Where to Hear Live Music in Green Lake

Green Lake offers plentiful first-rate opportunities for enjoying live music. Whether you are in the mood for an elegant classical musical performance or an outdoor rock ‘n roll concert, the perfect show is waiting for you here in Green Lake. Here are our top picks for hearing live music in and around Green Lake.

The centerpiece of the music scene here in Green Lake is the Green Lake Festival of Music. For over 40 years, this thriving non-profit has dedicated itself to entertaining, inspiring, and educating the citizens of the region with music concerts, choirs, and a variety of music programs and workshops. The festival features some of the finest classical, jazz, and world musicians around. Their performances are typically held in the historic Thrasher Opera House and Ripon College’s Rodman Center for the Arts, but you may also enjoy a concert in a rustic barn or lakeside amphitheater. In order to make the concerts accessible to everyone, all concerts are free. This year, you’ll get the chance to hear such acclaimed artists as James Ehnes, Andrew Armstorng, the Spektral Quartet, and the Suwannee Swing Saloon.

Another incredible local arts institution is Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts. A haven for art aficionados everywhere, the center offers concerts, classes, exhibitions, film screenings, a reading series and so much more. Throughout the year, they host a variety of musical performances by both locally and internationally recognized acts. Be sure to check out their full concert schedule. Classes at the center cover a wide range of topics, including watercolor painting, metal working, charcoal, figure drawing, yoga, acting, choreography, and more.

Throughout the summer, Deacon Mills Park also hosts a free Wednesday night Concerts in the Park series. You’ll hear everything, including folk, rock, country, polka, jazz, and bluegrass. Bring your own blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy a different band (and genre!) every week. There are also several excellent festivals in town where you can hear live music: the 4th of July Festival, Family Picnic Day, and Harvest Fest. Learn more through the Green Lake Chamber of Commerce.


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