The Summerfest music festival is to Milwaukee what Mardi Gras is to New Orleans. But instead of The Big Easy, Summerfest–an 11-day affair with over 700 bands–is known as The Big Gig. Held annually at the Henry Maier Festival Park, the self-titled “World’s Largest Music Festival” attracts around a million fans each year with its incredible lineup.

This year’s Marcus Amphitheater headliners include Kendrick Lamar with Schoolboy Q, Kings of Leon, Zac Brown Band and Linkin Park. The festival’s Ground Stage headliners include The Flaming Lips, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Jane’s Addiction, Nas and Public Enemy. General admission tickets, 3-day tickets and weekly day passes are currently available on the official website, or on

Summerfest Past & Current Lineup(s)

Summerfest 2015 Lineup

Kendrick Lamar with Schoolboy Q
Kings of Leon
Zac Brown Band
Linkin Park
The Flaming Lips
Weird Al Yankovic
Jane’s Addiction
Public Enemy
The New Pornographers
Gary Clark Jr.
Brand New
Coheed and Cambria
Mavis Staples
Sylvan Esso
Charles Bradley
Field Report
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zers
Sublime with Rome
Lupe Fiasco
Gogol Bordello
Flogging Molly
The Blind Boys of Alabama
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
J. Roddy Walston & The Business
Shakey Graves
Manchester Orchestra
Walk the Moon
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
Vance Joy

Summerfest 2014 Lineup

OutKast, Lady Gaga, Dave Matthews Band, Zac Brown Band, Fall Out Boy Paramore, Darius Rucker, Brad Paisley, New Order, Nas, Tegan & Sara, Rise Against, Girl Talk, Gary Clark Jr., Ray LaMontagne, The Head and the Heart, The Hold Steady, Best Coast, Ludacris, Atmosphere, Brand New, Umphrey’s McGee, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Melissa Etheridge, Fitz & The Tantrums, The Airborne Toxic Event, B.o.B., The Fray, The Neighbourhood, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, ZZ Ward, Cheap Trick, Walk Off the Earth, Ziggy Marley, A Great Big World, Kool and the Gang, Switchfoot, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Wailers, Rusted Root, George Thorogood & The Destroyers, The Crystal Method, Delta Rae, St. Lucia, Moon Taxi, Taj Mahal Trio, Matisyahu

Summerfest 2013 Lineup

Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Empire of the Sun
Pretty Lights
Imagine Dragons
Dropkick Murphys
Silversun Pickups
Billy Idol
Bad Religion
Social Distortion
The Airborne Toxic Event
Dr. John
Alice Cooper
LL Cool J
The Features
Atlas Genius

Summerfest 2012 Lineup

Lady Antebellum (headliner)
Foo Fighters
ZZ Top
The Roots
David Gray
Young the Giant
The Heartless Bastards
The Hives
Country Throwdown Tour featuring Gary Allan, Rodney Atkins, Josh Thompson and Sunny Sweeney
Kool and the Gang
Ben Folds Five
Paul Oakenfold
Thievery Corporation
Burton Cummings
Rocker and Slick
Fountains of Wayne
Darius Rucker (yes, of Hootie & The Blowfish fame – the guy is legit though standalone)
Thompson Square (a husband and wife country music duo)
Neil Diamond
Zac Brown Band
The Avett Brothers
Steve Miller Band
Lupe Fiasco
Gary Clark Jr.
Head and the Heart
Eric Benet
Phil Vassar
Joss Stone
Brantley Gilbert
Tito Rojas
Gavin Degraw
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Fitz & The Tantrums
The Joy Formidable
La India
Anthony Hamilton
Art of Dying
Civil Twilight
Cowboy Mouth
Gov’t Mule
Hollywood Undead
Jimmy Cliff
Joe Walsh
Kellie Pickler
Mayer Hawthorne
Motion City Soundtrack
The BoDeans
The Walkmen
We Came As Romans
Ziggy Marley

Summerfest Tickets 2015

Summerfest 2015 Dates

June 24-28 / June 30 – July 5, 2015
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Summerfest Ticket Prices

Primary Market

GA Tick Price
Valid any time: $19
Tuesday-Friday, prior to 4:00 pm: $12
3-Day Pass $45

Secondary Market

City State Venue Date Avg. Price
Milwaukee WI Marcus Amphitheater 6/27/2012 $96.22
Milwaukee WI Marcus Amphitheater 6/29/2012 $108.76
Milwaukee WI Marcus Amphitheater 6/30/2012 $115.43
Milwaukee WI Marcus Amphitheater 7/3/2012 $81.94
Milwaukee WI Marcus Amphitheater 7/4/2012 $135.43
Milwaukee WI Marcus Amphitheater 7/6/2012 $54.99
Milwaukee WI Marcus Amphitheater 7/7/2012 $167.77
Milwaukee WI Marcus Amphitheater 7/8/2012 $170.66
Milwaukee WI Marcus Amphitheater 6/27/2013 $126.16
Milwaukee WI Marcus Amphitheater 6/28/2013 $157.93
Milwaukee WI Marcus Amphitheater 6/29/2013 $105.63
Milwaukee WI Marcus Amphitheater 7/2/2013 $114.85
Milwaukee WI Marcus Amphitheater 7/4/2013 $218.74
Milwaukee WI Marcus Amphitheater 7/5/2013 $165.13
Milwaukee WI Marcus Amphitheater 7/31/2013 $57.50

Summerfest Key Dates

Date Happening
1960s late Mayor Henry Maier visits Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany and is inspired
1968 The first Summerfest was hosted, sprawling across 35 Milwaukee locations
1970 Festival moves to lakeside abandoned missile site
mid-1970s Permanent stages materialize
1980s Infrastructure solidified, and long-term lease agreement reached
1983 Turnstiles added, facilitating attendance records (attendance=657,429)
1987 Marcus Amphitheater (23,000 seat capacity) debuts (attendance=830,500)
2011 Phase One of the redevelopment project completed (new Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard, South Gate and Box Office, as well as new food and beverage buildings and restrooms)
2012 Phase Two of the redevelopment project completed (a covered music venue on the waterfront, the BMO Harris Pavilion as well as a elevated covered lakeside bar, restrooms and unique lakeshore amenities for festival-goers)