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.

Fireworks at Milwaukee's Lakefront

July 3 Fireworks

Veterans Park – Thanks for a great event in '22!

Sponsored by American Family Insurance, Kelben Foundation, Wintrust/Town Bank and Milwaukee Parks Foundation

Milwaukee's annual tradition features a 45-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 event in '22!

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 Red Bull Flugtag

Veterans Park – Thanks for a great event in '22!

Presented by Red Bull

The famous daredveil event is coming to Milwaukee! Teams composed of up to five pilots will launch one-of-a-kind flying machines off a 27-foot-tall flight deck in front of 40,000 expected spectators.

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Milwaukee Air & Water Show

Lakefront – Thanks for a great event in '22!

(Veterans, McKinley, Bradford Beach area)

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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Milwaukee Brewfest

McKinley Park – Thanks for a great event in '22!

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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USA Triathlon

Veterans Park – Thanks for a great event in '22!

Sponsored by Toyota

USA Triathlon is heading back to Milwaukee for the 2022 Age Group National Championships.

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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 event in '22!

The wildly popular China Lights lantern festival is a 3/4 mile walking tour through the botanical gardens, with over 40 large-scale Chinese lanterns.

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Winter Wonders at Boerner Botanical Gardens

Winter Wonders

Whitnall Park – Thanks for a great event in '22!

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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Milwaukee Marathon

Veterans Park – Thanks for a great '22!

The Milwaukee 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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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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