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Milwaukee Event Calendar



July 1, 2014 - July 6, 2014

Summerfest 2014 will take place June 25 - 29 and July 1 - 6, from Noon until Midnight and will be closed Monday, June 30.


Following its 1968 debut, Summerfest has evolved into what is now recognized as “The World’s Largest Music Festival” and Milwaukee’s cornerstone summer celebration, bringing the music industry’s hottest stars, emerging talent and local favorites along with approximately 900,000 people from Milwaukee and around the world together each year for an unforgettable live music experience. During the festival, the spotlight shines on over 800 acts, over 1,000 performances, 11 stages, delectable food and beverages and interactive activities, all in a world-class festival setting. Patrons can also enjoy Miller Lite, the Official Beer of Summerfest.

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


Outkast to headline at Summerfest

Published Feb. 26, 2014

Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. officials have revealed that the eighth major show slated for Summerfest 2014 will be Outkast, with special guest Gary Clark Jr. Outkast will headline the Marcus Amphitheater on Sunday, June 29.


Luke Bryan headlines Summerfest for second straight year

Published April 25, 2014

Summerfest was already lining up to be perfect for anyone looking for a country music fix, with both Brad Paisley - with Darius Rucker - and Zac Brown Band lined up as Marcus Amphitheater headliners. In case country fans needed one more excuse to bust out the cowboy boots and hat, however, this morning Summerfest announced country star Luke Bryan as its latest Amphitheater headliner.


Bucks hold draft party at Summerfest

Published June 11, 2014

The Milwaukee Bucks invite fans to attend the "World's Largest Draft Party (WLDP)" on Thursday, June 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Summerfest. The event is in conjunction with the 2014 NBA Draft - scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.


Kongos' international journey to fame leads to Summerfest

Published June 23, 2014

Thanks to hits like "I'm Only Joking" and the stomp-happy "Come With Me Now," the band has grown from a family matter to a global sensation, with its next stop on Saturday, June 28 at the U.S. Cellular Connection Stage at Summerfest. Before the band hits the stage, got a chance to chat with Jesse about the Kongos' origins, the influence of a pop star dad and music across the globe.


Arctic Monkeys thaw out chilly Summerfest opening night crowd

Published June 26, 2014

Out in the enthusiastic crowd, the frosty, foggy weather that lingered throughout Summerfest's opening day certainly didn't make things feel like a summer celebration of music. Luckily, even if the weather didn't seem fitting of the opening day of Summerfest, from its first growling number, the beloved punky British rock band Arctic Monkeys' solid 90-minute show proved to be a more than worthy way to crack open this year's festival.


Prog rockers Babe Ruth reunite for special Summerfest show

Published June 26, 2014

There's a consensus among some that this year's Summerfest lineup is one of the strongest, most diverse in recent memory - and for many music fans, that may well be the case. But it wasn't until mid-May, when the Summerfest organizers announced the last of the side stage headliners, that much of anything at this year's Big Gig piqued my interest. In the midst of the 50-plus bands being announced, the name Babe Ruth popped up.


Pentatonix mesmerizes through the mist

Published June 27, 2014

When the Summerfest headliners were originally announced, Pentatonix was one of the most intriguing names headed to the Big Gig. I wanted to know how a five-person a cappella group, one that relies on insanely tight harmonies and arrangements, would fare in an outdoor festival environment. As it turns out, I and the ecstatic young crowd gathered at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard Thursday night had nothing to worry about.


7 questions for Las Vegas' band Pet Tigers

Published June 27, 2014

Vegas-based garage punk band Pet Tigers has a pretty strong Wisconsin connection. One half of the band, Liz Ofte, is from tiny Westby near LaCrosse, an actual farmer's daughter. While Ofte and her bandmate Jeremy Keith are well-known in Las Vegas music scene, Saturday marks their first trip to Summerfest. They play at 4 p.m. at the Harley Roadhouse. The duo, which is touring in support of its first album, spoke to by phone, minutes before hopping on a plane to Milwaukee.


Atmosphere still entertains despite sluggish crowd

Published June 28, 2014

Three days into Summerfest, an unfortunate theme has quietly bubbled up to the surface: sleepy spectators. Unfortunately, that theme carried into day three, as old school hip-hop artist Atmosphere powered through - and eventually mostly won over - some feeble fandom Friday night at the Miller Lite Oasis.


Two's enough for synth pop duo Pet Tigers

Published June 28, 2014

"When's the last time you saw a keytar?" asked Liz Ofte, in the middle of her band's set at Summerfest on Saturday afternoon. That's a good question, and even though the keytar is one only two of the instruments (along with drums) in the two-person Pet Tiger, Ofte and Jeremy Keith don't really need more to produce a big sound.


McDonald mixes it up, shines at the Big Gig

Published June 29, 2014

Michael McDonald is into his 60s, and has been performing since 1970, so while he didn't go all-out through a full 90-minute set, he sounded crisp and provided his patented mix of pop and soul with gusto and even mixed in some different covers at the Uline Warehouse stage.


Bryan delivers more than the typical country star formula

Published June 29, 2014

As the 2013 ACM Entertainer of the Year and Billboard's top country artist, there is no questioning the popularity of Luke Bryan, who headlined a sold out Marcus Amphiteater show Saturday night during day four of Summerfest.


Kongos proves to be mightier than one hit

Published June 29, 2014

As Kongos charged into its first few bunch of numbers at the U.S. Cellular Stage Saturday night, the crowd didn't seem to mind waiting for "Come With Me Now" at all, thanks mainly to an energetic, stomping locomotive of a rock show put on by the quartet.


The Neighbourhood struggles through a disappointingly short set

Published June 30, 2014

With lyrics like "I don't like you" "you suck anyway" and "you make me wanna die," it's safe to say that glum rockers The Neighbourhood don't really need any more reasons to be angsty and angry. But that's sadly exactly what happened Sunday night at the U.S. Cellular Stage, where some apparent behind-the-scenes technical issues sent the California-based rockers off the stage in a huff and the excited young crowd home disappointed.


Outkast reunited, and it feels so good

Published June 30, 2014

Andre Benjamin and Antwan Patton, better known as Andre 3000 and Big Boi, have reunited this summer for their 20th anniversary as Outkast, and are touring festivals around the country. They landed at Summerfest on June 29, and duo brought the funk, and the fun, to the Marcus Amphitheater.


8 reasons kids at Summerfest should quit smoking

Published June 30, 2014

It's been years since I've seen so many people smoking cigarettes, especially young people - especially young women - inhaling the tar and nicotine. I wish I could have shaken these kids by the neck and knocked some sense into them. But I figured that was not my place. So here are the top eight reasons for boys and girls not to smoke.


Cowboy Mouth brings a bit of the bayou up for Summerfest

Published July 1, 2014

Summerfest offers its crowd a taste of just about everything - spiral dog, anyone? - including a little Creole-spiced kick thanks to the presence of New Orleans-based rockers Cowboy Mouth, who will hit the Johnson Controls World Sound Stage Thursday, July 3.


G. Love's still special to Gen X

Published July 2, 2014

G. Love & Special Sauce, now 20 years old, is still around, and they played at the Miller Lite Oasis on a beautiful Tuesday night. They certainly didn't stop making records in the `90s, but to me, they still have that Gen X sound that this older audience came to hear.


OneRepublic and friends put on one solid show

Published July 2, 2014

Now, before the show, I never would have particularly confused OneRepublic for a band with a surplus of personality. Or so I thought. The band's big, impressive set Tuesday night at the Marcus Amphitheater was the kind that could change minds, yours truly's included.


Nas keeps it simple in a raw, energetic showing

Published July 2, 2014

Nas took to the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse stage at Summerfest on July 1 celebrating the 20th anniversary of his debut album, "Illmatic." It was a raw, stripped down record full of passion, which was the type of performance the rapper delivered.


Milwaukee's still lovin' Dave Matthews Band

Published July 3, 2014

Instead of their traditional two-day jam at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, Dave Matthews Band came to the Big Gig and played to a full Marcus Amphitheater on July 2.


Questions for Summerfest headliner Bear Hands

Published July 3, 2014

Some bands run away from being classified as pop music with the same fear and desperation usually reserved for an episode of "The Walking Dead" The Brooklyn-based band Bear Hands, however, has no problem being called pop music. According to them, the problem lies in people's limited definition of pop music, not the actual genre itself.

Henry Maier Festival Park