Elkhart Lake became a popular vacation spot in the 1860s when the railroad to Glenbeulah was completed. Many would travel there by train and then to Elkhart Lake by stagecoach. In 1872, with direct access to Elkhart Lake, travelers began to flock to this beautiful lake and the resorts in the community. As more visitors came, more resorts were built and entertainment was offered by orchestras and singing and theater groups. A pavilion and opera house opened. Picture shows entertained guests in the evenings.
The Osthoff Hotel dates back to 1885 when it had a large dancing and assembly hall. In 1955, it became The Harand Camp of the Theatre Arts and was demolished in 1990 to make way for The Osthoff Resort and all its amenities.
And still today, hospitality and entertainment continue to be the prime industry here. Live music and theatrical performances draw visitors year-round.
Barefoot Bay Tiki Bar at Victorian Village Resort
No shirt, no shoes? No problem! Overlooking Elkhart Lake, this popular tiki bar serves a delightful summer menu and refreshing tropical drinks, plus hand-packed ice cream. Live music on weekends in the summer – most Friday and Saturday nights 7-11 p.m.; Sundays 4:30-8:30 p.m., and other times as announced. Open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day and weekends through September. ... MORE >
The Brown Baer is well known among musicians and patrons for its outstanding live entertainment and especially good food. Call ahead to find out who will be taking the stage and get your friends together for a rockin’ good time. Entertainment most Sunday and Tuesday nights in the summer. ... MORE >
Lake Deck at The Osthoff Resort
Who can resist a warm summer evening overlooking beautiful Elkhart Lake? Take in a sunset, listen to music and dance under the stars on the Lake Deck most Friday and Saturday nights (7-11 pm) and Sunday afternoons (2-6 pm) from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Check the entertainment schedule for changes or additional performances. The Lake Deck also offers a full bar, appetizers,... MORE >
Stop-Inn Tavern at Siebkens Resort
When the sun goes down, the Stop-Inn Tavern, internationally known as the best bar on the racing circuit, features live entertainment and dancing every Wednesday evening. A variety of live music is offered on select weekends throughout the season. The Stop-Inn is the “hot spot” for late night fun in Elkhart Lake with nightly drink specials and an excellent jukebox. View our live music... MORE >
Victorian Village Theater
Year-round entertainment offered at a unique 100-year-old theatre with live musical revues in the summer most Wednesday evenings. These musical performances are geared for the entire family. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $15 for adults. $1 for each year of age for children. For tickets and more information, call 877-860-9988 or 920-876-3323. ... MORE >