Bringing a wave of color to the lake
Lakefront Festival of Art celebrates 55th year

By TimeOut Staff

June 15, 2017


CREDIT: Lakefront Festival of Art

Children paint at the PNC Childrenís Experience, just one of the happenings at the Lakefront Festival of Art.

WAUKESHA - The Lakefront Festival of Art turns 55 with its three-day run beginning Friday.

More than 180 artists from 33 states and Canada will be selling 6,500 pieces of art on the grounds of the Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee. Itís kind of hard to miss with all the big white tents.

The festival is more than just art, which probably prompted to name it one of the top 20 art festivals in the country.

There will be 19 musical acts playing over 20 hours during the festival. There will be a fiber arts fashion show with creations by LFOA artists from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday.

There will be activities for all ages, including the PNC Childrenís Experience, which provides free art activities and entertainment aimed at the young.

MAM After Dark, an event geared toward young professionals, will be Friday evening.

There will be adult beverages, not to mention the MAM Cave with complimentary tastings on Fatherís Day on the West Terrace.

While thereís plenty of strolling during the festival, a sculpture garden is also on site. For the more active, there will be a 27-foot climbing wall.

A silent auction is expected to raise over $15,000 for the museum. The festival has raised over $7.5 million for the art museum over the years. 

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, with MAM After Dark from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, $10 for museum members and $25 for a three-day pass. Itís free for kids 12 and younger, veterans, active military and Wisconsin K-12 teachers with ID. See for more information, including the special $10 admission for those with a U.S. Open pass.