Exit & Re-entry Policy

Wristbands to leave and re-enter the festival are available at all gate areas from Noon until 6:30 pm daily. Re-entry wristbands will be valid for a single, same day re-entry until 7:00 pm. No re-entry wristbands will be issued after 6:30 pm and there are no re-entries after 7:00 pm.


Additionally, no wristbands for re-entry will be issued on Sunday, July 6, 2014.

Summerfest at a Glance

When is Summerfest open?

Summerfest 2014 will be open Wednesday, June 25 - Sunday, June 29 and Tuesday, July 1 - Sunday, July 6 from Noon to Midnight.


What can I carry-in?

The following items are ALLOWED at Summerfest:

  • Umbrellas (Note: Umbrellas are not allowed inside the Marcus Amphitheater)
  • Strollers (Note: Strollers are not allowed inside the Marcus Amphitheater)
  • Disposable Camera
  • Small Camera (No Professional Grade Cameras and Video Equipment)
  • Small Bag or Purse

The following items are NOT ALLOWED at Summerfest:

  • Backpacks
  • Large Bags
  • Other Carry-ins
  • Outside Food or Beverages
  • Cans or Glass Bottles
  • Alcohol
  • Contraband or Illegal Substances
  • Firearms
  • Fireworks
  • Pets (Except Service Animals.) More Information on Accessibility
  • Professional Grade Cameras and Video Equipment
  • Recording Devices
  • Laser Pointers
  • Lawn Chairs
  • Skateboards
  • Inline Skates
  • Coaster Wagons
  • Kites
  • Frisbees
  • Picnic Baskets
  • Weapons of any kind

Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. reserves the right to alter carry-in item policies at any time.


Is there a place I can put my umbrella, purchases, etc.?

Yes, check in at one of the Information Booths on the grounds (located near each gate) for directions to a specific location.


What do I get with a Summerfest ticket?

A Summerfest General Admission ticket is valid any time the grounds are open (Noon - Midnight) and permits access to all grounds stages.
A Weekday Admission ticket is valid for entry before 4:00 pm, Tuesday - Friday and also permits access to all grounds stages.
A separate ticket is required for all Marcus Amphitheater concerts; however, this ticket will also grant access to the festival grounds, and permits access to all grounds stages.


Can I rent a stroller or wheelchair?

Yes, limited rentals are available at the North, Mid and South Gates with proper identification.


Where can I buy tickets?

Summerfest tickets are available online at the Tickets page as well as the Summerfest Box Office.
Summerfest strongly urges all patrons to avoid purchasing tickets on the street from unauthorized sources, as the tickets may be counterfeit.
For your own protection, tickets should only be purchased at Summerfest ticket booths, on the Tickets page or Ticketmaster.com.
Counterfeit tickets and tickets purchased from unauthorized sources will not be honored.


Who are authorized ticket sellers?

Summerfest strongly urges all patrons to avoid purchasing tickets on the street from unauthorized sources, as the tickets may be counterfeit. For your own protection, tickets should only be purchased at Summerfest Ticket Windows, on the Tickets page or Ticketmaster.com. Counterfeit tickets and tickets purchased from unauthorized sources will not be honored.

General FAQ

Where can I stay overnight during my trip to Summerfest?

There are many hotels in the downtown Milwaukee area and many offer great Summerfest packages.
For a complete list of hotels visit our Travel page.


How do I get to Summerfest?

For a complete listing of transportation options, visit the Travel page.


Is Summerfest accessible per ADA guidelines?


Access for People with Disabilities

For complete information on accessibility on the grounds, a free brochure is available at all Information Booths on the festival grounds, the Summerfest Box Office and at the NSCIA Respite Pavilion or by visiting the Accessibility page.


Facility Access

Accessible picnic tables, drinking fountains and accessible restrooms are located throughout the grounds and in the Marcus Amphitheater. Accessible seating is also available at the Marcus Amphitheater and at all stage areas on a first-come, first-served basis. The First Aid Building pay phone includes a TTY option.


Accessible Parking

Spaces are available in Lots G & H. Vehicles must have appropriate plates or permits to park in accessible spaces. All parking is on a first-come, first-served basis. 
View the Parking Map


National Spinal Cord Injury Association Respite Pavilion

Located south of the Miller Lite Oasis, this facility is specifically designed for the comfort of our patrons who have a disability or unique need. The pavilion includes a fully accessible shower and restroom facilities, air-conditioned rest area and an outdoor observation deck.


Summerfest Courtesy Vest Program

Program volunteers will be stationed at the Mid Gate and throughout the festival grounds to provide volunteer support and to promote the programs and services available to people with disabilities.


Where can I look for something I think I lost at Summerfest?

Lost and Found articles are turned into and can be claimed at the Police Command Post located just south of the Harley-Davidson® Roadhouse. The Milwaukee Police Department staffs the Lost and Found area.


How can I apply to volunteer at Summerfest?

Visit the Jobs & Volunteering page for more information.


Where can I find bus service and freeway flyer information?

Visit the Travel page for more information.


What if I need to take a taxi home?

During Summerfest only, standard taxi service is available outside the South Gate two blocks west on Jackson Street, one block west of the Mid Gate on Chicago Street at Jackson Street and one block north of the North Gate on Michigan Street.


What if I get ill or injured while on the grounds?

There are First Aid stations located at the North, Mid and South Gates. Ambulance service is provided by Bell Ambulance. Milwaukee Fire Department units are present at the site. See the Grounds Map for more details.


How do I apply for a media credential for Summerfest?

Visit the Press page.


Do you accept credit cards on the grounds?

The majority of vendors on the grounds accept credit cards.  Additionally, ATMs are available and accept the following bank or credit cards: Plus, Star, MasterCard, Cirrus, Visa, Plus, American Express and Discover.

Please see the Grounds Map for locations.


Can I purchase the right to a seat at the Marcus Amphitheater or BMO Harris Pavilion?

Yes, visit the Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. Premier Seat Program page for more information.


Can I bring my service animal with me?

Yes, service animals are allowed. Pets are not. For more information visit the Accessibility page.


Is there bicycle parking on the Summerfest Grounds?

Bicycle parking is located near the Mid and South Gates. 


Where can I find more information about activities once I'm on the grounds?

Stop by an Information Booth (loacted near each gate) to pick up the official Summerfest Schedule of Events.


How can I perform at Summerfest 2014?

Submit your media kit to Sonicbids.


How can I apply to work at Summerfest?

Visit the Jobs & Volunteers for more information about employment opportunities with Summerfest.

Business FAQ

How can I reserve an area for my organization or company?

Please visit the Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. Private Parties page for more information.


Who do I talk to in order to set up an exhibit or sell food or merchandise at Summerfest?

Visit the Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. Onsite Sales and Marketing Opportunities page for detailed information.


How can I purchase bulk tickets for my company or organization?

Visit the Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. Business Group Sales page.


Does Summerfest have private party areas available?

Visit the Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. Private Parties page for more information.