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.
Kemper Center Seafood Buffet is an All-You-Can-Eat buffet featuring Victoria’s Nautical Inn deep fried cod! Dinner includes: baked cod, fried cod, fried shrimp, chicken tenders, mac n’ cheese, salad bar and dessert. $15.95 for Adults and $9.95 for Children under 10 *all beverages not included. It is a fundraiser supporting Kemper Center, Inc. held in Founder’s Hall at Kemper Center.
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.
Essen! Singen! Trinken! Tanzen! (eat, drink, sing, dance) – Oktoberfest at Kemper is a celebration of the Fall Harvest held in late September/early October every year. The lawn is transformed into a huge beer garden for the festival, which features freshly prepared traditional German food, entertainment provided by a 20 piece show band, fine German beer and wine, and of course, Gemütlichkeit! Hundreds come from near and far each year to enjoy “The Best Party in Kenosha!”
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.
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.