From spacious parks and public pools, to libraries, festivals and excellent schools, visitors to Grafton continue to enjoy the all this vibrant community has to offer. Grafton provides a diverse mix of arts and music, fitness and fun, making it a great place to explore, to relax, and to get more out of life. We invite you to spend time fishing and ice skating on the Milwaukee River, take a walk or ride on the Ozaukee Interurban Trail, golf on one of our unique courses, and enjoy our many stores, shops and restaurants.
In June, join us as bicyclists and cycling fans of all ages enjoy a day of thrills, chills, and maybe a few spills at the professional Giro d’Grafton Bike Race, a premier stop on the Tour of America’s Dairyland Circuit, coupled with a Downtown Block Party that includes a variety of free family entertainment. Grafton’s Independence Day Celebration and Grillin’ in Grafton is held on the Saturday before the Fourth at Centennial Park and features bands, interactive games, great food and the country’s largest fireworks display combined with a Kansas City Barbeque Competition.
Spend sultry summer evenings on the banks of the Milwaukee River at GALA’s Summer Concerts in the Park. If you’re visiting in July and August, bring your lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic, as you listen to a variety of toe tapping, sing along music at free weekly performances. Make sure to visit our Farmers’ Market every Thursday beginning in July, throughout the growing season, in the Grafton High School parking lot located on Hwy 60, West of Cheyenne Avenue.
Grafton recognizes its contribution the music recording industry annually at the Paramount Blues Festival. Paramount Records produced roughly twenty-five percent of all blues, jazz, country and gospel music recorded in the U.S. during the late 1920’s and early 1930’s at a recording studio located within the Wisconsin Chair Factory on the Milwaukee River. The festival takes place in Lime Kiln Park in September.
Carved pumpkins and scarecrows decorate the downtown plaza in October during Pumpkin Fest. A full day games and activities bring together families with children of all ages. Watch cyclocross cyclists take to the rolling hills in Lime Kiln Park as they compete in the Pumpkin Cross Bike Races.
Enjoy Breakfast with Santa and don’t miss the largest Christmas Parade north of Milwaukee on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Over 100 units travel the parade route including marching bands, floats, celebrities, animals and more-a day of family fun that you won’t want to miss.