Milwaukee Event Calendar



July 5, 2016 - July 10, 2016

Now in their 49th year, the World's Largest Music Festival returns to the lakefront for 11 days of food, music and fun!

Henry Maier Festival Park
200 N. Harbor Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Venue Description:
Home to many of Milwaukee's largest festivals, such as Summerfest and ethnic festivals that run every weekend throughout the summer. The Henry Maier Festival Park is located in downtown Milwaukee along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

Recent stories about Summerfest


Summerfest eats: From doughnut cupcakes to deep-fried Old Fashioneds

Published July 5, 2016

There's a smorgasbord of new fare at Summerfest this year, including a load of summertime festival indulgences that are deep fried, super sweet or otherwise spectacularly outside the norm of most peoples' regular diets. Here's a list of some to try.


Nelly packs the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse

Published July 3, 2016

Nelly's song "Grillz" gave me the confidence that I too could be a rapper. I used to practice rapping this song in hopes one day I could show it off in a rap battle or something. Years later, Summerfest finally gave me the opportunity to do so.


Rachel Platten brings energy, humor and inspiration to fans

Published July 3, 2016

With a level of pep and enthusiasm normally reserved for cheerleaders, Rachel Platten skipped onto the U.S. Cellular stage Saturday night, singing the opening lines to "Beating Me Up." Despite setting the energy-level bar high, Platten was just getting started.


Tim McGraw rocks the Marcus Amphitheater

Published July 4, 2016

When it comes to involving the crowd, McGraw is a pro. As he reminded his fans, he's been doing this for 28 years, and it shows. He ventured into the audience three times, exchanging high fives and fist bumps and pausing to take selfies with fans.


Rebel Stage spotlight: Hip-hop polka band November Criminals

Published July 5, 2016

This is the second year the world's only non-ironic polka hip-hop band, the November Criminals, will play the Rebel Stage. They'll bring their unique mashup of music genres to the Rebel Stage on Tuesday night at 9 p.m.


Hollywood Vampires is less than the sum of its superstar parts

Published July 6, 2016

Describing the star-studded supergroup Hollywood Vampires sounds as close to fan fiction as the rock world has to offer: Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp (sure, why not) on one stage. The band is a bit more Frankenstein than vampire, however.


Summerfest will delight and exhaust your kids; it's perfect

Published July 8, 2016

This year, for the first time, I found myself checking out the lineup for the kids-oriented activities at Summerfest and was intrigued. And because they kept hearing, "Mommy has to go to Summerfest," my kids wanted a turn to go to this mystical festival.


Rebel Stage Spotlight: Eoin McCarthy

Published July 8, 2016

Eoin McCarthy is the founder and main organizer of the indie, volunteer-run Rebel Stage at Summerfest. He is also the lead singer and songwriter for Whiskey of the Damned, who will perform tonight at 7:30 at their new CD release party.


McCartney musings

Published July 9, 2016

In a word, Paul McCartney was amazing tonight. I feel beyond fortunate that I've now seen him play twice. Now back at the office, at midnight, Bobby is writing the main review, but I have some stuff to say, too. Random stuff, so please indulge me.

Henry Maier Festival Park