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The Acts Just Keep On Coming at Summerfest

If you’re craving the thrill of three festivals smashed into one epic bash, look no further. Summerfest is the ultimate, mind-blowing, crazy mishmash of everything awesome. It’s not your regular fest—it’s a wild, diverse, super intense rollercoaster of experiences all in one go. Brace yourself for a fest explosion that’ll have you buzzing for days!

Why the Big Whoop?

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It’s not just a catchy title—Summerfest remains the ultimate leader in hosting a bunch of fantastic shows, featuring over 800 acts and more than 1,000 performances across 12 stages! And these aren’t just local talents. Indeed, over the 50+ years of the fest’s existence, many musical wonders have performed. Some famous legends included the Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars, Arctic Monkeys, Metallica, Lady Gaga, Dave Matthews Band, Aerosmith, and more.

Location, Timing, Location

Summerfest hasn’t moved an inch from where it originally launched in 1968. The year 2024 will see the return of the festival with the most acts to Henry Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the US.

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Back in the day, the festival set two records: it went on for a whopping 11 days, making it the longest music fest, and it was also crowned the “Largest Music Festival in the World” by Guinness World Records in 1999. But since 2021 the festival has spanned over three consecutive weekends and will do so again in 2024. So, save the dates from twelve-to-twelve on June 20-22, June 27-29, and July 4-6, 2024.

Food & Other Activities

Summerfest was inspired by Oktoberfest in Germany and certainly doesn’t disappoint. In addition to awesome music the festival also offers delectable food and refreshments and shopping vendors to support the Mailwaukee community.

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Opening night sees the much anticipated “Big Bang” fireworks display. And who doesn’t love a parade? Summerfest certainly does and attendees are welcome to join in! Afterwards, strike a pose and get a pic for social media in front of the Big Intruments.
Check out the schedules at for more fun-filled options over the course of the festival.

For the Little’uns

UB Band. Are the kids getting a bit…much? Visit the Kid’s Activity Tent. With a no-experience-required “real” rock band setup, anyone can be a superstar! UB the Band provides all the gear – you just bring the passion.

537 Charger Robotics. Get ready for some robot mania with these teen-coded child-friendly remote-controlled bots. Sounds like everything you need for a blast of robotics fun!

Kohl’s Captivation Station. At the south end of Henry Maier Festival Park, open every day from 12-7 p.m. Get in on the action with free interactive activities presented by the Milwaukee Art Museum, Discovery World, and the Zoological Society of Milwaukee. Plus, enjoy entertaining shows from Mad Science, Comedy Sportz, Join In and Dance, and more.

Headliners & Lineups

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The 2024 current lineup is as follows:

  • June 20: Kane Brown.
  • June 21: Mötley Crüe.
  • June 28: Tyler Childers’ Mule Pull ’24 tour; S.G. Goodman; Adeem the Artist.
  • June 29: Keith Urban, Needtobreathe; Lindsay Ell.
  • July 4: AJR; Carle Rae Jepsen

For more artist announcements and disclosure of the headliners, check out @summerfest on Instagram.


Can I rent a stroller/wheelchair?
Provided you are 18+ you can rent them ($15.00 for manual wheelchairs and $5.00 for single strollers) at the Mid and South Gates with proper identification. Strollers cannot be taken into the American Family Insurance Amphitheater, or off-site.

What are the accommodation options?
For information on nearby lodging, visit the Accommodations page. No RV or tent camping is allowed on the festival grounds. For info on RV parking, visit the Wisconsin State Fair RV Park.

Can I bring my service animal?
Summerfest welcomes qualified or in-training service animals! Just ensure they’re rocking an identifying leash, vest, harness, or cool cape so other attendees will avoid playing with your hardworking companion.

How do I pay at the festival?
Summerfest doesn’t do cash – no bills accepted at the box offices or around the place. But don’t worry, there are reverse cash machines ready for you!

For a detailed look at Summerfest’s safety policies, dos and don’ts, visit their FAQ page.

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