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MILWAUKEE — Summerfest 2016 is officially underway! Thursday, June 30th was Day Two of the Big Gig.

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 shuttles at Summerfest

MCTS shuttles at Summerfest

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

Get to Summerfest with MCTS

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

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 (to park) 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.

CLICK HERE to reserve parking at Summerfest via SpotHero.



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

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.


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 Thursday, June 30th:

Marcus Amphitheater:


The BMO Harris Pavilion with Miller Lite:

  • Lovin Kind 2:00 p.m.
  • Category X 4:00 p.m.
  • Bad Boy 6:00 p.m.
  • Led Zepplin 2 8:00 p.m.
  • Styx 9:45 p.m.

The Miller Lite Oasis:

  • The Presidents 12:00 p.m.
  • Bad Habitz 3:00 p.m.
  • Greatest Lakes 6:00 p.m.
  • GGOOLLDD 7:15 p.m.
  • Bishop Briggs 8:30 p.m.
  • Passion Pit 10:00 p.m.

Harley-Davidson Roadhouse Stage:

  • Fowl Mouth 12:00 p.m.
  • Boney Fingers 2:00 p.m.
  • Mr. Blotto 5:00 p.m.
  • Larry McCray 8:00 p.m.
  • Umphrey’s McGee 10:00 p.m.

Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard Stage:

  • Alex Wilson Band 12:00 p.m.
  • Dave Fitzpatrick Band 2:00 p.m.
  • Land the Big Gig 5:00 p.m.
  • Aleem 7:00 p.m.
  • Corey Pieper 8:00 p.m.
  • Gavin Becker 9:00 p.m.
  • Jack & Jack 9:30 p.m.

US Cellular Connection Stage:

  • Listening Party 12:00 p.m.
  • Stephanie Erin Brill 2:00 p.m.
  • Gabe Burdulis Band 4:00 p.m.
  • Evan Christian Band 6:00 p.m.
  • Zella Day 8:00 p.m.
  • Michael Franti & Spearhead 10:00 p.m.

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

  • Left of Reason 1:00 p.m.
  • The Complication 3:00 p.m.
  • Gun Sin Roses 5:00 p.m.
  • Jon Paris 6:30 p.m.
  • The Potash Twins 8:00 p.m.
  • Joe Jackson 9:30 p.m.

Johnson Controls World Sound Stage:

  • Rockonsin 12:00 p.m.
  • Total Control 4:15 p.m.
  • Laura Reed 5:30 p.m.
  • The Noble Thiefs 6:45 p.m.
  • Black Violin 8:00 p.m.
  • The Record Company 10:00 p.m.

JoJo’s Martini Lounge: 

  • Taped Music 12:00 p.m.
  • Phil Norby 1:00 p.m.
  • Blue Light Scene 4:00 p.m.
  • Boogie Men 8:00 p.m.

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

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