MILWAUKEE (June 10, 2015) - With Summerfest just around the corner, we want to help Fest-fans make it to and from “The Big Gig®” safely and efficiently. Keeping summer construction in mind, specifically the Hoan Bridge Project, here are some tips to help ensure ease of travel and parking availability.
Milwaukee County Transit System
Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) offers easy options that get you straight to the gates of Summerfest. Catch an MCTS Freeway Flyer or an Ozaukee County Express from designated parking lots. You can also take advantage of the MCTS Downtown Shuttle along Wisconsin Avenue and park within walking distance of a Shuttle stop. Or, you can ride a local bus route and walk a short distance to the Summerfest Grounds. For a list of Park-Ride lots and weekday and weekend Freeway Flyer schedules, visit RideMCTS.com or call (414) 344-6711 for 24-hour automated bus information.
Additional transit options include:
- Amtrak Hiawatha Service
Amtrak offers easy access to Summerfest from Chicago, Racine and Kenosha. Visit AmtrakHiawatha.com for more details.
- Wisconsin Coach Lines/Coach USA Milwaukee
Wisconsin Coach Lines offers service from Waukesha, Racine and Kenosha. Call (262) 542-8861 or visit WisconsinCoach.com for route and fare information.
- GO Riteway Summerfest Shuttle from Washington County
Park your car – it’s FREE, then take GO Riteway’s shuttle to Summerfest from two convenient locations in Washington County. For more information, visit Goriteway.com or call GO Riteway Transportation Group, (262) 677-3282.
- Badger Bus Service from Madison
Badger Bus will offer special service from Madison to Summerfest five (5) times a day during the festival. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Ride Uber to and from Henry Maier Festival Park – First Ride is FREE!
Uber is offering new users a ride in style to Summerfest. Download the Uber app and enter promo code SUMMERFEST2015 for a FREE first ride, up to $20 off. This offer expires July 5. Sign up for an Uber account here: t.uber.com/SUMMERFEST2015.
Directions for Drivers
If driving to Summerfest is your preference, the following tips will help you avoid road closures and traffic back-up’s from any direction:
- Plan your route ahead of time at Summerfest.com and with the 2015 Summerfest App and check for updates on construction at projects.511wi.gov and zoointerchange.wi.gov.
- Leave early and be patient.
- From the west, drivers can utilize exits at 7th and St. Paul or I-43 North to Kilbourn.
- From the south, via I-43, use I-794 to Plankinton, Lapham/Becher to Kinnicinnic Avenue north or I-43 North to 10th and Michigan exit.
- From the south, via the Hoan Bridge, the Lincoln Memorial Drive / Michigan Street exit is available.
- From the north, visitors may use I-43 to I-794 East to Plankinton or exit early at McKinley or 11th Street and head east.
When leaving Summerfest, the following locations will be available for highway entrance:
- Lincoln Memorial Drive and Jackson Street entrances to I-794 West
- I-43 (north and South) at 2nd and Clybourn
- I-794 West at 7th and Clybourn as well as 11th and Michigan.
- Southbound access to the Hoan Bridge at Broadway and Clybourn.
For additional information, grab a Summerfest Official Schedule or a 2015 Summerfest Get Around Guide (See Attached) available at local restaurant, retail and hotel establishments and travel centers throughout southeastern and south central Wisconsin, or visit the Transportation and Parking page on Summerfest.com.
Summerfest Parking Lots
Summerfest parking lots open daily at 9:00 a.m. Preferred Parking is only $20 and Exclusive Parking is only $35. All parking is on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-paid parking passes for specific dates during Summerfest may be purchased online at Summerfest.com, at the Summerfest Box Office and via phone.
Download the SpotHero app for iPhone or Android and book parking right from your phone! Find and pay for parking, review shuttle services and reserve a spot in advance. Now through the end of Summerfest, new mobile users get an extra $5 off with the promo code SUMMERFEST. To redeem, download the app, search Summerfest, select your spot and apply the code. Visit the SpotHero Summerfest Parking Page for more information.
Summerfest 2015 will take place June 24 - 28 and June 30 – July 5 from Noon until Midnight and will be closed Monday, June 29. Following its 1968 debut, Summerfest has evolved into what is now recognized as “The World’s Largest Music Festival” and Milwaukee’s cornerstone summer celebration, bringing the music industry’s hottest stars, emerging talent and local favorites along with approximately 900,000 people from Milwaukee and around the world together each year for an unforgettable live music experience. During the festival, the spotlight shines on over 800 acts, over 1,000 performances, 11 stages, delectable food and beverages and interactive activities, all in a world-class festival setting. Patrons can also enjoy Miller Lite, the Official Beer of Summerfest. For more details, visit Summerfest.com, Facebook.com/summerfest or Twitter: @Summerfest or download the 2015 Summerfest App.