For a small town, there are a surprising number of excellent music venues in and around Whitewater. Seeing live music is one of our favorite things to do on a weekend night and we almost always find something memorable to see. Whether you are in the mood for an intimate pub or a large outdoor amphitheater, you’ll have your pick of many first-rate venues in the region. Here are our top choices for where to go and what to see while you’re there.  

Cafe Carpe

Cafe Carpe is a family-friendly cafe, bar, and music venue located in a century-old brick building in Fort Atkinson. Cafe Carpe has been a local institution since 1985. Owner Bill Camplin, a singer-songwriter, runs the joint with his partner, Kitty Welch. Before the show, enjoy dinner and a meal on their screened porch overlooking the lovely Rock River. The menu features a variety of homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches along with tasty desserts and a variety of local & regional microbrews, wine, and cocktails. Definitely enjoy a heaping of Jambalaya before the show. Their talk-free listening room seats 60 to 70 audience members and is nationally recognized as a world-class small town singer-songwriter venue. See a full schedule of performances on their website.  Someone comes to town almost every week.

The Barn at La Grange

The Barn at La Grange is one of our favorite music venues in the region. They only host one show per month from May to October. The Barn provides a beautiful & intimate space where talented musicians from across the state and country can connect with their fans and share their latest tunes. You’ll hear folk, country, rock, and Americana. All shows happen Saturdays at 7:00 pm.

Alpine Valley Music Theater

The Alpine Valley Music Theater is one of the premier music venues in Wisconsin. It was even rated Number 6 on Rolling Stone’s list of “Best Amphitheaters” in America. This scenic venue attracts some of the best performances in the United States. With its rolling hills and a striking wooden roof, the amphitheater is one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever see music. Many iconic bands and performers have helped put the 37,000-person capacity amphitheater on the map, including the Grateful Dead, Pearl Jam, and Rage Against the Machine. Visit their website for a full list of upcoming events. Anticipated shows this summer are Zac Brown Band and Dead & Company.

Belfry Music Theater

The Belfry Music Theater offers a wide variety of musical performances, comedy events, and theater. They are also well-known for their impressive roster of tribute band performers. Have you always fantasized about seeing the Beatles perform live? Do you love Fleetwood Mac or Elton John but can’t afford the expensive ticket? Look no further than the Belfry. Talented tribute musicians regularly come by and perform the beloved music of rock & roll icons. They dress like them, they sound like them, they act like them. It’s about as close as you can get to the real thing. Elvis, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Cash, Heart, The Eagles, Carly Simon, Cat Stevens, and ABBA are just some of the many fun tributes you can see at the Belfry. No matter what artist you choose, we can promise you’ll have a great time.

Free Live Music

There are many great places in Whitewater to see quality live music for free. Step into any local bar or pub during the summer and there is a decent chance you might see some live music. Even better, you will likely see a local band perform and get a taste for the thriving Whitewater music scene. For good beer and good music, head to local brewery Second Salem, where local bands often play during the summer. The Arts Alliance also hosts free summer shows on their front steps. For classical or orchestral music, check out the UW-Whitewater Greenhill Center. On Thursdays night in the summer, you can also see live music in Whitewater’s Lakefront Park.    Planning a trip to Whitewater, Wisconsin? Book a stay at the lovely Hamilton House Bed & Breakfast, located near Kettle Moraine State Park.