The Lakefront Festival of Art celebrates its 55th anniversary at the Milwaukee Art Museum, June 16-18.
The sun rises this weekend on a sea of canvas tents abutting the Milwaukee Art Museum’s iconic pavilion, making it look even more like the prow of a gigantic ship than usual.
The Lakefront Festival of Art kicks off Friday, June 16, with three days of art and entertainment. Now in its 55th year, the festival features 60,000 square feet of tent space and more than 6,500 pieces of art for sale.
According to Festival Manager Jenny Kobe, the event has grown steadily since its inception in 1962, “More than a thousand people applied this year,” she says, “And we had to whittle that number down to 178.”
Who makes the cut? Artists working across a variety of media and price points are represented. Some, like sculptor David Figueroa, make massive steel and bronze works that appear in public collections and the homes of private investors alike. Others, like jeweler Suzanne Schmid, craft small but intricate works of wearable art that make great gifts for visitors with slightly shallower pockets.
“We have something for everyone here,” Kobe affirms, noting that the festival also offers a variety of non-art-related entertainment options. “There’s a great stage lineup each of the three days, food vendors, a Blue Moon Beer Garden and a wine garden overlooking the lake – you can’t find a better view anywhere in the city. And there’s a children’s area with plenty of activities for kids.”
Also at the festival this year? A fiber arts fashion show at noon on Saturday. And a “MAM Cave,” open from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, where dads can enjoy Father’s Day by sampling craft brews and playing mini golf.
Ticket prices range from $10 to $17. Children under 12, veterans, military members and teachers (with ID) receive free admission. And all proceeds benefit the MAM.