For the week of June 27-July 3…
Summerfest, June 28-July 2, July 4–9 (closed on July 3), Maier Festival Park (summerfest.com)
The World’s Largest Music Festival celebrates 50 years beginning on Wednesday, which will culminate with the Opening Night Big Bang fireworks show (and Milwaukeeans love their fireworks!). Rather than try to sort through the 800 musical acts over the festival’s 11 days (You can do that by clicking the festival website link listed above), I wish to address another festival-related issue. Many of us “old-timers” who recall the days of yore when it cost a mere pittance to gain admission to the festival have personally expressed frustration to me over the “outrageous” admission ticket prices to recent fests (And I’m not talking about prices to headliner shows in the American Family Insurance Amphitheater, that’s a subject for another column altogether). Well, guess what? Summerfest has devised a number of ways that you can get into the fest without spending a dime! Here’s the list of those special days, so take note!
June 28-Stomp Out Hunger Day
In what has become an Opening Day tradition, those who bring three non-perishable food items to any of the three festival gates from noon-3 pm will get in free! Lots of folks enjoy Opening Day free, and the Hunger Task Force gets a huge shot in the arm for their local food pantries!
June 29-Throwback Thursday
If you’ve spent at least $50 on any shopping trip to Pick & Save/Metro Market/Copps stores in the past several months, your receipt contains a voucher for 4 tickets to enter the fest from noon-6 pm today. Even if you don’t have the voucher, anyone can still get into the fest for $5 from noon-6 pm on Throwback Thursday!
June 30-Go Red Day
Coinciding with a UW pep rally in the BMO Harris Pavilion at 2:30 that features Bucky Badger and the UW Pep Band, anyone showing up at the Mid-Gate wearing a red shirt from noon-3 pm gets in free! It’s enough to make you want to “jump around!”
July 2-Turning 50 During the 50th
If you, like Summerfest, turn the Big Five-Oh during 2017, show up at any gate with ID between noon-8 pm and you’re in!
July 5-Children’s Fest Day
Also known as Family Day, this long-standing Fest tradition welcomes everyone for free from noon-3 pm! There are also discounts on food and beverage items during that time!
July 6-Seniorfest Day
If you’re 60 or better, this day is for you! Show up at any gate between noon-4 pm and you’re in! You’ll also get a $2 voucher good towards any food purchase of $10 or more during that time!
July 9-Fan Appreciation Day
Otherwise known as “Thank You Day,” everybody gets in free on Summerfest’s final day from noon-3 pm!
Hope you find these tips will help you to join in the fun at Summerfest’s Golden Anniversary celebration!
And remember, Summerfest takes the day off on Monday, July 3, but it will be back to business as usual on the 4th! Have a Safe and Happy Fourth, everybody!