Summerfest 2014: Getting to the Big Gig…and the acts you can see while you’re there

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Summerfest 2014 is here! The Big Gig officially kicked off on Wednesday, June 25th — with the gates opening at noon.

Your biggest concern, with all the construction in and around downtown Milwaukee may be how you’re going to get down to the fest.

Officials are encouraging folks to utilize public transportation — as parking is and will be an issue in downtown Milwaukee throughout Summerfest’s 11-day run.

There are several options available to you to help you get downtown easily and safely.

The Milwaukee County Transit Service (MCTS) offers Freeway Flyer service from nine Park and Ride lots.

The Freeway Flyer service is $6.50 per person, round trip. Children (6-11), seniors (65 and over) and persons with disabilities with proper ID pay $3.00 round trip.

The Freeway Flyer picks up and drops off at the following Park and Ride lots:

1) Timmerman – Timmerman Field at Appleton and N. 96th Street

2) Brown Deer East – Brown Deer Road, west of I-43

3) Holt – Holt Avenue, west of I-94

4) College – College Avenue at I-94 (both lots)

5) Ryan Road – Ryan Road and I-94

6) Whitnall/Hales Corners – I-43, east of S. 108th Street

7) Loomis – Loomis Road, south of Coldspring Road

8) State Fair Park – I-94, S. 76th and W. Kearney

9) Burleigh/Mayfair Collection – North of Burleigh Street, east of U.S. Highway 45 at 114th Street

The Freeway Flyers drop off at Summerfest’s Mid Gate.

Service begins one half-hour before Summerfest begins, and service ends one half-hour after Summerfest ends.

Flyers provide service on weekdays, every half-hour on the hour and half-hour from 11:30 am to 5:00 pm, and every 15 minutes from 5:00 pm to 12:30 am. On Saturdays and Sundays, service is every 15-20 minutes.

Parking at Park and Ride lots is free of charge.

park and ride map

The MCTS Shuttle runs along Wisconsin Avenue. Also, more than 10 regular MCTS routes travel to the downtown area from which riders can connect to a Shuttle.

Fares for the shuttle have been reduced this year, from $3 round-trip to just $1 round-trip.  Children (6-11), seniors (65 and over) and persons with disabilities with proper ID pay $.50 round trip.

The Shuttle operates downtown from 11:30 am to 12:30 am every day during Summerfest and provides service to the North Gate.

Bus service runs every 10 minutes.

Buses operate in both directions along Wisconsin Avenue.

When traveling to Summerfest, the Shuttle stops between N. James Lovell Street and N. Jackson Street, then proceeds directly to the North Gate.

Stops are made at all bus stops marked with the Summerfest smile logo.


Once you’re there, you’ll want to know which acts you can check out — and on which stages.

For that, we invite you to CLICK HERE, to view Summerfest’s FULL lineup!

You can view the artists playing on all stages for each of Summerfest’s 11 days.

Marcus Amphitheater headliners are as follows:

Wednesday, June 25th: Bruno Mars with special guest Aloe Blacc

Thursday, June 26th: Lady Gaga with special guest Crayon Pop

Friday, June 27th: Brad Paisley with special guests Darius Rucker and Joel Crouse

Saturday, June 28th: Luke Bryan with special guest Danielle Bradbery

Sunday, June 29th: Outkast with special guest Gary Clark Jr.


Tuesday, July 1st: OneRepublic with special guests Mayer Hawthorne and American Authors

Wednesday, July 2nd: A Very Special Evening with Dave Matthews Band – 7

Thursday, July 3rd: Zac Brown Band with special guest Jared & The Mill – 7

Friday, July 4th: Motley Crue with special guest Alice Cooper

Saturday, July 5th: Fall Out Boy and Paramore with special guest New Politics – 7

Sunday, July 6th: User with special guest Bebe Rexha

*All shows at the Marcus Amphitheater begin at 7:30 p.m. — with the exception of the Dave Matthews show, the Zac Brown Band show and the Paramore and Fall Out Boy Show — which each begin at 7:00 p.m.


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