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February 29, 2020 – March 1, 2020

Arti Gras

Arti Gras logoArti Gras presents an eclectic display of the arts in Green Bay. This fine arts festival offers patrons a chance to view and purchase the works of 100 artists and craftpersons from across the Midwest. Original works representing a variety of media will be for sale. Artist demonstrations take place throughout the event, providing a rare view of artists and their work during the creative process.

Outstanding performances are a highlight at the event including exciting classical music, powerful jazz, and dance. Children can get hands-on art experience through participation in a variety of creative art and music activities. The event also boasts an array of special gourmet items to choose from. The cultural area features information booths and special exhibits by area organizations giving visitors valuable information about the many community cultural opportunities in and around Green Bay.


Arti Gras runs Saturday and Sunday, February 29 – March 1 this year. Saturday hours are 10am – 5pm and Sunday hours are 9am – 4pm. Arti Gras is in a new location this year, at the KI Convention Center on Main Street in downtown Green Bay. Admission is $10 for adults ($7 pre-sale tickets are available at Festival Foods locations in the Green Bay area.) Get all the details on artists, booths, music, offerings, and more on the Arti Gras website.

Arti Gras Address:

KI Convention Center
333 Main Street
Green Bay, WI 54301
(920) 435-5220

I-41, U.S. 141, and Highways 29, 32, 54, 57, and 172 all get you close to the KI Convention Center downtown. Highway 29 and U.S. 141 bring you basically right to it! You’ll find it right by the Neville Public Museum, Titletown Brewing, Copper State Brewing, the Fox River, and all the activity in downtown Green Bay. While in town, of course you should check out Lambeau Field and the mushrooming Titletown District along with the National Railroad Museum, Heritage Hill, and more. Enjoy!

Start: February 29, 2020 10:00 am
End: March 1, 2020 4:00 pm
Venue: KI Convention Center
Phone: 920-435-5220
333 Main Street, Green Bay, WI, 54301, United States
Cost: 10

January 17, 2020 – January 18, 2020

Gallery Night & Day, Milwaukee

Happening quarterly, Gallery Night & Day is one of the premier art events in Milwaukee. It’s the “Ultimate Art Weekend,” with over 50 venues throughout the Third Ward and Downtown that serve as showcases for viewing art from paintings to sculptures to other creative outlets. Bars and restaurants stay open later than usual Friday night, while Saturday is a prime time to continue the gallery gallivanting while also enjoying the area’s unique and eclectic selection of shops.

Along with art galleries, Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward is filled with boutique shops like Lela, Bangles & Bags, Shoo, Stephanie Horne Boutique, MILWORKS, Lizzibeth, Drybar, Too Much Metal, MODA3, and more. You’ll also find Anthropologie, Designs Within Reach, Restoration Hardware, The Home Market, Francesca’s, Mod Gen, Retique, Warby Parker, Lululemon Athletica, Royal Enfield, and more. You can also stop in Broken Bat Brewery for craft beer, Vino 100 for a fantastic selection of wines. Numerous restaurants in the Third Ward offer everything from bar food to Asian fusion, American and Korean barbecue, and Italian – plus Shake Shack (and competitor Wahlburgers will open Tuesday, January 21st!) The Milwaukee Public Market draws visitors from all over and offers takeaway and ready-to-eat food, drinks, and sundries in one dynamic setting.

This quarter, Gallery Night runs Friday and Saturday, January 17th and 18th. Activities begin late afternoon Friday and run through Saturday afternoon. I-43/94, I-794, U.S. 18, and Highway 32 are all amidst where it takes place; Highways 38, 59, and 145 get you close! The city has signs directing you to the Third Ward from the Marquette Interchange. You’ll also notice the tracks from the new Milwaukee Streetcar.

Gallery Night, Third Ward Milwaukee, Splash Studio

Full details and venue listings are available on their website. You’ll find the latest listings of shops, galleries, bars, restaurants, and more – things develop and change quickly in the Third Ward!

Gallery Night & Day Address:

Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward
300 N. Broadway (and all over the area)
Milwaukee, WI 53202

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Start: January 17, 2020
End: January 18, 2020
Venue: Downtown & Historic Third Ward
Phone: 414-273-1173
400 N. Water Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53202, United States
Cost: Free

November 1, 2019 – November 3, 2019

Stockholm Women’s Weekend

Stockholm Women’s Weekend offers a slew of fun events along Highway 35 in this lovely town along the Mississippi River November 1-3, 2019. It’s a great time to take a moment to slow down and recharge, treat yourself, connect with friends, shop locally handcrafted items, and meet the artists.

Check out Friday’s Happy Hour & Welcome at Gelly’s Too, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Saturday is “Wine & Wander” throughout the village, focusing on the hours from noon until 5 pm. Enjoy progressive wine tastings with complimentary pairings at each stop.

Sunday, enjoy “Sunday Samplings,” including a Mimosa bar with pastries. Check out the mimosas at Stockholm Village Bistro from 9:00 am – 11:00 am. During Sunday afternoons, check out Pie Flights with wine, beer, and cider pairing​s at Stockholm Pie & General Store from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (that’s a special ticketed event, by the way.)

Check out some of the specialty stores, too, for Stockholm Women’s Weekend:

Check out not only complementary wine pairings at the unique boutique known as Sandy’s Clothing and Art, but explore the inside porch, which will be filled with Holiday Dressings all at 50% off!

“Take a Break Station” Rest and relax from your busy day of shopping with coffee and a homemade treat.

Owners Dan & Sarah created Humble Moon Folkstead with the idea in mind that they could live out their dreams in having a creative outlet and also to create an experience and inspiration for visitors. They have been customizing the property to suit their family needs so that the business can nurture and become part of their family lifestyle, not dominate their life. It is designed to have something of interest to men, women and children. It is a cozy casual environment where all are welcome to be themselves.

Trunk show with local jeweler, CS King, who produces Earth-inspired, dark-roasted jewelry. Also, Beth Yelesky will be showcasing her skin and self care products.

The Palate will feature appetizers along with wine pairings, along with recipes and more to complement what they have to offer in their charming store. They also offer cooking classes.

Trunk show with Robbin Firth from Heart Felt Silks. Extraordinary handcrafted fashion, and home decor in Eco dyed felted wool and silk. Scarves, runners, clothing and more.

Check out, among their other excellent options, the FYRA: four flaky wedges of our world famous crust baked with cinnamon and sugar, topped with cardamon whipped cream, lingonberry sauce and local honey. Definitely tasty!


Reach Stockholm via Highway 35, one of the most beautiful drives in the nation.

Stockholm Women’s Weekend Event Address:

2040 Spring Street
Stockholm, WI 54769
(715) 442-2266
Facebook Page

You’ll find beautiful Stockholm right along the Great River Road, Highway 35, in Pepin County where the Mississippi River widens into Lake Pepin. Definitely enjoy the drive, one of the most beautiful in America.

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Start: November 1, 2019
End: November 3, 2019
Venue: Village of Stockholm
Phone: 715-442-2266
2040 Spring Street, Stockholm, WI, 54769, United States

October 18, 2019 – October 19, 2019

Fall Fair to Remember

With Fall Fair to Remember, Washington County Fair Park near West Bend brims with an arts and crafts show that fills the Pavilion and Ziegler Fair Park buildings Friday and Saturday October 18-19, 2019. Check out all kinds of unique and attractive works of art for your home, garden, or wherever you choose to put ’em!

Parking is free and over 200 exhibitors will be there, offering a huge variety of goodies. They include children’s clothes, “mancave” gifts (probably “she-shed” too), women’s scarves, mittens, and all types of wood, glass, furniture, and fiber. Many items are recycled or “upcycled” products made by these talented artists. You can get your childrens’ faces painted or have a balloon sculpted by Jer Bear, free of charge.

While there, sign up for door prizes ranging from items made by the attending vendors to gift cards to cold, hard cash!

Washington County Fair Park is located just off U.S. 45 and north of Highway 60 just south of West Bend at County PV (which stands for “Paradise Valley”.) Highways 33 and 144 come close too – and the fall colors in Kettle Moraine surrounding the area will be gorgeous!

Hours are 4 pm – 8 pm Friday night, and 9 am – 4 pm Saturday night. Wheelchair access is available.

Fall Fair To Remember Address:

Washington County Fair Park & Convention Center
3000 Highway PV
West Bend, WI 53095
(262) 692-9488

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Start: October 18, 2019 4:00 pm
End: October 19, 2019 4:00 pm
Venue: Washington County Fair Park
Phone: 262-692-9488
3000 Highway PV, West Bend, WI, 53095, United States

October 12, 2019

Downtown Baraboo Fair on the Square

Downtown Baraboo Fair on the Square happens semi-annually, in May and October. The October event takes place Saturday, October 12th from 9 am to 4 pm on the Sauk County Courthouse Square. Over 150 artists and crafters from all over the Midwest will be there, along with plenty of food, a farmer’s market, live music, family entertainment, and more.

The farmer’s market will begin at 7:30 am and run through 1 pm. Children’s activities include face painting, bounce houses, and more lasting for the duration of the Baraboo Fair on the Square.

At the corner of 4th & Oak, you can enjoy live music from Abby Spencer from 9 am – noon and JT Funk Blues Review from 1 pm to 4 pm.

Surrounding the square, you’ll find plenty of shops, the Al. Ringling Theater, and more. U.S. 12 skirts the west side of Baraboo, Highways 33 and 113 bring you right downtown.

Downtown Baraboo Fair on the Square Address:

Courthouse Square, Sauk County Courthouse
515 Oak Street
Baraboo, WI 53913
(608) 448-3490

Downtown Baraboo Fair on the Square 2019

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Start: October 12, 2019 9:00 am
End: October 12, 2019 4:00 pm
Venue: Sauk County Courthouse Square
Phone: 608-448-3490
515 Oak Street, Baraboo, WI, 53913, United States

September 26, 2019 – September 28, 2019

Project North Festival

Rhinelander’s first Project North Festival takes place from Thursday, September 26th through Saturday, September 28th throughout the downtown area. Project North is a dynamic festival designed to focus on music, art, and the environment to showcase Rhinelander’s artistic community, appreciation for its captivating Northwoods environment, and its community cultural development efforts.

On the Arts side of the Project North Festival, you can check out interactive art exhibits, artist demonstrations and educational opportunities, movement and dance experiences, and a Downtown Art Walk in participating storefronts. ArtStart’s School Of the Arts Legacy Program classes will be held at UWSP-Treehaven for an add-on experience. Classes include writing, drawing, painting, play writing, collage, fiber art, and more.

Musically, there’s an impressive lineup of artists including:

  • Shook Twins from Portland
  • Bad Bad Hats from Minneapolis
  • Reina Del Cid from Minneapolis
  • Kind Country from Minneapolis
  • 20 Watt Tombstone from Wausau
  • McNasty Brass Band from Minneapolis
  • Armchair Boogie from Stevens Point
  • Scott Kirby from Rhinelander
  • Ultrea from Madison
  • Humbird from Minneapolis
  • Wardehns from Wausau
  • Har-Di-Har from St. Paul
  • The Red Flags from Janesville
  • Purple Funk Metropolis from Minneapolis
  • Radiochurch from Minneapolis
  • Paco Fralick from Rhinelander
  • The Unnecessary Gunpoint Lecture from Madison
  • Luke Callen from La Crosse
  • Wurk from Madison
  • X Undead from Wausau
  • Boat Patrol from Rhinelander
  • As Bullets Baptize from Minocqua
  • Brett Schwartz from Three Lakes
  • Carolyn Jo Starling from Eagle River
  • Purging Paradise from Wausau
  • Nate Sheppard from Rhinelander
  • Ave’ Imperator from Madison
  • Elms from Wausau
  • Zippnuts from Wausau
  • Hand-Picked Bluegrass from Tomahawk
  • Circle of Willis from Rhinelander
  • Stovepipe Stephens from Rhinelander
  • Jared Kay from Rhinelander
  • Stall Black from Milwaukee
  • Phyl Wickham from Minocqua
  • Jasmine Zeigelbauer from Wausau
  • The Rhinelander Community Band from Rhinelander (of course)

Get details on each band and schedules, stages and more HERE!

The Eco Village at Project North Festival will welcome experts in sustainable practices to share their knowledge through demonstrations, presentations and informational booths. Project North Eco Village runs from 12:00pm – 5:00pm on Friday, September 27th and 10:00am – 5:00pm on Saturday, September 28th.

Project North Festival Address:

68 S. Stevens Street (Historic Highway 17)
Rhinelander, WI 54501
(715) 365-7464

Project North Festival Music Lineup

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Start: September 26, 2019
End: September 28, 2019
Venue: Downtown Rhinelander
Phone: 715-365-7464
68 S. Stevens Street, Rhinelander, WI, 54501, United States

September 21, 2019

Party on the Pavement, Racine

It’s a big party in the Belle City! Party on the Pavement is Racine’s biggest one-day festival, and it happens Saturday, September 21st from noon – 7pm in downtown Racine.

This 17th annual edition features things to see and do along more than 12 city blocks. There’s live music on three stages (Gendlin, Liverman & Rymer Stage in at Main & State, the Network Health Stage on Monument Square and the Indian Motorcycle of Racine Stage at 522 Sixth St.), see below for a full lineup of performers!

International cuisine can be enjoyed throughout Party on the Pavement – including Spanish, Filipino, Italian, Korean, Thai, Japanese, Mexican, Irish, Jamaican and American – available all day long. Main Street during Party on the Pavement, RacineThere’s also a car show, an arts/crafts show, the Touch a Truck equipment displays, BMX bike demonstrations, carnival rides and much more.

For the car show, check out the fully-functional KITT car from the “Knight Rider” television show! It will be featured at during the car show along Wisconsin Avenue between Fourth Street and Seventh Street during Party on the Pavement. It is believed to be the only KITT car with a fully operational computer system in North America.

Party on the Pavement favorite Touch-a-Truck is back this year. Large construction equipment, agricultural equipment, law enforcement vehicles and more will be located in the former Porter’s Lot on Sixth Street for everyone to touch, feel, and sit in or on.

You can also check out aerial arts performances will be held at the end of Sixth Street in front of Pepi’s Pub & Grill, create hands-on art projects from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Racine Art Museum, and see live glass blowing demonstrations at Hot Shop Glass (239 Wisconsin Avenue.)

Admission to the Party on the Pavement grounds is free! Party on the Pavement takes place throughout downtown on Main Street from State Street to 7th Street and all of 6th Street from Lake Avenue to City Hall.

Be sure to drop by the Real Racine booth (#118) on the west end of Sixth Street for FREE face painting, kids’ games with prizes and take your picture at our new Selfie Station!

The afterparty to Party on the Pavement will take place at The Brickhouse (316 Main Street) and bring you laser shows, beats, drinks, and treats throughout the night! Enjoy $5 Moscow Mules, $5 Double Tall Absolut Mixers, $3 Smirnoff Berry Bombs, and $25 White Claw Wildberry Fishbowls (and, you know, drink responsibly…)

It’s all presented by the Downtown Racine Corporation. Highway 20, 32, and 38 are right there!

Party on the Pavement Address:

It covers 12 blocks, but it’s centered on Monument Square, 534 Main Street
Racine, WI 53403
(262) 634-6002

Wisconsin Weekend: Party on the Pavement, Racine

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Start: September 21, 2019 12:00 pm
End: September 21, 2019 7:00 pm
Venue: Downtown Racine
Phone: 262-634-6002
534 Main Street, Racine, WI, 53403, United States
Cost: Free

September 21, 2019 – September 22, 2019

Driftless Area Art Festival

The Driftless area, a unique region that escaped the glaciers of the ice age, is an inspirational setting to many talented artists and artisans. Its hills and valleys are home to painters and potters, woodworkers and weavers, musicians and metalsmiths. To see the breadth and variety of their creations, you usually have to visit studios, stores and galleries across the area. But once a year in September, these artists gather together in Crawford County at the Driftless Area Art Festival in Soldiers Grove along Highway 131, right by U.S. 61.

This year, the Driftless Area Art Festival happens Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22, 2019. Admission and parking are free! Enjoy a drive with exceptional scenery, as the Driftless Area of Wisconsin is ridiculously beautiful. You can then stroll through the exhibits, imbibe in some local fare, and sip some local wines. Also, we’re pretty sure if you want to buy some of the art you can do that.

Driftless Area Art Festival, Soldiers Grove

Driftless Area Art Festival Address:

Beauford T Anderson Park
101 Church Street
Soldiers Grove, WI 54655

Driftless Area Art Festival, Soldiers Grove

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Start: September 21, 2019 10:00 am
End: September 22, 2019 5:00 pm
Venue: Beauford T. Anderson Park
Phone: 608-624-3600
Highway 131 & County C, Soldiers Grove, WI, 54655, United States

August 23, 2019 – August 25, 2019


Artstreet logo - smallArtstreet showcases over 200 artists from throughout the country across blocks of downtown Green Bay. Take in music, dance, theatrical and literary performances on stage and in the streets. View artists demonstrating their work during the creative process. Savor an array of specialty foods, enjoy cultural displays, children’s art activities, and more.

Throughout the downtown area, you can also check out Titletown Brewery, the new Copper State Brewing Company, the Neville Public Museum, The Cannery, and everything up and down the Fox River as it heads north through the city. Since the team is in Winnipeg for a pre-season game Thursday, a tour of Lambeau Field nearby and exploring the new Titletown District can make the trip complete without a game day crowd around.

Artstreet in Green Bay

Artstreet Admission is free; donations, of course, are welcomed! You can get to downtown Green Bay via I-41 or I-43 via U.S. 141, or Highways 29, 32, 54, 57, or 172.

Artstreet Hours:

Friday, August 23 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm (music until 10 pm)
Saturday, August 24 | 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (music until 9 pm)
Sunday, August 25 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Artstreet Address:

Downtown Green Bay
301 N. Adams Street
Green Bay, WI 54301
(920) 435-5220


Start: August 23, 2019 3:00 pm
End: August 25, 2019 5:00 pm
Venue: Downtown Green Bay
Phone: 920-435-5220
301 N. Adams Street, Green Bay, WI, 54301, United States
Cost: Free

July 27, 2019 – July 28, 2019

Art & Chalk Fest, West Bend

Art & Chalk Fest at the Museum of Wisconsin Art

West Bend’s Museum of Wisconsin Art hosts its annual Art & Chalk Fest Saturday, June 27th and Sunday, June 28th. This free, outdoor, fine arts festival features 65+ fine artists selling their work and 15+ chalk artists from across the nation creating masterpieces before your eyes!

Art activities for all ages are offered throughout the weekend along with live entertainment and music, food vendors, a beer garden, an art raffle, and free admission for the weekend to the Museum of Wisconsin Art. You can create your own chalk masterpiece on the concrete canvas of Veterans Avenue. Cool off inside the museum with art projects and grab an interactive family guide to explore the Among the Wonders of the Dells exhibition! The MOWA Shop will also be open to shop more Wisconsin art along with an outdoor booth.

The Food and Beer Garden will offer beers from Lakefront Brewery, wines and sangria, soda, water, and more. Food selections include Just Smokin’ Barbecue, the Falafel Guys, Lovely & Tasty Walking Taco, Cousins Subs, Laughing Mountain Popcorn, Nosh Nook, CS Foods, Purple Door Ice Cream, J. Wade Confections, the Nutman Company, and Concoctions.

West Bend Art & Chalk Fest

Live Entertainment Schedule:

Saturday, July 27, 2019

9:30–12:00 | The Fainting Room
1:00–4:00 | Lead Bottom Band
4:00–4:30 | West Bend Dance Tumbling Troupe

Sunday, July 28, 2019

10:00–12:30 | Matthew Haeffel
1:00–3:30 | The Freques
3:30–4:00 | Awards Ceremony

You’ll find the Museum of Wisconsin Art along the east banks of the Milwaukee River in downtown West Bend. It’s along the Eisenbahn State Trail, just south of Highway 33/Washington Avenue. Highway 144 comes in from the north and west; the U.S. 45 freeway bypass is less than two miles to the west. Nearby, you can also enjoy shopping in downtown West Bend, local brews at the Riverside Brewery, custard at the Toucan on Highway 144, and more.

Art & Chalk Fest Address:

Museum of Wisconsin Art
205 Veterans Avenue
West Bend, WI 53095
(262) 334-9639

Art & Chalk Fest, West Bend

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Start: July 27, 2019 9:00 am
End: July 28, 2019 4:00 pm
Venue: Museum of Wisconsin Art
Phone: 262-334-9638
205 Veterans Avenue, West Bend, WI, 53095, United States
Cost: Free

July 20, 2019 – July 21, 2019

Midsummer Festival of the Arts

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center celebrates the Midsummer Festival of the Arts July 20-21, 2019. More than 135 artists descend on downtown Sheboygan for a weekend of exhibitions, all set amidst gardens surrounding the world-class Arts Center with its light-filled spaces, 12 galleries, and ARTcafe.

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, home to the Midsummer Festival of the ArtsThis is touted as one of the finest outdoor arts festivals in Wisconsin! Exhibitors include jewelry, ceramics, glass, sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, leather, sculpture, art glass, wearable art, and more.

Fun, hands-on workshops for the whole family include “Concrete Creations: Fantasy Faces,” Clay Play, Marvelous Magificent Mobiles, and face painting for the kids (I think it’s just for kids, heck, doesn’t hurt to ask if you’re a grown-up and want your face painted, too.)

Visit the food court where the Culinary Art Car and other food trucks will recharge your energy reserves with a wrap, cheese curds, bratwurst, gyros, ice cream, or one of many other delicious treats.

Festivalgoers will be treated to “finger-snappin’, toe-tappin’”, free concerts from the Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series. The lineup includes the Mark Croft Band and Well-Known Strangers on Saturday. This Big Life, King Solomon, and Big Little Lions are scheduled to take the stage on Sunday.

Click here for all the details on the Midsummer Festival of the Arts, including a schedule of events and all the particulars. Admission is FREE.

Midsummer Festival of the Arts Address:

John Michael Kohler Arts Center
608 New York Avenue
Sheboygan, WI 53081
(920) 458-6144

You’ll find the John Michael Kohler Arts Center on New York Avenue just east of 7th Street. It’s right between the heart of the Sheboygan’s downtown and Lake Michigan. Highways 23, 28, and 42 all bring you into town!

While in Sheboygan, check out their new City Green, which we discuss (along with many other things Sheboygan!) in our State Trunk Tour Podcast:

Start: July 20, 2019 10:00 am
End: July 21, 2019 4:00 pm
Venue: John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Phone: 920-458-6144
608 New York Avenue, Sheboygan, WI, 53081, United States
Cost: Free

July 13, 2019 – July 14, 2019

Art Fair on the Square, Madison

Madison Art Fair on the SquareThe 61st annual Art Fair on the Square surrounds the Wisconsin State Capitol the weekend of July 13-14, 2019. This is one of the Midwest’s most popular and highly regarded outdoor celebrations of the arts. With its mix of music, entertainment, and outdoor dining, as well as nearly 500 artists exhibiting paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, jewelry, handmade clothing and accessories, and fine craft, the fair draws nearly 200,000 visitors to Madison’s Capitol Square.

Madison Art Fair on the Square

2019 Madison Art Fair on the Square Hours:

Saturday, July 13 (9 am–6 pm)
Sunday, July 14 (10 am–5 pm)

2019 Madison Art Fair on the Square Address:

Capitol Square
2 E. Main Street
Madison, WI 53703
Info:  (608) 257-0158


Start: July 13, 2019 8:00 am
End: July 14, 2019 5:00 pm
Venue: Wisconsin State Capitol Square
Phone: 608-257-0158
2 E. Main Street, Madison, WI, 53703, United States

July 6, 2019 – September 2, 2019

Bristol Renaissance Faire

bristolrenfaire_logo01Along the Wisconsin-Illinois border you can go back to the 16th century at the Bristol Renaissance Faire. A plethora of entertainment, great food, performances, and a marketplace filled with crafts, art, musical instruments, clothes, jewelry, and more await. You’ll find plenty of colorful characters in period costumery, performers twirling fire, people mashing their mouths into giant turkey legs, wandering minstrels, swordfights, jousting… the list goes on and on. It’s a great summer weekend activity just west of Kenosha on the Illinois border!

Bristol Renaissance Faire runs Saturdays and Sundays from July 7th though Labor Day (yes, it runs that Monday and that’s the only Monday.) 2019 marks the Faire’s 31st season.

The Kid’s Kingdom is a newer addition, including the Castle Stage where children can get knighted, a face-painting area (don’t worry, it washes off eventually), hobbit houses, an entrance area with five huge thrones that provide great photo opportunities, and an air-conditioned rest area.

A giant turkey leg slathered in barbecue sauce is an essential part of the Bristol Renaissance Faire experience, but they also offer everything from Cornish pasties and bakery goods to vegan items and gelato. The number of entertainment stages now totals sixteen. Comedic sword-fighting, ropewalking, juggling, fire-whipping, acrobatics, chalk art, a variety of musicians, and more. The Marketplace offers the work of nearly 175 artisans and crafters; you can find Scottish kilts, leather masks, bamboo flutes, jester socks, stage-combat-approved swords, steampunkery, and much more. Glass blowing and blacksmithing activities frequently happen in the Marketplace as well as a variety of other crafting.

Tickets range from $25.95 for adults and $11.50 for children ages 5-12; kids 4 and under are free; advance purchase prices online are a buck or two less. Season passes can be purchased for $125 and you can get discount coupons here. U.S. 41, I-41/94, Highway 165, and the state line border the “Fairegrounds,” with U.S. 45 and Highway 50 also getting you close!

Bristol Renaissance Faire Location:

12550 120th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53142
(877) 435-9849

Start: July 6, 2019
End: September 2, 2019
Venue: Bristol Renaissance Faire
Phone: 877-435-9849
12550 120th Avenue, Kenosha, WI, 53142, United States
Cost: 25.95

June 21, 2019 – June 23, 2019

Lakefront Festival of Art

Milwaukee from the Lakefront Festival of Arts

Milwaukee Lakefront Festival of Art logoThe Lakefront Festival of Art (LFOA) is one of the premier art festivals in the country. This family-friendly festival at the world-famous Milwaukee Art Museum features over 170 national artists with art for sale in a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, jewelry, photography, printmaking, wood, ceramics, fiber, and more. The artists display and sell right on Milwaukee’s beautiful lakefront, both indoors and outside under a series of white tents. Features on the grounds include a sculpture garden, children’s art activities, entertainment, artist demonstrations and food/beverage vendors.

Milwaukee Lakefront Festival of Art outdoors

Since 1963, LFOA has been a primary fundraiser for the Milwaukee Art Museum and organized with the help of Friends of Art volunteers. Over 1,300 individuals volunteer annually to help organize and operate events like the Lakefront Festival of Art. FOA’s fundraising efforts have helped the Museum to bring numerous world-class exhibitions to Milwaukee, acquire several hundred pieces of art for its Collection, underwrite audio guides for visitors, as well as produce artful and educational programming.

The Milwaukee Art Museum is home to a rich collection of over 30,000 works of art, the Milwaukee Art Museum is located on the shores of Lake Michigan. Its campus includes the Santiago Calatrava–designed Quadracci Pavilion, annually showcasing three feature exhibitions, and the Eero Saarinen–designed Milwaukee County War Memorial Center and David Kahler‒designed addition. The Museum’s Collection Galleries, having opened in 2017, add nearly 2,500 world-class works of art on view.

The Lakefront Festival of the Arts runs from 10am-10pm on Friday, June 21, 10am-7pm on Saturday, June 22, and 10am-5pm on Sunday, June 23.

You’ll find this beautiful art festival right at the end of U.S. 18, with I-794, I-43/94, and Highways 32, 38, 59, and 145 all bringing you close!

Advance tickets $10 (click here to buy online)
Adults $17
Seniors/students $15
Museum Members $10
Three-day pass $25
Free for kids age 12 and under, veterans, active military, and Wisconsin K-12 teachers (with ID)

Lakefront Festival of Art Address:

Milwaukee Art Museum
700 N. Art Museum Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Start: June 21, 2019 10:00 am
End: June 23, 2019 5:00 pm
Venue: Milwaukee Art Museum
Phone: 414-224-3200
700 N. Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee, WI, 53202, United States
Cost: Free

June 1, 2019 – June 2, 2019

Monument Square Art Festival, Racine

Monument Square Art Festival in RacineRacine’s Monument Square Art Festival – they sometimes shorten it to MSAF – takes place Saturday and Sunday June 1st and 2nd, 2019. It’s one of Wisconsin’s oldest and most respected juried fine arts events, with over 60 artists from around the country. You’ll find works in a wide variety of media.

The festival includes the Great Lakes Chalk Art Competition (GLCAC), sponsored by Real Racine, featuring regional arts creating works of art along Fifth Street from Wisconsin Avenue to Main Street all day Saturday. GLCAC is a juried event offering $1,000 in cash awards. Judging takes place at the end of the day Saturday. Awards will be announced at the evening GLCAC/MSAF artists’ reception.

Check out “Chalk It Up and Chow Down” – a selection of local food vendors set up near the GLCAC artists. Live entertainment, a silent auction, and children’s activities round out the fun this weekend in Racine.

Monument Square Art Festival is coordinated by Racine Arts Council, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. RAC’s mission is to encourage, support and advocate on behalf of emerging and established artists, artistic groups in our community, and young people interested in the arts.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free!

You can get to downtown Racine via Highways 11, 20, 32, or 38. The city center is about 4 miles east of Highway 31 and 8 miles east of I-41/94.

Monument Square Art Festival Address:

Monument Square
600 Main Street
Racine, WI 53403
(262) 635-0261


Start: June 1, 2019
End: June 2, 2019
Venue: Monument Square
Phone: 262-635-0261
524 Main Street, Racine, WI, 53403, United States

May 4, 2019

Lakefront Artists Fair, Racine

Racine Lakefront Artists Fair posterThe Lakefront Artists Fair, taking place the day after First Fridays downtown, is Racine’s first outdoor art fair of the season. Over 100 artists from across the Midwest descend upon the Belle City to showcase their wares and create new ones.

Every year on the first Saturday in May Racine Montessori holds their biggest fundraiser of the year, the Lakefront Artist Fair. Running simultaneously with the Racine Kiwanis Pancake Day at Festival Park, it is an unofficial start to Racine’s summertime festival season.

Artisans from all over the Midwest will show and offer:
Metal Art
Garden Art
Clothing and more

In addition to a wonderful variety of original art, there are many other reasons to visit the Lakefront Artist Fair:
RMS Raffle, featuring a variety of great prizes
Gift Basket Silent Auction
Artist’s Silent Auction (many participating artists donate an item)
Bake sale
Food Station – Burgers/Brats Chips & Drinks
Bring your family and come join the fun!

You can reach Festival Park by taking Highways 11, 20, 32, or 38 to downtown. Festival Park will be just off the lakefront, near the Racine Art Museum, Monument Square, and other downtown sights.

Racine Lakefront Artists Fair Address:

5 Fifth Street
Racine, WI 53403
(262) 637-7892

Start: May 4, 2019 9:00 am
End: May 4, 2019 4:00 pm
Venue: Festival Park
Phone: 262-637-7892
5 5th Street, Racine, WI, 53403, United States

Waukesha Art Crawl

Downtown Waukesha, along with being a crazy maze of streets, offers up a lot of fun places. That includes art galleries. For the Waukesha Art Crawl, over 175 artisans at 20 galleries and showplaces, live music, gift shops and more are featured at this seasonal event. Walk the downtown streets to discover your next artistic treasure, shop the boutiques, listen to live music or indulge in food and drink.


Check out for all the updates and details!

The Waukesha Art Crawl for 2019 takes place on the following Saturdays:
May 4th
August 3rd
October 5th
December 7th
March 7, 2020

How do you get into Waukesha? I-94 and Highway 16 bring you to the north side; Highways 59 and 164 round the south and east sides. U.S. 18 cuts right through, or take East or St. Paul Avenues.

Waukesha Art Crawl Address:

Downtown Waukesha
337 W. Main Street
Waukesha, WI 53186
(262) 542-1522


Waukesha Art Crawl

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Start: May 4, 2019 4:00 am
End: May 4, 2019 10:00 pm
Venue: Downtown Waukesha
Phone: 262-542-1522
337 W. Main Street, Waukesha, WI, 53186, United States
Cost: Free

April 27, 2019 – April 28, 2019

Get bEHIND the aRTS Studio Tour

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The last full weekend in April, the get bEHIND the aRTS Studio Tour offers three days filled with art––inviting guests to explore an entire weekend of creativity in Southeastern Wisconsin.

You’ll get up close and personal with nearly 100 area artists at the 9th annual get beHIND the aRTS. This two-day open house takes you to 32 studios, galleries and artist workspaces in Racine and Kenosha Counties. The purchase of a $5 pin (available at any location) gets you admission to all the sites both days. Tour hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday for Racine County locations and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday for Kenosha County locations. This year’s free Preview Party, with exhibits, art demonstrations, entertainment and an artist meet-and-greet, is 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at 5700 7th Avenue in Kenosha. Click here for the map and more event details on their site.

The weekend kicks off with the art party of the year, the GBTA Preview Party on Friday, April 26 from 6:00 to 10:00pm at 5800 7th Avenue in downtown Kenosha (Kenosha News Building).
On Saturday, April 27, Racine artists’ studios are open to the public, and on Sunday, April 28, Kenosha studios welcomes visitors. Artists’ workplaces are open on both days from 11:00am to 5:00pm.

Pick up your tour maps during the Preview Party or at any studio location the day of the tour.

Highways 11, 20 and 38 bring you to Racine from I-41/94 or Highway 31; Highways 50 and 158 bring you to Kenosha from I-41/94 or Highway 31; and Highway 32 runs along Lake Michigan between the two cities. Should be a nice weekend for a drive and to check out both cities, too!

gET bEHIND the aRTS Hours:

Preview Party in Kenosha at the Kenosha News building, 5800 7th Avenue in downtown Kenosha Friday night, April 26.
Racine, Saturday, April 27, 11 am – 5 pm
Kenosha, Sunday, April 28, 11 am – 5 pm


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Start: April 27, 2019 11:00 am
End: April 28, 2019 5:00 pm
Venue: Various locations, Racine & Kenosha
Phone: 262-880-4549
Racine, WI, 53403, United States

March 23, 2019 – March 24, 2019

Madison Art, Bead & Glass Show

Madison Art Bead and Glass ShowThe Madison Art Bead & Glass Show hits the Alliant Energy Center Saturday, March 23rd and Sunday, March 24th with classes throughout the weekend and the sales floor open Saturday and Sunday. A huge variety of the crafts will be available for browsing and on sale for purchase. There are Make & Take activities, where six different hands-on projects can be created from six different instructors in a four-hour period. You don’t even need to bring supplies!

Check out the Bead Challenge, or just find pieces of art, beads, or glass creations you’d like to purchase.

It’s all happening at the Madison Art Bead & Glass Show, a perfect stop for artists and creatives of all stripes! It’s right off the Beltline (U.S. 12/18) along Rimrock Road near John Nolen Drive. U.S. 14 & 151 bring you close by, too!

Admission is $7 for one day, $11 for both days. You can buy tickets here.

Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Sunday, 10am – 4pm

Madison Art Bead & Glass Show Address:

Alliant Energy Center
1919 Alliant Energy Center Way
Madison, WI 53713
(608) 838-8011

Start: March 23, 2019
End: March 24, 2019
Venue: Alliant Energy Center
Phone: 608-838-8011
1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI, 53713, United States
Cost: 7

March 2, 2019

Waukesha Art Crawl

Downtown Waukesha, along with being a crazy maze of streets, offers up a lot of fun places. That includes art galleries. For the Waukesha Art Crawl, over 175 artisans at 20 galleries and showplaces, live music, gift shops and more are featured at this seasonal event. Walk the downtown streets to discover your next artistic treasure, shop the boutiques, listen to live music or indulge in food and drink.

The next Waukesha Art Crawl on Saturday, March 2nd has the theme “Birthday Bash!”, celebrating the Birthday of Dr. Seuss! All crawls take place throughout downtown Waukesha from 4pm – 10pm.


Check out for all the updates and details!

The Waukesha Art Crawl for 2019 takes place on the following Saturdays:
March 2nd: “Birthday Bash!” Art Crawl
May 4th: “Future Artists Showcase” Art Crawl
August 3rd: “Make It, Take It” Art Crawl
October 5th: “Plein Air Art Fair” Art Crawl
December 7th: “Miles of Smiles Holiday” Art Crawl

How do you get into Waukesha? I-94 and Highway 16 bring you to the north side; Highways 59 and 164 round the south and east sides. U.S. 18 cuts right through, take that or East or St. Paul Avenues.

Waukesha Art Crawl Address:

Downtown Waukesha
337 W. Main Street
Waukesha, WI 53186
(262) 542-1522


Start: March 2, 2019 4:00 pm
End: March 2, 2019 10:00 pm
Venue: Downtown Waukesha
Phone: 262-542-1522
337 W. Main Street, Waukesha, WI, 53186, United States
Cost: Free