Thousands of people like youcome to Waukesha’s Friday Night Live
every year. What started out over 15 years ago with a couple of musicians
playing and singing under a single tent, has blossomed into a great event
in the greatest city in Wisconsin – Waukesha!
This year Waukesha Friday Night Live will run every Friday from
June 2nd through September 15th. Over the course of this 16 week event,
Friday Night Live will host 8+ stages of entertainment, over 70 musicians
and entertainers, and dozens of downtown businesses are open to
offer food, candies, drinks, artwork, and much more!
Waukesha’s Friday Night Live is only made possible through the work of the
Waukesha Downtown Business Association (WDBA),
and the generous support of downtown businesses, sponsors, musicians,
and thousands of people like you that attend this weekly summer event.
How it Started
Waukesha Friday Night Live began over 15 years ago as
Freeman Friday Night Live when citizens and downtown business owners
gathered to discuss the fact that the city of Waukesha was abandoned and
looked like a ghost town by 7 pm on Friday nights. Businesses were closed
due to a lack of customers, and the only sound that filled the streets
was wind and muffled music from local taverns.
A couple of local musicians, local business owners, and organization
officials decided that sponsoring musicians to entertain on various
stage locationsthroughout downtown Waukesha each Friday would
wake the sleeping city and bring her back to life.
It didn’t take long before Friday Night Live as you now know it was born
in Waukesha, and Friday’s were back to the way they used to be
in the historical days of the city.
Check out the website for “special” stage locations
due to current construction and street closures.