Many people wonder how Wisconsinites can endure the long
winter months filled with short, dark days and
below-zero temperatures. But most who ponder this have
never experienced summer in Wisconsin. With warm
temperatures, lush greenery and more lakes than
Minnesota, Wisconsin summers are nothing short of
magical. The residents of southeastern Wisconsin often
celebrate the season by spending as much time outdoors
as possible. And thanks to a wide array of concerts,
plays and art exhibits, the outdoors have never been so
colorful and classy!
Café Sopra Mare,
Imagine living in an Italian villa with a lake view and spending Sunday
mornings nibbling on pastries while you listen to live music in your
courtyard. Or just visit the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum for
its Café Sopra Mare concerts. The Mercury Courtyard features a statue of
Mercury, the messenger of the gods, and plush plants imported from
Italy. Coffee, tea and pastries are available for purchase. The event is
held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with performances beginning at 10:30
Chill on the Hill,
All you need to hear is the name to know that Chill on the Hill is one
of the hottest and hippest free concert series in Milwaukee. Carry in
your food and beverage or purchase your refreshments from one of the
many vendors on site. Concerts begin at 6 p.m. with headliners
performing at 6:30 p.m.
Gala in the Park,
Watch the Milwaukee River flow as you listen to music, munch on popcorn
and pizza, and sip a cool beverage at Gala in the Park, held on Thursday
evenings at Grafton’s Veterans Memorial Park. Concerts begin at 6:30
p.m. and go until 9 p.m.
Holy Hill Art Barn,
At Holy Hill Art Barn, guests can spend an evening in a century-old
historic barn, sitting on vintage chairs at old farm tables and watching
the sunset filter through the weathered boards. The farm schedules
special themed nights featuring dinner, music or dancing—and sometimes a
mix of all three.
Jazz in the Park,
One of Milwaukee’s most popular outdoor music events, Jazz in the Park,
offers a summer lineup featuring a diverse group of performers,
including jazz, R&B, reggae, blues and funk. Don’t be shy—plenty of
people get up and dance to the music. Food and beverage trucks will be
on hand to provide delicious food and refreshing drinks. Happy hour
starts at 5 p.m. with specials on beverages; the music kicks off at 6.
Cathedral Square Park, 520 E. Wells St.,
6/2-8/27 and Wonderful Wednesdays, 6/20-9/8
Lake Park Friends sponsor Musical Mondays on the Lake Park Summer Stage,
a wonderful variety of vocal and instrumental concerts underneath the
trees of Lake Park. The Monday concerts are from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Wonderful Wednesdays provides seven concerts for children and their
families on Wednesdays from June through August (excluding July 4). Held
in the same venue, children are encouraged to dance and wiggle through
the performances. The concerts are from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
For the second summer in a row, Sculpture Milwaukee provides visitors
and residents of Milwaukee with a unique public art experience.
Spearheaded by Steve Marcus, chairman of the board of The Marcus
Corporation, Sculpture Milwaukee brings remarkable art to the streets of
Milwaukee. Plan an afternoon or evening to walk the streets of the city
and admire the art.
Pack your picnic basket, dig out your lawn chairs and get ready for a
night of music under the stars. For Starry Nights, the Sharon Lynne
Wilson Center for the Arts has lined up an array of local and regional
musicians playing a wide variety of music styles including Afro-Cuban,
Latin jazz, bluegrass, country and more. All performances begin at 6:30
p.m. in the Gerlach/Haack Outdoor Theater.
On Friday evenings at Cedarburg’s Cedar Creek Park, visitors can hear
well-known local bands and nationally known touring bands at Summer
Sounds. Nearly 3,000 people attend this weekly party that includes
beverage vendors and plenty of food for feasting. The opening band
plays at 7 p.m. and the headliner starts at 8 or 8:30 p.m.
Nestled in woods in the Lapham Peak Unit of the Kettle Moraine State
Forest, SummerStage of Delafield provides a unique outdoor arts venue.
Every summer the stage hosts a variety of performances including plays,
concerts and special family themed events, like Kohl’s Wild Theater.