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. 


2019 Get Behind the Arts

On Sunday, April 28, 2019: 11 A.M. to 5 PM: Kemper Center’s Artists of
LakeFront Studios will be participating in the “2019 Get Behind the Arts”
event. Our LakeFront Studios opened in September 2018 – we now have only 4 studios left to rent. Our resident artists have entered the Get Behind the
Arts event and will have their studios open. Entry at the event will be at
the Founder’s Hall east entry, north of the archway.

On That Same Date from 1:00 P.M. to 5 PM: Kemper Center will open its doors for Guided Tours of the entire premises – the Convent, Cloister, Chapel and
so much more. There will be Tour Guides and Alumnae who attended Kemper Hall when it was a Boarding School to guide you. These Alumnae will make the Tour even more special as they can give a first hand accounting of the life of a Kemper Hall student.

Follow the brick walkway on the west side of the complex, all the way to
Ambrose Hall at the northernmost end. After your Tour, relax in Founders
Hall for some refreshments. Entrance Fee is $5.00 a person.



Mama’s Cucina Spaghetti Dinner

Kemper Center is having their “Mama’s Cucina Spaghetti Dinner” in Founder’s Hall on Friday, May 10, 2019, from 4:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.  Enjoy a luscious Italian Spaghetti Dinner, complete with a delectable Dessert Table. $10.00 per person for Ages 10 and Up.  $5.00 per person for Ages 5 to 10.

Join us for Food, Fun and Raffle Prizes!





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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. 



Art of the Car – Car Show is a concourse judged show with 19 classes held at Anderson Arts Center.  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!  The date is Saturday, August 24, 2019, 9 A.M. to 3 P.M.






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 28th 2019.  BACK by popular demand, the event will be held at Kemper Center!  Mark your calendar and join us for traditional German food, entertainment provided by a 20 piece show band and fine German beer! 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