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Milwaukee Festivals

Milwaukee Festivals

There is always something going on in town, the amount of festivals in Milwaukee is insane. Who every says Milwaukee is boring clearly hasn’t seen our list of Milwaukee festivals.


Summerfest at the Henry Maier Festival Park isn’t just a festival in Milwaukee, it’s THE festival. Milwaukeeians look forward to Summerfest as soon as the weather starts to get warm. The festival always starts the last week in June on a Thursday and runs for 10 days. In recent years there has been a break on Tuesday. 2018 Summerfest Schedule is June 27th-July 1st & July 3-8th.

Milwaukee World Festivals

Every weekend during summer there is a major festival going on hosted on the Henry Maier Festival Park on the lakefront. The Milwaukee Wold Festivals change every weekend highlighting a different group of people that make Milwaukee a diverse and great place to live. Some of the larger festivals run for 4 days, while most run Friday to Sunday. Check the 2018 Milwaukee World Festival schedule here.

Milwaukee World Festival Schedule 2018

Festival2018 Dates
PridefestJune 8-10th
Polish FestJune 15-17th
SummerfestJune 27th-July 1st & July 3-8th
Festa ItalianaJuly 20-22nd
German FestJuly 27-29th
Black Arts Fest MKEAugust 4th
Irish FestAugust 16-19th
Mexican FiestaAugust 24-26th
Indian summer FestivalSeptember 7-9th
Fromm PetfestSeptember 22nd


Milwaukee’s LGBT community comes together on the lakefront for a weekend of fun. Music, Dancing, and fun kick off the summer festival season every year with Pridefest. See a festival details here.

Pridefest 2018 Schedule:

  • Thursday, June 7 6PM-11PM
  • Friday, June 8 2:30PM-Midnight
  • Saturday, June 9 Noon-Midnight
  • Sunday, June 10 Noon-Midnight

Pridefest 2018 Cost:

  • 4-Day Weekend Pass:$39
  • Single Day: $13
  • Single Day: VIP $100
  • 4-Day VIP Weekend: $250

Full List of Milwaukee Summer Festivals

Summertime in Milwaukee means festival season. Every weekend during the summer months you are sure to find a festival somewhere in the city. We have divided them in groups based on interest.

Milwaukee Church Festivals

  • June 1st-June 3rd: St John Neumann Parish Festival at the church
  • June 14th-June 17th: St. Romans Annual Festival at the church
  • June 17th: St. Anthony on the Lake Parish Festival
  • June 22nd-24th: ST. Bernadette Festival at the church
  • July 13th-July 15th: Our Lady of Lourdes Festival at the church
  • July 27th-July 29th: South Milwaukee Lionsfest, 16th & Rawson Ave
  • August 24th-August 26th: St. Sava Serbian Days at the church

Milwaukee Music Festivals

  • May 18th-20th: Wisconsin State Polka Festival, Four Points Sheraton Howell Ave
  • May 31st- August. 31st: Jazz in the Park (Thursdays), Cathedral Square Park
  • June 5th- August 28th (Tuesdays): Chill on the Hill, Humboldt Park
  • June 13th – August 29th: River Rhythms (Wednesdays), Pere Marquette Park
  • June 22nd-23rd: Hart Fest, Hart Park
  • June 23rd: Summer Soulstice, North Ave
  • June 27th-July 1st, July 3st-8th: Summerfest, Henry W. Maier Festival Park
  • July 23rd: Warped Tour, Summerfest American Family Amphitheater
  • August 23rd-26th: MKE Punkfest, Quarters: Rock & Roll Palace

Milwaukee Street Festivals

  • May 19th: Pabst Street Festival, between Juneau Avenue and 10th & 11th Streets
  • June 10th: Locust Street Festival of Music & Art, Riverwest
  • June 24th: Garlic Fest/Annual Walker’s Point Street Festival, Walker’s Point
  • July 28th: Brady Street Festival, Brady Street
  • August 4th: Center Street Daze, Riverwest
  • September 7th-8th: Tosa Fest, Hart Park
  • September 15th: Bay View Bash, Bay View
  • September 22nd: 5th Street Fest, Walker’s Point

Milwaukee Beer Festivals

  • June 2nd: World of Beer Festival, The Schwabenhof, Menomonee Falls
  • June 16th: Wisconsin Beer Lovers Fest, Bayshore Town Center
  • July 21st: Firkin Fest, East Town
  • July 28th: Milwaukee Brewfest, McKinley Park
  • August 4th: Border War Beer Fest, Harbor Park, Kenosha
  • September 16th: Great Lakes Beer Festival, Racine Zoological Gardens

Milwaukee Art Festivals

  • April 12th-15th: Art in Bloom, Milwaukee Art Museum
  • April 20th-21st: Gallery Night and Day, Downtown Milwaukee
  • May 5th-6th: Art in the Green, Mitchell Park Domes
  • May 8th-11th: All-City Arts Festival, Henry Maier Festival Park
  • June 15th-17th: Lakefront Festival of Art, Milwaukee Art Museum
  • July 20th-21st: Gallery Night and Day, Downtown Milwaukee
  • September 8th-9th: Third Ward Art Festival, Third Ward
  • September 22nd-23rd: Doors Open Milwaukee, Downtown Milwaukee