It’s time for Summerfest 2017! Here’s your Guide to the Festival

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Summerfest 2017 is celebrating 50 years of bringing its fun to Milwaukee. Fans come from all over the country for the full Summerfest experience, from a star-studded musical lineup to professional sports team appearances to a carnival-like atmosphere.

Beginning Thursday, June 28th, Marcus Amphitheatre will host six music stages, each featuring a different genre and a unique crowd experience. Festival grounds are set on the shores of Lake Michigan, where participants can enjoy the inaugural Big Bang fireworks show.

Summerfest will run for 11 days over two weekends. Here is everything you need to know.

Summerfest 2017 Date & Location

Summerfest dates are June 28-July 2, 2017 and July 4-July 9, 2017. Festival hours are noon to midnight daily.

The festival is held at the Marcus Amphitheatre, otherwise known as the American Family Insurance Amphitheatre, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Summerfest 2017 Lineup

Summerfest features a superstar lineup of hundreds of artists across six stages. The festival covers all genres of music with artists like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Luke Bryan, Pink, Chainsmokers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Future, Bob Dylan, Big Sean, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Alessia Cara, The Moody Blues, Steve Aoki, Ziggy Marley, Joss Stone, T-Pain, J Boog and Hanson.

That isn’t even the half of it. See the full Summerfest 2017 lineup.

Summerfest 2017 Tickets

Summerfest offers both single-day tickets and full festival passes. To celebrate their 50th anniversary, Summerfest is offering a 50th Commemorative Power Pass that includes a limited edition, 3-D, wearable pass, plus access to all 11 festival days.

Single-day General Admission – $20

Single-day Weekday Admission – $13

Summerfest 3-day Pass – $45

Summerfest 11-day Power Pass – $80

50th Commemorative Power Pass – $100

Get your Summerfest 2017 tickets

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Getting to and from Summerfest

Bike/Motorcycle – Bike and motorcycle parking are available near the Mid Gate. See the festival grounds map.

Car – It’s common for locals to drive to the festival. Get maps and routes to Summerfest. Parking is available for $20/day on a first come, first serve basis. If you prefer to order your parking pass ahead of time, reserve your spot on the SpotHero’s Summerfest Parking Page. Hint: Get the SpotHero App and use the code SUMMERFEST17 for a 15% discount.

Bus – Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) offers special routes to the festival from various locations around the city. Check the MCTS Summerfest page for more info.

Rideshare/Carpool – The festival has three designated drop-off locations:

E. Michigan St. & N. Harbor Dr.

E. Chicago St. & N. Jackson St. E.

Summerfest Place & N. Jackson St.

Shuttle – provides shuttle service to Summerfest from various local bars and restaurants. See the full list of shuttle pick-up locations.

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Where to Stay for Summerfest

Summerfest attracts nearly one million people from around the U.S. each year. Needless to say, hotel options are scarce. House sharing platforms, B&Bs or boutique hotels are all viable alternatives, but if you don’t have time (or energy) to search through hundreds of individual sites, here’s a list of all the available accommodations in Milwaukee.

Some family-friendly hotel options that are still available include a Courtyard Marriott for $167/night, which is a 20-minute drive from the festival or the nearby Holiday Inn Express for $150/night.

Find more accommodations options near Summerfest


What to Bring to Summerfest

What to Bring – Umbrellas, strollers, small bags, small cameras, sunscreen, hat

What’s Not Allowed – Backpacks, camelbacks, cans/glass bottles, outside food/beverages, professional grade cameras, selfie sticks, skateboards, wagons, picnic baskets

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Summerfest Pro-Tips

You can check items you don’t want to carry for $2/item (cash only) at the Info booths

Don’t buy any essentials inside the festival- prepare before you go

Take advantage of the OnMilwaukee shuttles and grab a cheaper bite outside the festival grounds before you bus in

For the beer lovers: Water Street Brewery lies on the southeast end of the festival grounds and the lines are usually pretty short


Summerfest 2017 is celebrating 50 years of bringing its fun to Milwaukee. The festival takes place over two weekends. Here's everything you need to know.


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