We Know How to Have a Good Time

It’s not all historical documents and photographs, we put on many events throughout the year that helps educate and entertain. Preview our annual events below and view the event calendar for details on all events.


Firefly Art Fair

When the first weekend in August rolls around and the little white tents pop up on the picturesque Kneeland-Walker Grounds, locals know that it’s time for the Firefly Art Fair. Visitors from all around Milwaukee stroll through the lawns and gardens to see what’s new, as well as reconnect with their favorite artists. Dozens of accomplished artisans and craftspeople show off their pottery, wood, photography, fiber and more. Enjoy food, drink, a silent auction, live music, kids’ activities, a historical exhibit and more.


Prosit Tosa Oktoberfest

The annual family-friendly Prosit Tosa is held right on the Kneeland-Walker Grounds on the last Saturday in September. Preorder a stein, and fill it up with a special brew from Stock House Brewing Company. Enjoy a masskrugstammen competition, pretzels, brats, a home brew competition, live music and dancers. A special guest taps the first keg to kick off the festivities at noon.


Wauwatosa Tour of Homes

Architecture meets history in these intriguing and educational tours of Wauwatosa houses. The one-day event held annually on the first Saturday of October celebrates the preservation of significant houses in selected neighborhoods that illustrate the history and architecture of Wauwatosa. Volunteer docents lead visitors through the homes and provide carefully researched information about the homes' histories.


Speaker Series

Speaker Series are held several times a year, drawing together Wauwatosa Historical Society members and the community for talks and discussion on historical topics. These general programs are free of charge and open to the public. Past popular presentations include local authors and historians, a Victorian undertaker, cemetery walks, and street-name origins.