Summerfest 2016: Getting to the Big Gig…and the acts you can see while you’re there

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MILWAUKEE — Summerfest 2016 is here! The Big Gig will officially kick off on Wednesday, June 29th — with the gates opening at noon.

Officials with the Milwaukee County Transit System are reminding you that you don’t have to take your vehicle to Summerfest. You can instead take an MCTS bus.

MCTS offers local routes from Bay View, Bronzeville or the East Side, the Summerfest Shuttle from downtown or a Freeway Flyer from the suburbs.

If you’d like to drive yourself to Summerfest, there’s an app for that too.

“You pretty much just compare prices on a map, pick a location that looks good to you and then you reserve it right from your phone,” Suzannah Rubinstein with SpotHero said.

The app is called SpotHero, and can be downloaded for free on Apple or Android devices. If you’d like to use SpotHero, there is a promo code available for first-time users going to Summerfest. That promo code is SUMMERFEST16. You’ll receive $5 off your first spot.



DOT officials say some good exit routes from Maier Festival Park include:

  • St. Paul
  • 13th Street
  • James Lovell Street
  • Michigan Street
  • 26th Street

Exit routes from Summerfest

The MCTS Freeway Flyers run until 12:30 a.m. each night of Summerfest — but if Summerfest runs late, so will those flyers.

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, at the Summerfest Box Office and via phone.

For a complete listing of transportation options, visit the travel page.

For a list of Park-Ride lots and weekday and weekend Freeway Flyer schedules, visit or call (414) 344-6711 for 24-hour automated bus information.

Once you’re there, you’ll want to know which acts you can check out — and on which stages. Below is a list of headliners for Wednesday, June 29th:

The BMO Harris Pavilion with Miller Lite:

  • Geoff Landon and Branded 2:00 p.m.
  • Billy Prine 4:00 p.m.
  • Lucie Silvas 6:00 p.m.
  • Kris Kristofferson 8:00 p.m.
  • Willie Nelson 10:00 p.m.

The Miller Lite Oasis:

  • Random Maxx 12:00 p.m.
  • Boy Band Review 2:30 p.m.
  • 7th Heaven 5:00 p.m.
  • Captain and Mamba 6:30 p.m.
  • Mantics 7:30 p.m.
  • Kiings 8:30 p.m.
  • Martin Garrix 10:15 p.m.

Harley-Davidson Roadhouse Stage:

  • Mojo Perry Band 12:00 p.m.
  • Jonny T-Bird & The MPS 2:00 p.m.
  • Leroy Airmaster with Junior Brantley 4:00 p.m.
  • Generation Z 6:00 p.m.
  • Finish Ticket 8:00 p.m.
  • Fitz and the Tantrums 10:00 p.m.

Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard Stage:

  • Pink Houses 12:00 p.m.
  • Opening Ceremony/Reception/Teardown 5:00 p.m.
  • Alter Ego 6:00 p.m.
  • Ronnie Nyles 8:15 p.m.
  • Joan Jett & The Blackhearts 10:00 p.m.

US Cellular Connection Stage:

  • Run Carolina 12:00 p.m.
  • Georgia Overdrive 2:00 p.m.
  • Madison County 4:00 p.m.
  • Rebel Grace 6:00 p.m.
  • Brett Young 8:00 p.m.
  • Dustin Lynch 10:00 p.m.

The Uline Warehouse with Miller Lite and CW 18 & My 24:

  • Parallel 1:00 p.m.
  • The Gleasons 3:00 p.m.
  • Tom Fuller Band 5:00 p.m.
  • Enemy Planes 6:30 p.m.
  • The Fatty Acids 8:00 p.m.
  • Weird Al Yankovic 10:00 p.m.

Johnson Controls World Sound Stage:

  • Ron Gallo 12:30 p.m.
  • Mair Traffic Controller 2:00 p.m.
  • The Rocketboys 3:30 p.m.
  • Anna Rose 5:00 p.m.
  • No No Yeah Okay 6:30 p.m.
  • The People Brothers Band 8:00 p.m.
  • Morris Day and the Time 10:00 p.m.

JoJo’s Martini Lounge: 

  • Eric Diamond 1:00 p.m.
  • Crossfire 4:00 p.m.
  • The Cougars 8:00 p.m.

CLICK HERE to access Summerfest’s website to check the lineup, take a look at admission promotions and Summerfest’s Get Around Guide — and more.



    Preferred Parking is only $20 and Exclusive Parking is only $35 plus 2 beers, that’s a 100.00 bucks, no thank you Kilwaukee.

  • Mark

    wow, how the hell are you gonna charge 20.00 and 35.00 to park a vehicle. I know…. nobody’s making you park there, but still…

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