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Explore Downtown Waukesha

There are so many places to explore in Downtown Waukesha, it’s hard to know where to start.
Whether you’re looking for a place to grab a bite (or a brew), shop, or hang out, our downtown district has what you’re looking for!

Discover Downtown

Riverside Rhythms Performer

Riverside Rhythms: Wednesdays June 15, 2022 – August 31, 2022 (Except July 6, 2022)

Take in some musical selections every Wednesday during lunch right on the Riverwalk! Grab a bite to eat from the featured local food truck of the week, enjoy a meal at one of the many downtown restaurants, or bring a lunch to enjoy riverside! There’s no better way to spend the afternoon!

friday night live on Main Street

Friday Night Live

Friday Night Live outdoor music event takes place every summer Friday night from June 3, 2022 to September 2, 2022 (except July 1, 2022, when some stages will have indoor stages) from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in downtown Waukesha.

Please note that, for safety reasons, NO cars will be allowed in the FNL footprint between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Any cars parked in the footprint after 5:00 p.m. WILL BE TOWED, AT OWNER’S EXPENSE!


When in Southeast Wisconsin, you'll find there's no better location to wine and dine than Downtown Waukesha! Our one-of-a-kind downtown district is home to many perfect-for-date-night restaurants & bars.

Wine & Dine

Looking for a place to begin your happily ever after? Charming Downtown Waukesha is a delightful destination to host your wedding!

Get Hitched

Our trendy district is home to an eclectic mix of attractions, from shops to art galleries, cafes, restaurants, and other unique boutiques. It shouldn't surprise anyone, then, to learn that it's also a destination where you can get the best brews and tattoos in the metro area.

Brews & Tattoos

Rock out. Cozy up. Read more. Whatever your plans may be, Downtown Waukesha has everything you're looking for and more. Check out our recommendations for devoting your day to coffee and classics.

Coffee & Classics

It’s always a good time for some “you” time. Whether you’re looking to freshen your entire look or just hit the refresh button, Downtown Waukesha salons and spas are ready to be of service!

Pamper & Polish

Everyone knows that Downtown Waukesha is historic, charming, and awesome. But did you know that we’re also classy? Our downright delightful downtown is your destination for discovering passions, learning new skills, and turning talent into works of art.

Keep it Classy

Upcoming Events

Lights! Camera! Action!

  • 264 W Main Street
  • Tuition- $175
    Ages 9-17

Lights! Camera! Action! – Waukesha Civic Theatre Learn and perform original scripts on camera in one hilarious week....

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Kids Cooking Camp- Chef Pam’s Kitchen

  • 280 W Main Street
  • $37

8/15-8/18 Kid’s Cooking Camp (chefpamskitchen.com) Chef Pam is excited to offer a morning (9-11am) and afternoon (1-3pm) kid’s...

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Viva Rioja Wine Tasting- Crush Wine Bar

  • 378 W. Main Street
  • $20 to taste
    $5 for Club Members

Viva Rioja Wine Tasting | crush wine bar (crushwaukesha.com) Rioja is just one of the fabulous wine regions...

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