For 50 years, the Lakefront Festival of Arts has been bringing art to life on Milwaukee’s lakefront. Started in 1963, this three-day fundraising event has evolved from a gathering of a handful of artists to a vibrant, exciting, and wide-ranging festival with something for everyone. With close to 30,000 attendees and more than 170 jury-selected artists from across the nation, the Lakefront Festival of Arts is a fun-filled destination with art, food, music, and activities for the whole family. What you find here may surprise you.
Named one of the top 25 art festivals in the country, the Lakefront Festival of Arts is a showcase of paintings, ceramics, fiber, metalwork, jewelry, and more, all available in a broad range of prices. The “more” includes:
Live Music and Gourmet Fare
Feast on gourmet foods and beverages and listen to live, local groups at the outdoor stage throughout the day. On Friday night, we’ll be rocking until 11:00 p.m.
Milwaukee Magazine Wine Garden
Relax beneath the Museum’s world-famous Calatrava-designed Burke Brise Soleil and enjoy specialty wines while overlooking the beautiful festival grounds and stunning Lake Michigan.
Enjoy our showcase of outdoor sculptures provided by festival artists, set in a landscaped garden that’s a work of art itself.
PNC Children’s Experience
This highly interactive, kid-focused area of the festival features drama performances, hands-on art projects and more—designed especially for kids of all ages.
Bid on artwork donated by festival artists beginning the week prior to the festival through its close on Sunday.
Give to the Milwaukee Art Museum
The Lakefront Festival of Arts raises much-needed funds for the Milwaukee Art Museum—the crown jewel of our city. So just by attending you will be supporting our beloved Museum.