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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 up in a park near you. And don’t miss popular annual events.

USA Triathlon

Aug. 7 - 8, Veterans Park

USA Triathlon is heading back to Milwaukee for the 2020 Age Group National Championships.

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DNC National Convention

July 13 - 16, Various Parks

The DNC will bring 50,000 attendees to Milwaukee to experience all that our totally random, totally wonderful city and county have to offer.

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July 3 Fireworks

Fireworks at Milwaukee's Lakefront

July 3, Veterans Park

Milwaukee's annual tradition returns in 2020 with 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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Milwaukee Air & Water Show

July 25 - 26, Veterans Park

The spectacular water show, sponsored by Waterstone Bank, features displays by the Thunderbirds - the U.S. Air Force Jet Demo Team. Head to Veterans Park and Bradford Beach for the best viewing locations.

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PHC Classic Symetra Golf Tour

August, Brown Deer Golf Course

LPGA players from around the world will compete for a chance at a $15,000 first-place payout and a spot in The Evian Championship. The golf tournament is free for spectators.

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China Lights

September - October, Boerner Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens will light up with 100 colorful displays and a giant lantern in this unique night-time event.

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Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon

October, 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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Music in the Parks

June - September, Multiple Parks

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

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Bastille Days

July 9 - 20, Cathedral Square Park

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 Brewfest

July, Veterans Park

Sample craft beers from nearly 100 local breweries at this outdoor beerfest on the shores of Lake Michigan at the 10th annual Milwaukee Brewfest.

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Milwaukee Pugfest

May 15 - 17, Milwaukee County Sports Complex

The largest pug event in North America returns for its 14th year. The event features dog vendors, costume contests, pet photography, grooming and a pug race.

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