The Lake Geneva region, known as a picturesque summer vacation spot with stunning lake views, fun family activities, and charming main streets—is also a vibrant hub for summer music bringing the community and visitors together in celebration of diverse musical genres. From intimate acoustic sets to lively outdoor concerts, the area comes alive with musical energy. Here’s a guide to experiencing the best of summer music in the Lake Geneva area.


Lake Geneva Concerts in the Park

Concerts in the Park 2022

A cornerstone of Lake Geneva’s summer music scene is the Concerts in the Park series. Held at Flat Iron Park, these free weekly concerts feature a variety of local and regional bands. As the sun sets over Geneva Lake, families and friends gather with blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy everything from rock and pop to island jams, blues and jazz. This series is perfect for those who want to relax and soak up the community vibe while enjoying great music lakeside. Check out the summer line-up HERE>


Phoenix Park Bandshell in Delavan

Band playing on the stage at the Phoenix Park Bandshell

Dedicated to providing free high-quality musical performances for the community, the non-profit group that oversees the Phoenix Park Bandshell brings many unique musical acts every summer to the region. Kick off your shoes and dance to your favorite tunes or bring a chair or blanket and sit back and relax to the wonderful sounds of summer! See their line-up of bands HERE>

Walworth County Fairgrounds

Crowd watching a music performance at Ribfest

Since 1849 the Walworth County Fairgrounds have been bringing engaging entertainment to the region every summer. In addition to the annual Walworth County Fair’s incredible concerts over the Labor Day holiday, the fairgrounds offer musical entertainment throughout the summer at many different events like the annual Elkhorn Ribfest and the new Neon Nights event. From Country to Rock and everything in between you’ll find memorable summer concerts in the heart of Walworth County.


Live Music on the Lake 

Musician playing on the cruise line boats

Experience Lake Geneva’s summer music scene from the water on a fun boat cruise. The Lake Geneva Cruise Line offers a Cocktail Cruise, a Jazz Dinner Cruise, a Supper Club Dinner Cruise, and other fun seasonal cruises that all feature live entertainment. These cruises provide a unique way to enjoy live music while taking in the stunning views of Geneva Lake and the beautiful homes along its shoreline.


Outdoor Music Festivals & Performance Venues

Musical performance during Venetian Fest

Summer in Lake Geneva wouldn't be complete without its festivals and fairs. Events like local favorite Venetian Fest, the Lake Geneva Jazz & Blues Festival, and the Feed Your Head Fest, draw crowds with their impressive line-ups of local and regional talent. The area also boasts some great venues for musical performances where you can catch some amazing tribute bands all summer long. Check out the summer line-ups at The Belfry Theater and The Geneva Stage for a fun outing with friends. Be sure to bookmark the Visit Lake Geneva Calendar of Events so you don’t miss a single event!


Local Bars and Restaurants

Music in the Champs Beer Garden

Lake Geneva’s vibrant nightlife features live music in various bars and restaurants around town too. Spots like Champs Sports Bar & Grill, Magpies Den & Pen, Topsy Turvy Brewery, Studio Winery & Geneva Lake Distilling, and The Bottle Shop often have live bands and solo artists performing daily throughout the summer. These venues and many more provide an intimate setting to enjoy music while sampling delicious local cuisine and fun cocktails, wine, and local brews. Check out the Visit Lake Geneva Calendar of Events for a full listing of weekly music at local establishments.


Tips for Enjoying Summer Music in Lake Geneva:

  • Arrive Early: Popular events, restaurants, and bars can get crowded, so arriving early ensures you get a good spot.
  • Support Local Artists: Many of the performers are local musicians. Buying their CDs or merchandise helps support the local music scene.
  • Check Schedules: Event dates and times can change, so it’s a good idea to check the official websites or social media pages for the latest information.
  • Bring Essentials: For those outdoor events, don’t forget your sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water. A light jacket or blanket can also be handy for cooler evenings.


The summer music scene in the Lake Geneva region is a wonderful blend of community spirit, family fun, and diverse musical talent in beautiful settings. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, you’ll find a great mix of musical experiences that will make your summer truly unforgettable. So, grab your picnic blanket, tap into the local rhythms, and let the music of Lake Geneva serenade you all summer long.