Wisconsin’s Top 25 Outdoor Summer Music Festivals

In Wisconsin, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for live music this summer. Here’s our selection of outdoor music festivals sure to satisfy any musical taste.

June

Porterfield Country Music Festival – Marinette

Bask in nine whole days of performances by top Nashville recording stars at Green’s Green Acres Campground, with camping and concessions available.

Blue Ox Music Festival – Eau Claire

The biggest concert of its kind in the upper Midwest features three days of the finest acoustic, bluegrass and string band groups touring the nation.

Steel Bridge Songfest- Sturgeon Bay

Hear artists from around the world perform musical collaborations written only days before the festival. Earlier in the week, artists are paired together to create new music to share with the public over a two-day span of live performances in downtown Sturgeon Bay—hear the music hot off the press!

Metro Jam – Manitowoc

National and regional acts with a variety of music styles will perform at this two-day, free-admission event.

Willard Polka Fest – Willard

This one’s indoors, but we couldn’t resist including some polka music! Enjoy three days of bands and dancing at the local community center, with campsites available nearby.

Country USA – Oshkosh

Cheer on some of today’s hottest headliners at one of the nation’s top country music and camping festivals. Special VIP and reserved seating, a marketplace and concessions will be available throughout the five-day event.

Country Fest – Cadott

Camp in style at this four-day outdoor concert series, which features a natural amphitheater, superb sound system, jumbo screens, picture-taking line up to the stage, food, souvenirs and amenities.

Summerfest – Milwaukee

The world’s largest music festival offers 11 days of top-notch musical entertainment on 13 stages, along with good food, comedians, a children’s play area, daily demonstrations and activities, and amusement park rides.

July

Eaux Claires – Eau Claire

This two-day, multi-stage fest offers live music in several genres, both performance and visual art, food and camping.

Rock Fest – Cadott

Enjoy the best of rock music, food and camping over four days in northwestern Wisconsin’s Chippewa Valley.

Hodag Country Music Festival – Rhinelander

Come to the Northwoods for four days of top country music stars, on-site camping, vendors and a statewide band contest.

Lifest – Oshkosh

Wisconsin’s largest Christian music festival offers 150 acts on seven stages, entertainment, games, fireworks, worship services, swimming and pottery workshops.

Driftless Music Festival – Viroqua

A day of concerts in a local park will feature jazz, swing, bluegrass, zydeco and other genres.

Country Jam USA – Eau Claire

Enjoy three days of country music’s top entertainers, along with vendors, food and camping.

Country Thunder – Twin Lakes

Take in the biggest names in country music over four days, with helicopter and thrill rides, camping, food, specialty vendors and late-night entertainment available.

Acoustic Fest – Manitowoc

Spend the day in the park listening to a lineup of diverse and accomplished acoustic musicians, including local artists.

Prairie Dog Blues Festival – Prairie du Chien

Blues bands, from regional to internationally renowned acts, will perform at this two-day event offering concessions, on-site camping and a hotel shuttle.

Midwest Acoustic Music Festival – Elkhart Lake

Check out some of the best acoustic artists in the region at this one-day event.

August

Mile of Music - Appleton

Appleton's downtown, an amazing mile of walkable and hospitable experiences, serving up Americana music at it's very best. From roots and indie rock to country, soul, jazz and folk. Hands on family friendly music education experiences too.  The best part is it's all free. 

Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival - Madison

A two-day outdoor music festival featuring artists keeping traditional music alive! You’ll hear genres such as bluegrass, western swing, and Hawaiian slack, and kids 17 and under are admitted for free.

Blues on the Chippewa – Durand

Bring canned goods to donate locally at this free-admission event featuring three days of blues bands and camping.

Ashley for the Arts – Arcadia

Featuring a car show, a hot air balloon launch and, of course, great music, Ashley for the Arts festival is a can’t-miss this summer! This three-day fest will host both local talent and big-name headliners.

Big Bull Falls Blues Fest – Wausau

Not only is Big Bull Falls Wisconsin's longest-running blues fest, but its location – an island in the middle of the Wisconsin River – couldn't be groovier. See two days of regional and national acts.

Voices of Peace Gospel Music Fest – Hilbert

Nearly 20 performing groups will play two days of country, bluegrass and southern gospel music. Food and refreshments will be available.

HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival – Kenosha

Enjoy distinguished jazz and blues groups performing along the shores of Lake Michigan at this one-day fest.

Check out even more festivals happening this summer in Wisconsin.