Summerfest – Backdrop For The Music Industry’s Hottest Stars, Emerging Talent And Local Favorites!

If you are a music fanatic and you want to be associated with something big and you’re planning to travel as well, then you should definitely go to a music fest. The world’s biggest music fest is the Summerfest which is held in Wisconsin, USA every year. This is an 11 day long music fest and it has actually been stated as the Biggest Music Fest in the World by the Guinness World Book of Records ever since the year 1999. It is held at the Henry Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee. It’s the main attraction every year in Wisconsin.


Special features of the Summerfest

  • It has been active since the year 1968.
  • The fest goes on for 11 days, 11 stages are set up along with food and games stalls and about 700 bands participate in it.
  • It is held in the month of June or July every year.
  • Thousands of people visit the Summerfest in Wisconsin from all corners of the world.
  • It’s also known as the Big Gig.
  • It is a spectacular fest of live music shows and festivities which gives out the true essence of music of every genre from well known bands from all over the world.


Live Music

For 11 days, more than 800 acts play across the 11 stages featured on the grounds. On any given day, attendees can enjoy alternative, rock, country, R&B, pop, reggae headliners and more.


Great Food

Over 45 food and beverage vendors deliver an array of foods and flavors to satisfy fest-goers. From donuts to spaghetti, grilled cheese to fajitas, ribs and anything fried, you can find it at Summerfest.


Cold Beer

Patrons can enjoy Miller Lite, the Official Beer of Summerfest.


A Party on the Lakefront

Set on the shores of Lake Michigan at Henry Maier Festival Park, even the hottest days are cool at Summerfest. Fest-goers can enjoy music, food and fun across the 75-acre permanent setting.


Interactive Exhibits

Check out new products and great activities from the nation’s biggest brands.



Patrons can visit four marketplaces for all of their shopping needs including apparel, jewelry, home accessories, artwork and more. The Summerfest Store offers official Summerfest Gear including t-shirts, sweatshirts, drinkware and hats.

This is a very famous festival which has been creating a good forum for music to get involved with the common people in a big manner. There are mainly 11 stages which are set up where various artists and bands perform live music. The 11 stages have different names of separate significance. Here is a list of those stages.


The stages

  1. Harley Davidson – Since its renovated debut in 2008, Harley-Davidson Roadhouse has hosted headliners that span across all genres. The stage area has excellent sound and lighting capabilities, large image magnification video screens, a raised VIP Deck and a comfortable seating area that stretches back to the waterfront, providing attendees and the public at large with lakefront access and beautiful views.
  2. U.S Cellular Division – A stage known for featuring breaking and up and coming artists from across the country as part of the Emerging Artist Series, the U.S. Cellular® Connection Stage also hosts many top alternative rock headliners during Summerfest. In addition, the area is also a primary attraction for interactive entertainment, offering Pix-2-ScreenTM and Text-2-ScreenTM, which allows patrons to send pictures and text messages to a large screen next to the stage.
  3. Marcus Amphitheater – The 23,000 seat Marcus Amphitheater hosts the music industry’s hottest stars during Summerfest along with additional shows throughout the festival season. Providing excellent sound, lighting and large video screens coupled with views of Lake Michigan and Henry Maier Festival Park, every seat in the house gives fans an unforgettable live music experience. Patrons must purchase separate tickets to Marcus Amphitheater shows during Summerfest.
  4. Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard – The Briggs and Stratton Big Backyard, a 6,000 – 8,000 capacity outdoor stage/venue was completed in 2011 to not only serve as the backdrop for live concerts over the 11 days of Summerfest, but provide more flexibility for use by the Ethnic and Cultural Festivals that occur throughout the festival season at Henry Maier Festival Park. In addition to the stage, the area includes food and beverage buildings, large image magnification video screens, restrooms and an elevated VIP Deck.
  5. Miller Light Oasis – Completed in 2006, the Miller Lite Oasis features a state-of-the-art stage, improved sightlines and landscaping, large image magnification video screens, Miller Lite signage and a raised VIP Deck area with food vendors below. The stage creates an exciting atmosphere for all performances and offers a unique viewing opportunity for guests on the Stage Right Deck.
  6. BMO Harris Pavilion – Celebrating direct, spectacular views of downtown Milwaukee and Lake Michigan, the new venue features an iconic, wave-inspired roof, which covers more than an acre of space (approximately 50,000 square feet) and provides protection from the elements for approximately 5,000 patrons with high-quality permanent seats and bleachers with backrests. Additionally, the venue accommodates another approximately 5,000 patrons in its standing room viewing area adjacent to the venue and outside of the roof line. Completed for Summerfest 2012, the venue has state-of-the-art production capabilities and large video screens along with a contoured seating bowl to enhance attendees’ viewing experience and sightlines. The area also features a permanent elevated lakeside bar with viewing area under the roof and newly constructed public restrooms.The dynamic BMO Harris Pavilion is able to be used throughout the festival season for concerts, performances and events outside of Summerfest.
  7. Uline Warehouse – Located on the north end of the grounds, the Uline Warehouse can host approximately 5,000 – 6,000 fans and features an eclectic mix of acts from various genres including classic rock, country, hard rock, blues and jam bands.
  8. Johnson Controls World Sound Stage – The Johnson Controls World Sound Stage lineup appeals to a wide fan base and feature a mix of acts spanning genres including R&B, blues, world beat and soul.

    To help aide the effort to improve the efficiencies of the stage and event operations at Henry Maier Festival Park, Johnson Controls and Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. are working together on an integrated marketing partnership.

  9. JoJo’s Martini Lounge – Located near the Marcus Amphitheater, JoJo’s Martini Lounge is a popular hot spot, offering JoJo’s specialty martinis and great local entertainment.

  10. Gruber Law Offices SportsZone with Newsradio 620 WTMJ – The Gruber Law Offices SportsZone, located near the Mid Gate, is the ultimate place for sports fans. The area offers interactive daily programming including sports demonstrations from professional teams, children’s games and health and fitness activities.
  11. Northwestern Mutual Children’s Theater & Playzone – Children can enjoy family focused entertainment and activities at the Theater and PlayZone during Summerfest. Performances from magicians, dance groups, jugglers, puppets and more can be enjoyed throughout the day. A large playground area is also accessible for families to spend quality time together.


How About Maximizing Your Summerfest Holidays And Explore Wisconsin?

There are many other places to visit in Wisconsin too. If you want you can also do a bit of site seeing when you’re there. The main cities like Madison, green city and La Crosse are also good places to visit. La Crosse has the great river Mississippi running along its sides. You should always book your tickets about 6 months in advance if you want to go to Wisconsin during the Summerfest. Thousands of people visit Wisconsin during that time so the rates of tickets are high and there are limited seats at that time too as the number of people are more than the number of flights.


A Blend Of Ethnicity And Modernism

A Brief Historical Backdrop: Having been a part of the Great Lakes and Midwest regions, Wisconsin is situated in the north-central part of the United States. Apart from having borders with Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, it shares borders with four states namely Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, and Michigan. It is one of the most extensive and most densely populated provinces of the United States. This state has 72 counties of which Milwaukee is the largest and Madison is the capital city. Like most other states of USA, this state was under the colonial rule of European countries. Before the European advancement, different native Indian tribes including Ojibwa, Ho-Chunk, Kickapoo, Fox, Ioway, etc. were the inhabitants of this region. At first, this state was under the colonial rule of France as French explorer Jean Nicolet was the first of the Europeans to step in this region. The British then took over the rein in their hand. After that, it came under the union of USA in 1812. The name of the state has its origin in the name given to the Wisconsin River by one of the native Indian tribes. Though there are disputes over the original meaning of the name, most of the interpretations implicate the river and the red sandstones that line its banks. The inhabitants of this area are known as ‘Wisconsinites’.

A Solid Economical Base: Wisconsin has a solid economical stand, which is mainly based on agriculture and processing foods industries. However, this economical condition has gone through much transformation towards the end of the last century. Manufacturing and heavy industry have been declined because of the emergence of a service economy comprised of education, agribusiness, medicine, and tourism. This state is famous for its production of milk and cheese items. Other food products such as potatoes, oats, carrots, maple syrup, sweet corn, etc. are also produced here. So, it is not difficult to assume that a large part of its manufacturing industries is based on processed foods. A large portion of the state revenue comes from the tourism industry. Numerous attractive places along with many colorful and festive events are there that draw thousands of tourists annually. Places like Circus World Museum, House on the Rock, The Wisconsin Dells, etc. and festivals like Summerfest, EEA Oshkosh Airshow, etc. have international recognition. The availability of numerous lakes and rivers gives both the visitors and the locals to enjoy the colors of all possible water-related sports and activities.

Culture and Arts of Wisconsin: The culture of Wisconsin is a blend of ethnicity and modernism. As different ethnic groups live in this region, its culture reflects diverse ethnic heritages. Numerous ethnic festivals are celebrated here throughout the years. Some of the notable festivals are Oktoberfest, Summerfest, Bastille Days, Festa Italiana, Polish Fest, Syttende Mai, etc. To have an idea about the arts of this region, people may visitThe Milwaukee Art Museum. It is designed by Santiago Calatrava and is famous for its interesting architecture. The state is also renowned for arranging several country music festivals including Porterfield Country Music Festival, Miller Light Presents Country Fest, the Coors Hodag Country Festival, etc. The educational state of the province is also in good condition. It has a number of different educational institutions and here elementary, middle, and high school education is compulsory by law. In a word, Wisconsin has maintained its cultural and artistic heritage well. The place signifies a wonderful blend of traditions and modernism.

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