Transportation and Parking

Your Best Route

Summerfest is set on Lake Michigan in downtown Milwaukee. Remember to plan ahead and allow extra time for travel. We have listed some sample routes to Summerfest parking lots below. Each section (North, South. West) details several route options. 

North
from the north

From the North

  1. I-43 SB to McKinley/Fond du Lac Ave exit. Left (east) on McKinley Ave to Water St. Right (south) on Water St.
  2. I-43 SB to 11th St/Highland Ave exit. Straight (south) on 11th St to Wisconsin Ave. Left (east) on Wisconsin Ave to Water St. Right (south) on Water St.
  3. I-43 SB to I-794 EB to Plankinton Ave exit. Left (north) on Plankinton Ave to Michigan St. Right (east) on Michigan St to Water St. Right (south) on Water St.
  4. I-43 SB to National Ave exit. Right (north) on 9th St to National Ave. Right (east) on National Ave to 1st St. Left (north) on 1st St to Pittsburgh Ave. Right (east) on Pittsburgh Ave to Young St.
  5. I-43 SB to I-794 EB to Jackson/Van Buren exit. Right (south) on Jackson St.
  6. I-43 SB to I-794 EB to Jackson/Van Buren exit. Left (north) on Van Buren St.

To the North

  1. West on Young St to Pittsburgh Ave. Straight (west) on Pittsburgh Ave to 1st St. Left (south) on 1st St to Mineral St. Right (west) on Mineral St to I-43 NB.*
  2. North on Water St to Knapp St. Left (west) on Knapp St to McKinley Ave. Straight (west) on McKinley Ave to I-43 NB.**
  3. North on Water St to Michigan St. Left (west) on Michigan St to 2nd St. Left (south) on 2nd St to I-43 NB.*
  4. East on Buffalo St to Van Buren St. Left (north) on Van Buren St to Clybourn St. Left (west) on Clybourn St to I-794 WB. West on I-794 WB to I-43 NB.*
  5. West on Michigan St to Jackson St. Left (south) on Jackson St to I-794 WB. West on I-794 WB to I-43 NB.**

*Route for those parked south of I-794
**Route for those parked north of I-794

South
from the north

From the South

  1. I-94 WB/I-43 NB (north) to National Ave exit. Right (north) on 9th St to National Ave. Right (east) on National Ave to 1st St. Left (north) on 1st St to Pittsburgh Ave. Right (east) on Pittsburgh Ave to Young St.
  2. I-94 WB/I-43 NB (north) to I-794 EB. I-794 EB to Jackson/Van Buren St exit. Right (south) on Jackson St.
  3. I-94 WB/I-43 NB (north) to I-794 EB. I-794 EB to Jackson/Van Buren St exit. Left (north) on Van Buren St.

To the South

  1. West on Young St to Pittsburgh Ave. Straight (west) on Pittsburgh Ave to 1st St. Left (south) on 1st St to Washington St. Right (west) on Washington St to 9th St. Right (north) on 9th St to Mineral St. Right (east) on Mineral St to I-94 EB/I-43 SB.*
  2. East on Buffalo St to Van Buren St. Left (north) on Van Buren St to Clybourn St. Left (west) on Clybourn to I-794 WB. West on I-794 WB to I-94 EB/I-43 SB.*
  3. West on Michigan St to Jackson St. Left (south) on Jackson St to I-794 WB. West on I-794 WB to I-94 EB/I-43 SB.**
  4. West on Clybourn St to 2nd St. Left (south) at 2nd St to I-794 WB. West on I-794 WB to I-94 EB/I-43 SB.**
  5. West on Wisconsin Ave to 11th St. Left (south) at 11th St to I-94 EB/I-43 SB.**

*Route for those parked south of I-794
**Route for those parked north of I-794

West
from the north

From the West

  1. I-94 EB to 26th St/St Paul Ave exit. Right (east) on St Paul Ave. Straight (east) on St Paul Ave.
  2. I-94 EB to James Lovell/St Paul Ave exit. Left (east) on St Paul Ave. Straight (east) on St Paul Ave.
  3. I-94 EB to James Lovell/St Paul Ave exit. Left (north) to James Lovell St. Straight (north) on James Lovell St to Michigan St. Right (east) on Michigan St.
  4. I-94 EB to I-94/I-43 SB (south) to National Ave exit. Right (north) on 9th St to National Ave. Right (east) on National Ave to 1st St. Left (north) on 1st St to Pittsburgh Ave. Right (east) on Pittsburgh Ave to Young St.
  5. I-94 EB to I-794 EB to Jackson/Van Buren exit. Right (south) on Jackson St.
  6. I-94 EB to I-794 EB to Jackson/Van Buren exit. Left (north) on Van Buren St.

To the West

  1. West on Young St to Pittsburgh Ave. Straight (west) on Pittsburgh Ave to 1st St. Left (south) on 1st St to Florida Ave. Right (west) on Florida Ave to 6th St. Right (north) at the 6th St roundabout to Canal St. Left (west) on Canal St to WIS 175. Right (north) on WIS 175 to I-94 WB.*
  2. West on St Paul Ave to I-94 WB on-ramp at 28th St.*
  3. West on Michigan St to I-94 WB at 11th St.**
  4. East on Buffalo St to Van Buren St. Left (north) on Van Buren St to Clybourn St. Left (west) on Clybourn to I-794 WB.**
  5. West on Michigan St to Jackson St. Left (south) on Jackson St to I-794 WB.**

*Route for those parked south of I-794
**Route for those parked north of I-794

Milwaukee County Transit System

Milwaukee County Transit System offers easy options that get you straight to the gates of Summerfest. Catch a Milwaukee County Transit System Freeway Flyer from a Park-Ride lot or take advantage of the Downtown Shuttle. You are encouraged to purchase a MCTS•CARD in advance. Get your MCTS M•CARD online here 

Visit MCTS online for more information and suggested routing or call (414) 344-6711 for 24-hour automated bus information.

Uber To The Fest

Get a ride to and from the fest in minutes with Uber. Download the app and enter promo code Summerfest2017 to get your first ride free (up to $20)! This offer ends July 10. With three designated pick-up and drop-off zones, getting to the fest has never been easier.

Pick-up and Drop-off Zones

  • E. Michigan St. & N. Harbor Dr.
  • E. Chicago St. & N. Jackson St.
  • E. Summerfest Place & N. Jackson St.

 

Bar & Restaurant Shuttle Services

Many local bars and restaurants run shuttle services to and from Summerfest. View the 2016 shuttle guide that lists a number of options all across the city. We will update the guide to the 2017 version when ready. Courtesy of our friends at OnMilwaukee.

Bus and shuttle service is provided from many different operators during Summerfest, including:

  • Wisconsin Coach Lines/Coach USA Milwaukee (Waukesha and Racine/Kenosha)
  • Ozaukee County Express
  • GO Riteway (Washington County)
  • Badger Bus (Madison)

Summerfest Car / Bike / Motorcycle Parking

Car: Parking lots open daily at 9:00 am. All parking is on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-paid parking passes for specific dates during Summerfest may be purchased online. Preferred parking is $20 a day and Premier is $35 a day. There is no RV parking on the Summerfest grounds. For information on nearby RV parking please visit the Wisconsin State Fair RV park.

Motorcycle: Free motorcycle parking is located near the Mid Gate and opens at 9:00 am, sponsored by Harley-Davidson®, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bicycle: Bicycle parking is located near the Mid, North and South Gates.

Bublr Bikes: Milwaukee’s bike share program. Bublr Bike Stations are available across the area. For information on station locations and how to borrow a bike, visit bublrbikes.com.

SpotHero Advance Discounted Parking

Park with SpotHero and shuttle to the fest. To find and pay for parking, visit SpotHero Summerfest Parking Page and reserve in advance. You can also use SpotHero to park all over Milwaukee - learn more here. 

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New to SpotHero? Download the SpotHero app on your iPhone or Android and anter promo code SUMMERFEST17 for an extra 15% off your first park!

See map below for SpotHero parking locations:

Park Milwaukee 

Let Park Milwaukee help you get the most out of your Milwaukee experience with the least amount of hassle. For an extensive list of public parking lots in the area, visit Park Milwaukee.

TRAIN SERVICE TO MILWAUKEE

Amtrak Hiawatha Service

Coming to Summerfest from Chicago or Racine/Kenosha? This summer, jam without traffic by taking the train with Amtrak Hiawatha Service between Chicago and Milwaukee. Amtrak Hiawatha offers easy access to Summerfest from the downtown Milwaukee Intermodal Station. You can catch the train from Chicago Union Station, Glenview in the northern suburbs and Sturtevant in the Racine/Kenosha Area. Saturdays of Summerfest Amtrak runs their Night Moves service so that guests travelling the Milwaukee-Chicago corridor can stay longer to enjoy their evening. Visit AmtrakHiawatha.com for details.

 

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