Kemper Events

Throughout the year, Kemper Center holds several signature special events open to the public that contribute to the cultural environment in Kenosha and also serve as fund raising vehicles to support Kemper Center. These festivals and events are a destination for many in the Southeastern Wisconsin – Northeastern Illinois region. Most years $100,000 is raised through the hard work of volunteers, the generosity of sponsors and the support of the community. 

 

 

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Twilight Jazz is a free outdoor concert series sponsored by area businesses, which take place on the Anderson Arts Center South Lawn. Held on Tuesday evenings during the summer, hundreds come to picnic and enjoy great jazz.  Food vendors offer their culinary delights to the crowd and a full bar is open for the concert-goers’ convenience.  A 50/50 Raffle to support the Anderson Arts Center is held during each concert and the Arts Center Gift Shop is open, offering special discounts. 

  • Tuesday, June 26th – John Sorensen and the Southport Sound
  • Tuesday, July 17th   – The John Crawford Jazz Band
  • Tuesday, July 24th  – AHK Trio
  • Tuesday, July 31st   – KUSD Jazz All Stars 
  • Tuesday, August 28th – UW Student Jazz Combo & Jack Plovanich/Parkside Reunion Big Band – Vocalist Wayne Messmer

 

 

 

Art of the Car – Car Show is a concourse judged show with 19 classes held at Anderson Arts Center.  This year’s event will be held on Saturday, August 26th, from 9am until 3pm. This is a family event with music and food and beverages to purchase.  All profits go to children’s programming at the Anderson Arts Center.  Rain or Shine we’ll be out there! The Anderson Arts Center will also be open along with the gift shop, and a silent auction! 

 

 

 

 

 

Oktoberfest logoEssen! Singen! Trinken! Tanzen! (eat, drink, sing, dance) – Oktoberfest at Kemper is a celebration of the Fall Harvest! Oktoberfest will be held on Saturday, September 29th.  The location is yet to be determined.  Mark your calendar and join us for traditional German food, entertainment provided by a 20 piece show band, fine German beer, and of course, Gemütlichkeit! Hundreds come from near and far each year to enjoy “The Best Party in Kenosha!”

 

 

 

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Kemper Haunted House – Held in cooperation with the Teen Task Force of the Concerned Citizens Coalition on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, the Haunted House hosts thousands during its run each October.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Acclaimed as the most popular Holiday Season activity in the area, Christmas at Kemper’s Gallery of Trees is the most successful of the Kemper signature events. Professionally decorated trees, wreaths, centerpieces and mantlepieces are sponsored by generous businesses and then sold to the public through auctions and raffles. The Durkee Mansion Historic Holiday presents the mansion decorated in Victorian holiday splendor for visitors and guests to enjoy.

 

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Durkee Mansion open April – October

1st and 3rd Weekends

1:30 – 4 p.m.

Tours available by appointment, 262-925-8040