Touted as “The World’s Biggest Outdoor Music Festival”, Milwaukee’s Summerfest certainly is a large event, attracting over 800,000 visitors each year. Here you’ll find a wide variety of local and celebrity music artists, as well as plenty of food from delicious area restaurants. Other attractions include vendors for those who enjoy shopping, comedy acts, fireworks displays, and much more.
Summerfest offers unique experiences for fest-goers looking for something to do before the headliners hit the stage. Check out what's on the water from the shore, relax and enjoy the sounds of Summerfest with some wine with cheese at the Summerfest Corkscrew, create memories with picture-perfect backgrounds, or visit the daily sports activities at the Gruber Law Office Sportzone.
Great music isn’t the only thing to enjoy at Summerfest. The food lineup is deep-rooted in local tradition featuring many local Milwaukee favorites and is just as diverse as our headliner lineup.
Leveraging the Summerfest brand to showcase technology, Summerfest Tech intends to champion the regional business community and spotlight Wisconsin’s growing reputation as a tech hub. Allowing Summerfest to diversify and enhance programming around relevant tech topics for the community to convene and connect.
Summerfest likes to keep guests comfortable. Therefore, they offer a variety of amenities.
For instance, there are stroller and wheelchair rentals available for anyone who may need one, and first aid stations are scattered throughout the grounds. A children’s area and nursing station are available for families who need a break from the hustle and bustle.
There is also an option to check items in at the information booths for a fee, should you decide you no longer want to lug everything around.
Summerfest is held at Henry Maier Festival Park. This 75-acre park is located along the lakefront in Milwaukee, WI and is perfect for the event.
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With 12 stages featuring over 800 acts, you can rest easy knowing you’ll find plenty of performances to enjoy at Summerfest.
Some of this year’s American Family Insurance Amphitheater music artists include:
These are all fabulous acts, of course, but also keep in mind there are literally hundreds of other performers coming to make music at this fantastic event, sweetening the pot even more. Click here to find out more.
Staying in an RV just seems like the natural thing to do when attending a music festival. After all, who wouldn’t want to have an entire tiny home-on-wheels with them after a long day at a festival?
Now, while Summerfest does not have spaces for RVs to park on their grounds, there is RV parking nearby at Wisconsin State Fair Park. By reserving a site at this park, you can grab a rental from RVShare and have a super comfortable trip!
Of course, you will need a place to stay while visiting Milwaukee for Summerfest. Luckily, there are plenty of options:
Considering that the festival is located in Milwaukee, there are plenty of hotels around to choose from. Summerfest has partnered with the following hotels to get visitors some awesome rates:
Of course, there is also the option of renting an Airbnb. This is a great choice for those with a large group who wish to have an entire home to themselves.
Driving to the festival is always an option. That said, traffic is likely to be heavy, so be sure to allow extra travel time. If you do choose to drive, several good route options can be found here.
Another option is to use the Milwaukee County Transit System. A Freeway Flyer will get you to the gates, as well as a Downtown Shuttle. Just be sure to purchase a MCTS M•CARD in advance to make sure everything goes smoothly.
Biking to the festival is a great way to get in some exercise if you’re coming from nearby. Milwaukee’s Bublr bike share system offers convenient bike rentals, with stations throughout downtown Milwaukee (including Summerfest grounds).
Other options include an Uber, a taxi, or a shuttle. There are several shuttle options available, all of which can be viewed on the Summerfest website.
Parking is on a first-come, first-serve basis and the available lots do tend to fill up quickly. All lots open at 9am daily.
Prepaid parking permits can be purchased online. Accessible parking spaces are available in Lot H.
Motorcycle and bicycle parking are both available for free, and as mentioned before, there are Bublr rental stations on the grounds as well.
American Family Insurance Amphitheater Tickets
The cornerstone of Summerfest hosting the music industry’s hottest stars. A separate ticket is needed to see concerts in the American Family Insurance Amphitheater, but your Amphitheater ticket also includes your admission to Summerfest on the day of your show. Enjoy all the festival stages during the day before making your way to the main event of the night in the Amphitheater.
Festival Multi-Day Passes
Discover 11 festival stages of live music, experiences, merch, and food, and more. With a multi-day pass, you'll catch more shows and see more performers becoming legends before your eyes. Multi-day passes start at $57. Festival passes are not valid for admission to American Family Insurance Amphitheater shows.
Festival Single Day Tickets
Pick your day to enjoy a visit to Summerfest. Discover great performances and make amazing memories with 12 stages of live music, experiences, and more. Festival tickets are not valid for admission to American Family Insurance Amphitheater shows.
Take your day to the next level with one of our reserved seating and viewing deck options. Experience the festival on your terms then make your way to your seat right before your favorite headliner takes the stage with BMO Harris Pavilion advanced purchase seating or the Summerfest Level Up deck at the Miller Lite Oasis stage. Our reserved seating and viewing deck options include your same-day admission to Summerfest.
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Please note, this is not the official source of the event information. While we try to be as comprehensive as possible, some details may have changed since the time this article was written. Please confirm final details with the official event page.