Performing Arts/Theater

A visit to Oshkosh is never complete without seeing a show at the historic Grand Oshkosh or The Howard. Take in the sophisticated, historic settings of these iconic venues while enjoying unforgettable performances by today’s best entertainers. Diner theaters, plays, concerts, comedians and other special events grace the stage of these venues throughout the year.

The Grand Opera House, now known as The Grand Oshkosh, opened its doors in 1883. As the oldest operating opera house in Wisconsin, The Grand has gone through numerous renovations, while still staying true to its original design. The European-style theater features an intimate atmosphere, which seats 550 people and hosts nearly 100 performances a year.

The Howard was built in 1927 and elegantly restored in 2018. The 33,000 square-foot, Old English/Tudor Revival-style building features a concert hall/ballroom with crystal chandeliers and wrap-around balcony, a 1920’s-style bowling alley and lounge, and a cafe. The Howard is also available as an upscale private and corporate event venue.

Oshkosh is home to other performing event venues including the Alberta Kimball Auditorium, UW Oshkosh’s Fredric March Theatre, Oshkosh Arena and the historic Time Community Theater.