Lakefront Festival of Art


  • June 14–16, 2024

  • Milwaukee Art Museum

  • Tickets available at the gate

  • Museum admission is included

  • Service animals are welcome

Enjoy a fun-filled weekend of art, food, music, and activities for all ages at Lakefront Festival of Art! Meet 120 artists from across the nation and shop paintings, ceramics, fiber, metalwork, jewelry, and more. Sample Milwaukee flavor from local restaurants, lounge in the sunshine in the beer and wine gardens, and make art in the outdoor Kohl’s Art Studio.

This year, only digital payments are accepted at the outdoor admissions booths, beer and wine garden, and LFOA-branded merchandise tent. Bring your card or tap to pay with your phone. Cash is accepted inside the Museum at the admissions desks, the Museum Store, and the Museum Café.

The festival continues, rain or shine. Come prepared by bringing your umbrella. Festival admission includes access to the Museum—stop in to explore the galleries and join a drop-in tour.


  • Members at the Art Advocate ($250) level and above can enter the festival for free from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, June 14.

Friday, June 14 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Saturday, June 15 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Sunday, June 16 10 a.m.–5 p.m.


  • Receive free Lakefront Festival of Art admission when you join or renew your Museum membership at the entrance gate.

  • Tickets include access to Lakefront Festival of Art and the Milwaukee Art Museum.

General admission $27
$22 with online advance ticket
Museum Members $10
Free for Member kids under 18
Seniors (65+) and students $20
3-day pass $45
$40 with online advance ticket
Kids 12 and under Free
Military, veterans, and WI K–12 teachers Free

Member perks

Membership helps support the Museum’s mission to inspire and engage and includes year-round free admission to the Museum, invites to exhibition previews, discounts on special events like Lakefront Festival of Art, and more!

Discounted festival admission

Members enjoy specially priced admission to LFOA: Member adult tickets are $10 and Member children under 18 get in free. Simply show your membership card at the festival gates—advance tickets aren't needed.

Free admission when you join or renew at the festival

Receive free Lakefront Festival of Art admission for two when you join or renew your Museum membership* at the entrance gate. Join or renew at the Family/Dual ($115) level or above and also receive two drink vouchers.

*Free ticket offer valid on full-price memberships at the Individual level and above.

Friday morning free admission

Members at the Art Advocate ($250) level and above enjoy free festival admission and a complimentary beverage when they visit between 10 a.m. and noon on Friday, June 14.


Take a sneak peek at the artists from across the nation whose creations will be featured at the festival.



Drawing + Pastels






Mixed Media–2D

Mixed Media–3D






Silent auction

The 2024 LFOA Silent Auction is now live! Preview items, place, and monitor bids here. All pieces in the silent auction are donated by the 2024 LFOA exhibiting artists. Peruse all items in-person during the Festival, June 14-16, on the Milwaukee Art Museum grounds.

All silent auction proceeds benefit the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Friends of Art support group, who work annually to create LFOA.

Bidding ends Sunday, June 16 at 4pm. The last bid processed prior to the auction’s closing time will be the winning bid. All winners will be contacted via email provided upon registration.

Friday, June 14

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Stephen Hull
Playing the blues since age 14, Hull takes cues from Albert King and B.B. King with his sweet, soulful guitar sound.
1:30–3 p.m. Jacob Slade
Textured & ethereal indie-folk.
3:30–5 p.m. Nathan Graham
Chicago singer-songwriter Graham meshes South Side blues with Nashville Americana.
5:30–6:30 p.m. Vincent Van Great
A local favorite building national momentum, Van Great is a prolific rapper and melodic singer navigating hip-hop, funk, contemporary R&B, and out-of-the-box pop sounds.

Saturday, June 15

11 a.m.–noon Jacob Slade
Textured & ethereal indie-folk.
12:30–2 p.m. Peter J Thomas
Electric cello arrangements of classical, original, and pop/rock songs.
2:30–4 p.m. Chris Haise
Haise’s indie/folk/rock music has been described as “intense, thoughtful songcraft.”
5–6:30 p.m. Grey Genius
Hip-hop artist who will “tell you that her first name represents how her music style isn’t black and white. She...feels that she has been blessed with a limitless style.”

Sunday, June 16

10:30–11:30 a.m. Danceworks
Small group and solo performances in a variety of dance styles.
Noon–1:30 p.m. Maximiano
Riding waves of indie folk orchestration, their passionate voice and lyrical style combine evocative images, confessional lines, and a devotion to the truth of emotion: that it is ever-changing.
1:45–2:15 p.m. *aya
Milwaukee-based Palestinian singer/songwriter whose music captures the essence of genres like indie and soul, exploring themes of self-reflection, love, loss, mental health, and growth.
2:30–4:30 p.m. Amelia Ford
Ford mixes soft soprano with raw grit in her pop and folk-rock songs. WAMI 2023 Album of the Year winner.

This year’s poster artist is Rosy Petri.

Meet the artist (opens in new window)

Family art activities

Families and kids of all ages will enjoy a variety of art projects and activities throughout the weekend, integrating influences from the Museum’s collection and this year’s LFOA Poster art, Tugboat on the Milwaukee River by Rosy Petri.

Find even more art activities in the Kohl’s Art Studio—join them outside and inside the Museum!


The Calatrava Underground Parking Garage is closed during Lakefront Festival of Art. The Museum Center Park garage is open and is located on Lincoln Memorial Drive, directly west of the Museum. Members receive a 20% discount on parking.

Bike parking is always free on the festival grounds near the south entrance!

Street parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and fees may apply. Please observe all city of Milwaukee parking signs in areas surrounding the festival.


Lakefront Festival of Art is organized by Friends of Art (FOA), a support group of the Milwaukee Art Museum. The mission of FOA is to raise funds, used primarily for exhibitions and acquisition of art; to cultivate leaders and volunteers in support of the Museum; and to promote awareness and appreciation of the Museum and visual arts.

Special thanks to the 2024 LFOA committee members and the hundreds of volunteers who contribute their time and hard work to make this event possible.

Friends of Art President: Will Belke
2024 Festival Chairs: Nancy Munroe and Heather Varady-Foth


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