Milwaukee County Parks

Major Special Events

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Major Special Events

From marathons to concerts, air shows to cyclocross, hundreds of events are held within Milwaukee County parks each year. Check our events calendar for events coming to a park near you. And don’t miss popular annual events.

Winter Wonders at Boerner Botanical Gardens

Winter Wonders

Nov. 19, 2021 - Jan. 2 2022, Whitnall Park

Gather the family to experience Winter Wonders, the 1.4-mile touchless, drive-through holiday light show featuring more than one million LED lights! The show is set in the area surrounding the Boerner Botanical Arboretum and Whitnall Park. Made possible in part through a Joint Effort Marketing grant from the Department of Tourism.

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Music in the Parks

Planned Return in 2022, Various Parks

Over 200 live performances are held in the parks each summer, and they're all free to attend. Past concerts series have included Jazz in the Park at Cathedral Square, the themed entertainment of Washington Park Wednesdays, and Bay View's Chill on the Hill series.

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Milwaukee Brewfest

Planned Return in 2022, McKinley Park 

Sample craft beers from nearly 100 local breweries at this outdoor beerfest on the shores of Lake Michigan at the 11th annual Milwaukee Brewfest.

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Milwaukee Air & Water Show

Planned Return in 2022

The spectacular show, sponsored by Waterstone Bank, features displays by military air and water performance groups — including the Blue Angels! Head to Veterans Park and Bradford Beach for the best viewing locations.

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USA Triathlon

Planned Return in 2022, Veterans Park

USA Triathlon is heading back to Milwaukee for the 2021 Age Group National Championships.

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Bastille Days

Planned Return in 2022
Cathedral Square

Enjoy a taste of France at the annual Bastille Days organized by Eastown Association. The event includes the Storm the Bastille 5K run.

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Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon

Planned Return in 2022, Veterans Park

The Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon is a USATF-certified course ending at Veterans Park. This flat, scenic, point-to-point course travels south through rural countryside, quiet neighborhoods and finishes along the shores of Lake Michigan.

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China Lights

Planned Return in 2022, Boerner Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens is aglow with colorful lantern displays and cultural entertainment in this unique night-time event.

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Fireworks at Milwaukee's Lakefront

July 3 Fireworks

Planned Return in 2022

Milwaukee's annual tradition features a 45-minute fireworks show presented by American Family Insurance, the Milwaukee Brewers Foundation and T&M Partners. Head to Veterans Park for the best viewing location.

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PHC Classic Symetra Golf Tour

2021: Status TBD

Players from around the world — all on the road to the LPGA — compete for the $15,000 first-place payout and a spot in The Evian Championship. The golf tournament is free for spectators.

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Wauwatosa, WI 53226
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