City of Festivals

Milwaukee is known as the City of Festivals thanks to a packed calendar of vibrant festivals at the city’s lakefront permanent festival grounds, as well as street festivals, fairs, and parties all year round. There are more than 100 festivals throughout the year, and more than half of them fill the summer months with good food and great cheer. 

Bastille Days (2017) by Visit MilwaukeeVISIT Milwaukee

Bastille Days

Milwaukeeans are all proud Francophiles each year at this free festival in downtown’s Cathedral Square Park. One of the nation’s largest French-themed fests celebrates with French cuisine, live music, an international marketplace, chef and wine demonstrations, roaming busker entertainment, and the annual “Storm the Bastille” 5K run/walk.

Brewfest (2017) by Visit MilwaukeeVISIT Milwaukee


Wisconsin's largest one day craft beer tasting event, held annually the last Saturday in July on Milwaukee's beautiful Lakefront.

Riverwest 24 (2017) by Visit MilwaukeeVISIT Milwaukee

Riverwest 24

It’s not a bike race. It’s a community event.What’s the longest amount of time you’ve ever spent riding your bike? An hour? Maybe a couple hours? How about 24 consecutive hours? The Riverwest 24 encourages cyclists to do just that – bike for 24 hours throughout Milwaukee’s eccentric and tight-knit Riverwest neighborhood.

Dragon Boat Festival (2017) by Visit MilwaukeeVISIT Milwaukee

Dragon Boat Festival

This Chinese cultural festival features local dragon boat teams competing along the lakefront, along with Asian cuisine, music and dance performances, and hands-on opportunities to make opera masks, lanterns, and other Chinese crafts.

Harley-Davidson Museum (2018) by Visit MilwaukeeVISIT Milwaukee

Milwaukee Rally

The Milwaukee Rally, the Midwest's largest free motorcycle rally, roars into town each Labor Day Weekend. Expect new and exciting events happening all weekend, from popular Milwaukee music acts to great food, great people and, of course, plenty of Harleys.

Tomato Romp (2018) by Visit MilwaukeeVISIT Milwaukee

Tomato Romp

Fruit flies at this no-holds-barred tomato throwing festival, an East Side institution for over a decade.

America's Black Holocaust Museum (2019) by Visit Milwaukee and 2019VISIT Milwaukee

Bronzeville Week

African American culture, art, and history merge together at the weeklong celebration of Milwaukee’s historic Bronzeville District during Bronzeville Week. Don’t miss the Bronzeville Cultural and Arts Festival, where you’ll find food vendors, booths selling African-inspired clothing and jewelry, live music, and much more. The rest of the week is chock-full of events to promote local businesses and residents.  

Mexican Fiesta (2017) by Visit MilwaukeeVISIT Milwaukee

Mexican Fiesta

Spice things up at Mexican Fiesta, an authentic, south-of-the-border experience, featuring mouth-watering food, rousing mariachi bands, foot stomping rhythms, and an elaborate swirl of traditional dancers. Walk through the cultural pavilion and learn about the history and traditions of Mexican and Latin cultures from ancient civilizations to the present.

German Fest (2017) by Visit MilwaukeeVISIT Milwaukee

German Fest

Grab a stein, put on your finest lederhosen and cool off with your favorite brew at North America’s largest annually held German festival. Indulge in unforgettable German cuisine, marvel as craftsmen demonstrate old world artistry, enjoy a colorful brass band, or stroll through the Marktplatz for unique German gifts. You won’t want to miss the Dachshund Derby, the genealogy area or the Glockenspiel.

Summerfest (2015) by Visit MilwaukeeVISIT Milwaukee


Love music? How does the world’s largest music festival sound? It’s Summerfest, and it happens right here in Milwaukee on the shore of Lake Michigan! For 11 days in late June and early July, Henry Maier Festival Park is the place to be for all music fans. Rolling Stone called it one of the U.S.'s "must-see musical festivals." With over 800 acts playing on 11 stages, you’ll find alternative, rock, country, R&B, pop, reggae, and more, from national headliners to indie bands. Your Summerfest ticket gets you access to all 10 of the ground stages, plus, the newly renovated American Family Insurance Amphitheater hosts some of the biggest tours in music for nightly ticketed concerts. All of this takes place right on the lakefront, in Milwaukee's scenic permanent lakefront festival grounds.

Wisconsin State Fair (2018) by Visit MilwaukeeVISIT Milwaukee

Wisconsin State Fair

Known by some as the “best 11 days of summer,” the Wisconsin State Fair is jam-packed with rural-meets-urban fun and welcomes over a million visitors each year. Enjoy Wisconsin products, see award-winning livestock, shop, and try the most iconic State Fair treat: the Cream Puff!

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