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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

Whitnall Park – Nov. 24 – Dec. 31

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. 

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Fireworks at Milwaukee's Lakefront

July 3 Fireworks

Veterans Park

Sponsored by American Family Insurance, T&M Partners and Milwaukee Parks Foundation.

Milwaukee's annual tradition features a 30-minute fireworks show on the Lake Michigan shoreline! Head to Veterans Park for the best viewing location.

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Bastille Days

Cathedral Square

Thanks for a great 2023 event!

Presented by East Town Association

Experience one of the nation’s largest French-themed celebrations! The free four-day festival presents great French and Cajun cuisine, live music, roaming buskers, an international marketplace, the Storm the Bastille Run/Walk and more!

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Milwaukee Air & Water Show


(Veterans, McKinley, Bradford Beach area)

Thanks for a great 2023 event!

Sponsored by WaterStone Bank

The spectacular show features displays by military and civilian air and water performance groups — including the Blue Angels! A free event with paid VIP seating available.

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USA Triathlon

Veterans Park

Thanks for a great 2023 event!

USA Triathlon is heading back to Milwaukee for the 2023 Age Group National Championships.

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Milwaukee Brewfest

McKinley Park

Thanks for a Great 2023 Event!

Sponsored by City Screen Print & Embroidery, The Museum of Beer & Brewing, Inferno Marketing

Enjoy unlimited sampling from breweries serving craft beers, ciders, meads and more, at this outdoor brewfest on the shores of Lake Michigan.

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Music in the Parks

Various Dates & Parks

Visitors enjoy more than 200 live performances in the parks each summer – 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.

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China Lights

Boerner Botanical Gardens – 

Thanks for a great 2023 event!

The wildly popular China Lights lantern festival is a 3/4-mile walking tour through the botanical gardens, with more than 40 large-scale, sculptural lanterns, live entertainment, cultural displays, and a bustling marketplace.

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Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon

Oct. 1

Thanks for a great 2023 event!

The Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon, Wisconsin't largest marathon, is a USATF-certified course that takes runners along the shore of Lake Michigan and over the Hoan Bridge for amazing views. The event also includes a half-marathon and 5K, and a celebration at Henry Meier Festival Park. 

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PHC Classic Symetra Golf Tour

2022: 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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9480 W. Watertown Plank Road
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
(414) 257-PARK (7275)

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