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Villa Terrace: 100 Years Young

The Centennial of Villa Terrace is a time to celebrate both the building's storied past, as well as our next 100 years as the premier community museum, event and performance space, and Renaissance gardens overlooking Lake Michigan. The Centennial Celebration will be the highlight of the summer season, a city-wide festival of enormous fun and fantasy, inclusive of and accessible to all Milwaukeeans.

A New Direction

Jaymee Harvey Willms, the new executive director of the Charles Allis Villa Terrace Museums, has put into motion a complete rethinking of the museums and their mission. She has created new programming, opened up new spaces, and brought in new audiences to the venues. We want to celebrate this new direction and make sure that the community truly feels that these organizations are there for all to access and enjoy.

The Big Picture

The Centennial Celebration will span the week of July 10-13th, 2024. We want to celebrate all aspects of what Villa Terrace has to offer the city, which we believe are its contributions to supporting artists, performances, and events for kids. We anticipate the following elements to the celebration:

Centennial Celebration Activities


Opening Night Drone Show - July 10th, 9 - 9:30 pm

The Opening Night of the Centennial Celebration will feature a fabulous drone show! This spectacle will be visible both from the Villa and across the lakefront. It will be designed by Milwaukee multimedia artist, Ray Chi, and will dazzle crowds with inventive 3D design and technical wizardry. Music simulcast by WMSE 97.1 FM. FREE


Drone Show Party at Villa Terrace - July 10th, 7 pm - 10 pm (Tickets)

A fun evening party for adults and kids alike, and the best view in town to watch the drone show. Adult tickets will be $15 for CAVT or FOVT members, and $25 for non-members; Kid tickets $5; Patron and Premiere tickets available for $100 and $250.


Artists' Day - July 11th, 10 am - 7 pm (Tickets)

We will have an art and crafts fair in the courtyard and first floor of the Villa, with artists displaying and selling their work. We will also have plein air painters in the gardens. Kids will be able to engage in a range of different arts projects and learning opportunities, partnering with organizations from around the city that provide art classes. Cash bar with wine and cheese after 5 pm. FREE with advanced tickets. 


Centennial Jazz Gala in the Garden - July 13th, 5 pm - 10 pm (Tickets)

Envision an evening where elegance meets the vibrant spirit of jazz, each detail crafted to enchant and welcome. The Centennial Jazz Gala in the Garden will be the finale of the events, and will raise money towards maintaining our gorgeous gardens and making them more accessible; continuing our restoration of the Hermes sculpture; and much more!


A.O. Smith Foundation

Emily & Mike Robertson


Co-Chairs as of 5/1:

Jennifer & Chris Abele
Laura & Mike Arnow
Wendy Burke
Shelly & JD Culea
Elizabeth Elser
Moira Fitzgerald & Peter Kammer
Jennifer & Tom Florsheim
Linda & Eli Frank
C. Jermaine Harris
Margarete & David Harvey
Katie Heil
Megan Holbrook
Kitts & Jeff Johnson
Steph Kadlicko
Jane & Tom Lacy
Teresa Manns
Susanna & Justin Mortara
Kate & Ken Muth
Andy Nunemaker
Suzanne & Richard Pieper, Sr.
Beth Ridley & Abim Kolawole
Douglas Rose
Stephanie Van Alyea
Barbara & William Velez
Lee Weeks


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Win a classic Gray 2003 BMW Z4


1 ticket for $10
12 tickets for $50
15 tickets for $100
100 tickets for $500

The purchase of a raffle ticket is for a classic 2003 Gray BMW Z4 with roughly 60k of mileage. The car is being certified by BMW of Milwaukee North.


Purchasers of the raffle tickets will be sent their ticket stubs starting in early June. The raffle entries will be stored in a secure box at Villa Terrace. The winning entry will be pulled from this box on the night of July 13th, 2024 at around 9 pm. Fair Market Value $10. Raffle ticket purchasers must be 21 years of age or older at the time of the drawing (born on or before July 13th, 2003).


For more information about the raffle, please contact Megan Holbrook at [email protected]


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Thank you SO much for your support!

No act of generosity is too small to make a difference! We so appreciate your support for our Centennial Celebration Week. It helps us to make our programming free or low cost!

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For more information, contact Megan Holbrook.

Villa Terrace

2220 N Terrace Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202, USA

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