Arts & Culture

Discover the Arts District

In Beaver Dam, you can enjoy live performances and shows at the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre, listen to live concert music at Swan Park, or explore the history of Beaver Dam through their historic Walldogs murals and hometown hero mosaics, led by world-renowned portrait artist, Stephen Bennett.

No matter what time of year it is, there’s always a fun way to experience and immerse yourself in Beaver Dam arts and culture!

Butterfly Mural in alleyway by Art on the Town in Beaver Dam WIsconsin

The Fine Arts

Concerts, Performances & Art Making

Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre

Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre performance

Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre has been providing outstanding live theatrical and concert productions since 1964 and draws actors from surrounding area communities. With a full season of theater shows, events, and programs including musicals, dramas, comedy acts, one-acts, cabarets, Tell-A-Tale Children’s Theatre, youth choir, and more, you are sure to find something to enjoy!

2024 Performance Schedule: 

Brand New Life: A Dust Bowl Musical: April 5 – 14
Paddle City Big Band: April 28
ABBA-Mania: An ABBA Tribute: May 9
Anastasia: June 20 – 30
Finding Nemo Jr.: July 10-13
Grease School Version: July 18-20
Seussical: August 2-11
Lumberjacks in Love: October 18-27

Beaver Dam Area Orchestra

Beaver Dam Orchestra Free Concerts at Beaver Dam High School Auditorium

The Beaver Dam Area Orchestra is a ninety-member volunteer full symphonic orchestra which performs a spring, fall, and holiday concert at Beaver Dam High School. All concerts are free to attend, thanks to generous donations from the community. Founded in 1954, the orchestra pulls members from twenty-five different communities in six counties. All of their concerts are open to the public and held at the Beaver Dam High School Auditorium. 

2024 Spring Concert
April 27, 2024 at 7 pm

2024 Fall Concert
November TBA at 7 pm 

2024 Holiday Concert
December TBA at 5 pm & 7 pm
The 5 pm concert is a shorter holiday concert with no intermission, and includes a carefully-selected portion of the full evening concert. This concert is intended to allow attendance by families with young children who may not appreciate the length of the longer concert and/or who may not be able to stay awake for the entire evening concert.

Beaver Dam Community Band

Concerts in the park featuring the Beaver Dam Community Band is free and wonderful entertainment for all ages! Family activities vary each week and may include, arts/crafts, a caricature artist, a balloon sculptor, face painting and more. Bench seating is available, or bring your lawn chair or a blanket. Concessions available. 

Summer 2024 Concert Series:

Wednesday, June 12, 7:00 pm at Swan Park
Wednesday, June 26, 7:00 pm at Swan Park
Tuesday, July 16, 6:30 pm at Seippel Center
Wednesday, July 31, 7:00 pm at Swan Park

Beaver Dam Murals & Mosaics

Crystal Lake Beach Walldogs Mural Beaver Dam Wisconsin

Peak down alley’s and check out sides of buildings around Beaver Dam and you will likely see a mural or mosaic. Beginning 2013 the Walldogs, an internationally renowned organization of volunteer sign and mural artists, painted historic murals throughout Beaver Dam with a total of seventeen to date. Four mosaics are also featured on the outside wall of the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre and were led by world-renowned portrait artist Stephen Bennett and painted by the community.

You will also find other murals and mosaics painted by community members and business owners throughout the downtown, in alleyways, walkways, and on the businesses themselves. 

Click here to visit our 3D Virtual Mural Walking Tour on our website!

Dodge County Center for the Arts

The Dodge County Center for the Arts is a community -based arts association that serves the community to promote, develop, stimulate, and encourage artists and art in the community. The DCCA has regular art exhibits, gift gallery, community art nights, and events. Community Art Nights are held every night. This is a free event, open to the public, and to all skill levels and ages! There is no cost, and you can take your pieces home with you, and there is a new project theme every month.

Hours of operation: 
Open Wednesday – Friday, Noon to 5 pm
Saturdays, 10 am – 3 pm
Sundays, Noon – 3 pm

Community Art Nights are now every night during regular business hours. 

Art on the Town Wisconsin: The Studio

Art on the Town Wisconsin: The Studio Beaver Dam Wisconsin

Art On The Town Wisconsin is a place for people to gather, connect, create, and sell art in a fun and motivational space in downtown Beaver Dam. The Studio is a place for creative experiences for all ages, interests, and skill levels. We offer art classes, paint your own pottery, drop-in art making experiences, exhibition space, and the use of our studio and materials for your own creative endeavors.. Whether you are looking for fun, creative experiences with friends and family, interested in learning how to become proficient at a specific type of art making, or having a variety of art classes to choose from, we offer it all.

  • Art classes for all ages
  • Paint your own pottery
  • Drop in art making
  • Celebrations of all kinds
  • After school art K-12
  • Team building and corporate events
  • Couples art experiences
  • Teach, exhibit, and sell your art
  • Art retreats and combined ventures
  • Retail art supplies and kits

Dodge County Concert Association

Dodge County Concert Association

The Dodge County Concert Association was formed in 1947 be a group of music lovers. Today, they plan five concerts each season from September to May at Beaver Dam High School Auditorium. Season tickets for 2024 concert series on sale September 22nd, 2023. Click here to visit their website for more information. 

2024 Concert Series:  
January 26th:  Empire Trio Hooray for Hollywood 
March 4th:  Sinta Quartet
May 22nd:  Brassfire