10 Things to do in Summer in Waukesha Pewaukee

From ski shows to classic cars and dancing in the streets to concerts in the park, take in these fun ideas to enjoy summer in Waukesha Pewaukee!

1. Catch thrill-filled waterski shows

The Badgerland Water Ski Show Team and the Pewaukee Lake Water Ski Club perform from Memorial Day to Labor Day and are always fun to watch.

  • Badgerland performs at Frame Park on the Fox River in Waukesha every Wednesday evening starting at 7pm.
  • The Pewaukee Lake Water Ski Club performs on Pewaukee Lake every Thursday night at 6:45pm.

Make a day of it and enjoy all that Pewaukee Lake offers for watersports fun before a show.

2. Dance & listen to live outdoor music

At Pewaukee Lake Waterfront Wednesdays, Waukesha Friday Night Live or Tribute Tuesdays enjoy live outdoor music.

  • Waterfront Wednesdays are held along the shores of Pewaukee Lake at Lakefront Park from 6-8:30 pm on Wednesdays June 5 – August 27 with a wide variety of music genres each week.
  • Held in Historic Downtown Waukesha, Friday Night Live offers eight stages of live music and dozens of downtown businesses open to offer food, drinks, artwork, gifts and more.
  • Tribute Tuesdays are held once a month at the Les Paul Performance Center in Cutler Park in Waukesha.

3. Golf at championship courses in our area

Golfers will enjoy eight golf courses in our area or travel just a short drive to get your tee time in at Erin Hills, home of the 2017 U.S. Open and site of the 2025 U.S. Women’s Open Championship and 2022 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.

4. Experience Ten Chimneys

Ten Chimneys was the home of Broadway actors Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt. Located on 60 acres in Genesee Depot, this amazing  National Historic Landmark has a great story and tours of the property offer one-of-a-kind collections, unique interior design and architecture. Reservations recommended for those 12 and older.

5. Visit Lapham Peak & Summer Stage

Take in the sights at Lapham Peak during the day and a live theatrical performance at night at Summer Stage of Delafield. Lapham Peak is part of the amazing Kettle Moraine State Forest in Delafield (just 15 minutes from Waukesha Pewaukee). The glacial landscape at Lapham Peak offers great hiking and gorgeous views. Summer Stage offers outdoor theater, music, comedy and dance June – August.

6. Enjoy beautiful parks

Waukesha County offers a wide array of parks to bike, camp, hike, horseback ride, play, swim, and take in nature. Within just a half hour, you can also explore the many attractions the Kettle Moraine State Forest –Southern Unit has to offer.

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7. Travel back in time at Old World Wisconsin

Learn what life was like in rural 19th century Wisconsin at Old World Wisconsin. With 65 historic buildings and many family-friendly hands-on activities, this open-air museum in Eagle is just a short drive from our area.

8. Check out the oldest county fair in Wisconsin

Waukesha County Fair is the oldest county fair in Wisconsin and will be held July 15-19. See livestock, goats, cows and more, ride the rides on the midway and enjoy live music and food while at the fair. Featured musical performers include Aaron Lewis, Vince Neil with special guest Firehouse, Mudfest featuring Puddle of Mudd and more plus Jefferson Starship.


9. See unique classic boats and cars

Enjoy family-friendly activities, food, music and more at the Pewaukee Antique & Classic Boat Show in August at Pewaukee Lakefront Park, north of the beach in Pewaukee.  Or if you enjoy classic cars, stop by the Frame Park Old Car Show.


10. Experience Celtic fun and games at the Wisconsin Highland Games

The Wisconsin Highland Games are held Aug. 30 – Sept. 1  at the Waukesha County Expo Center. Watch athletes perform amazing feats hurling heavy items and cabers, see and pet Scottish dogs, enjoy live music and Irish dancers, plus taste an array of Irish food.

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