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Event:
Summerfest
Start:
June 29, 2016 11:30 am
End:
July 10, 2016 11:55 pm
Category:
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Organizer:
Milwaukee World Festival, Inc.
Phone:
414-273-2680
Updated:
March 5, 2016
Venue:
Maier Festival Park
Phone:
414-273-2680
Address:
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200 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI, 53202, United States


Summerfest! It’s the “World’s Largest Music Festival” on Milwaukee’s lakefront. For 11 days, you and nearly 900,000 of your closest friends can enjoy over 1,000 performances from nearly 800 acts on the 75-acre Maier Festival Park grounds.

summerfest2015_169wSummerfest dates back to 1968 and has since become the backdrop for the music industry’s hottest stars, emerging talent and local favorites to create unforgettable live music experiences in a world-class festival setting. Running along Milwaukee’s lakefront nestled within downtown, Discovery World, I-794, and Lake Michigan, Summerfest offers not only music but over 45 food and beverage vendors, four marketplaces offering crafts and wares from all over the world, interactive exhibits, and just cool general fun.

Acts booked for 2016 continue to emerge. Headliners play the 23,000+ seat Marcus Amphitheater; so far, booked headliners include:
Selena Gomez with special guest DNCE, June 29
Blake Shelton with special guest Parmalee, July 1
Chris Stapleton and Alabama Shakes, July 2
Tim McGraw with special guest Kasey Musgraves, July 3
Blink-182 featuring All Time Low, July 5
Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon, and Tesla, July 6
Luke Bryan with Frankie Ballard, July 7
Paul McCartney, July 8
Weezer and Panic! at the Disco with special guest Andrew McMahon, July 9
Sting and Peter Gabriel, July 10

Other stage headliners include (click to access their pages):

311
July 10
“Weird Al” Yankovic
June 29
.38 Special
July 7
Andra Day
July 6
Bahari
July 8
Barenaked Ladies
July 9
Ben Folds
July 9
Billy Idol
July 2
Black Violin
June 30
Blue Oyster Cult
July 2
Bobby Rush
July 3
BoDeans
July 3
Brett Young
June 29
Brian Fallon & the Crowes
July 1
Brooke Eden
July 6
Brothers Osborne
July 7
Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers
July 3
Buckwheat Zydeco
July 5
Cam
July 9
Charlie Aponte
July 5
Chase Rice
July 10
Cheap Trick
July 7
Chris Lane
July 1
Coast Modern
July 8
Coleman Hell Commodores
July 1
Con Brio
July 3
Death Cab For Cutie
July 9
Diane Coffee
July 1
Drew Baldridge
July 7
Dustin Lynch
June 29
Elle King
July 8
Experience
Femi Kuti & the Positive Force
July 10
Fitz and the Tantrums
June 29
Garbage
July 6
Gavin DeGraw
July 2
Granger Smith
July 5
Hippo Campus
July 2
Hollywood Vampires
July 5
Howard Jones
July 9
Hunter Hayes
July 6
Indigo Girls
July 3
Jack & Jack
June 30
Jana Kramer
July 10
Jason Derulo
July 5
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
June 29
Joe Jackson
June 30
Kane Brown
July 3
Kirk Franklin
July 10
Kool & the Gang
July 7
Kris Kristofferson
June 29
Lucie Silvas
June 29
Lucky Chops
July 7
Martin Garrix
June 29
Matisyahu
July 10
Michael Franti & Spearhead
June 30
Michael Ray
July 5
Mike D. (DJ)
July 6
Milky Chance
July 6
Mindi Abair
July 8
Morris Day & the Time
June 29
Neil Finn
July 9
Nelly
July 2
O.A.R.
July 1
OMD
July 9
Otis Taylor
July 3
Passion Pit
June 30
Peter Bjorn and John
July 2
Phil Vassar
July 8
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
July 7
Rachel Platten
July 2
Ray LaMontagne
July 1
Richard Marx
July 1
Rise Against
July 3
Randy Hauser
July 2
Ruthie Collins
July 8
Ryan Adams
July 10
Sir Mix-A-Lot
July 6
Skillet
July 9
Son Little
July 8
St. Paul & the Broken Bones
July 8
Stephen “Ragga” Marley
July 5
Styx
June 30
Taylor Dayne
July 1
Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience
July 5
The Decemberists
July 7
The Fray
July 8
The Grass Roots
July 6
The Ides of March
July 9
The Roots
July 3
The Wombats
July 8
Timeflies
July 1
Umphrey’s McGee
June 30
Violent Femmes
July 7
Welshly Arms
July 8
Willie Nelson
June 29
Young the Giant
July 8

Summerfest itself runs Wednesday, June 29th through Sunday, July 10th; it will be closed Monday, July 4th. Tickets run $20 per day, but two discount options exist. One involves a “Weekday admission” ticket, which gets you in any time before 4pm weekdays and runs $13; the other is the 11-Day Power Pass. For frequent festival-goers (we average 9-10 days at this thing), the Power Pass is a great deal: $90, and you get admission each day. You can purchase and print tickets online here. Parking lots are available just to the west of the grounds and throughout downtown Milwaukee and the Historic Third Ward. The Milwaukee County Transit System also offers “freeway flyer” express buses to and from the grounds from numerous Park & Ride lots in the metro area.

The Summerfest Grounds can be accessed directly via I-794, U.S. 18, and Highway 32. I-43/94 and Highways 38, 59, and 145 also bring you within a mile of it – which is how far away some people park! Either way, it’s one of the greatest music festivals on the planet and a definite State Trunk Tour recommendation.