Explore Your Kenosha by Meridith Jumisko

Explore Your Kenosha by Meridith Jumisko

Meridith Jumisko is Public Relations Director of Visit Kenosha. Contact her at MJ@VisitKenosha.com


Upcoming Events To Put On Your Calendar

By Meridith Jumisko, Public Relations Director at Visit Kenosha

There’s no time to get the winter blues in the Kenosha Area! From enjoying the slopes at Wilmot Mountain to doing spins around the ice rink at Veterans Memorial Park, there are many outdoor activities to enjoy. There are also fun events taking place! Make sure you put these on your calendar:

Upcoming productions by Lakeside Players at Rhode Center For The Arts include: The Wizard of Oz (February 3-18) and Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (March 24-April 2). Shows take place on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

February 4 is the day when ice sculptures take over Downtown Kenosha! The free Snow Daze Festival takes place at Veterans Memorial Park from 1 to 4 p.m. Watch as ice artists from Art Below Zero in Franksville create a one-of-a-kind ice sculpture! Look for lots of fun photo opportunities, with more than 50 ice sculptures on display in the park and in front of downtown businesses. The ice sculptures will be installed that morning and will be on display as long as the weather cooperates.

Also on February 4, the African American Read In will take place at the Kenosha Public Museum. This historic program celebrates Black voices through poems, essays, short stories, and children’s books by African American authors. Next door at The Civil War Museum, Civil War Medical Weekend happens February 18-19 with many activities, demonstrations, and interactive displays.

Please join us February 18-26 for Kenosha Restaurant Week! Visit Kenosha produces this nine-day celebration of our community’s delicious dining scene. It’s a way for us all to show some LOVE to our locally owned restaurants, pubs, and food shops. You’ll find all the participating restaurants and menus at VisitKenosha.com/RW; the information is being added as we receive it.

During Restaurant Week, you simply visit/order from participating restaurants and ask for the special Restaurant Week menu. No tickets, coupons, or passes are needed. Each participating place creates their own specials and prices. Their regular menu will be available as well.

As you enjoy the many options and delicious deals and cuisines during Restaurant Week, please consider making a donation to the Shalom Center, The Sharing Center, or the Kenosha County Food Bank. These are the official nonprofit partners of Kenosha Restaurant Week.

Also in February, the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra Concert: Symphonic Gems takes place February 25 at Reuther Central High School – Ralph J. Houghton Performance Center. Tickets can be purchased online; tickets are free for children and college students with I.D. Enjoy a concert featuring Neil Kimel, French horn.

The Kenosha Expo Health & Home Show takes place March 11-12 at the UW-Parkside Frank J. Petretti Fieldhouse. The Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce presents this community event which showcases many businesses and organizations. As part of the event, the Kenosha Community Health Fair features free health services.

Looking ahead, April 15 is the date of the Dairy State Cheese & Beer Festival, which is a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha. It happens at Brat Stop and the attached Parkway Chateau. Enjoy a variety of Wisconsin cheeses and beers from Wisconsin and beyond, as well as great live music.

This is just a sampling of events. Use our website VisitKenosha.com to find #KenoshaFun faster. The Visit Kenosha Events Calendar, our FUN 101 list (101 things to see and do for $10 and under – and many of them are FREE!), our blog, and lots more info will keep you informed! Visit Kenosha has been Kenosha’s official travel resource since 1986. Please remember all event information is subject to change.

(This article first appeared in the 1/26/23 issue of the Smart Reader)

Meridith Jumisko
Public Relations Director | Visit Kenosha
Downtown Visitor Information Center
600 52nd Street, Suite 140
Kenosha, WI 53140
O: (262) 654-7307 ext. 13
E: MJ@VisitKenosha.com


Time To Be Merry And Bright

Various entities in Kenosha have come together to present Merry & Bright – a collection of holiday events and activities to enjoy all season long. The Merry & Bright website is VisitKenosha.com/Holidays and it includes a holiday events calendar, as well information on local holiday shopping and winter activities. Here is a sampling of the events taking place:

The City of Kenosha’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is held outside the Kenosha Public Museum on November 25; it starts at 3:45 p.m. with pre-lighting entertainment. This is followed the same evening by the Lightin’ Up celebration in Downtown Kenosha with family activities, live entertainment, and special promotions at locally owned businesses. View all the decorated storefronts and vote for your favorite online.

Small Business Saturday takes place on November 26. You can expect to find special offers at locally owned businesses throughout the community. We encourage you to continue to Shop Small, Shop Local, Dine Local, and Play Local all year long!

Christmas at Kemper is a series of holiday events at the historic Kemper Center. Events include the Gallery of Trees; the opening night gala is November 26. November 27 and November 29-December 4, you can tour the Gallery of Trees and see the historic 1860s Durkee Mansion fully decorated for Christmas. Durkee Mansion will continue to be open on Saturdays and Sundays through January 15, except for the two holiday weekends.

On November 26, December 10, and December 17, visit with Santa at the Kenosha History Center, climb the 1866 Southport Lighthouse tower (must be 8 or older), and enjoy a Rouse Simmons Christmas Tree Ship Presentation at the Southport Light Station Museum.

The Carthage Christmas Festival is December 2-4. The Lakeside Players production of A Seussified Christmas Carol happens December 2-11, Friday through Sunday, at the Rhode Center for the Arts. The group is also doing the show A Doublewide Texas Christmas, December 16-18.

On December 3, International Holiday: A Cultural Christmas Celebration happens at the Kenosha Public Museum. Eat, shop, and celebrate your way around the world. Enjoy festive musical performances while sipping a cup of cocoa. There will also be a craft station for kids.

Also December 3, a Victorian Christmas happens at The Civil War Museum. Enjoy holiday music, living history presentations, special displays, dancing, crafts, and activities that explore how Upper Midwestern soldiers and civilians celebrated the Christmas season before and during the Civil War.

The Merry & Bright Holiday Market, presented by Kenosha Public Market, is December 3-4 at Kemper Center Simmons Auditorium. The Holiday Cheer Crawl, presented by the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce, is December 7-10 at participating pubs and restaurants.

On December 10, enjoy Cookies With Santa at Lou Perrine’s Gas & Groceries on Sheridan Road, a Kenosha Symphony Orchestra Concert: Together for the Holidays at Reuther Central High School, and A Kenosha Pops Christmas Concert at Carthage College. The Kenosha HarborMarket Annual Holiday Event is on December 17 at The Stella Hotel & Ballroom.

Ongoing events include: November 16 through December 30, a group called Harmonix will perform popular holiday classics and modern favorites at Wyndham Garden – Kenosha Harborside. November 25 through December 24, the Artistree Giftable Art Show happens at Lemon Street Gallery & ArtSpace. The Holiday Light Walk takes place November 25 through December 18 at Jerry Smith Farm.

For additional events, as well as times, prices, and more details, go to VisitKenosha.com/Holidays. Be sure to use our website VisitKenosha.com when looking for #KenoshaFun. Visit Kenosha has been Kenosha’s official travel resource since 1986.

Meridith Jumisko
Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Public Relations Director
(262) 654-7307 ext. 13
Tweet to @MJ_KenoshaPR
(This article first appeared in the November 17, 2022 issue of the Smart Reader)