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Henry Maier Festival Park [edit]
200 N. Harbor Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 273-3378
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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.
Upcoming events

July 21, 2017 - July 23, 2017
Festa Italiana

Festa Italiana
Henry Maier Festival Park
July 21-23
As one of Milwaukee's oldest ethnic festivals, Festa Italiana continues to build on rich traditions from the past to represent our city's Italian community in the present and future. Enjoy jazz music, a parade, children's activities and fireworks each night – and show off your competitive side as you cheer on the players in futsal tournament and nearby flag throwers. And also be sure to check out this year's headlining acts, including the Gin Blossoms, the BoDeans and Sal "The Voice" Valentinetti.

Don't miss out on Festa's $7 for 7 Days deal. For seven days in April (18-24), May (16-22), and June (13-19), tickets are just $7, online only at

For the most up-to-date information on Festa Italiana, visit

July 21, 2017 - July 23, 2017
Festa Italiana: Celebrating 40 years of Family.Food.Tradizione.

Festa Italiana is celebrating 40 years of family, fun and tradizione on Milwaukee’s lakefront July 21-23, 2017. Headlining this year’s entertainment lineup is Gin Blossoms, Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti star of Season 11 of “America’s Got Talent” and BoDeans featuring 2012 “The Voice” finalist Nicholas David. Other entertainment acts sure to please festa-goers include Ray Massa’s EuroRhythms, The Sicilian Tenors, Anna Calemme, Tre Principesse, Tony Spavone, The Russo Brothers and the Florentine Opera. For those looking to rock out at Festa, Violin Femmes starring Bella Electric Strings and Dog ‘N’ Butterfly, the Ultimate Heart Tribute Band will not disappoint. Visit the Cucina Showcase to see celebrity chef Rossella Rago demonstrate her favorite Italian recipes and partake in the annual cannoli contest and kid’s pizza making contest! Attendees can enjoy Italian heritage and culture featuring Flag-Throwers of the Florentine – Direct from Italy, Liguria region and genealogy exhibit. The Italian Heritage Photo Exhibit sponsored by Sendik’s houses hundreds of photos featuring Milwaukee’s early Italians and has a special meaning as Festa celebrates forty years. Explore Festa from the waters view on a romantic gondola ride. Play a game of bocce, sing your heart out at Italian Idol and enjoy FREE carnival rides for the whole famiglia! Classic Italian fare and wine tastings return. Don’t miss the best Italian-style fireworks in the sky every evening! Most Reverend Jeffrey R. Haines will lead this year’s traditional Sunday Mass at 11 a.m. Mass is followed by a procession of societies and patron saints, concluded with a benediction. Festa will host the Lombardi 3K Walk/5K Run to Tackle Cancer on Saturday, July 22! Grab your friends and family and help #TackleCancer. Free admission into Festa for runners and walkers. Tickets for Festa Italiana are now on sale. Purchase your advance ticket for $10 now through July 20 at Tickets are $13 at the Gate. Children 12 and under free. Former and active military, firefighters, law enforcement and teachers and one guest get in free Sunday, July 23.

July 28, 2017 - July 30, 2017
German Fest

German Fest
Henry Maier Festival Park
July 28-30
Enjoy three days jam-packed with music, Sheepshead tournaments, wine tasting and children's activities. Learn your family history as well as genealogists look up your family tree and see the alluring display of European trains. And don't forget to check out the special feature this year, The Stihl Timbersports Series, bringing some of the top lumberjack athletes to Milwaukee.

Where: Summerfest Grounds

Hours: 3 p.m. to midnight on Friday, noon to midnight on Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission: Adult tickets are $12 in advance. At the gate, tickets cost $15 for adults, $7 for seniors 60 and over as well as for students with school ID. Kids 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult admission. Active military members and their immediate family members will receive free admission with an active ID. There will also be free admission for all disabled or physically challenged attendees – with one escort – on Friday from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Discounts: Friday: $3 admission all day for everyone in honor of Military Appreciation Day, as well as free admission for active military, veterans and their immediate family members at all gates with proper ID.

Sunday: From noon until 3 p.m., patrons can bring three non-perishable food items to support the Hunger Task Force and receive free German Fest admission. Available at the south gate only. If one isn't in the giving mood for some cruel reason, German Fest will also offer free admission from 11:30 a.m. until noon at the south gate only.

July 29, 2017 - July 30, 2017
The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS U.S. Professional & Collegiate Championships

The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series – The Original Extreme Sport – is coming to Milwaukee! The sport, which features the top lumberjack athletes in the country competing in grueling, thrilling axing, chopping and sawing competitions, will hold its U.S. Pro and Collegiate Championships at German Fest Milwaukee from July 28 to 30. Schedule: Friday, July 28, 2017 - Qualifier Event from 4-9 pm - Top 20 athletes in 2 pools of 10 Saturday, July 29, 2017 - Championship Event from 5-8 pm - Top 8 athletes Sunday, July 30, 2017 - Collegiate Championships from 2-4 pm - Top 8 athletes Tickets: Tickets to the Championships can be purchased at Single-day tickets can be purchased for $9 using the promo code STIHL2017, which takes 25 percent off. Three-day passes can be purchased for $21.

Aug. 17, 2017 - Aug. 20, 2017
Milwaukee Irish Fest 2017

Milwaukee Irish Fest is the world’s largest celebration of Celtic music and culture. The four-day festival showcases more than 100 entertainment acts on 17 stages at Henry W. Maier Festival Park on Milwaukee’s lakefront. The annual festival occurs every third weekend in August. The 37th annual Milwaukee Irish Fest takes place August 17 to 20, 2017.

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