It’s Music to Your Ears This Summer in the Kenosha Area!

5/30/2019 - Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff

Arts & Culture, Nightlife
Lincoln Park Live Music Series
concert, part of Twilight Jazz free outdoor concert series at Anderson Arts Center
Petrifying Springs Park Biergarten Oktoberfest
Peanut Butter & Jam Concert Series at Veterans Memorial Park
Kenosha Pops at Sesquicentennial Bandshell in Pennoyer Park
HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival

The Kenosha Area knows how to host a great outdoor concert, whether country, jazz, blues, or nearly any other style! Numerous concert series (many are FREE) and single-day music events are held at various Kenosha venues throughout the summer months. Here’s a sampling of what’s coming to you live from the Kenosha Area this summer:

Kenosha Pops Concert Band: 2019 marks the 97th season for the Kenosha Pops Concert Band. With a different theme each week, concerts are Wednesdays at 7 p.m., June 12 through July 31. Most of the concerts take place at the Sesquicentennial Bandshell at Pennoyer Park – including the Fourth of July concert. Admission is free.

Bloomin’ Bands: Enjoy live music, food, and beverages at this community service fundraiser. The annual event happens June 14-15. Admission is free.

Pike River Benefit Concert Series: Come enjoy an evening of live music at Hawthorn Hollow’s outdoor amphitheater nestled along the Pike River. The lineup is: July 19 – Trombone Dave and the Lawn Clippings. August 16 – Indigo Canyon. October 11 – The Dillweeds (postponed from June). Admission is $10.

Twilight Jazz: This concert series is held on the grounds of Kemper Center, with Lake Michigan as its backdrop. Here are the dates and the lineup this year: June 25 – John Crawford Jazz Band. July 9 – Elaine Dame. July 23 – KUSD Jazz All-Stars. August 6 – Southport Sound. August 20 – Jack Plovanich – Parkside Reunion Band with singer Wayne Messmer. Admission is free.

Lincoln Park Live Music Series: The fifth season of concerts takes place in Kenosha’s iconic Lincoln Park flower garden. Here’s the lineup: June 26 – Christopher’s Project with the DIVAS of Soul (R&B). July 17 – Betsy Ade & the Well-Known Strangers (Pop). July 31 – The James Yorgan Sextet (Jazz). August 7 – Cache Milwaukee (Salsa). August 28 – Rogers Randle & Co. and Ivy Ford Band (Blues). Admission is free.

Celebrate America: This multi-day event at Kenosha’s Lake Michigan shore features live music, food vendors, family activities, and more. The fireworks are on the Fourth of July. Admission is free.

Tuesdays At The Shell: This outdoor concert series is held on Tuesday evenings, July 9 through August 27, at the Sesquicentennial Bandshell. This season includes Ivy Ford, Electric Revolution, Tailspin Band, Acoustic Soul, 89 Mojo, Yesterday’s Children, Doo-Wop Daddies, and Boys & Toys. Admission is free.

Peanut Butter & Jam Concert Series: The concerts occur twice each Thursday, July 11 through August 29, at Veterans Memorial Park. This year’s lineup features Gone Country, Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials, Unity, Tynan, Love & Rock, Megan Rüger, 7th Heaven, and Epic. Admission is free.

Country Thunder Music Festival: The 2019 headliners are Jake Owen, Tim McGraw, Luke Combs, and Chris Stapleton. They are joined by additional established acts and up-and-coming artists in Twin Lakes, July 18-21. This is a ticketed event.

Tribute Island Music Festival: The event on Simmons Island features the most celebrated tribute acts from across the Midwest playing a wide variety of the most popular music of the last half century. The dates are July 19-21. This is a ticketed event.

Taste of Wisconsin™: Enjoy a variety of musical performances on four stages – along with food and beverage vendors, chef demonstrations, and kids’ activities. The 11th annual event happens along Lake Michigan, July 26-28. Admission is free.

Kenosha Tall Ships: The City of Kenosha welcomes a fleet of seven historic vessels known as “tall ships” to our harbor. The event includes ship tours, live entertainment, sail-aways, hands-on activities, and much more. It’s free to watch the ships arrive in a “Parade of Sail” on August 1, while the festival August 2-4 is a ticketed event.

Peacetree Music Festival: This is a gathering of peace, love, and music. It takes place August 9-10 at the Sesquicentennial Bandshell. This is a ticketed event.

Kenosha County Fair: This takes place August 14-18 and offers a variety of music. The fair has an admission fee.

HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival: The annual event takes place on the Lake Michigan shore August 17. This is a ticketed event.

Cheese-A-Palooza: This annual event features multiple stages of live entertainment, food eating contests, food vendors, family friendly activities, and more. It happens August 31 – September 1. Admission is free.



The Petrifying Springs Biergarten hosts live music on Saturdays and select other days. Admission is free.

The Bristol Renaissance Faire features numerous entertainment stages. It’s open Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Monday, July 6 – September 2. This is a ticketed event.

On Saturdays, Kenosha HarborMarket, a bustling European-style mixed market near Kenosha’s lakefront, features three music acts staged throughout the market’s footprint! Admission is free.


This is just a sampling, as many more events include music. For details on more events in the Kenosha Area, visit our online events calendar.


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