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There are countless things to do and see at Summerfest, but let's start with the top 100. (PHOTO: Andy Tarnoff)

100 things to do at Summerfest

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Each year, the OnMilwaukee.com editorial staff puts its decades of combined Summerfest experience to good use by publishing this very important article: 100 things to do at Summerfest.

Updated for 2017, it's a quick look at the best ways to enjoy the Big Gig. Just don't forget to wear sunscreen ...

  1. First, figure out how to get in for free here

  2. Take a Summerfest shuttle

  3. Eat Saz's mozzarella sticks

  4. Ride the Skyglider (no spitting, please)

  5. Drink freshly squeezed lemonade

  6. Check out all the bikes in the Harley-Davidson parking area

  7. Watch the Big Bang opening night

  8. Bring floss if you're planning on eating corn – and you should plan on eating corn

  9. Angelo's Stuffed Pasts Pizza

  10. Use the recycling bins for plastic bottles and cups

  11. Get a temporary tattoo

  12. Dance on a picnic table

  13. Buy an airbrushed T-shirt with your and your honey's name on it

  14. Download the 2017 Summerfest app

  15. Suck in your gut

  16. Sample every beer

  17. If you're a diehard, save some cash with the multi-day pass

  18. Enjoy the housemade wine coolers

  19. Support local music by checking out and cheering on Milwaukee bands

  20. Watch a live newscast

  21. Get a foot massage

  22. Take a boat excursion on the Iroquois

  23. Make some artwork with the kids at the Milwaukee Art Museum/Kohl's Art Generation area

  24. Meet up at the fountain, the "official" Summerfest meeting place

  25. Play in the children's PlayZone

  26. Get a healthy snack at Catalano's

  27. Tip the strolling performers and that guy who plays six instruments at once

  28. Be leery of the ticket guys on the street; they might be selling fakes

  29. Wear shoes at all times, please

  30. Try to hit a hole in one

  31. Eat those huge turkey legs

  32. Buy some big cheap sunglasses

  33. Have your caricature drawn

  34. Catch a breeze on the rocks

  35. Check out the water ski show

  36. Ride a Bublr bike to the grounds

  37. Play a little bingo

  38. Play beach volleyball

  39. If you're going to see a band early before the crowds arrive, bring ear plugs

  40. Take a photo at the big guitar

  41. Enjoy a Sno Cone

  42. Buy a soda from a massive root beer barrel

  43. When it's crowded, walk along the lake to get from one end of the grounds to the other

  44. Come at noon, leave at midnight

  45. Hit an ATM machine outside the mid-gate or inside the grounds

  46. Park far away for free and use parkmilwaukee.com to find good parking

  47. Cheer at the SportsZone

  48. Don't urinate in the Third Ward

  49. Have a rooftop cocktail at The Outsider atop the Kimpton

  50. Watch for falling objects under the Hoan Bridge

  51. Catch a nooner (noon concert, that is)

  52. Celebrate Military Appreciation Day (July 2, 2017) with displays, drill teams and more

  53. Buy popcorn from a Koepsell's popcorn wagon

  54. Buy your grandma a Summerfest hat

  55. Take a beer break and have a martini at Jo Jo's Martini Lounge on the south end

  56. As you finish a beer, stack it on top of your other empties until you get the Slinky effect goin' on

  57. Ride the Ferris wheel

  58. Take a romantic stroll by the lake

  59. One word: Zumba

  60. Read the concert reviews on OnMilwaukee and talkback with your own opinions

  61. Celebrate Latin Music Day on July 9, 2017

  62. Buy a beer for a friend

  63. Tip your bartenders

  64. Grab a lawn seat at the Marcus to see the biggest names at the Biggest Gig

  65. Get beer spilled on you early, for that cool, sticky feeling

  66. Crunch some almonds

  67. Buy a pewter dragon or a unicorn T-shirt in the shopping area

  68. Try to get a juggler to drop his balls

  69. Download OnMilwaukee's Locamoji and text your own Summerfest emojis

  70. Kick back on a bench and get a tan

  71. Resist the urge to joyride in an official golf cart; trust us, you'll be ejected

  72. Bring your own toilet paper

  73. Assign a meeting place with your pals before you get lost

  74. Buy a toe ring or hippie dress

  75. Leave the really young babies at home, please

  76. Check out the new Miller Lite Oasis

  77. Marvel at the magic show

  78. Get autographs from band members

  79. Don't bring pets, laser pointers or skateboards

  80. Sneak a kiss near the lake

  81. Stand at the north end of the grounds and watch the Milwaukee Art Museum's wings open (or close)

  82. Take the kids to see the talent on the Children's Theater

  83. Park close to Water Street and walk in and out

  84. Buy the most decadent dessert you can find

  85. Make faces at the radio people as they broadcast live

  86. Laugh at all the men who wear socks with their sandals

  87. Count bald heads, naked bellies and mullets

  88. Run into "everyone" from your high school class

  89. Eat funnel cakes

  90. Don't forget your manners, apologize when you bump into someone and buy the guy or gal a beer if you spill one

  91. Think when you drink and take a cab, Lyft, Uber or the bus if you happen to overdo it

  92. Breathe in and savor the scent of Sil's mini donuts

  93. Kick back and chill in the air-conditioned Cool Down Lounge

  94. Relive some classic music at Throwback Thursday on June 29, 2017

  95. Check out the bands on the Rebel Stage, the only one not booked by Summerfest

  96. Laugh at ComedySportz

  97. Enjoy Milwaukee's best sausage at the Usinger's Wurst Garden

  98. Watch for Milwaukee's best dining spots, presented by OnMilwaukee, on the big screen at the BMO Harris Pavilion

  99. Relive the past 50 years of Summerfest buy purchasing a commemorative Summerfest 50 Book

  100. Enjoy beer straight from the Miller Valley in the new Brew House at the revamped Miller Lite Oasis


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