Stoughton is known for its Norwegian heritage. Now, you’ll find not only our Scandinavian culture, but also boutique shopping, locally owned restaurants, and the Stoughton Opera House, known for its sublime acoustics. Come visit our new Norwegian Heritage Center, shop, have a bite to eat, and stay for an evening performance. Let us help you plan your next visit!
Stoughton is located within easy driving distance from Chicago and Milwaukee, and just minutes from Madison.
Suggestions for things to do on your visit to Stoughton:
STEP ON TOUR
Learn the story of Stoughton’s early Norwegian settlers on a guided tour led by an expert historian.
NORWEGIAN HERITAGE CENTER, LIVSREISE
Experience the story of Norwegian immigration to Wisconsin with interactive technology, enjoy special art and artifact exhibits, and use the genealogy research room.
NORWEGIAN LUNCHEON & NORWEGIAN CRAFT DEMONSTRATIONS
Enjoy an authentic Norwegian lunch at the Sons of Norway Lodge. Demonstrations on topics like rosemaling, Handanger embroidery, Hardanger fiddles, acanthus carving, and more.
STOUGHTON OPERA HOUSE
Tour our one-of-a-kind Opera House, restored to its original 1901 grandeur, known for its sublime acoustics and early 20th Century aesthetic. The Opera House hosts musical and theatrical performances throughout the season.
BOUTIQUE SHOPPING DOWNTOWN
Visit locally owned boutiques and galleries located in charming historic buildings dating from the 1880’s. You’ll find crafters and artisans who sell art, antiques, gifts, jewelry, and more.
Try your hand at metal stamping, felted wool, the pottery wheel, and more to create your own Stoughton souvenir.
Tour and Trip Planning
Are you bringing in a large group? The Stoughton Chamber of Commerce will help you plan the perfect trip. Our services:
- Site and local attraction selection
- Group tour planning
- Brochures and maps
- Themed or tailored itineraries
- Lodging and food
- Free motor coach parking
- Step on guides for a rich tour experience
Stoughton Annual Events & Festivals
Syttende Mai Festival
May 18-20, 2018
Art Walk Stoughton
July 21, 2018
Coffee Break Festival
August 18, 2018
Norwegian Destination Weekend
Held every October and February
Victorian Holiday Festival
November 30 - December 2, 2018
Around the Corner with John McGivern