Once known for Muskego Beach and Dandelion Park, the adventure park of its time, Muskego now offers family fun with quality local events such as: Muskego Community Festival and Parade historical events, Country Christmas Parade, Jammin’ on Janesville, which is Muskego’s newest venue offering a street festival atmosphere; the award-winning Muskego Water Bugs Ski Show and quality productions at the Muskego High School Performing Arts Center, Muskego Public Library and the library’s amphitheater. The community also boasts abundant lake and park recreation opportunities with three lakes and 11 city parks.
Muskego is a community that offers wholesome family activities through its quality city recreation programs and the work of civic volunteers. Additional activities and events during the year include the Muskego Library’s Annual Wine Tasting Benefit, Murder and Mayhem in Muskego, art & craft fairs and festivals. Fun and interesting happenings can always be found in Muskego. For current information on tourism and special events, visit www.muskego.org or call (414) 422-1155.
Throughout the Year
The Muskego High School Performing Arts Center is a 772-seat, fully equipped facility located approximately 22 miles southwest of downtown Milwaukee. In 2005, it began its first full season of operation serving the Muskego-Norway School District and community. Dedicated to the promotion of performing arts education, the PAC provides a venue for the production and performance of a wide variety of events. For scheduled performances visit www.mnsd.k12.wi.us/schools/mhs/pac or call (262) 679-2300 x4545. Or inquire with Muskego Performing Arts Council www.muskegoarts.org dedicated to ensuring and nurturing participation in an appreciation of the performing arts.
Throughout the Summer
The Water Bugs Ski Team was formed in 1958, making them one of the first ski show clubs in Wisconsin. They have made Little Muskego Lake their home since 1981. Over the years, the club has performed throughout the Midwest and has provided 25 years of shows at Milwaukee’s Summerfest. They have received a number of awards, including the Wisconsin State Division II Championship, National Division II runner-up and many individual national awards. The Water Bugs Ski Show can be seen every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day at Idle Isle Park, located on Little Muskego Lake. Admission is free; so bring a lawn chair or blanket and see one of the nation’s premier ski team shows. Concessions are available. For more information, visit www.waterbugs.org.
The Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Gala and Silent Auction is a favorite among guests for its diversity in price range and selection of auction items. The event also features a live auction. The gala takes place in March and the public is welcome.
If you like the idea of fortune hunting, you might want to check out the Lion’s Club Fortune 5000+ Event. Your ticket for two includes dinner and chance to win cash prizes up to $5,000. Other raffles and games are also on the agenda.
On a Saturday evening in May, the public library is transformed into an elegant venue for the sampling of wine, cheese, coffee and food, while mood music creates an exquisite atmosphere at the Muskego Library’s Annual Wine Tasting Benefit.
The Annual Chamber Golf Open is a themed event including lunch, dinner and prizes. It is a event not to be missed. It features a scramble format for novice and experienced golfers. Visit www.muskego.org.
Businesses along Janesville Road from Moorland Road to Racine Avenue put on Jammin’ on Janesville. This is an outdoor event on the first Fridays of June, July and August. Jammin on Janesville’s mission is to showcase ALL Muskego businesses in a fun, interactive manner, creating a lively and engaging event for the community. www.muskego.org.
If you just can’t get enough of festivals, then stop by the Lion’s Lake Fest, appropriately located on Idle Isle (Little Muskego Lake).
Fireworks fill the sky on the 3rd of July, just following a special Water Bugs Ski Show. Concessions and other activities make this a day of celebration.
Muskego Settlement Center is a charming setting for the Summer Arts & Craft Fair, presented by the Muskego Historical Society.
It’s Muskego’s National Night Out that is all about families and safety. The annual event is coordinated by community volunteers, the Muskego Police Department and the city.
Muskego Community Festival and Parade is one of Waukesha County’s largest festivals, drawing nearly over 30,000 people to the three-day event. Top area talent is featured on three stages, along with quality family entertainment and a carnival. Sunday features a parade, where approximately 10,000 people line the sidewalks and streets to enjoy colorful floats, bands, animals and specialty acts. Also on Sunday afternoon, the historical society features historic demos, building tours and activities at the Settlement Centre adjacent to the festival grounds. The community’s largest event takes place each year in August, the weekend prior to Labor Day in Veteran’s Memorial Park on Racine Avenue, just three miles south of I-43.
Ghost Walk is Muskego’s best and most original journey through the darker side of Muskego’s history, as presented by the Muskego Historical Society and the Muskego Players. You’ll have chilling tours of Settlement Centre buildings. As you journey through the darkest places, the players will regale you with a narrative that is steeped in both folklore and legend. For more information about Old Muskego Settlement Centre, visit www.muskegohistory.com.
The One Stop Holiday Shoppe Art & Craft Fair offers up an opportunity to find unique gift items for your holiday shopping. It all takes place throughout the settlement buildings and grounds, presented by the Muskego Historical Society.
The Muskego Library proudly hosts “Murder and Mayhem in Muskego.” An entire day’s events with nationally known mystery authors, panel discussions, buffet luncheon with the authors and other guests, question and answer opportunities, book signings, writers' workshops and all the fun you can pack into one day.
The Peppermint Fair is sponsored by the Muskego Woman’s Club and features 60-plus vendors. A craft fair is not complete without the offerings of a plate lunch and bake sale. Peppermint Craft Fair is a long tradition in Muskego and held at Bay Lane Middle School, on the first Sunday in November.
Muskego’s Country Christmas & Parade is where the charm and romance of Christmas past and present come together. The venue, Muskego Settlement Centre, is adorned in holiday lights with luminaries along the boardwalk, adding to the quaint and charming atmosphere, and is kicked off with the Christmas parade on Pioneer Drive. Additional activities include official city tree lighting, business mascot race, visits with Santa, children’s train rides, hay wagon rides, animals, food, beverages and more! The event takes place on the first Saturday prior to Thanksgiving at the Muskego Settlement Centre on Racine Avenue, just three miles south of I-43. The event is sponsored by the Muskego Chamber of Commerce and area businesses. For more information, visit www.muskego.org or call (414) 422-1155.
Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by the Muskego Lion’s Club, is held at Muskego High School on a Sunday in December.