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June 28, 2017 11:30 am
July 9, 2017 11:55 pm
Milwaukee World Festival, Inc.
March 5, 2016
Maier Festival Park
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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 2017 continue to emerge. Headliners play the 23,000+ seat American Family Insurance Amphitheater; so far, booked headliners include:
Red Hot Chili Peppers, June 28
Luke Bryan with the Brothers Osbourne, June 29
Zac Brown Band, July 1
P!nk, July 2
The Chainsmokers featuring Vice and Captain Cuts, July 4
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 40th Anniversary Tour with special guest Chris Stapleton, July 5-6
Dierks Bentley with Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi, July 7
Big Sean with Future and Migos, July 8
The Outlaws Tour featuring Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Margo Price, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, July 9

Summerfest itself runs Wednesday, June 28th through Sunday, July 9th; it will be closed Monday, July 3rd. 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.