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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.

Glendale Fourth of July Fireworks at Kletzsch Park

Independence Day / "Fourth of July"
Celebrations & Fireworks

Select Parks Throughout Milwaukee County

July 4, 2024

From parades and flag-raising ceremonies to bike-decorating and patriotic pet-costume contests, local municipalities are planning family-friendly activities at various sites during the day, and many plan fireworks in the evening. 

Where Will You Celebrate?

Bastile Days: Walking-Statue Busker

Bastille Days

Cathedral Square

July 11-14, 2024

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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Harley-Davidson Homecoming - Fireworks Over Stage, at Milwaukee County's Veterans Park

Harley-Davidson Homecoming

Veterans Park

July 25 - 28, 2024

No matter what motorcycle you ride, or even if you haven’t started riding yet, all are welcome to this 4-day celebration of music, moto-culture, and Milwaukee. Enjoy live concerts with performances by top national talent! 

Get Details & Tickets



Milwaukee Brewfest: Happy Participants

Milwaukee Brewfest

McKinley Park

July 27, 2024

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.

Get Tickets

Air & Water Show: Biplane Over Lake Michigan

Milwaukee Air & Water Show


(Veterans, McKinley, Bradford Beach area)

July 27 & 28, 2024

Sponsored by WaterStone Bank

The spectacular show features displays by military and civilian air and water performance groups — including the USAF Thunderbirds! A free event with paid VIP seating available.

Get Details & VIP Tickets

Summer Concert Stage at Jazz in the Park, at Cathedral Square

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.

Find a Concert

Millwaukee Lakefront Marathon: Participants on the Course

Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon


Oct. 6, 2024

The Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon, Wisconsin't largest marathon, is a USATF-certified course that takes runners along the shore of Lake Michigan and over the Hoan Bridge for amazing views. The event also includes a half-marathon and 5K, and a celebration at Henry Meier Festival Park. 

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China Lights: Scululptural Dragon Lanterns -  more than 120-feet long

China Lights

Boerner Botanical Gardens 

Thanks for a great 2023 event!

The wildly popular China Lights lantern festival is a 3/4-mile walking tour through the botanical gardens, with more than 40 large-scale, sculptural lanterns, live entertainment, cultural displays, and a bustling marketplace.

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Winter Wonders at Boerner Botanical Gardens: Car going past a peacock light display

Winter Wonders

Whitnall Park 

Thanks for a great 2023 event!

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. 

Learn More 



9480 W. Watertown Plank Road
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
(414) 257-PARK (7275)

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