Whether you’re planning a company picnic, a birthday party, a wedding or a grand soiree, there are dozens of public buildings and locations available for rent in Kenosha County. Many of the area’s prettiest locations are also shockingly affordable — you can get married on the lakefront for just $75. Some park shelters go for as little as $40, which might appeal to parents trying to plan a birthday party and avoid having the house torn apart.
121 66th St., 262-653-0481
Anderson Arts Center offers indoor and outdoor options for events; renting the entire property for a full day costs $4,000. The only tent rental company allowed on the property is Top Choice and your catering is limited to companies that already have contracts with Kemper.
6501 Third Ave., 262-657-6005
Kemper Center offers several options for weddings, meetings and parties. If you are holding a wedding ceremony, you can rent the chapel for $450 for two hours (plus a $100 refundable damage deposit) or the outside grounds for two hours for $225. Wedding receptions and parties can be held in the Simmons Auditorium ($850 to have access 8 a.m. to midnight); Founders Hall ($800); or the outside grounds ($500 for five hours). Kemper has a hospitality coordinator who can help with arrangements.
7825 Third Ave., 262-653-4080
The Southport Beach House can hold up to 150 people. There is a dance floor, stage and kitchen. Tables and chairs are available. Residents can rent the space for $50 an hour, while non-residents pay $75 an hour. If you’re going to serve beer, you’ll have to pay an additional deposit of $300; beer-free, you’ll pay $100.
6900 18th Ave., 262-653-4080
The Oribiletti Center can hold 100 people for wedding receptions, showers and family reunions. Rental fees are $50 an hour for residents and $75 an hour for non-residents. If you’re serving beer, you’ll pay an additional $300 deposit. Beer-free, you’ll pay $100.
Reserveable picnic areas are available at Alford, Anderson, Hobbs, Kennedy, Lincoln, Nash, Poerio, Simmons Island, Roosevelt and Washington parks. The daily fee for a resident is $100; non-residents will pay $125. If you want to serve beer, you’ll pay an extra $25. If you leave a mess, you’ll pay $50 an hour per city worker for cleanup. Picnics at Southport and Baker park are a little cheaper: $75 for residents, $100 for non-residents.
Forest Park, 4803 61st St.
Lincoln Park, 6900 18th Ave.
Washington Park, 1901 Washington Road
The concession buildings can be rented for $20 to $40 an hour, with a deposit of $150. The buildings are not equipped to cook food; they’re only meant to be a place where you serve it.
3601 Seventh Ave., 262-653-4080
Want to hold your own concert? Who wouldn’t. You can rent the band shell at Pennoyer Park for $100 a day if you represent a non-profit group ($200 a day for residents; $225 a day non-residents) plus a $150 deposit.
9900 Terwall Terrace, Pleasant Prairie, 262-947-0437
The Rec Plex offers rental spaces for everything from business conferences to kids’ birthday parties. The Lakeview Studio rents for $60 to $65 an hour. If you’re thinking big, you can rent the entire fieldhouse for $240 to $400 an hour; it can hold 800 to 2,400 people. Smaller rooms are available for $25 to $40 an hour.
Pleasant Prairie, 262-947-0437
The enclosed beach pavilion at Lake Andrea (which can hold 80 people) can be rented for $45 to $50 an hour, and the building has a fireplace and refrigerator. The outdoor shelter at the ballpark rents for $35 to $40 an hour, and you can reserve a picnic site for $15 to $25 an hour.
7001 22nd Ave., 262-653-4080
This wedding location can be rented for $75 for three hours. Non-residents pay $100 for three hours and non-profits have to shell out just $40. If you’re hoping for a floral backdrop, be warned: the Park Division does not guarantee there will actually be flowers there.
5901 Third Ave., 262-653-4080
The gazebo at Wolfenbuttel is another popular option for outdoor, lakefront weddings and costs residents $75 for three hours.
2001 Alford Park Drive, 262-551-5727
Carthage offers a variety of venues for events ranging from the small and casual to large and dramatic. The A.F. Siebert Chapel seats 1,800 for $1,500. More intimate spiritual gatherings can be held in the Fritsch Meditation Chapel, which seats 40 people and costs $250 a day. The Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center fieldhouse can accommodate 4,400 for $2,250 a day. The Wartburg Auditorium inside the Straz Center (home to Carthage’s music, dance and theater programs) can seat 400 for $900 a day.
880 Green Bay Road, 262-552-8196
Outdoorsy types have a choice of three different locations at Hawthorn Hollow, all for $400 each: the perennial garden, the 100-seat amphitheater, or the open prairie near the historic buildings. Bonus: If the weather is bad, they’ll let you move your event into the nature center.
9800 160th Ave., Bristol, 262-857-8008
Businesses and individuals can rent Pringle for $50 an hour; non-profits pay $25 an hour. Want to spend the night? You can rent the entire building overnight for $150.
26313 Burlington Road (Highway 142), Kansasville, 262-878-5600
Bong has five shelters, an amphitheater and an auditorium available for rental. All locations are available May through October. The shelters can hold 75 people and cost $40 to $45 to reserve. The amphitheater and auditorium are available for $10 an hour.
761 Green Bay Road, 262-857-1869
Pets has five picnic areas available for rental, offering amenities like indoor/outdoor shelters, fireplaces, electricity, and picnic tables. Each location costs $70 for residents, $90 for non-residents.
830 248th Ave., Kansasville, 262-857-1869
The shelter, which has electricity and can accommodate up to 96 people, can be rented by county residents for $70 (non-residents, $90).
9800 160th Ave., Bristol, 262-857-1869
The shelter has electricity and a fireplace. It can hold up to 60 people at 10 tables. Residents pay $70, non-residents pay $90.
9521 304th Ave., Burlington, 262-857-1869
You can reserve the “Green Space” and 18 picnic tables for $40 (non-residents pay $50). The shelter, which has electricity and can accommodate 110 people, rents for $70 a day (non-residents, $90).