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How to make the most out of the Downtown Kenosha Pop-Up Beer Garden

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How to make the most out of the Downtown Kenosha Pop-Up Beer Garden

If you want a great beer garden summer experience, the Downtown Kenosha Pop Up Beer Garden is the way to do it. The Simmons Island Beach House House is the perfect location for brews, great views of the Pier and sunsets. The second annual Downtown Kenosha Pop-Up Beer garden, hosted by Downtown Kenosha Inc. (DKI) and Milwaukee Brewing Company is an event you won’t want to miss. Before you immerse yourself in the fun here are a few things to note before planning your visit.


This family-friendly Beer Garden features a thoughtful selection of 5 different Milwaukee Brewing Company brews on tap, along with local breweries! Local breweries on tap include PUBLIC Craft Brewing Co., R’Noggin Brewing Co., and Rustic Road Brewing Company.



Experience the best craft beer along with delicious food from Sazzy B, The Buzz Café, and The Garage. Food trucks will be available on Thursdays from 4pm to close.



Live music will be scheduled for all eight days! The music lineup includes international, national and regional artists, bringing excitement and great tunes.



Thursday, August 9
6pm-9pm: Andrew Singer

Friday, August 10
4pm-6:30pm: Grateful Deadliners
7pm-10:30pm: Scott Madden Madman Band

Saturday, August 11
1pm-3:30pm: Larry Hinds
4pm-6pm: Incendio
6:30pm-9:30pm: Lonne Givens

Sunday, August 12
1pm-4pm: Keith Minkel


Thursday, August 16
6pm-9pm: Andrew Singer

Friday, August 17
4pm-6:30pm: Roger Randle Jr. & Sugar Bear
7pm-10:30pm: The Jill Plaisted Band

Saturday, August 18
1pm-3:30pm: Larry Hinds
6pm-9:30pm: Timeless in the Wind

Sunday, August 19
1pm-4pm: Jamey Buencamino


Don’t show up just for the beer and music -- The Downton Kenosha Pop-Up Beer garden is an event filled with different daily activities for all ages.


Things will get started at 4pm on Thursday the 9th with the YLink Intern Mixer with Local companies & KABA. The mixer is open to current interns, new hires, their employers, and young professionals from the area and meant to help connect interns with the personal and professional networks that they need in order to make Kenosha their home. Register now to attend and receive a swag bag!

The second Thursday, August 16th, Downtown Kenosha Inc. will be holding its second SPARK Series workshop on Digital Marketing. If you’re interested in getting your questions answered by industry experts and getting insightful new skills and strategies to help you spark business growth this is for you! Increase the success of your business and have fun while doing it! It’s free!

Each Saturday and Sunday morning, BodyWise Wellness & Spa will be offering yoga on the beach! The class starts at 10am, so bring your mat, find your zen, and grab a beermosa!

Spikeball Tournaments will be scheduled each Saturday from 10am-1pm and Quizmaster Trivia will be coming down from Milwaukee each Sunday from 2pm-4pm. Team up with friends for a chance to win prizes!

Picture yourself watching the sunset on Lake Michigan during the beach bonfires. Now make it a reality on Saturday’s during this event, they start at 7pm. If you have kids, don’t worry! Little ones can be part of the fun during drum circles on Saturday, August 11th. Join the drumming at 7:30pm, it will be hosted by Stolfe's Portside Percussion Studio.



Parking is available on Simmons Island and it’s encouraged to park on the grass in front of the beach house. If you’re feeling a little bit more adventurous take the Lakefront Trolley. The trolley will drop you off at the Beach. And of course, there is also free remote parking lots throughout Downtown Kenosha.

Stay tuned for additional activities for the beer garden on Downtown Kenosha’s Facebook page and be sure to tag @Downtown Kenosha and #DowntownKenoshaPopUpBeerGarden to get featured on our Instagram page!


b2ap3_thumbnail_Headshot_JessicaOcampo-2.jpgAuthor: Jessica Ocampo
As the Downtown Coordinator at Downtown Kenosha Inc., I love that my tasks include sharing the incredibly charming experiences that await in Downtown Kenosha through various social media channels. I enjoy watching the sunrise on Lake Michigan and riding my bike downtown. Even though I grew up in NYC and will be moving to Nashville at the end of the summer, Kenosha will always be part of me.