Lakefront Festival of Arts

The Milwaukee Art Museum’s 2014 Lakefront Festival of Art – one of the top 20 art festivals in the country – celebrates its 52nd year this summer. The festival, which features more than 175 artists, including jewelers, painters, sculptures, photographers and more, opens on the grounds of the Museum Friday, June 20 and runs through Sunday, June 22.

This year the museum and its grounds will be open to Festival attendees from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Advance admission tickets will be available for $10, while day-of tickets will cost $17 for adults, $14 for students and seniors. The Festival is free for children 12 and under, active military, veterans and their families and WI K-12 teachers (with ID). For those looking to explore the festival throughout the weekend, a three-day pass is also available for $25. Tickets, which include admission to the Milwaukee Art Museum, can be purchased online at and at participating locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.

In addition to the variety of artists’ booths, the festival provides family-friendly activities, such as live music, refreshments and the PNC Children’s Experience, which features drama performances and hands-on art projects designed especially for kids of all ages.

For adult audiences, gourmet food will be available as well as libations at the Milwaukee Magazine Wine Garden, which sits beneath the world-famous Calatrava-designed Burke Brise Soleil, and the Blue Moon Beer sampling area. While enjoying refreshments, attendees can peruse a sculpture garden created by Hawks Landscape or bid on donated pieces of art at the silent auction, which closes Sunday, June 22.

Funds raised from LFOA support the Museum’s world-class exhibitions including the summer’s feature exhibition, Kandinsky: A Retrospective, which includes 100 works of art from modern master Wassily Kandinsky. Curated in partnership with the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the exhibition is a must-see for any art lover. Access to Kandinsky: A Retrospective is included with LFOA admission.

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