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Eat Up!

The mouth-watering food is the best part about Downtown Waukesha. Restaurants serve up sandwiches of all kinds, perfectly salty French fries, and of course, cold beer. Every spot to eat is unique, proudly run by locals, and delicious!

Downtown Eats

Wine & Dine

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Go out!

Hey all you night owls! Come on downtown and have a hoot! Whether you’re in the mood for something crafty, social, or chillaxing, we’ve got just the thing!

Keep it Classy 

Brews & Tattoos

Make Art!

Downtown Waukesha is all about art – live music, giant murals, even tattoos! Check out the artists along Main St. during Friday Night Live, find a gallery to love, or catch a show at the Waukesha Civic Theatre.

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Buy Stuff!

Downtown Waukesha has so many places to shop, it’s hard to know where to start. You can buy a grandfather clock and a gelato on the same block! To help you out, we hand-picked a couple of the neighborhood’s most notable spots.

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Move In!

Want to be closer to the heart of Waukesha? We know the feeling! You can’t beat the quiet, walkable neighborhoods, access to local shops, or the River Walk. Downtown Waukesha is the perfect place to call home.


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Take a Tour!

Even Downtown Waukesha locals enjoy our self-guided historical walking tours. Choose from two Historic Downtown Waukesha walking tours, the Public Art walking tour, and challenge yourself to visit all of the Guitar Town murals!

Historic Downtown Waukesha Walking Tours

City of Waukesha Public Art Walking Tour

Frame Park Walking Tour

Guitartown Mural and Guitar Walking Tour

Bethesda Park Historical Tour

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Family Fun!

The sky’s the limit when it comes to family friendly entertainment! From movie nights under the stars to shopping and downtown bebopping, Downtown Waukesha has got fun for the whole fam!

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Get fit!

Get fit, take a stroll, and soak up the sunshine at one of our many parks and gardens! Downtown Waukesha welcomes outdoor enthusiasts with friendly walking paths, playgrounds, river recreation, pools, and more.

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shop local!

Welcome to Downtown Waukesha’s vibrant, open-air farmers market. Annually from the first week in May to the last week in October, this rain or shine event makes historic Downtown Waukesha your destination for fresh, locally grown produce. And did we mention there’s live music?

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Rock out!

12 weeks. 9 stages. More than 70 musicians. Are you ready to rock out in the ‘Sha? Join us for our summertime concert series that runs from June through August in the most awesome city in Wisconsin!

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join the fun!

Take your lunch break to the riverwalk! Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Riverside Rhythms is your ticket to good vibes, good music, and good food from local vendors. Keep an eye out for our Vendor of the Day and kick off your summer season with great taste!

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spread cheer!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year when we deck out our charming downtown area with twinkling lights, festive carols, and horse drawn carriage rides. Celebrate with us every holiday season from Thanksgiving through Christmas.

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A few upcoming events...

Southern Soul- Chef Pam’s Kitchen

  • 280 W Main Street
  • $65

6/13 Southern Soul $65 ( Embark on a Culinary Journey to the Heart of the Deep South, where...

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DIY Wooden Coasters- Fisk Avenue

  • 840 N Grand Avenue
  • $45-70

DIY Wooden Coasters Tickets, Thu, Jun 13, 2024 at 5:00 PM | Eventbrite For this workshop, we are...

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Friday Night Live

  • Downtown Waukesha

Friday Night Live (FNL) – Waukeshadba 9 stages of live music from 6:30pm – 9:00pm June 7th to...

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