive.

These events are hosted by the Friends of San Damiano.
We cannot wait to see you!

Celebration On The Shore

Saturday, September 14, 2024
6:00 pm
11:00 pm

We invite you to join us for the Friends of San Damiano’s 2nd annual Celebration on the Shore. This special event will include dinner, benefit auctions, and live music all under a big top tent on the shore of Lake Monona. It will be a memorable evening, celebrating and supporting San Damiano Monona and its amazing future.

Sponsorship and In-Kind Donation Opportunities are now available!

Sponsoring Celebration on the Shore offers numerous benefits for businesses looking to make a positive impact in the community. We need your support to maintain the property, continue offering community programs, begin laying the groundwork for a capital campaign, and achieve the community’s vision. Your generous sponsorship of this year’s Celebration on the Shore will have a significant impact on our Dane County community!

Make your sponsorship donation now!

We thank all of those who celebrated with us in 2023. View event photos

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