Top Ten Summer Music Festivals

Summerfest, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

9. Summerfest (Late June/Early July)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Touted as the "World's Largest Music Festival," Summerfest brings a staggering 700-plus bands together for an 11-day event that sees as many as 1 million attendees. It all takes place in Milwaukee's Henry Maier Festival Park along Lake Michigan. Among a great selection of food, comedy acts, and a massive fireworks show, more than 30 headliners include some of the biggest names in all musicdom, from the Zac Brown Band to Iron Maiden to Neil Diamond. Unlike other music festivals on this list, Summerfest has an a la carte attendance system, with tickets starting at just $7 a day. General admission offers access to the entire festival grounds, but doesn’t include the headlining acts at the Marcus Amphitheater, tickets for which are sold separately. Many Milwaukee hotels offer reasonably priced Summerfest ticket/accommodation packages, and that's good because the only campgrounds are located some 30 miles outside of town.

Hot Tip: Show up early for free access to the headlining acts in Marcus Amphitheater—a limited number of general-admission passes to the lawn and bench seating areas are handed out first-come, first-serve when the grounds open each day.

Milwaukee Travel Guide

Published: 23 May 2009 | Last Updated: 15 May 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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