Music, arts and more things to do in the Milwaukee area in summer 2024



Milwaukee County Parks: July 4th activities will be held at these city parks: Alcott, Gordon, Humboldt, Jackson, King, Lake, Lincoln, Mitchell, Noyes, Washington, and Wilson Park; and these county parks: Hales Corners, Sheridan, Kletzsch, and Grant. For a link to each park’s activities, visit

Old World Wisconsin: Independence Day Weekend, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 6-7. Historic games, pie-eating contest, picnic and brass band concert. W372 S9727 Highway 67, Eagle.

Animal Crackers Concert Series: Concerts begin at 7 p.m. David Clark’s All About Joel, July 10; Rick Braun, July 24; The Jimmys, Aug. 7; Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience, Aug. 24. $35-$40. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St., Racine.

Bluegrass at the Village: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 11. Music by Foxgloves, Pickin’ Up Speed, The Milbillies, Fox Crossing, Jordan Kroeger & Ernie Brusubardis IV Duo, and the Heartland Howlers. Ozaukee County Pioneer Village, 4880 Highway I, Saukville.

Buttermilk Festival: Concerts, 7:15 p.m. Symphonic Band, June 12; Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, June 19; Dorf Kapelle, June 26; Symphonic Band, July 10; Fond du Lac High School Summer Band, July 17; Symphonic Band, July 24; Kat Voss and Hot Sauce, July 31; Symphonic Band, Aug. 7; Kids from Wisconsin, Aug. 14; Symphonic Band, Aug. 21. Buttermilk Creek Park, 700 S. Park Ave., Fond du Lac.

Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary Music Festival: Drum & bugle corps performances, 7:30 p.m. July 3. Cedarburg High School Athletic Field, W68 N611 Evergreen Blvd., Cedarburg.

Country In The Burg: Aug. 23-24. Music festival featuring Martina McBride, Dylan Scott, Jerrod Niemann, Dustin Lynch, Eli Young Band, David Lee Murphy. Cedar Creek Park, N54 W5900 Portland Road, Cedarburg.

Gathering on the Green: The Fabulous Thunderbirds, with The Stephen Hull Experience, July 12. Beatles Vs. Stones, with Substitute: Tales From The Who, July 13. Rotary Park, 4100 W. Highland Road, Mequon.

Hop Harvest & Vine: Music from 6-8 p.m. Jtnt Trio, June 8; Scott Horwath & Alycia Bettz, June 15; Fletcher’s Reason, June 22; Steve Vaughn & Stan Markus, June 29; Kirsten Grace, July 6; Jack Julian, July 13; Shutter Step Fusion, July 20; Jack Tell, July 27; Inversion Jazz Band, Aug. 3; Aaron Lee Kaplan, Aug. 10; Hanna Simone & Elly Bird, Aug. 17; Smith & Binder Jazz, Aug. 24; Jeanne Marie Farinelli Jazz Duo, Aug. 31. Good Harvest Market, 2205 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee.

Old Falls Village Park: Command Performance Big Band USO Themed Concert, 6 p.m. June 15. N96 W15791 County Line Road, Menomonee Falls.

Pike River Benefit Concert Series: 6 p.m. The Box Band, June 14; Trip, July 19; Empty Bottle Boys + One Shot Jane, Aug. 9. Tickets $10, cash only. Food and beverages available for purchase, no carry-ins. Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum, 880 Green Bay Road, Kenosha.

Schauer Arts Center Courtyard: 6-9 p.m. Thursdays. $5 per person suggested donation. Borderline Reckless, June 6; The MilBillies, June 13; Vinyl Road, June 20; Hometown, June 27; Tangled Lines, July 11; The Nix, July 18; Copper Box, July 25; Scotch & Soda, Aug. 1; Maddie Jo Band, Aug. 8; Liquid Crush, Aug. 15; Bruce Humphries and the Rockabilly Rebels, Aug. 22; The Acoustix, Aug. 29. 147 N. Rural St., Hartford.

Thelma’s Saturday Street Concerts: Music at 7 p.m. Driftwood, June 15. Lou Gramm: the Original Voice of Foreigner, July 27. One Night of Queen, Aug. 3. Armchair Boogie, Aug. 17. Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, 51 Sheboygan St., Fond du Lac.

Waukesha Rotary BluesFest: American Music and Art Festival, 1-10 p.m. Aug. 9-10. Musical headliners are Ally Venable, and GA-20. Naga-Waukee Park, 651 Highway 83, Delafield.


Acacia Theatre: The Agitators, 7:30 p.m. June 14-30. The Norvell Commons at St. Christopher’s Church, 7845 N. River Road.

Arts at the Waelderhaus: Concerts at 2 p.m. The Music of Cole Porter with the Erin Krebs Trio, June 2. Viennese fortepianist Daniel Adam Maltz, June 30. Chloe Meyers and Tricia Marton piano concert, July 14. 1100 Riverside Drive, Kohler. For reservations call (920) 453-2851 or visit

ComedySportz Milwaukee: 40th Anniversary World Championship, July 31-Aug. 3. 420 S. 1st St., (414) 272-8888;

Lake Country Players: Chasing Manet staged reading, June 7-8. The Trip to Bountiful staged reading, June 14-15. Jane Eyre, The Musical, July 5-21. Night Sky staged reading, Aug. 16-17. The Hatmaker’s Wife, Aug. 22-23. Aura staged reading, Aug. 24-25. Playhouse, 221 E. Capitol Drive, Hartland.

Memories Dinner Theater: The BriTins Beatles Tribute, June 22. Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons Tribute, July 10. Kenny Rogers Tribute, Aug. 14. Memories Ballroom, 1077 Lake Drive, Port Washington. (262) 284-6850;

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra: PianoArts Concerto Final Round, 7:30 p.m. June 4. Carmina Burana & Fate Now Conquers, 7:30 p.m. June 7-8; 2:30 p.m. June 9. Hadelich plays Tchaikovsky, 11:15 a.m. June 14; 7:30 p.m. June 15. Toy Story concert with film, 7:30 p.m. June 22; 2:30 p.m. June 23. Bradley Symphony Center, 212 W. Wisconsin Ave. (414) 291-7605.

Morning Star Productions: History Mystery: The Frontier, 2:30-4 p.m. June 1-2. New show begins every 10 minutes along the trail. Cedar Springs Ranch, 3128 Slinger Road, Slinger.

Optimist Theatre: Shakespeare in the City runs from June 15 through Aug. 11. For show locations and times visit

PianoArts: North American Competition & Music Festival, May 30-June 4; Prelude Concert, 7:30 p.m. May 30; Concert by the Masters, 7:30 p.m. June 3. Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, 1584 N. Prospect Ave.

Racine Theatre Guild: First Date, July 19-28. 2519 Northwestern Ave., Racine. (262) 633-4218.

SummerStage of Delafield: Steel Magnolias, June 6-22. Unnecessary Farce, July 18-Aug. 3. W329 N846 County Highway C, Delafield. (262) 337-1560,

Summit Players Theatre: Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed at various state parks, June 14-July 29. For full list of performance locations, visit

Sunset Playhouse: Stevie Nicks & Friends Tribute, 2 and 7:30 p.m. June 4. The Great American Songbook with Carolyn Wehner, June 6-9. Rehearsal for Murder, May 30-June 16. A Chorus Line, July 11-Aug. 4.700 Wall St., Elm Grove. (262) 782-4430.

Watertown Players: Shadowlands, July 12-14. The Market, 210 S. Water St., Watertown. (920) 306-4364.

Waukesha Civic Theatre: Kinky Boots, June 7-23. The Lifespan of a Fact, July 12-21. 264 W. Main St., Waukesha. (262) 547-0708.


Boswell Books: Lettie Teague “Dear Readers and Riders,” 6:30 p.m. June 5. Terese Allen “The Dane County Farmers’ Market Cookbook,” 6:30 p.m. June 6. RO Kwon “Exhibit,” 6:30 p.m. June 7. Kathleen A Dale “A Question of Time,” 4 p.m. June 9. Jamie Raines “The T in LGBT+,” 7 p.m. June 12. Neal D Barnard “The Power Foods Diet,” 6:30 p.m. June 13. Judy Bridges “It Didn’t Start Out That Way,” 6:30 p.m. June 14. Claire Lombardo “Same As It Ever Was,” 6:30 p.m. June 17. Jessica Calarco “Holding It Together,” 6:30 p.m. June 20. Ananda Lima “Craft,” 6:30 p.m. June 25. Juneau Black “Summers End,” 6:30 p.m. July 9. Peng Shepherd “All This and More,” 6:30 p.m. July 11. Kevin Barry “The Heart in Winter,” 6:30 p.m. July 12. Sam Tracy “Riding More with Less,” 6:30 p.m. July 25. Lisa Keefauver “Grief Is a Sneaky Bitch,” 6:30 p.m. July 29. Alex Pickett “Camera Lake,” 6:30 p.m. Aug. 6. Katee Robert “Dark Restraint,” 7 p.m. Aug. 9. Marc Cameron “Bad River,” 6:30 p.m. Aug. 13. Maribeth Fischer “A Season of Perfect Happiness,” 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28. William Kent Krueger “Spirit Crossing,” 11 a.m. Sept. 7. 2559 N. Downer Ave.

The Bridgewater Modern Grill: Steven Raichlen “Beer-Can Chicken,” 5:30 p.m. June 25. Ticket required. 2011 S. 1st St.

MPL Centennial Hall: Amy Tan “The Backyard Bird Chronicles,” 6:30 p.m. June 13. Registration required. 733 N. Eighth St.

MPL East Branch: Phyllis R Dixon “A Taste for More,” 1 p.m. June 29. Registration required. 2320 N. Cramer St.

MPL Mitchell Branch: Christina Ward “Happy Days: The Official Cookbook,” noon Aug. 24. Registration required. 906 W. Mitchell St.

North Point Lighthouse: Lecture series, 7 p.m. Admission $10; senior/student $5; members, free. 2650 N. Wahl Ave. (414) 332-6754.

  • June 12: Milwaukee’s Legacy – Typewriters and Keyboards
  • July 10: Lighthouse Libraries and the Keeper’s Imaginative Lives
  • Aug. 14: Milwaukee War Effort – WWII

Oak Creek Public Library: Badger Talk by Thomas Beatty, 6 p.m. June 6. Registration required. 8040 S. 6th St., Oak Creek. (414) 766-7900.

The Pabst Theater: Jodi Picoult “By Any Other Name,” 7 p.m. Sept. 9. Ticket required. 144 E. Wells St.

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center: Tracy Chevalier, “The Glassmaker,” 6:30 p.m. June 26. Ticket required. 1111 E. Brown Deer Road.

Shank Hall: Amy T. Waldman and Peter Jest “We Had Fun and Nobody Died,” 7 p.m. July 13. 1434 N. Farwell Ave.

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts: Emily Giffin “The Summer Pact,” 7 p.m. July 22. Ticket required. 3270 Mitchell Park Drive, Brookfield.

Shorewood Public Library: Lucy Knisley “Woe: A Housecat’s Story of Despair,” 2 p.m. July 3. Registration required. 3920 N. Murray Ave., Shorewood.

Shully’s ATS: Lisa Barr “The Goddess of Warsaw,” 7 p.m. June 27. Ticket required. 143 Green Bay Road, Thiensville.


Boerner Botanical Gardens: Gardens open daily 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (through October). The Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens (FBBG) offer a variety of year-round classes for adults and children. Whitnall Park, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. General Information and FBBG: (414) 525-5653,

  • Wednesday Garden Walks, 6 p.m. May-Sept.
  • June 9: Art in the Gardens Craft Fair
  • July 14: Using Your Summer Bounty
  • Aug. 9: Upcycled Art

Forest Home Cemetery & Arboretum: Guided walking tour talks. $10 per person; registration required. 2405 W. Forest Home Ave.

  • June 2: Forest Bathing
  • June 15: Trees of Forest Home
  • July 14: Trailblazers & Tombstones: Women of Milwaukee and their Political Legacy

Lynden Sculpture Garden: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Thursdays). Experience art in nature with sculptures sited across 40 acres of park, lake and woodland. 2145 W. Brown Deer Road. (414) 446-8794;

  • Aug. 22: Harry & Peg Bradley’s Backyard Barbecue
  • Through Oct 11: Bonsai Exhibit

Mitchell Park Domes: The Horticultural Conservatory is open year-round (closed Tuesdays), with permanent collections in the tropical and desert domes, and temporary themed displays in the Floral Show Dome. 524 S. Layton Blvd.

  • June 8-Sept. 8: Summer Show Dome
  • Discount Thursdays: June 27, July 25, Aug. 29.

Wehr Nature Center: Visitor Center open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Explore more than five miles of nature trails. 9701 W. College Ave., Franklin. (414) 425-8550.

  • June 9: Native Plant Sale
  • June 15: 50th Anniversary Community Celebration, 1-4 p.m.


The Bartolotta Restaurants: For menus and reservations visit

  • June 12: Chianti Estate Villa Calcinaia Wine Dinner, Ristorante Bartolotta dal 1993
  • June 12: Forlorn Hope Wine Tasting, Harbor House
  • June 13: Morel Mushroom Dinner, Lake Park Bistro
  • July 3: Fireworks Dinner, Harbor House

Downtown Dining Week: May 30-June 6. Each restaurant’s menu highlights multi-course options at $15/$25 for lunch and $35/$45/$55 for dinner. For the list of participating restaurants visit

Fondy Feast: 3:30 p.m. Aug. 18. Benefit brings local chefs together with farmers and community. Fondy Farm at the Mequon Nature Preserve, 10150 N. Swan Road, Mequon.

Kenosha Sip & Stroll: 1-4:30 p.m. June 8. Sample wine, beer, and seltzer offerings at more than 30 participating venues. Downtown Kenosha.

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center: Nature’s Tapestry Gala, June 14. $225. Farm-fresh plated dinner, silent and live auctions. Cocktail casual attire; RSVP by May 31. 1111 E. Brown Deer Road.

Sip Wisconsin: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. July 13. Sampling event of hard seltzers, ready-to-drink cocktails and nonalcoholic beverages made in Wisconsin. The Cooperage, 818 S. Water St.

Stone Bank Farm Market: Working farm and market offering seasonal foods, cooking classes, and brown bag dinners. N68 W33208 County Road K, Stone Bank. (262) 563-8010,

  • June 6: Farm to Table Cooking
  • June 27, July 18, Aug. 16: Dinner in the Barn


Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund: The Wall That Heals exhibit, May 30-June 2. Traveling exhibit and mobile education center stop in Hartland is the only host site in Wisconsin for 2024. Nixon Park, 175 E. Park Ave., Hartland.

Bay View Gallery Night: May 31. Explore the Bay View community with local businesses hosting artists and musicians, makers markets and food trucks. For a schedule of events, visit

Friends of HAWS: Rummage-O-Rescue, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 31-June 1. Longaberger baskets, home decor, holiday decorations, household items and jewelry. HAWS Shelter, 701 Northview Road, Waukesha.

DNR Free Fishing Weekend: June 1-2. All ages, no license required. Fishing equipment available to use on site, or bring your own. Lake Beulah, East Troy.

Alexian Village Car Show: 2-6 p.m. June 5. All makes and models, with food and entertainment. 9301 N. 76th St.

Muskego Public Library: Bookalikes program with local collector Clair Schulz, 6:30 p.m. June 12. S73 W16663 Janesville Road, Muskego. (262) 971-2100.

Paint Cedarburg: Plein Air public sale and exhibition, 5-8 p.m. June 14; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 15. Cedarburg Cultural Center, W62-N546 Washington Ave., Cedarburg.

New Berlin Historical Society: Father’s Day Open House, 1-4 p.m. June 16. Ice Cream Social Open House, 1-4 p.m. July 14. Tour the 1800s homes, church, school, barn, log home and museum. Lunch and desserts available for purchase. Free admission. Historical Park, 19765 W. National Ave.

Ride For Veterans: June 22. Registration at 9 a.m. at Sign Effectz, 1827 W. Glendale Ave., with the motorcycle ride starting at 11 a.m. moving towards Wisconsin Harley-Davidson, 1280 Blue Ribbon Drive, Oconomowoc.

Second Hand Purrs: Benefit rummage sale, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. June 20-21; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 22. Electronics, furniture, collectibles, housewares and pet items. American Legion Hall, 9327 S. Shepard Ave., Oak Creek.

LoveMKE Summer Soulstice Celebration: 7:30 p.m. June 21. Mental health event. Deer District Beer Garden, 1133 N. King Drive.

Milwaukee Night Market: 5-10 p.m. June 26, July 24, Aug. 14. Local vendors, music, beer garden, performers and artists. On Wisconsin Avenue between 2nd Street and Phillips Avenue.

Pringle Nature Center: Mud Day, 1-3 p.m. June 29. Mud pits, lawn games and a sprinkler will be set up to become one with the mud. 9800 160th Ave., Bristol.

Fond du Lac Lakeside Park: Fond du Lac Symphonic Band “Americana” concert, 7:30 p.m. July 4, followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. on the lakefront. 555 N. Park Ave., Fond du Lac.

Rainbow Summer: July 23-27. Elysian Arcs public art installation and five nights of free public performances. Marcus Performing Arts Center grounds, 929 N. Water St.

Hy-Vee Milwaukee Mile 250s Weekend: Aug. 30-Sept. 1. Free Fan Zone features vendors and musical performances outside the Milwaukee Mile grandstands. Wisconsin State Fair Park, 640 S. 84th St., West Allis.

Sculpture Milwaukee: Urban public art exhibition in downtown Milwaukee.


Gallery Night MKE: July 19-20. Discover local galleries, art and artists during free, two-day art event in downtown Milwaukee and surrounding neighborhoods.

The Almont Gallery: Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. 342 W. Main St., Waukesha.

  • Through June 21: Inner Visions, featuring artists Annie Cannistra, Stephanie Copoulos-Selle and Roger Rueff.

Charles Allis Art Museum: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Tudor-style mansion houses the Allis’ international art collection with works spanning from antiquity to the 20th century. 1801 N. Prospect Ave. (414) 278-8295;

  • Through July 21: Screen Time: Video Art and Photography in the Internet Age

David Barnett Gallery: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 1024 E. State St. (414) 271-5058.

  • Through July 13: Masterstrokes: Three Centuries of Drawing

Haggerty Museum of Art: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Marquette University campus, 1234 W. Tory Hill St. (414) 288-1669;

  • June 1: Summer Exhibitions reception, 4-6 p.m.
  • Through Aug. 4: 2023 Nohl Fund Fellows Exhibition
  • Through Aug. 4: Road Trip: American Photographs, 1968-2005
  • Aug. 23-Dec. 22: Material Muses: Medieval Devotional Culture and its Afterlives

Harley-Davidson Museum: Collection of Harley-Davidson motorcycles and memorabilia on a 20-acre campus, with guided tours and special events. 400 W. Canal St. (877) 436-8738;

Kenosha Civil War Museum: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed holidays. 5400 1st Ave., Kenosha.

  • June 10: Coffee and Civil War
  • June 15-Aug. 18: Printmaking – Pop Culture of the Civil War
  • Sept. 14: Great Lakes Civil War Forum, Mr. Lincoln’s Navy

Lily Pad Gallery West: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. 215 N. Broadway. (414) 509-5756.

  • Through June 30: Contemporary Classicism: The Art of Alfredo Palmero
  • June 21-22: Alfredo Palmero artist visit

Milwaukee Art Museum: Open Tuesday-Sunday. Milwaukee’s first art gallery, founded in 1888 by Frederick Layton. 700 N. Art Museum Drive.

  • Through June 23: 50 Paintings
  • July 14-20: Free Admission Days
  • Through July 28: Arresting Beauty: Julia Margaret Cameron

North Point Lighthouse: Open 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. The original Keepers Quarters serves as the museum gallery with several exhibits and artifacts that depict the life of a keeper and maritime history on the Great Lakes. 2650 N. Wahl Ave. (414) 332-6754;

Old World Wisconsin: Spring hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (through June 9). Summer hours begin June 12 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Visit working farmsteads, explore heirloom gardens, meet heritage animal breeds, and try historical crafts and skills. Highway 67, south of Eagle. (262) 594-6301;

  • June 13: Hands-On History: Ales and Lagers in Old Wisconsin
  • June 15: Midsummer Celebration
  • June 20: Hands-On History: Wool Spinning
  • July 6-7: Independence Day Weekend
  • July 20-21: Civil War Living History
  • July 25: Hands-On History: Baking and Cooking
  • Aug. 8: Hands-On History: Blacksmithing
  • Aug. 16: American Wine Project

Portrait Society Gallery: Noon-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. 207 E. Buffalo St. (414) 870-9930.

  • Through July 6: Skully Gustafson and Melissa Scherrer Paré
  • Through July 19: Della Wells: Mambo Land

RAM (Racine Art Museum): Noon-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. 441 Main St., Racine. (262) 638-8300,

  • Through Aug. 31: In Between: Dennis Lee Mitchell

RAM Wustum Museum of Fine Arts: Noon-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. 2519 Northwestern Ave., Racine.

  • June 14: Kids Day: The Art of Play
  • June 12-Aug. 10: Racine and Vicinity Show 2024, All Media Juried Exhibition

Tory Folliard Gallery: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 233 N. Milwaukee St. (414) 273-7311.

  • June 1-July 6: Bethann Moran Handzlik: In The Open Air
  • June 1: Opening reception, 1-4 p.m.
  • June 1-July 6: Chris Berti: Food & Fauna

Walker’s Point Center for the Arts: Community art showcased in gallery exhibitions and educational programming. 839 S. 6th St.

  • Through June 29: Jovanny Hernandez Caballero

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts: Events, classes, and workshops for beginners to experienced fiber artists, with exhibitions of works demonstrating traditional to contemporary techniques. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. N50 W5050 Portland Road, Cedarburg. (262) 546-0300;

  • Fiber Arts Rummage Sale. June 13-15.
  • Through July 28: 25 Million Stitches: One Stitch, One Refugee

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