Free Summer Family Fun in Waukesha County
Are you on the hunt for free fun this summer? Summer 2021 is looking more like summers of the past as we move forward. Many of our favorite community events are coming back, and we are so excited! Luckily, Lake Country Family Fun is an expert at finding free fun for your family, after all that is why we started this website! As long as your family is feeling well and acting responsibly, there are loads of ways to have free fun this summer. Make sure you save and pin this guide for future reference when the dog days of summer arrive!
A few things to note about summer 2021:
- Constructions has returned, because summer in WI 🤪
Please say thank you to the 2021 Free Summer Fun Guide Sponsor
Fill your summer with fun at your local public library...the Summer Library Program is back! Kids, teens,
and adults can spend the summer reading, attending both in-person and virtual library programs, and
earning badges and prizes. You can even go virtual with the free Beanstack reading app. From outdoor
concerts and drawing classes to prize coupons from the Milwaukee Public Museum, the Wisconsin State
Fair, and more, the library has a whole summer of fun and learning planned for your family.
The Summer Library Program launches in June at your public library, so get ready to get reading! Sign up at your local library or visit https://bridgeslibrarysystem.org/summer-library-program/ for more information.
Free indoor summer fun
We love the summer reading programs! Reading is a great way to fill time on a rainy day or hot, hot afternoon inside in the air conditioning. It’s also great way to keep up all the reading skills learned throughout the year and earn summer fun along the way! See all the information above for how to participate virtually this year.
See our fun from years past HERE.
Every child that you register, receives 2 FREE games of bowling all summer long!! The Kids Bowl Free is a nationwide program. Its purpose is to support communities and give children a fun way to spend their time throughout the summer. Wahoo!! This is perfect for rainy days or to escape the heat.
For summer 2021, please see the details through the link below. The program is being offered, but it it is up to individual centers to open or not open. The following are open:
Village Bowl in Menomonee Falls
Alpine Lanes in Muskego
Free outdoor summer fun
Hartland Kids Day 2021 will be returning to its classic booth form with bounce houses, a rock wall, and of course the splash pad! We’ll be spread out at Nixona Park. Stay tuned as we release all the details and how to participated!
The event will be at Nixon Park on Wednesday, July 28th from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm to preview local family businesses, kids activities, and entertainment throughout the day. Lake Country Family Fun will have a fun-filled day planned for you!
See this from HKD 2020
Come in person to see HKD 2021!
Free Summer Fun to Watch Outside
I don’t know about you, but I love being outside in summer (minus any bugs). I love looking forward to all the seasons, but summer is my favorite! Outdoor concerts are a great way to enjoy summer nights with your family and friends.
WATERFRONT WEDNESDAYS IN PEWAUKEE– Lakefront Park in Pewaukee is the perfect location for a picnic dinner with the family. Grab your blankets and chairs and enjoy the scenic view and sounds every Wednesday through the summer. *Positively Pewaukee is a partner of Lake Country Family Fun.
NIXON PARK CONCERT SERIES – The Nixon Park Concert Series is held at the Fine Arts Center at Nixon Park in Hartland WI every Thursday May through September 2021!
WAUKESHA FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE– Every Friday night downtown Waukesha comes alive with stages places through the downtown business district. This is a kid friendly event; also, it can easily be used for a date night, guys night or girls night out. BACK in 2021!
TRIBUTE TUESDAY CONCERTS – Come and enjoy all your favorite songs as we pay tribute to legendary music performers of the past this summer at Tribute Tuesday Concerts in Waukesha in June, July, August, and September 2021.
CIVIC BAND CONCERTS IN WAUKESHA – Come to Cutler Park to enjoy Civic Band Concerts on Thursdays throughout the summer! July and August concerts are on in 2021!
TUNES ON TUESDAYS – Bring your family to Elm Grove Village Park on select Tuesdays for their Tunes on Tuesday series. 2021 concerts are happening!
BROOKFIELD NOON CONCERTS – Don’t miss this midday concert series in Brookfield all summer long! 2021 concerts are happening!
BROOKFIELD EVENING CONCERTS – These only happen once a month! 2021 concerts are happening!
Starry Nights at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts – Select Friday nights in June, July, and August. 2021 concerts are TBD.
CONCERTS AT THE BEER GARDEN, MENOMONEE FALLS – Bring your family to these free concerts at Mill Pond Park that will have food and beverages on both Thursday AND Friday nights during the summer (weather permitting). 2021 concerts are TBD.
DOUSMAN CONCERT IN THE PARK – Select Saturdays in June and July – Come to Three Pillars for their free concerts! 2021 Concerts TBD.
RIVERSIDE RHYTHMS – Take in some musical selections every Wednesday during lunch right on the riverwalk in downtown Waukesha. 2021 concerts are BACK!
TOSA CONCERT SERIES – Bring your family out for the Tosa Tonight Concert Series! Free Family-Friendly Music starts at 6:00 pm. 2021 Concerts TBD
Our Fun at Bands at the Beach
This is another family favorite of ours!! Watching a MOVIE OUTSIDE surrounded by friends, snacking on kettle corn, and snuggling up with my little ones, is a favorite memory of summers past! In 2021, most if not all community outdoor movie events are back!
- MOONLIT MOVIES IN OCONOMOWOC –
**These events are returning to their home at Fowler Park in 2021 with a ski show to kick them off! This is a family favorite for Lake Country Family Fun!
- MOVIES IN THE PARK IN ELM GROVE –
Join the community and your family and friends to watch a movie under the stars in Elm Grove’s Village Park. Movies are happening in 2021!
- OUTDOOR MOVIE IN VILLAGE PARK IN SUSSEX –
Friday, August 21, 2021
Bring the whole family for a free, fun family event. Concessions will be available including free popcorn.
- FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT IN HARTLAND –
Bring your family to Nixon Park for a full summer of outdoor movies in 2021!
- OUTDOOR MOVIES IN NEW BERLIN –
Returning the fun to Malone Park in 2021!
- Monday Night at the Movies in Waukesha –
Returning the fun to Cutler Park in 2021!
- OUTDOOR MOVIES IN THE PARK HARTFORD –
Returning the fun to Willowbrook Park in Hartford in 2021!
While not “free summer fun”, outdoor movie drive-in theater experiences are popping up! These are ticketed events. You can read about them HERE.
One of our fun experiences at Moonlit Movie Night!
Watching a WATER SKI SHOW is a family favorite of ours! My little ones are amazed at all the tricks and lifts of the skiers, and by the three motors on the back of the boat 😉
- BADGERLAND SKI SHOWS –
*In summer 2021, the Badgerland Ski Team can be found on the road, mostly performing at Fowler Park/Fowler Lake and Okauchee Lake by Foolery’s.
There will not be any ski shows at Frame Park in Waukesha this summer.
- WATERBUG SKI SHOWS –
*Kicking off the 2021 season on June 2!
They will be skiing every Wednesday!
PEWAUKEE LAKE SKI SHOWS –
July 8, 2020:
“We’re baaaaack!! Our first show of the season “Exhibition Rodeo” 🤠 will take place tomorrow at 6:45pm. With all of the local precautions we have gradually been returning to the water for practices and are ready to share with our local fans.
*Be a cowboy*: wear your favorite mask and maintain social distancing by remaining one cow 🐄 apart from others while enjoying the show. If you come to the show and the crowd is crazy huge perhaps you can consider coming to a future show instead–or come early, catch our “pre-show” skiers at 5:50pm including adaptive skiing at 6:30pm and guarantee yourself a spot!
Ski y’all soon!!!“
Bring your family to watch the Pewaukee Lake Water Ski Show every Thursday.
What says summer like classic cars on a warm night? Find more car shows HERE.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT CLASSICS – New 2019 and 2020 location at Seven Seas on Nagawicka Lake. Starts June 10, 2020
CLASSIC CAR CRUISE NIGHT IN SUSSEX – June 20, 2020
Cars and Coffee Waukesha – At Black Canyon Coffee in Wales, this event meets the third Sunday of the month. Happening in 2021!
Okauchee American Legion Car show – scheduled for July 11, 2020
BALD EAGLE ANNUAL CAR SHOW – Date has been moved to August 2020!
DELAFIELD CLASSIC CAR SHOW – Every Tuesday at the Delafield Hardee’s CANCELLED FOR THE 2020 SEASON
Cars and Cookouts – 2020 CANCELLED
SHOREHAVEN CAR SHOW – 2020 CANCELLED
CRUISIN’ THE GROVE – Elm Grove’s Own Classic Car and Motorcycle event. 2020 CANCELLED
Enjoy the Active Outdoors with your Family
Nature is OPEN!
One of our favorite walks in the Fowler Lake Walk in Oconomowoc. Take a stroll with the family around Fowler Lake in Oconomowoc. It is about a 2 mile walk to get around. We always seem to stop at the bridge at the dam between Fowler Lake and Lac La Belle and watch people fish and stop for a little bit of extra fun at Fowler Park and take full advantage of the park, tennis courts and the restrooms (if needed – but this year we are really trying to avoid any public restrooms and take short trips). We park downtown and follow Wisconsin Ave west, then north onto Main St., then right onto Lisbon Rd., then right again onto Greenland Ave, then right onto Oakwood Ave., then right again on Pleasant St. and that takes you back to downtown in the municipal parking lot by the boardwalk.
There are blue rain drops painted on the sidewalk to guide you around the lake.
Also, be sure to listen for the Clock Tower Tunes as you walk past by City Hall in summer 2020.
Another fun walk is the Storybook Trail at Brandt-Quirk Park in Watertown. We tried it out in early June 2020 and they just switched the story to a bilingual story! The trail is located in Brandt-Quirk Park. Park in the baseball diamond lot, and head straight back towards the railroad tracks.
PRO TIP – it’s buggy when you walk through the woods – so arrive well clothed or bring bug spray.
Free Summer Fun Just Outside Waukesha County
**Many of these attractions are still deciding if they can open, how to open, and under what new guidelines for safety in 2020. Please be patient as the information is updated. Thank you!
- The North Point Lighthouse in Milwaukee is an awesome historic landmark and kids 4 and under are FREE.
- The Boerner Botanical Gardens in Hales Corners offer free admission the first Tuesday of every month during the summer to Milwaukee County Residents.
- Visit Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan, a book themed fairyland for kids. (Free admission, but donations are appreciated.) Opening June 3, 2020.
- Check out Cedar Creek Park in Cedarburg Friday nights during the summer for Summer Sounds, their free summer concert series.
Enjoy summer sounds with Music in the Glen, which is free and open to everyone located in Glendale (schedule here).
- A little road trip, but the Madison Zoo is FREE.
- Hit up a Beach – Milwaukee County beaches are FREE!!!
- Top FREE Splash pads outside of Waukesha County include:
- Kinderberg Park in Germantown
- Hickory Park in Jackson
- Bayshore Town Center’s Splash Pad
- Hart Park Splash Pad in Wauwatosa
- Oak Creek Splash Pad
- Riverside Park Splash Pad in Janesville
Milwaukee County Splash Pads and Wading Pool list
Explore MILWAUKEE WITH KIDS