Summer Fun is Coming

6/2/2017 - Kristin Lindstrom

Arts & Culture, Family-Friendly, Foodie, Nightlife
Museum Crawl Kenosha WI

Summer will be here before you know it! If you’re a major planner like me, or just feeling too tired after work to figure out what’s happening in the Kenosha Area this summer, I’ve got you covered! I pulled out some of my favorite events (and even some events that I’d like to try out this summer!) and put them in this handy dandy little list for you. Most of them are free and family-friendly as well! Check them out; you don’t want summer to pass you by without enjoying everything we have to offer here in good ol’ Kenosha!

KristinBlog.jpgMay 27, 2017 – September 2, 2017: Aquanut Water Shows
If you haven’t seen the Aquanuts preform one of their water shows yet, you really should head on out to Twin Lakes to see this family-focused choreographed Water Ski Show Team. They perform on Lake Mary throughout the summer (most Wednesdays and Saturdays). Free admission and free parking.

June 3, 2017 – June 4, 2017: Summer Free Fishing Weekend
The summer free Fishing Weekend provides great opportunities for people of all ages to give fishing a try. Fish anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp on Free Fishing Weekend. This includes all inland waters and Wisconsin's side of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River. Other fishing rules apply, such as limits on the number and size of fish you can keep and any seasons when you must release certain fish species. So, pack up the family or call your friends and head to the water for fishing fun!

June 4, 2017: Good Old Summertime Art Fair
The Kenosha Art Association proudly announces the 42nd Annual Good Old Summertime Art Fair. You will find exhibitors of fine arts and crafts, food booths, and music. It’s free to attend and is held at the Civic Center Park – one of Kenosha’s Historic Districts. The fair is held rain or shine! The Kenosha Art Association's mission is to promote art, art education, and art appreciation in the greater Kenosha area! Come out and help support the local artists and vendors.

June 10 - 11: Jerry Smith Produce & Pumpkin Farm Babies and Berries
Check out a new event at Jerry Smith Produce & Pumpkin Farm – Babies and Berries! Get the chance to interact with baby farm animals: piglets, chicks, calves, lambs, bunnies, kids (baby goats!) and even a baby alpaca named Sprinkles! This event also features animal talks from Steve the expert, Kids Karaoke by True Entertainment, and dog training demonstrations by Rettungs-Haus Shepherds. The admission is $5, and there are some fees for additional activities. The event will be held rain or shine.

June 10, 2017: Salute to Freedom
The Civil War Museum’s annual Salute to Freedom event will showcase a timeline of living history and military encampments that span from the Revolutionary War to World War I. There will be blacksmith demos, Civil War era baseball, period music, games, and crafts for the whole family. This event is free, and will even include a concert by the Kenosha Pops Band at 3 pm.

June 10, 2017 – June 11, 2017: Rebels and Redcoats Revolutionary Reenactment
A Revolutionary War reenactment, with shopping, music, surgeons tent, battle re-enactments, tomahawk throwing, and more! This is held in Area 3 of Petrifying Springs Park. The event is free.

June 17, 2017: Kenosha County Dairy Breakfast
This annual event held in Kansasville is fun for the whole family! Enjoy a morning on the farm that includes a big farm breakfast, milking demonstrations, a Wisconsin products tent, old-fashioned children’s games and much more! The breakfast typically includes scrambled eggs with ham and cheese, pancakes, fresh bread and butter, yogurt, muffin, milk, juice, and ice cream. (Yes, ice cream for breakfast!)

July 2, 2017 – July 4, 2017: Celebrate American featuring Independence Day Fireworks
Enjoy live entertainment in HarborPark and other parks at Kenosha’s lakefront! This event offers free admission and is presented by the City of Kenosha, Happenings Magazine and its many generous sponsors. Don’t miss the Civic Veterans Day Parade on Sunday, July 2 and the fireworks display on Tuesday, July 4.

July 7, 2017 - July 9, 2017: Bristol Progress Days
For three days in July, Bristol (in Western Kenosha County) becomes the site of good old family fun. This is the biggest small town celebration in Wisconsin! There will be sports tournaments, carnival fun, activities for kids, music, history, and a parade. On Sunday evening, there will also be fireworks for all to enjoy.

July 14, 2017: Museum Crawl
(ADULTS ONLY) The 7th Annual Museum Crawl is a progressive after-hours party at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, Civil War Museum, and Kenosha Public Museum. The event will include exhibits, live music, food and drinks, games, raffles, photo ops, and more fun than should be allowed at a museum! For this event, you must be 21 years or older. Advanced ticket purchase required.

July 28, 2017 - July 30, 2017: Taste of Wisconsin
This year marks the 9th Annual Taste of Wisconsin™. Held at Celebration Place in Downtown Kenosha, with Lake Michigan as the background, this weekend-long extravaganza includes food and beverage vendors, live music, a cooking Demo Center, kids’ activities, and more. The event is produced by the Kiwanis Club of Western Kenosha, and is a family-friendly celebration of all things tasteful and truly “Wisconsin” in their flavor. Admission is free.

August 5, 2017 - August 6, 2017: Pike River Rendezvous
The Pike River Rendezvous is a FREE family-friendly event held on Simmons Island at the beginning of August. Visitors will experience history spanning the Colonial era through the Western Fur Trading era (1650s through 1850s) during this weekend rendezvous. Highlights of the event including storytelling, musical entertainment and pirate battles -- along with more than 300 re-enactors adding to the atmosphere. The Pike River Rendezvous is located on Simmons Island. Free parking is available at Kennedy Park. The event is free, but visitors looking to purchase food or souvenirs will need to bring money - current American currency accepted, Colonial currency not required.

August 5, 2017: Border War Beer Fest
Come cheer on your home state (Wisconsin vs. Illinois) at Border War Beer Fest, a celebration of the best craft brews hailing from Wisconsin and Illinois. The fest will feature Wisconsin and Illinois brewers in a friendly battle to see who takes home the “Willy”, a traveling trophy awarded to the state with the best brews as voted by attendees at the fest.  A Border War 5K run will be held prior to the fest, food truck cuisine and home brews will round out the line-up, and fest-goers can cheer on their state! This is a ticketed event, with several options (VIP, VIP Designated Driver, General Admission, Designated Driver), so make sure to order your tickets if this sounds like you’re kind of event!

August 5, 2017: Kenosha County Parks 90th Anniversary Celebration
Kenosha County is celebrating the 90th Birthday of the Kenosha County Park Commission - established in 1927 and still operating parks in our area today. There will be a celebratory event held on August 5th from Noon – 8 p.m. at Petrifying Springs Park. To celebrate this milestone, the Park Division will be hosting live music, food and beverage, free family activities and fireworks.

August 12, 2017 – August 13, 2017: Sweet Corn Fest
A community favorite, the Jerry Smith Produce & Pumpkin Farm Sweet Corn Fest is bigger and better than ever this year! There will be fresh roasted sweet corn and concessions available for purchase! Featuring informative and interactive chef demonstrations, fun family activities, entertainment, pony rides, tractor displays, petting zoo, and hay rides – there is something for everyone. While you’re at the farm, make sure to check out the Country Store for fresh produce and Jerry Smith’s famous Pumpkin Farm Cookies! This event will be held rain or shine, and has free parking and free admission, with small fees for some of the activities.

September 2, 2017: Walk in the Woods Art Fair
The Walk in the Woods Art Fair has grown to be one of the more popular and well respected art fairs in southeastern Wisconsin. It showcases over 60 artists displaying their creations along the wooded trails and gardens of Hawthorn Hollow. Fine art including jewelry, acrylic and watercolor paintings, photography, wood sculpting, glass art, and garden art will all be available for purchase. The event will also feature live entertainment throughout the day, face painting, food & beverages for sale, and a Silent Auction. A $5.00 donation per vehicle is requested. Take your family out to enjoy a beautiful day combining fine art with music and nature.

September 2, 2017 – September 3, 2017: Cheese-a-Palooza
All things cheese will be celebrated during the 4th annual two-day Cheese-A-Palooza festival along the harbor, in downtown Kenosha, on Labor Day weekend. The event will be featuring great food, live entertainment, eating contests, a 5k run, and many other fun family events. The event is free, so head on down!

This is just a sampling of some of the events I am most looking forward to this summer. There are hundreds of other events to enjoy in the Kenosha Area over the next few months including car shows, outdoor concerts, festivals, races, sporting events, and special exhibits. Don’t miss out on the fun. Visit the Calendar of Events to start planning your summer fun list now!

Kristin Lindstrom

Community Blogger

Teacher. Runner. Nature lover. Kenosha transplant. Favorite things include good food, great books, and beautiful days spent outside. Finding new things to love about living in Kenosha everyday!