Summerfest: The World’s Largest Music Festival

Every year, Summerfest delivers one of the biggest celebrations of music, food and fun you can find across the Midwest - and this year, they’re going all out. What began as a local festival to showcase the Milwaukee community has transformed into the World’s Largest Music Festival, drawing hundreds of thousands of people to Milwaukee’s lakeshore each year.

Summerfest is pulling out all the stops to make this year’s fest the best yet – with bigger-name artists, more creative food choices and a slew of special events and activities, this 11-day party is bound to be a highlight of your summer. Check out some of the fun planned for this year!

The Music

Summerfest is all about the music. On the grounds you’ll find 11 stages featuring hundreds of artists across an array of genres- rock, pop, country, indie and more. The music starts early and plays all day, leading up to a different national headliner every night - this year boasting big names like Thomas Rhett, Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Jennifer Lopez, and Jason Aldean.

One of the best parts about Summerfest is the chance to discover new bands you may not have heard before, and checking out a few shows in the Emerging Artists Series is a great way to do it. Each day features a new group of up-and-coming talent, including both local and national artists across a variety of genres. Summerfest attendees are invited to participate in this showcase by voting for their favorite artists – you don’t want to miss it!

The Food

If you come to Summerfest for the music, you’ll stay for the food – and this is not your typical festival food. Foodies will rejoice at the fest's unique offerings, with past favorites including wok-fired soba noodles, Irish nachos and a deep-fried turducken, drizzled with cranberry sauce and served on a stick.

Whether you go for seasoned fries from local favorite Saz’s, sample tacos and sweet plantains from BelAir Cantina or a classic Wisconsin brat at Mader’s, it's easy to get your festival fill. Veggie, vegan and gluten-free options are all available, too!

A Full Lineup of Fun

And you won’t have to worry about what to do between concerts – every year, Summerfest hosts a variety of special activities in addition to the music lineup. Families can take a break from the fest with arts and crafts at the Kohl’s Captivation Station, or get a birds-eye view of the action with a ride on the skyglider (a Summerfest must-do!)

Hop in a paddleboat to see the festival from the water, soar above the crowd with a spin on the ferris wheel, and be sure not to miss the Big Bang Fireworks Show on opening night – this awesome display is highlight every year, and the perfect way to kick off 11 days of fantastic music.

Find more information on performances, food and dates on Summerfest's website. See you in Milwaukee!