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Cafe Carpe in downtown Fort Atkinson. Photo by Arthur E. Welch III

Cafe Carpe

18 S. Water Street
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538
Tel: (920) 563-9391

Cafe Carpe Website
Cafe Carpe Facebook

Live Music Schedule:

11/3 Patrick Ball (Celtic Harp & Story)
11/4 Richard Shindell
11/8 Irish Session
11/9 The New Pioneers
11/10 Lost John and the Dusty Millers
11/11 Bill Camplin Band
11/17 Satchel Paige Welch & Kai Welch
11/22 Irish Session
11/24 Coyote Brother (Hayward Williams & J. Hardin)
11/25 Sam Llanas
11/30 Song Circle w/ Tricia Alexander

12/2 Jerry Wicentowski & The Unrelated Brothers
12/23 Krause Family Band

1/20 Readers’ Theater
2/8 Dan Navarro

Updated: 10/30/17 1:17pm


The Café Carpe is a restaurant, bar, and music club in downtown Fort Atkinson, a city of 12,000 in southeastern Wisconsin- 35 miles southeast of Madison, 60ish miles southwest of Milwaukee, 20 miles northeast of Janesville, about 6900 miles west of Baghdad. Fort Atkinson is noted for being the birthplace of Peter Urban and onetime home to Jeffrey Foucault, the place where he cut some of his musical teeth on a few bottles of beer. Of most interest to anyone bothering to get to this site is the music club part of the above-listed triumvirate.

The Carpe has a talk-free, smoke-free listening room separate from its main bar-dining area. (This does not mean that one can talk and smoke for free.) The room, which has great acoustics, seats 60 people comfortably but can hold 70 people who are enthralled enough by a performance that they only almost forget they are sweaty, their butts hurt, and they can’t move without a serious invasion of someone else’s personal space.

Shows are primarily on the weekend nights, and there is a cover charge for all performances except the periodic open stages.


Cafe Carpe is on the river at 18 South Water St. West, which is just south of the Rock River and just west of the first block of South Main St. (The bridge over the river divides North and South Main.) There is only one other bridge in town which crosses the river, and it is the Robert Street Bridge. If you find yourself on or near that bridge, go east a few blocks to reach Main Street. (If you are coming from the south and you cross the Rock River you have gone too far north, and if you are coming from the north and have not crossed the river you have not gone far south enough.)

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