Summer 2024: Kenosha Area Events (2024)

Liz Snyder

It's shaping up to be another busy summer in Kenosha County, with plenty of car shows, festivals, baseball and bike racing. Keep this section handy and get out and enjoy the season:

MAY

  • What: Kenosha HarborMarket

When:The outdoor market is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 26.

Where:On Second Avenue, between 54th and 56th streets and the adjacent Place de Douai, on the lakefront

Known for:Fresh produce, prepared foods, live music and other goods offered each week.

  • What: Kenosha Public Market

When:The outdoor market is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 26.

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Where:625 52nd St.

Known for:Fresh produce, prepared foods, live music and other goods offered each week.

  • What: Bristol 45 Diner Cruise-In Nights

When: 4:30 to 8 p.m. May 20, repeating the first and third Monday of the month through Sept. 30 (the fifth Monday of that month).

Where: Outside the Bristol 45 Diner, 8321 200th Ave. in Bristol

Known for: A casual gathering of classic car fans. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a night in the park with music from the '50s and '60s. All cars are welcome to this free event.

  • What: Aquanut Water Ski Shows

When:6 p.m. Saturdays and Wednesdays, May 25 through Aug. 31. (No shows on July 20 and Aug. 10)

Where:In Lance Park on Lake Mary, 55 Lance Drive in Twin Lakes

Known for:Free water-skiing shows choreographed to music. (aquanutwatershows.com)

  • What: Kenosha Kingfish Baseball

When:Home games are May 31 through Aug. 10 (Schedule at kingfishbaseball.com)

Where:Simmons Field, 7817 Sheridan Road

Known for:Northwoods League collegiate baseball games.

  • What:Classic Cruise-In Nights

When:4 to 8 p.m. on the last Friday of the month, May through September (May 31-Sept. 27). Note: The June 28 event is in Kennedy Park, along with the Kenosha Taco Fest.

Where:Outside the Kenosha History Center, 220 51st Place

Known for:Welcoming all classic vehicles

  • What: Tuesday Night Bike Racing

When:7 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 20

Where:Washington Park Velodrome, 1821 Washington Road

Known for:Weekly races on the historic velodrome, whichopened in 1927 and is the oldest operating velodrome in the country. Spectators are welcome to "fill the hill" each week. Racers from Southeastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois compete in various sprint and endurance track events. (info@kenoshavelodromeracing.com)

  • What: Sunrise Pilates

When:6 to 7 a.m. Tuesdays, May 28-Aug. 20

Where:Outside at Kemper Center, 6501 Third Ave.

Known for: The one-hour class takes place on Kemper's northeast grounds, behind the Faulkner building (the one with the mosaic artwork on it). The class will be weather permitting. $10 per person. Questions? Text Angie at 262-331-1704.

  • What: Night Hike

When:May 31

Where:Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum, 880 Green Bay Road in Somers

Known for:After-dark hike for all ages. Register at hawthornhollow.org.

  • What: Veterans Picnic

When:May 31

Where:Kenosha County Veterans memorial Park, 8530 352nd Ave.

Known for:Event celebrating veterans

  • What: Racing at Wilmot Raceway

When:Every Saturday (and some other dates) through Sept. 21

Where:Raceway at the Kenosha County Fairgrounds, 30820 111th St. in Wilmot

Known for:A variety of races through the season (wilmotraceway.com)

  • What: Wilmot Flea Market

When:7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 13 (no markets on Aug. 11 and 18)

Where:Kenosha County Fairgrounds, 30820 111th St. in Wilmot

Known for:A variety of vendors offering all sorts of goods for sale.

JUNE

  • What: Outta Sight Kite Flight

When:June 1-2

Where:Kennedy Park, 4051 Fifth Ave. (at the lakefront)

Known for:The “grand launch” of more than 300 kites that kicks off the event

  • What: Free Fishing Weekend in Wisconsin

When:June 1-2

Where:All inland lakes in the state

Known for:Free fishing all weekend, plus several fishing workshops and events throughout the state.

  • What: Monster Truck Throwdown

When:June 1

Where:Wilmot Raceway at Kenosha County Fairgrounds, 30820 111th St. in Wilmot

Known for:Featuring Monster Truck superstars including father/son duo Jon Zimmer Sr. piloting the new Uproar and Jon Zimmer Jr. driving Terminal Velocity, along with backflippin' Freestyle Motocross. (Rain date is June 2.)

  • What: The Good Old Summertime Art Fair

When:June 2

Where:Civic Center Park, on Sheridan Road between 56th and 57th streets

Known for:Kicking off the summer outdoor arts & crafts fair season

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays, June 7, July 12, Aug. 2 and Sept. 6

Where: Anderson Arts Center, 6603 Third Ave.

Known for: A free gathering, open to everyone, of all musical abilities. Bring an acoustic instrument, or just come to sing. Music books and stands are provided.

  • What: Outdoor Movie Night

When:Dusk on June 7

Where:Hansen Park, 19806 86th Place in Bristol

Known for:Everyone is welcome to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets to enjoy an outdoor movie in the park, located off of Highway 45, south of Highway AH in Bristol.

  • What: Yoga in the Park

When:5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, June 10 through Aug. 12

Where:Petrifying Springs Park, 5555 Seventh St. in Somers

Known for:Free outdoor yoga classes, led by instructors from Hot Yoga Kenosha.

  • What: Music at Twilight Concert Series (formerly Twilight Jazz)

When:6 to 8 p.m. June 11, continuing on these Tuesdays: June 25, July 9, July 23, Aug. 13, Aug. 27, Sept. 10 and Sept. 24.

Where:Outside the Anderson Arts Center, 6603 Third Ave.

Known for:A variety of music performed on the lakefront. This year's performers are: June 11, Ivy Ford; June 25, Southport Sound Big Band; July 9, Deep Pockets; July 23, Peacetree All-Stars; Aug. 13: Yesterday’s Children; Aug. 27: Kal Bergendahl Project; Sept. 10: Empty Bottle Boys and One Shot Jane; Sept. 24, Georgia Rae Family Band.

  • What: Kenosha Pops Concert Band performances

When:7 p.m. Wednesdays, June 12 through July 31. Note: An indoor concert is 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Civil War Museum. The band also performs Thursday, July 4, on the band shell, starting at 5 p.m.

Where:The Sesquicentennial Band Shell in Pennoyer Park, on Seventh Avenue at 35th Street

Known for:Performances with everything from John Philip Sousa marches to Broadway favorites and classic rock tunes. This is the band's 102nd season.

  • What:Bristol Woodstock concerts

When:6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, June 12 through Aug. 14

Where:Bristol Woods County Park, 9800 160th Ave. in Bristol

Known for:Free weekly performances in a wooded setting.

  • What: Rhythm on the Lake Concert Series

Where:Old Settlers Park,24100 75th St. in Paddock Lake

When:6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, June 13 through Aug. 22 (No concert on July 4.)

Known for:This is a free weekly concert series on the band shell overlooking Paddock Lake. Bring a lawn chair and/or blankets.

  • What: Shakespeare in the Park: "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

When:June 14

Where:Richard Bong State Recreation Area, 26313 Burlington Road in Brighton

Known for:The comedy is 7 to 9 p.m. The stripped-down, fast-paced production will be held in the Bong amphitheater. Bring your own lawn chair. Playing with Will Workshop is 5:30-6:30 p.m. Get outside with “Will” at this interactive workshop for kids 8 and up to explore acting, characters and creative play.

  • What: Movie Night in Petrifying Springs Park

Where:5555 Seventh St. in Somers, next to the Biergarten

When:Every Friday evening, June 21 through Aug. 23

Known for:Free movies shown outside in the park. Bring lawn chairs and snacks. This year's films: June 21, "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids"; June 28, "Barbie"; July 5, " A League of Their Own"; July 12, "Haunted Mansion" (2023); July 19, "Puss in Boots: The Last Wish"; July 26, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem"; Aug. 2, "Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves"; Aug. 9 "Jurassic Park" (1993); Aug. 16, "Wonka" (2023); Aug. 23, "Back to the Future: Part II"

  • What: Dairy Air Community Bike Ride

Where: Meet inBristol Woods Park,9800 160th Ave.

When: June 15. The ride starts at 7 a.m.

Known for: The free, annual bike ride takes riders from Bristol Woods Park to the Kenosha County Dairy Breakfast at Crane Grain Farms, 3930 288th Ave. It’s 26 miles round trip. Riders will follow a planned route (led by the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department) to the breakfast. Riders will then regroup around 9 a.m. to ride back to Bristol Woods Park. Note: People are asked to use their best judgment and participate based on their own skill level.

  • What: Kenosha County Dairy Breakfast

When:6:30 to 10:30 a.m. June 15

Where:Crane Grain Farms, 3930 288th Ave. in Brighton

Known for:Cooking up zillions of scrambled eggs in a huge frying pan for the breakfast. The event also includes a vendor tent with items to purchase, children's games, an education tent and farm toys for sale.

  • What: Kenosha Art Market

When:10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 16, continuing on the third Sunday of the month: July 21, Aug. 18, Sept. 15 and Oct. 20

Where:Union Park, 4500 Seventh Ave.

Known for:Featuring a variety of artwork, plus food and live music.

  • What: Lakeside Players summer show: "The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza"

When: June 21-30

Where: Rhode Center for the Arts, 514 56th St.

Known for: Two battling narrators attempt to cover the entirety of Greek mythology using audience participation, cross-dressing and "general theatrical insanity." Famous myths such as Pandora's Box, Jason and the Argonauts (the original Super Friends), and Hercules: Intern God jostle for space with obscure, weird myths such as the myth of Linus and the legend of the Argus. It all culminates in a musical dance-influenced version of "The Iliad," complete with a full-scale battle of little green army men. (rhodecenter.org)

  • What: Dog Days of Summer Festival

When:June 22

Where:Jerry Smith Farm, 7150 18th St.

Known for:This free family event features a vendor fair, raffle prizes, free samples for people and pets, photo ops and a "bouncy pillow."

  • What: Gateway Rose Society show

When: 12:30 to 4 p.m. June 22

Where:Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Ave.

Known for: The annual rose show features hundreds of roses and flower arrangements.

  • What: Kenosha Taco Fest

When: 3 to 9 p.m. June 28

Where: Kennedy Park, at 40th Street on the lakefront

Known for: The Kenosha History Center hosts this event, featuring food trucks competing for the taco championship. There will also be classic cars as part of the History Center's Classic Car Cruise-In (held in a special location for this event).

  • What: Harborfest 7s Rugby Tournament

When: Starts at 9 a.m. June 29

Where:Kennedy Park, at 40th Street on the lakefront

Known for: The Kenosha Mammoths Rugby Football Club hosts the annual tournament. To sign up, contact Tyler Tutlewski via Facebook or email at tyler.tutlewski@gmail.com. Spectators are welcome, with free admission.

  • What: Mud Day

When:2 to 4 p.m. June 29

Where:Pringle Nature Center at Bristol Woods Park, 9800 160th Ave. in Bristol

Known for:Celebrating International "Mud Day." Children are encouraged to play in the mud pits. There will also be lawn games, and a sprinkler will be set up "to allow young kids to live out their dreams of becoming one with the mud." Note: Children must be accompanied by an adult.

  • What:YMCA Firecracker Race

When:8:30 a.m. June 30

Where:Downtown Kenosha

Known for:A5K and 1-mile fun run/walk. This year, there are in-person and virtual options. Online registration only; go to kenoshaymca.org.

  • What: Kenosha Civic Veterans Parade

When:1 p.m. June 30

Where:Starts on Seventh Avenue and Washington Road, heading south through Downtown.

Known for:Marching bands, clowns and politicians waving to the crowd.

JULY

  • What: Celebrate America

When:July 4-5

Where:Downtown Kenosha, along the harbor and the lakefront

Known for:Live music on multiple stages, along with food vendors, a carnival and other attractions. The City of Kenosha's fireworks show goes off at dusk on July 4, Downtown at the lakefront.

  • What: “Let Freedom Sing”

When:July 4

Where:In Pennoyer Park, on Seventh Avenue at 35th Street

Known for:Live music leading up to the city's fireworks. The Kenosha Pops Concert Band performs a patriotic program.

  • What: Somers Independence Day Parade and Ice Cream Social

When:July 4

Where:On Highway E (12th Street) in Somers

Known for:Marching bands, clowns and candy tossed to the crowd

  • What: Kenosha Pride Celebration

When: 12:30 to 9 p.m. July 6

Where: Celebration Place in HarborPark, Downtown at the lakefront

Known for: Stages of entertainment, including live music, plus food and vendors. Free admission and open to all ages.

  • What: Bristol Renaissance Faire

When:July 8 through Sept. 2 (weekends)

Where:Just west of I-94 at the Wisconsin/Illinois border

Known for:Jousting and giant turkey legs

  • What: "Tuesdays at the Shell" concert series

When:6 p.m. Tuesdays, July 9 through Aug. 27

Where:In Pennoyer Park, on Seventh Avenue at 35th Street

Known for:Free concerts featuring area rock bands.

  • What: Peanut Butter & Jam concert series

When:Thursdays, July 11 through Aug. 29

Where:Veterans Memorial Park, 625 52nd St.

Known for:Two concerts each week, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

  • What: Bristol Progress Days

When:July 12-14

Where:Hansen Park in Bristol

Known for:Crowning Miss Bristol, live music, outdoor sports tournaments and a parade (with tossed candy!).

  • What: "Secret Garden Walk"

When:9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 13

Where:Local, private gardens

Known for:Being a self-guided tour, hosted by the Four Seasons Garden Club (4seasonsgardenclub.org)

  • What: Chalk Festival

When:July 13-14

Where:Jerry Smith Farm, 7150 18th St.

Known for:This event showcases chalk art (the public can vote for their favorite), plus a beer garden, food and artisan booths.

  • What: Country Thunder

When:July 18-21

Where:Shadow Hill Ranch, 2305 Lance Drive in Twin Lakes

Known for:A party-type atmosphere, with outdoor concerts and mud fights in the campgrounds. Oh, there’s music, too, with national headliners. This year's headliners include CMA Entertainer of the Year Lainey Wilson, along with Eric Church, Nickelback and Koe Wetzel. (countrythunder.com)

  • What: Pop-up Biergarten and Food Truck Rally at HarborPark

When:July 18-20

Where:Celebration Place, at Kenosha's Downtown lakefront

Known for:This three-day German-style biergarten features German and U.S. beers, along with food and live music, children's activities and stein-hoisting contests.

  • What: Uke's Harley-Davidson 121st anniversary celebration

When:July 25-28

Where:Uke's Harley-Davidson, 5995 120th Ave.

Known for:Uke's is part of the Harley-Davidson Homecoming in Milwaukee. There will be live music, local vendors and food available each day. Note: A community "After Party in the Park" event is July 25 in Petrifying Springs County Park.

  • What: Taste of Wisconsin

When:July 26-28

Where:At the lakefront on the east end of Kenosha’s HarborPark

Known for:Lots of specialty food and beverage vendors, plus live music

  • What: Midwest Mix Fest

When: July 27-28

Where: Kemper Center, 6501 Third Ave.,on the north lawn of Kemper Center behind the Faulkner Building

Known for: Being a family-friendly music, art and food fest. Note: All proceeds benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a pediatric cancer research foundation.

AUGUST

  • What: Tribute Island

When:Aug. 2-4

Where:Outside the Wyndham Garden Harborside Hotel, 5125 Sixth Ave.

Known for:Tribute bands playing the music of popular groups like Chicago, Journey and Pink Floyd.

  • What: Lakeside Players summer show: "The SpongeBob Musical" (youth edition)

When:Aug. 2-4

Where:Rhode Center for the Arts, 514 56th St.

Known for:This is an all-singing, all-dancing, dynamic stage show. When the citizens of Bikini Bottom discover a volcano will soon erupt and destroy their home, SpongeBob and his friends must come together to save the fate of their undersea world. (rhodecenter.org)

  • What: Perseids Meteor Shower Viewing

When:9 to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 9

Where:Pringle Nature Center at Bristol Woods Park, 9800 160th Ave. in Bristol

Known for:A chance for the public "to experience the wonders of the cosmos during what is often called the best meteor shower in our region." Participants will have the opportunity to learn about this summer phenomenon and how best to view it, before spending the evening stargazing under the dark sky in Bristol Woods.

  • What: Kooler by the Lake Car Show

When: Noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 10

Where: Kennedy Park, 40th Street at the lakefront

Known for: Kooler by the Lake is a Midwest Air-Cooled and Water-Cooled Volkswagen/Audi enthusiast event, featuring a car show, vendors, food, a beer garden and live entertainment. Note: A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Wisconsin Humane Society-Kenosha Campus.

  • What: Kenosha County Fair

When:Aug. 14-18

Where:Kenosha County Fairgrounds in Wilmot

Known for:Demolition derby action — and plenty of fried foods!

  • What: Picnic in the Park

When:4 to 9 p.m. Aug. 17

Where:Petrifying Springs Park, 5555 Seventh St. in Somers

Known for:Live music, food trucks and fireworks at dusk.

  • What: Downtown Kenosha Classic Cruise-In Car Show

When:Aug. 31

Where:The streets of downtown Kenosha

Known for:Being a huge car show, displaying all makes and models of vehicles and motorcycles

  • What: Cheese-A-Palooza

When:Aug. 31-Sept. 1

Where:HarborPark, Downtown along the harbor

Known for:Cheese, music and activities

SEPTEMBER

  • What: Kenosha Streetcar Day

When:Sept. 7

Where:Joseph McCarthy Transit Center, downtown Kenosha

Known for:Celebrating Kenosha’s streetcars with tours, information, Lego displays and more

  • What: Walk in the Woods Art Fair

When:Sept. 7

Where:Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary, 880 Green Bay Road

Known for:Live music, plus about 60 artists displaying their creations along the wooded trails and gardens of Hawthorn Hollow

  • What: Fall Fun Fest

When:Sept. 21

Where:Pringle Nature Center, inside Bristol Woods County Park

Known for:Music, food, activities

  • What: Wolf Lake Trail Run/Hike

When:Sept. 28

Where:Bong State Recreation Area in Brighton

Known for:Trail run and hike, with other activities

  • What: Fall Wheel Ride

When:Sept. 28

Where:Petrifying Springs Park in Somers

Known for:Organized bike ride ending in the park, with other activities

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