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.
Democratic National Convention
Aug. 17 – 20, Various Parks
The DNC will bring attendees to Milwaukee to experience all that our totally random, totally wonderful city and county have to offer.
Planned Return: Aug. 7 & 8, 2021, Veterans Park
USA Triathlon is heading back to Milwaukee for the 2021 Age Group National Championships.
Milwaukee Air & Water Show
Planned Return: July 24 & 25, 2021, Lakefront
The spectacular show, sponsored by Waterstone Bank, features displays by military air and water performance groups — including the Blue Angels! Head to Veterans Park and Bradford Beach for the best viewing locations.
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Planned Return: July 31, 2021, McKinley Park
Sample craft beers from nearly 100 local breweries at this outdoor beerfest on the shores of Lake Michigan at the 11th annual Milwaukee Brewfest.
Planned Return: Fall 2021, Boerner Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Gardens is aglow with colorful lantern displays and cultural entertainment in this unique night-time event.
PHC Classic Symetra Golf Tour
2020 Tour Event Canceled
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.
Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon
Planned Return: Oct. 3, 2021, 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.
Music in the Parks
2020 Season Canceled
Planned Return: Summer 2021, Various 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 Square, the themed entertainment of Washington Park Wednesdays and Bay View's Chill on the Hill series.
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Planned Return: Fall 2020 or Summer 2021, Cathedral Square
Enjoy a taste of France at the annual Bastille Days organized by Eastown Association. The event includes the Storm the Bastille 5k run.
July 3 Fireworks
2020 Show Canceled
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.