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Summer is FAR from over! 50 things to do in the Lake Country Area this summer

(Published on - 7/7/2016 4:47:54 PM)


Oconomowoc’s Moonlit Movies series is just one of a multitude of opportunities for summer fun in Lake Country.

Oconomowoc’s Moonlit Movies series is just one of a multitude of opportunities for summer fun in Lake Country. Photo By Scott Ash

May 31, 2016


Lake Country is filled with great things — and with the short time summer provides, there's no time to waste. This is by no means a comprehensive list of all there is to do and see. Go exploring and see what you find! We offer the following list to get started:

1) Enjoy live music during Waterfront Wednesdays at Pewaukee Lake from 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday at Lakefront Park on Pewaukee Lake, starting June 8. Beer, wine and soda is available to purchase during the free concert series. See the lineup at

2) Return to the Wisconsin of the 19th century at Old World Wisconsin in Eagle. Open every Saturday and Sunday, you can experience life on the farm, explore traditional cooking methods or play a variety of classic outdoor games.

3) Get your groove on in Saturday, July 16, in downtown Hartland at the annual Hartland Street Dance, one of the village's biggest summer events. Family activities are planned from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. An evening of live music kicks off at 7 p.m.

4) Ride along the Glacial Drumlin State Trail. Follow this 52-mile bike trail that runs between Cottage Grove and the Fox River Sanctuary in Waukesha. Cyclists and skaters need passes; walkers, runners and children younger than 16 do not. Cost: $5 per day or $25 for a season pass. Passes are available online or at locations along the trail. Learn more at

5) Get in touch with your inner artist and head to Fowler Park for Oconomowoc's Festival of the Arts on Aug. 20-21, with more than 100 artists to check out. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

6) Join in on the froggy fun at Dousman Derby Days from July 29-31. While the festival weekend is famous for its frog-jumping championships, it offers much more, including carnival rides and a parade.

7) Treat yourself at the Kiltie, an old-school drive-in at N48 W36154 E. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc. It serves burgers and sandwiches — and custard, too!

8) While Milwaukee has Summerfest, Mukwonago has Summerfeste during Father's Day weekend, June 16-19. Each day provides different activities for all ages to enjoy, with a Father's Day parade on Sunday.

9) Downtown Delafield provides the stage for the Delafield block party. The party has two days of live music and food July 8 and 9.

10) Set up camp and roast marshmallows over the fire at Ottawa Lake Campground in the Kettle Moraine State Forest.

11) On those warm summer nights, check out Moonlit Movies, where you'll find family friendly movies at Fowler Park and on the streets of downtown Oconomowoc. Check out the website for dates and locations this summer:

12) For a roaring good time, head to the village of Big Bend's sixth annual Rumble by the River Truck and Tractor Pull on July 8-9. There will be classic car shows, live music and, of course, the award-winning truck and tractor pull.

13) Watch the skies sparkle with beautiful fireworks displays throughout Lake Country this Fourth of July. Find of a list of what's offered in the area on in June.

14) No summer list would be complete without the Waukesha County Fair. This year head to the fair July 20 and 21 and see a local choir sing with Foreigner or watch hot air balloons during Skyfest, which returns to the fair this year.

15) Take in a round of golf with friends or meet new ones at the Tri-Chamber Golf Outing at the beautiful Western Lakes Golf Club in Pewaukee on June 3.

16) On Aug. 20, check out the Donna Lexa Memorial Art Fair along the Glacial Drumlin State Park in Wales. The fair features fine art in a variety of media, including pottery, wood, jewelry, photography and more from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

17) Take a hike! Lake Country has some of the best hiking spots, such as the Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern Unit or the Ice Age Trail in Hartland.

18) Come one, come all to Imagination Station at 100 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc. It is a universally accessible playground, including therapeutic deck and monkey bars.

19) Looking for a challenge this summer? From July 8-10, the Pewaukee Multisport Weekend combines swimming, running and biking, with events for every level.

20) It wouldn't be summer without a scoop of LeDuc's frozen custard in Wales to cool down. The flavor of the day can be found on online at

21) Take a trip back in time during Genesee Depot Daze from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 9. Enjoy specials from area business during this themed festival in Genesee Depot; this year's theme focuses on old TV shows. There will be activities for adults and kids, as well as music, food and a bouncy house.

22) Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Taste of Lake Country Festival on July 29-30, including a champagne and wine bar this year only. Learn more at

23) Go fishing at one of the many lakes in the area; this is Lake Country, after all.

24) Every Wednesday at Frame Park in Waukesha and every Thursday at Fowler Park in Oconomowoc, watch the Badgerland Water Ski Team perform.

25) It's the season for local produce, and Lake Country has plenty of markets to peruse for farm-fresh produce. Check with your local municipality to find the markets in your community.

26) Indulge in theater in the park with SummerStage at Lapham Peak. Learn more about their shows at

27) Give your dog some space to run and play at the Nashotah Dog Park, W330 N5113 Highway C, Nashotah

28) Sussex Lion Daze is a fun-filled summer festival July 15-17 at Sussex Village Park. There will fun for all, including a softball tournament, live music, carnival rides, bingo, camel and pony rides and more.

29) Nothing says summer like a root beer float, and John's Drive-In has some great root beer. Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the drive-in restaurant also serves food and ice cream at 1317 Arcadian Ave., Waukesha.

30) Cool off and splash around in Hartland's Lake Country Rotary splash pad. The zero-depth water attraction in Nixon Park has water play equipment and sprinklers; it is open seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

31) Browse and buy artwork at the Lake Country Art Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 9 in beautiful Naga-Waukee Park, Delafield. The art festival features more than 100 exhibitors, as well as food and beverages, musical entertainment and a craft zone for kids.

32) Soak up the sun or build sand castles at any of the beautiful area beaches such as Pewaukee Beach and Naga-Waukee Park beach.

33) Soak up local live music by the Oconomowoc American Legion Band at weekly outdoor concerts in the Rhodee Memorial Band Shell on the shore of Lac LaBelle in downtown Oconomowoc. The season's first concert is June 15. For a list of dates, visit

34) Take the fun outdoors and try playing paintball or lasertag outdoors at The Siege Paintball in Mukwonago. There are courses and fields for all ages; summer hours start June 10.

35) Join a beach volleyball league or play a pickup game. You'll find plenty of them around, including at Center Court on Northview Road in Waukesha.

36) Waukesha has its own band shell, too, the Les Paul Performance Center, at 321 Wisconsin Ave. in Cutler Park. Stop by from 8 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, June 16-Aug. 11 to hear musical tunes from the Civic Band.

37) Starting May 30, every Thursday night at Lakerfront Park in Pewaukee, watch ski shows put on by the Pewaukee Lake Water Ski Club. This year's theme: "The Pewaukee Brothers present: Cirque du Ski – The Greatest Show on Water."

38) Climb the observation tower at Lapham Peak State Park, W329 N846 Highway C, Delafield, and see Lake Country spread out beneath you. The tower is the highest point in Waukesha County.

39) Take a walk around Fowler Lake in Oconomowoc. Start in the parking lot behind city hall; you should be able to make the scenic walk around the lake in under an hour. Learn more at

40) Bring your lawn chairs to Hartland's Fine Arts Center for the weekly concert series in Nixon Park from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. Refreshments and food are available for purchase.

41) Take a 15-mile bike ride on the Lake Country Trail. The trail runs east to west from Waukesha to Oconomowoc through rolling terrain, providing scenic views of the Kettle Moraine area. The eastern end of the trail is at Golf Road (the frontage road north of Interstate 94) near Country Springs Hotel, across from University Drive. The west end is at Roosevelt Park, just south of downtown Oconomowoc.

42) Watch balloons rise at the (free!) Waterford Balloon Festival on July 15-17 at Evergreen Elementary School grounds, 817 Main St., Waterford. New this year, the Kids from Wisconsin will perform a musical review from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 15. The event runs from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, sunrise (about 5:30 a.m.) to 9 p.m. Saturday and sunrise to 10 a.m. Sunday. Learn more at

43) Exercise for a good cause around Fowler Lake at the Lombardi Walk to Tackle Cancer on June 25. All dollars raised stay in the community and are eligible to receive matching funds from the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation. Learn more about the walks statewide at Click on Oconomowoc for details on the local event.

44) Watch a blacksmith and basketweaver work their trades or witness an authentic 1800s cannon crew during Heritage Weekend on Aug. 13 and 14 at Lisbon Community Park.

45) Celebrate the best of Lake Country with Hartland's Hometown Celebration from June 24-26 in Nixon Park, 175 E. Park Ave. There will be live music, food, refreshments, arts and crafts vendors, a parade and fireworks.

46) Hike, fish or pay tribute at the Civil War memorial at Cushing Park in Delafield. The park provides connections to the Veterans Memorial River walk, the Lake Country Recreation Trail and the new Cushing Park Road bike trail.

47) Join the Pewaukee Kiwanis at their annual fundraising Beach Party on June 24-25 along the lakefront in downtown Pewaukee. Enjoy music, food, a volleyball tournament, ski show, kids entertainment and, as always, beer. Visit for the schedule.

48) Hunt for unique finds at Mukwonago's Maxwell Street Days, June 11-12, July 16-17, Aug. 20- 21, and Sept. 10-11. The outdoor flea market attracts 650 sellers and thousands of people during multiple weekends.

49) For those rainy summer days, head over to the movie theater. Movies are just $5 on Tuesdays at participating Marcus theaters. See if your community theater is on the

50) Take your kids to a good, old-fashioned baseball game. This isn't the Brewers; it's Lake Country. Cheer on the North Lake Lakers, Pewaukee Muskies, Sussex Cardinals, Lannon Stonemen and more as they face off every week in the Land O'Lakes league. Check out the schedule at



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