September 22, 2021
REO Speedwagon at the BMO Harris Pavilion during Summerfest 2021, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee Summerfest: Day 2 Guide

Here’s what’s up for Friday, September 3rd at Summerfest, the World’s Largest Music Festival!
Summerfest 2018 Uline Stage and downtown

Summerfest 2021 kicked off yesterday and continues today and tomorrow for its first of three weekends in a row. This year, Summerfest runs Thursdays through Saturdays, each weekend kicking off with a Wednesday concert at the newly-remodeled American Family Insurance Amphitheater.

Speaking of, Summerfest is requiring proof of COVID vaccination or a negative test within the previous 72 hours of entry, so be sure to bring that as you go. Masks are recommended for indoor activity (restrooms, for example), but not required. Grounds are open from noon until midnight, per usual.

So, it’s Summerfest DAY 2: Friday, September 3rd. And here’s the full info and lineup of performers for today and tonight!

Admissions Promo of the Day: Two things are going on today: you can win free tickets if you have the Summerfest app, which also provides updated info on lineups and more. Summerfest is giving away 10,000 free tickets via the app – one per device – and you have a shot to win if you have it.

Summerfest app

It’s also Make a Child Smile Day, where the first 2,500 attendees who donate new or gently used children’s books of a $10 minimum value – like picture books or early readers – at the mid-gate promo booth between noon and 3pm receive a free Summerfest admission ticket.

Major Stages (going from south to north):

American Family Insurance Amphitheater:
7:30pm: Chance the Rapper with 24kGoldn, Teezo Touchdown, and DJ Oreo

BMO Harris Pavilion:
2 p.m. – Respect! A Tribute to the Queen of Soul
4 p.m. – Yola
6 p.m. – Sky McCreery
7:30 p.m. – Abby Jeanne
9:30 p.m. – Leon Bridges

Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard:
Noon – Craig Omick’s Third Coast Grooves
2 p.m. – The First Wave
4 p.m. – Primary
6 p.m. – Annabella’s Bow Wow Wow
8 p.m. – Men Without Hats
9:45 p.m. – Berlin featuring Terri Nunn

Generac Power Stage (formerly the Harley-Davidson Stage)
Noon – Heaven & Hell
2 p.m. – Big Bang Theory
4 p.m. – Better Than Ezra
6 p.m. – American Bandit
8 p.m. – Spiritbox
10 p.m. – Falling in Reverse

Miller Lite Oasis:
Noon – Rocket Cat
1:30 p.m. – Johnny Fury Band
3:30 p.m. – Grace Weber
5 p.m. – Taylor Bennett
6:30 p.m. – DJ Stevie J
9 p.m. – Vo Williams
10 p.m. – DJ Diesel (Shaq!)

Johnson Controls World Stage:
12:05 p.m. – Running in Rain
12:30 p.m. – Alley Katz
12:55 p.m. – Vegan Steakhouse
1:20 p.m. – You Got the Message
1:45 p.m. – What We Once Had
2:10 p.m. – Flying Fuzz
3 p.m. – Skylar Love
4:15 p.m. – Emmett Mulrooney
5:30 p.m. – LO/ST
6:45 p.m. – Victoria Canal
8 p.m. – Guster
10 p.m. – DJ E.Rich

U.S. Cellular Connection Stage:
Noon – Jay Stulo
2 p.m. – Velveetatones
4 p.m. – Tenille Arts
6 p.m. – King Calaway
8 p.m. – Reyna Roberts
10 p.m. – Chris Janson

Uline Warehouse Stage:
1 p.m. – 11.One Louder
3 p.m. – KB & the Dungarees
4:30 p.m. – North Coast Orchestra
6:30 p.m. – Night Ranger
8 p.m. – Phil Vassar

Smaller stages

Jojo’s Martini Lounge:
1 p.m. – Scott Meissner
4 p.m. – The Playlist
8 p.m. – The LoveMonkeys

Klement’s Sausage & Beer Garden:
Noon – Annie B & Jahmes
2 p.m. – Funky Chemist
5 p.m. – Pete Nuemer
7 p.m. – Brian Dale Band

Northwestern Mutual Community Park:
Noon – Rondini
12:45 p.m. – Caricatures & Comedy By Bill Begos
1:30 p.m. – Kenny Ahern: Physical Comedian & Family Entertainer
2:15 p.m. – Rondini
3:15 p.m. – Wes Tank
4 p.m. – Storytime Fun with the Milwaukee Public Library
4:45 p.m. – Wes Tank
5:30 p.m. – Wayne & Wingnut – Red Hot Chilli Puppets
6:30 p.m. – Caricatures & Comedy By Bill Begos
7:30 p.m. – Kenny Ahern: Physical Comedian & Family Entertainer

Gruber Law Offices SportsZone:
1:30 p.m. – Bella Beauties Dance Company
4:30 p.m. – Milwaukee Admirals Hockey
6 p.m. – Wheelchair/Adaptive Sports
9 p.m. – Division BMX Stunt Team

Summerfest is easy to get to via I-794 (Lakefront or Jackson/Van Buren exits from the west, Milwaukee Street exit from the south), Highway 32, or U.S. 18, the east end of which is right by the north gate for Summerfest. Three shuttles are also available from the College Avenue Park & Ride (south side, off I-94 at Exit #319), the State Fair Park & Ride (76th Street at Kearney, along I-94 in West Allis), or the Brown Deer Park & Ride (I-43/Highway 100/Highway 32 at Brown Deer Road). Shuttles run frequently and cost $12 round trip. You can buy passes ahead of time!

More on Summerfest, including lineups for other days

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