HarborPark - a neighborhood - is the epicenter of Kenosha’s beautifully redeveloped Lake Michigan shoreline, encompassing 69 acres and offering an abundance of public activities. Celebration Place at HarborPark’s eastern edge is home to many festivals and events during the summer months and you’ll also find a lakeside promenade, a vintage streetcar line, unique attractions, and much more to enjoy year-round.
Children enjoy the splash pad area, located south of 56th Street. This area was renovated and re-opened in Summer 2013. Visitors to it may park in the Southport Marina parking lot, at 57th Street and Third Avenue. Its season follows the city pool season: mid June - mid August. Contact the City parks department with questions: 262-653-4080.
The Kenosha Sculpture Walk runs along the harbor and features nearly a dozen inspiring works of art for all to enjoy. The Kenosha Community Foundation Arts Fund coordinates the Sculpture Walk—HarborPark. The sculptures are fully funded through private donations. The 2015-17 exhibit was installed September 1, 2015. The sculptures are:
- “Maelstrom” by Craig Snyder
- “Figure” by Maureen Gray
- “Birds of Fire” by Ted Sitting Crow Garner
- “Lost in Space” by Judd Nelson
- “King of Prairie Town” by Nicole Beck
- “GiraffGiraffe” by Joe Gagnepain
- “Flapper” by Ruth Aizuss Migdal
- "To Be Set Free" by Bruce Niemi
- “Porcupine Player” by Paul Bobrowitz
- “The Nest” by Bruce Niemi (on Simmons Island, past the Kenosha History Center which is at 220 51st Place)
- “Directions” by Paul Bobrowitz (outside the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, 812 56th Street)
The pieces join David Floyd’s sculpture “Millennium Gate,” the “S.S. Kenosha” by Dan Blue, and a bronze Christopher Columbus fountain, which welcomes guests to Celebration Place. Sculpted by former Kenosha resident Michael Martino, the fountain symbolizes the connection between Kenosha and one of its sister cities, Cosenza, Italy.
Additional public art pieces can be found throughout HarborPark, including Place de Douai, located just south of the Kenosha Public Museum on 56th Street & 2nd Avenue. Place de Douai showcases the Wallace Fountain, donated by the citizens of Douai, France, another sister city of Kenosha. The Kiwanis Club of Kenosha donated a towering clock that also stands in Place de Douai.
Attractions in HarborPark
Annual Events in HarborPark
- Wisconsin Marathon
- Fourth of July Celebration
- Taste of Wisconsin™
- HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival
- Grill Games
View Downtown and Lakefront Events Calendar here.
The marathon, half marathon, and 5k will start at 7 a.m. The start and finish areas are located in Harbor Park, near the corner of 1st Ave and 54th Street, in front of the Kenosha Public Museum.
Enjoy live entertainment in HarborPark and other parks at Kenosha’s Lake Michigan shore! Free admission. Presented by the City of Kenosha, Happenings Magazine and its many generous sponsors. Festival Foods Fireworks on July 4.
The ninth annual event includes food and beverage vendors, live music, a Demo Center, kids’ activities, and more.
Come cheer on your home state at Border War Beer Fest, a celebration of the best craft brews hailing from Wisconsin and Illinois.
Enjoy one of Kenosha's favorite music events on the Lake Michigan shore.
This free two-day event is filled with opportunities to interact with the Kansas City Barbecue Society National BBQ Circuit Teams, learn their secrets, taste and purchase BBQ, and vote for your favorite local and national teams. You can even show off your mad BBQ skills in the Community BBQ Challenge.