Summer preview: Enjoy these 50 Kenosha attractions for FREE


Kenosha has no shortage of activities and events planned for this summer — and many of them are free.

Here is a budget-friendly, family oriented to-do list courtesy of the Kenosha Area Visitors and Convention Bureau:

Enjoy the Sculpture Walk, which runs along the harbor and features a dozen works of art. Bonus: You’ll enjoy stunning views of Lake Michigan and get in some of those 10,000 steps a day you’ve been promising to walk.

Come play at Kenosha’s first inclusive, 100 percent accessible playground: the Dream Playground located in Petzke Park, 1700 29th St.

Join the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau for the “Discover Wisconsin” Community Preview Party 5 to 7 p.m June 7, at the Rhode Center for the Arts. Kenosha is starring in an upcoming episode of “Discover Wisconsin.” The local episode will be shown on the big screen at the Rhode before its TV debut. The event will feature a 20-minute, commercial-free screening of the show, which showcases more than a dozen Kenosha area attractions. There will be free snacks and a cash bar hosted by the Lakeside Players.

Beginning June 9, stop by any of the 13 pianos in downtown Kenosha and “tickle the ivories.” Each was decorated by local artists for the Keyed Up Kenosha piano art walk project. The kick-off event is part of downtown Kenosha’s Second Saturday event in June.

Enjoy Kenosha’s five beaches along Lake Michigan! Bonus: Stroll along the boardwalk on Simmons Island Beach.

On the first and third weekends of the month, Kemper Center’s Durkee Mansion is open for self-guided tours in the Third Avenue Historic District.

Try disc golf. There are four locations: Fox River Park, Lincoln Park, Silver Lake Park and the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

There are more than 130 miles of bike trails to explore in Kenosha County, including the Kenosha County Bike Trail and Pike Bike Trail.

The Transparent Watercolor Society of America’s 42nd Annual National Juried Exhibition is on display at the Kenosha Public Museum through Aug 5. While you’re at the museum to see the paintings, enjoy other exhibits at this free museum.

Stop by the Jelly Belly Visitor Center and be a goalie in the Bean Blitz soccer game, blocking virtual Jelly Belly jelly beans. And make sure you take the visitor center’s free train tour. (They even give you a paper hat!)

Visit Bristol 45 Diner for its cruise-in nights May through September (first, third, fifth Monday of the month).

Attend a concert or other event at the Kenosha Lighthouse Studio at North Pier Lighthouse.

Experience the outdoor Kenosha HarborMarket on Saturdays through Oct 13. Enjoy live music as you shop.

Enjoy family-friendly, choreographed Aquanut Water Shows on Lake Mary, most Wednesdays and Saturdays, May 26 through Sept. 1.

Come see the new 100-foot long Giant Whale kite at the Outta Sight Kite Flight in Kennedy Park, June 2-3.

Fish anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp on Free Fishing Weekend, June 2-3.

Learn about Lake Michigan shipwrecks, as well as Kenosha’s lighthouse keepers, shipping history, and more at the seasonal Southport Light Station Museum.

The 60th annual Blessing of the Fleet is June 3 at the Kenosha Yacht Club.

Attend the Revolutionary War Re-enactment at Petrifying Springs Park, June 9-10.

The Washington Park Velodrome is the oldest operating track of its kind in the country. “Fill the Hill” and watch races on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings!

On Friday evenings in the summer, enjoy movies at the Petrifying Springs Biergarten.

The Kenosha Pops Concert Band performs each Wednesday evening at the Sesquicentennial Bandshell, June 13 through Aug. 8.

Live music by many Kenosha area musicians is the focus of Bloomin’ Bands at the Kenosha Moose Lodge, June 15-16.

The Father’s Day Kenosha Car Show at Baker Park on June 17 is free for spectators. (Though you should still buy Dad a nice gift. Or take him out to lunch after the car show.)

At the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, visit the new permanent, interactive exhibit “Little Clint: The Story of a Baby Dinosaur.”

June 21 is Food Folks & Spokes. This family-friendly festival at Library Park includes the Tour of America’s Dairyland cycling races, food, entertainment, and more.

Enjoy the Gateway Rose Society Rose Show on June 23 at the Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Ave.

On June 24, the Kenosha Car Club Car Show takes place at Kenosha Moose Lodge, 3003 30th Ave. This car show is also free for spectators.

The Twilight Jazz Concert Series happens at Anderson Arts Center, outside on the grounds at 6603 Third Ave. This year’s concerts are June 26, July 17, July 24, July 31 and Aug. 28. Admission is free, as is the magnificent view of Lake Michigan.

Enjoy Libertyfest in Twin Lakes, June 29-30. The annual summer festival features live music, food, children’s activities, an Aquanuts Water-Ski Show and fireworks over Lake Mary.

The Kenosha Civic Veterans Parade is July 1. “A Salute to Our Troops” is the theme this year, and all ages are welcome to participate in a community bike ride as part of the parade. The parade steps off at 1 p.m., but get there early to grab a good spot!

Enjoy fireworks, live music, and more activities as part of Celebrate America at the lakefront, July 3-4.

Enjoy family fun at Bristol Progress Days, July 13-15 in Hansen Park. The annual summer festival includes sports tournaments, carnival rides, children’s activities, music and a parade that is famous for all the candy that is tossed to spectators.

Enjoy Lincoln Park Live concerts on select Wednesdays in picturesque Lincoln Park.

Get inspired at a Downtown Kenosha art gallery.

Bring your skateboards, scooters, roller blades, or bikes to Anderson Park’s skatepark.

“Tuesdays at the Shell” concerts happen at the Sesquicentennial Band Shell each Tuesday, July 10 through Aug. 28.

The Peanut Butter & Jam Concert Series serves up two concerts each Thursday, July 12 through Aug. 30.

This is the 10th year for Taste of Wisconsin, which takes place July 27-29 at the lakefront. The free festival features all kinds of food, from the usual (roasted corn) to more “exotic” offerings for visitors looking to try something new. There is also live music all three days.

The colonial age through Western Fur Trade era of the 1650s through 1850s will come alive on Simmons Island during Pike River Rendezvous, Aug. 4-5.

Enjoy a Picnic in the Park on Aug. 11 at Petrifying Springs Park.

Celebrate the 115th anniversary of Harley-Davidson at Uke’s Harley-Davidson, Wisconsin’s oldest Harley-Davidson dealership. The celebration is Aug. 28-Sept. 3.

On Saturday mornings, join Southport Rigging on a 26-mile bike ride from Harborside Common Grounds to a coffee shop in Zion, Ill.

Have a kayak, canoe, or stand up paddle board? Experience the free-to-access Lake Michigan Water Trail or Fox River Water Trail.

Visit a mini expo! Local attractions and businesses bring giveaways, brochures and samples to the I-94 Visitor Information Center for First Fridays.

Don’t miss the Kenosha Classic Cruise-In car show on Sept. 1 in downtown Kenosha. This huge, free show is always the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend and welcomes all makes and models of vehicles. It’s usually the busiest day each year in downtown Kenosha as cars line the street.

All things cheese will be celebrated during Cheese-A-Palooza, Sept. 1-2.

On Sept. 2, enjoy the 16th annual Car Show to Benefit Our Wounded Veterans at Simmons Island Park. Admission is free for spectators.

For the golden anniversary of the AMX, the Kenosha History Center presents the exhibit “AMX: A New and Bold Direction,” on display through September.

Hang out at Gateway Classic Cars on the last Saturday of every month for Cars & Coffee, a cruise-in.

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This list was compiled by the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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