July 2018 Newsletter


July is finally here and we are excited for all the festivities taking place and all the things to do and see downtown. Keyed Up Kenosha, a piano art walk project, continues to be a hit. It's amazing to be able to walk around and hear people of all ages "tickling the ivories."

The energy continues to build downtown and we are happy to have you part of it. Keep reading for exciting updates from Downtown Kenosha Inc., events to mark on your calendar, and announcements we can share in celebrating together.

I look forward to seeing you downtown!


Nicole Thomsen
Downtown Kenosha Inc. awards first rounds of façade grants, evaluates impact

Congratulations to our 2017/2018 Facade Recipients on their project completion:

  • Stella’s Hair Salon, 726 58th St.
  • Actor’s Craft, 4900 Seventh Ave.
  • Mike Bjorn’s, 5614 Sixth Ave.
  • Scoops Ice Cream and Candy, 5711 Eighth Ave.
  • Prophet Wealth Management, 708 57th St.

To see more "before" and "after" photos and read more about the program, click here .

Stay tuned as more projects are completed!
Actor's Craft
Thank you to our community partners who help make this program possible!
Upcoming Events
Celebrate America Carnival & Fireworks
Tuesday, July 03, 2018
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday, July 04, 2018 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

A full lineup of multiple stages of entertainment, the Pier Pups, carnival, food, kids’ fun, and more will be offered along the lakefront, leading up to the Festival Foods Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. on July 4. Pyrotechnics expert The Mad Bomber promises another spectacular show to light up the skies over the lakefront. Also on July 4, enjoy the Kenosha Pops Concert Band. The group’s 7 p.m. pre-fireworks concert in Wolfenbuttel Park, 5901 Third Ave., features "From Sea to Shining Sea" patriotic favorites.

For more information, click here.
8th Annual Museum Crawl
Friday, July 13, 2018
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Kenosha Public Museum

Get ready for the 8th annual progressive party at the museums! Sample delicious food and beer from local establishments. View amazing exhibits. Listen to awesome live music, and play crazy games at this exciting museum fundraiser.

For more information and registration, click here .
Second Saturday with Downtown Kenosha Inc.
Saturday, July 14
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Buzz Cafe

Drink Wine, Make a Difference. 

The July edition of our Second Saturday Charity Wine Tasting will be raising money for Downtown Kenosha Inc. in order to continue to improve our beautiful Downtown with programs and events targeted at physically improving the area as well as bringing in new businesses and residents. 

The Downtown Executive Director, Nicole Thomsen and other representatives will be in house to chat about the future of Downtown and how we can all keep improving every day. 

Admission is $20 and includes 5 tastes of delicious wine, a full glass of your favorite, and a plate of delicious bites by Chef Danielle D. Weybright.

For more information click here .
Downtown Kenosha Pop-Up Beer Garden
Thursday, August 9-Sunday, August 12 & Thursday, August 16-Sunday, August 19

Simmons Island Beach

Last year's debut event was recognized by the WEDC as an honorable mention for "Best Special Event" at the state level. You can read more here:  https://wedc.org/blog/local-wisconsin-main-street-organizations-recognized-27th-annual-awards-ceremony/

We look forward to seeing you there!

If you are interested in being part of the Downtown Kenosha Pop-Up Beer Garden as a vendor, please fill out this  inquiry form .

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, email info@downtownkenosha.org.
Summertime Has Arrived
Flower Baskets
This summer, 64 flower baskets will adorn the streets of downtown Kenosha adding to the beauty of our reinvigorating downtown area.

Our Adopt-a-Flower-Basket project allows you to contribute in an important and personal way. To show our appreciation, a plaque on the lam post will note your sponsorship or honor the memory of a loved one.

To learn more about Downtown Kenosha's Adopt-A-Flower Basket project: Downtown Blooms, or to sponsor a flower basket, click here .
Beautification Award to Backyard Dream Studios: The O Coworking Space located in downtown Kenosha!
Congrats to  Backyard Dream Studios/The O Coworking Space  on receiving a Chamber Beautification Award to be presented at the 102nd Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting on July 31st at The Club at Strawberry Creek.
New Business

Now located in downtown Kenosha!

5039 6th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53140