Many local activities are geared toward the grown-up set. Whether it’s a night out with friends or a significant other, the choices are many, from a day at an art fair to an evening dancing in the street.
Magic Mansion concerts on the porch
The event in Oconomowoc is like “jazz in the park” Lake Country-style. Guests park on the street, bring a lawn chair and snacks, and enjoy a concert. Artists perform on the oversized, screened-in porch of a grand Victorian home to guests on the lawn below. Goodwill donations are collected and given directly to the musicians. So far, concerts are scheduled for June 25, July 23 and August 27; the lineup is posted on Facebook.
Taste of Lake Country
North Shore Bank presents its 20th annual Taste of Lake Country July 28-29 at the Pewaukee lakefront. Weekend activities include live music, art for sale and, of course, sampling food from dozens of area restaurants. New in 2017 is Positively Pewaukee’s VIP packages. Each package includes a parking pass, admission into a gated area near the stage, a private bar and two drink passes, and the chance to mingle with the bands.
A day on the water
Good Time Rentals in Pewaukee and Tinus Marine in Oconomowoc rent pontoon boats by the day or week and will deliver them to area lakes. Sherper’s in Oconomowoc and Clear Water Outdoor in Delafield both rent standup paddleboards (SUPs), kayaks and canoes for half or full days. City Beach in Oconomowoc rents canoes, kayaks and SUPs by the hour for use on Lac La Belle.
Three of the most prestigious Lake Country art festivals are the Donna Lexa Memorial Art Fair August 19 in Wales, the Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts August 19-20 in Fowler Park and the Lake Country Women’s Club and Lake Country Arts Festival July 8 in Delafield’s Naga-Waukee Park. Each is a juried art show offering hundreds of vendor stalls, food, and entertainment in a park.
Live music, adult beverages and dancing in the streets are hallmarks of several community events. The Mukwonago Lions Club kicks off the season with its annual Summerfest June 15-18 in Field Park. The weekend sees adult softball, horseshoe and beanbag tournaments, a car show, fireworks and more. In Hartland, Snobfest on June 17 offers up more than 30 craft beers on tap. The Pewaukee Kiwanis Beach Party runs June 23-24 at the Pewaukee lakefront. The Dousman Street Dance will be June 24, the Delafield Block Party is July 7-8 and the Hartland Street Dance is July 15.
The Highway 18 Outdoor Theater at the corner of Highways 18 and 89 in Jefferson County is one of the few remaining drive-in movie theaters in the state. Just like in the old days, visitors tune into an FM station and enjoy a movie on the 90-foot screen. Early birds can nab a spot in the front rows, where old-school speakers on poles still broadcast the soundtrack. No carry-in food or drinks are allowed, and movies start about 20 minutes after dusk.
Live music and beer
The Kulturvereinigung German School hosts a German-American Day, replete with beer garden, German food, a parade and more at Carl Schurz Park in Stone Bank August 13. It’s a rare opportunity to experience this private campground and its German roots.
New this year, the Hartland Beer Garden makes its debut in Nixon Park. The beer garden is open Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons and evenings.
Also each Thursday night June 8 through August 10 is the Nixon Park Concert Series, which features a different band each week performing on the community stage.
In Pewaukee, live music is presented at Waterfront Wednesdays at Lakefront Park every week through Aug. 23.