Americans with Disabilities Act

Summerfest Facility Access

Summerfest is continuously making accessibility improvements to enhance the festival experience.

Accessible picnic tables, drinking fountains and accessible restrooms are located throughout the grounds and in the American Family Insurance Amphitheater. Accessible seating is also available at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater and at all stage areas on a first-come, first-served basis.

Download the 2016 Summerfest Accessibility Brochure

We welcome your comments! Please contact us at (414) 273-2680 (voice) or via email.

American Family Insurance Amphitheater Accessibility Performances

Availability of tickets for accessible seating include but are not limited to people who: use wheelchairs, are blind or visually impaired or who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Summerfest Box Office at (414) 273-2600 (voice/TTY).  On-line ordering of accessible seating is also available through Ticketmaster at ticketmaster.com.

Please note, for each wheelchair space purchased by a disabled individual, three additional (“companion”) seats in the same row, contiguous with the wheelchair space shall be made available for purchase (provided they are available at time of purchase). Summerfest will provide a folding chair as the companion seat in wheelchair accessible reserved seating areas.

The Marcus Amphitheater was constructed prior to The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed into law on July 26, 1990, therefore the accessible seating locations for the bleachers and lawn seats, are platforms K and L, respectively.  Neither the lawn nor the bleachers were designed to accommodate wheelchairs, and are not accessible.  Please use the designated platforms K and L in those areas.  For the safety of all patrons, wheelchairs are not permitted in the bleachers or on the lawn.

For all Summerfest concerts, Amphitheater aide volunteers are available to assist persons with disabilities, the elderly, or those who need special assistance to their concert seats. 

Ground Stage Performances

Seating: During Summerfest all major stage areas throughout the festival grounds offer accessible viewing areas near the stage or on raised platforms, on a first-come, first-served basis. Accessible seating at picnic tables are located throughout the grounds.

Performances: Sign language interpreters can be provided for specific performances upon request by calling  Summerfest  Guest Services at (414) 273-2680 (voice/TTY). A minimum of two weeks prior notice is required so that an interpreter can be secured and materials/lyrics can be obtained from the artist.

Accessible Parking and Loading Zones

Accessible parking spaces are available in lots G, H & P. Vehicles must have appropriate plates or a permit to park in accessible spaces.  All parking is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

During Summerfest, passengers in personal vehicles may be dropped-off and/or picked-up at the South Gate.  Please allow extra time during peak hours.

For Transit Plus, passenger loading/unloading will be located at the North Gate during Summerfest.

Family Restroom

A large, private unisex restroom for families, patrons with disabilities and their companions, or anyone needing a little extra room and privacy is located in the north wing of the Mid Gate building. Door key is available at the check-in service desk at the Mid Gate.

Additional accessible restrooms are located throughout the grounds and in the American Family Insurance Amphitheater.

First Aid Stations

First Aid stations are located: 

  • Inside the North Gate
  • South of the Mid Gate between the Miller Lite Oasis and the Harley Davidson Roadhouse Stage
  • On the south end of the grounds   near the Kohl’s Captivation Station
  • A First Aid station is located inside the American Family Insurance Amphitheater during Amphitheater performances.

Information & Services

Information Centers are located adjacent to all gate areas.

Audio maps, large Print & Braille entertainment schedules are available at all Information Centers as well as at the NSCIA Respite Pavilion just south of the Mid Gate.

The Summerfest Courtesy Assistance Program uses volunteers to promote services available to people with disabilities.  Program volunteers will be stationed at the Mid Gate and throughout the festival grounds to provide support if needed during Summerfest and are identifiable by their hang tag. In addition, security personnel are stationed at all gate areas and throughout the grounds and are available to answer questions and provide directions.

National Spinal Cord Injury Association Respite Pavilion

This "smoke free" facility, located just south of the Miller Lite Oasis, is specifically designed for the comfort of our patrons who have disabilities and special needs. The pavilion includes fully accessible shower and restroom facilities, an air-conditioned rest area and an outdoor observation deck. Storage lockers and oxygen storage is available. No attendant services are available. This facility closes at 10:00 pm during Summerfest and all ethnic festivals, and is not open for American Family Insurance Amphitheater shows outside of those festivals.

Service Animals

Service animals are allowed on the grounds provided the animal does not pose a danger or threat to other service animals or patrons. Owners of service animals are responsible for the animal's personal cares. A relief area for service animals is located behind the Respite Pavilion. For accommodations for services not mentioned in this brochure, please call (414) 273-2680 (voice/TTY). Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. requests that individuals needing assistance be accompanied by a companion or attendant. Employees of Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. and the National Spinal Cord Injury Association Respite Pavilion are not permitted to assist patrons with transferring or personal cares.

Wheelchair & Stroller Rental

A limited number of wheelchairs and strollers are available at the North, Mid and South Gates with proper identification. $10.00 (cash only) for manual wheelchairs and $4.00 (cash only) for single strollers. Summerfest is not responsible for strollers or their contents left unattended on the grounds. Strollers are not allowed inside the American Family Insurance Amphitheater. Guest(s) must be 18 years or older to rent. Scooter rentals are no longer available.

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