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.
July 3 Fireworks
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.
July 14-17, at Cathedral Square
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!
Milwaukee Red Bull Flugtag
July 16, at Veterans Park
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.
Milwaukee Air & Water Show
July 23-24, at the Lakefront
(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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July 30, McKinley Park
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.
Aug. 6 & 7, Veterans Park
Sponsored by Toyota
USA Triathlon is heading back to Milwaukee for the 2022 Age Group National Championships.
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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Sept. 16 - Oct 30, 2022
Boerner Botanical Gardens
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.
Planned Return: Winter 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.
Planned Return in 2022, Veterans Park
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.
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.