Milwaukee County Parks

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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.

China Lights

Sept. 13 - Oct. 20, 2019, 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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July 3 Fireworks

Fireworks at Milwaukee's Lakefront

July 3, 2020, 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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PHC Classic Symetra Golf Tour

Aug. 9 - 11, 2019, 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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Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon

Oct. 6, 2019, Veterans Park

The Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon is a USATF-certified course ending in 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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Milwaukee Air & Water Show

July 2020, 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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Bastille Days

July 2020, 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 2020, 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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9480 Watertown Road
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
(414) 257-PARK (7275)


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