By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Apr 27, 2023 at 5:56 PM

Tomorrow marks 55 days until Summerfest's 55th anniversary – a fun little milestone made even more fun thanks to the Big Gig giving away free tickets in multiple ways throughout the city on Friday. 

For instance, Miller will give away 555 free Summerfest tickets – one per customer, while supplies last – for those who come into the brewery on Friday for either a tour or to buy some Miller merch from the tour center. 

Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport will get in on the Big Gig giveaway action as well on Friday. Every hour from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m., the Summerfest marketplace found inside the airport's main terminal will give away 55 tickets, limited to one per guest. 

For those who want to do good while snagging a good deal, Briggs & Stratton and United Way will give away free Summerfest admission to the first 1,500 Big Gig fans who arrive at Briggs & Stratton's headquarters – found at 12301 W. Wirth St. – between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. with new socks, deodorant or feminine hygiene products with a minimum value of $10 to donate to Mary Lou's Closet supply drive. 

In addition, Brewers fans who want a win no matter the results on the diamond can score Summerfest tickets with the Wisconsin Night ticket package for Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels. Not only do you get to see Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout against the feisty fast-starting Brewers, but the package comes with a Brew Crew state logo blanket as well as not one but two Summerfest admission tickets. 

And I suppose for Summerfest fans who REALLY planned ahead and REALLY have remarkable predictive abilities, babies born at Aurora Health Care hospitals on Friday will receive "Little Rockstar" swaddles and hats while their famillies will receive Big Gig admission tickets. 

For more information about Summerfest and its other various 55th anniversary celebrations and promotions, click here. And for the current Big Gig lineup, check out our day-by-day schedule

And stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for more Big Gig updates to come this summer festival season. 

Matt Mueller Culture Editor

As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.