Last August, Discover Wisconsin visited Waukesha to film their 2020 episode on Wisconsin Walking Tours. The episode focuses on unique walkable art tours in four communities and Waukesha was one of them. It aired February 15 & 16 and can be found here.
Watch this episode to learn a little about Waukesha’s rich history of art, music and our hometown hero – Les Paul, an inventor and musician that impacted the music world with his many contributions.
After you watch, refer back to this blog post for information on the stops Mariah and the crew made when they visited.
The Discover Wisconsin episode kicked off with many close-ups of the guitars and murals and several Waukesha public art pieces including the large dragonfly sculpture, which can be found in the Fox Riverwalk at Barstow Street. The Three Bronze Bears sculpture is another public art piece seen in the episode and the bears are located on the Fox Riverwalk (near the Lee Sherman Dreyfus Plaza on Bank Street).
Guitar Town Guitars and Murals
Throughout Downtown Waukesha you will find 15+ murals created by local artists and the Walldogs, and 13-10ft. tall artistically adorned fiberglass guitars at various locations. Many of the murals and all of the large guitars are part of the reason Waukesha was named a Gibson GuitarTown in 2012 and 2013. Several of the murals and guitars are featured in the Discover Wisconsin episode as well as the public art along the Fox Riverwalk.
Waukesha County Museum & Historical Society
The episode featured a stop at the Waukesha County Museum & Historical Society at the Les Paul Experience, an immersive exhibit about the life of Les Paul, showcasing his upbringing and beginnings in his “Living Room Laboratory” with his work to perfect the solid body electric guitar. You can learn more about Les Paul from the Les Paul Foundation.
Waukesha Friday Night Live
Every Friday night starting in June and ending in August (with no July 3 Friday event), the streets of Downtown Waukesha are closed so everyone can enjoy live music at various stages during Waukesha Friday Night Live. You can literally dance in the streets while enjoying music as well as explore the many shops and restaurants located in Downtown Waukesha.
The Fox River Riverwalk has a paved path that begins in Frame Park and continues to Downtown Waukesha as you cross Barstow Street. There are regular events along the Riverwalk, including Riverside Rhythms, live music during lunch on Wednesdays starting in June, Badgerland Waterski shows on Wednesday. evenings (Memorial Day-Labor Day), and you can rent a paddleboat, kayak or bike to explore the path at High Roller Fun Rentals.