Summerfest The nation’s largest music festival returns to Milwaukee

Milwaukee festival and event guide

Every season is festival season in Milwaukee. Milwaukee’s world-renowned fests and events celebrate food, music, culture, art, and history throughout the city. Check out the guide below to explore festivals and events schedule in Milwaukee for 2024.

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May

Kite Festival

May 25-26 Family Kite Festival Feast your eyes on kite performances orchestrated by professional flyers, and much more at Veterans Park on Milwaukee’s Lakefront. 

May 31-June 2 Festa Italiana Kicking off MIlwaukee’s ethnic festivals season, this Italian festival features a cooking area, a culture and heritage exhibit, fireworks, a bocce tournament, Sunday Mass and lots of food, wine and live entertainment. 

June

June 1 | Milwaukee Highland Games Enjoy all things Scottish. Food, dance, bagpipes, heavy events, sheepdogs and plenty of kilts at Croatian Park.

June 1 | WI Beer Lovers Fest Premier beer and food tasting event featuring more than 60 craft breweries from across the state, local restaurants and cuisine partners, food trucks, live bands and more at The Yard, in Bayshore.

June 6-8 | PrideFest The largest gay/lesbian, bisexual and transgender festival in Wisconsin — a celebration of diversity. Enjoy the festivities and partake in the food, entertainment and marketplace takes place at the Summerfest grounds.

June 9 | Locust Street Festival The beloved Riverwest block party has 6 live music stages, local vendors, artists, food, and great beer on Locust Street. 

July 11-14 | Bastille Days Milwaukee’s popular French festival and one of the nation’s largest French-themed celebrations, is held in Milwaukee’s Cathedral Square Park.

June 14-16 | Polish Fest the largest celebration of Polish heritage and history in the United States is held at the Summerfest grounds

June 14-16 | Lakefront  Festival of Art Enjoy a fun-filled weekend of art, food, music, and activities for all ages. Meet more than 100 artists from across the nation at the Milwaukee Art Museum

June 15 | Summer Soulstice Music Festval Milwaukee’s official celebration of the Summer Soulstice is a free showcase of great music, a variety of food, arts & crafts, and activities on Farwell and North Avenues. 

June 20-22, 27-29, July 4-6 | Summerfest For 11 days every summer Henry Maier Festival Park is the place to be for all music fans! Summerfest boasts 800+ acts on 11 stages, from pop, rock to R&B and more.

June 22-23 | Cedarburg Strawberry Festival  Enjoy everything from strawberry shortcake , strawberry wine and strawberry beer to strawberry brats.

July

German Fest

July 19 | Juneteenth Day A nationwide event commemorating the day when the last enslaved people of African descent in the South received word of their freedom.

July 19-20 | Country Weekend  in Glendale Welcome Rebel Grace as they take over the stage at Richard E. Maslowski Community Park.

July 20 | Falls Lavender Fest Experience the annual magic of Falls Lavender Fest in Menomonee Falls, a vibrant vendor fair, culinary delights, fun activities for kids, live music and more.

July 20 | Brady Street Festival One of the most popular annual street festivals in Milwaukee, featuring many local musicians, along with food and merchandise vendors.

July 25-28 | Harley-Davidson Homecoming Festival The annual 4-day celebration of music, moto-culture, and our hometown of Milwaukee takes place at Veterans Park & H-D Museum

July 26-28 | German Fest Summerfest grounds

July 27-28 | Milwaukee Air and Water Show Milwaukee’s Lakefront

August

Wisconsin State Fair

Aug. 1-11 | Wisconsin State Fair wistatefair.com West Allis

Aug. 2-4 | DAS Fest USA dasfestusa.com

Aug. 3 |  Root Beer Bash

Aug. 3 | Black Arts Fest MKE Summerfest grounds 

Aug. 10 | Dragon Boat Festival Lakeshore State Park

Aug. 10-11 | Morning Glory Art Fair

Aug. 15-18 | Milwaukee Irish Fest Summerfest grounds

Aug. 17 | CigarFest Old Heidelberg Park

Aug. 17 | Center Street Daze

Aug. 17-18 | Art & Chalk Fest Museum of Wisconsin Art 

Aug. 23-25 | Mexican Fiesta Summerfest grounds

Aug. 30-Sept. 1 | Hy-Vee Milwaukee Mile 250s 

September

Oktoberfest

Sept. 16-17 Cedarburg Wine & Harvest Festival  Cedarburg

Sept.-Oct. Oktoberfest Old Heidelberg Park

Sept. 20-22 Waukesha Oktoberfest Frame Park, Waukesha

Sept. 28 Falls Harvest Festival