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.
Aug. 7 – 8, Veterans Park
USA Triathlon is heading back to Milwaukee for the 2020 Age Group National Championships.
DNC National Convention
Aug. 17, Various Parks
The DNC will bring 50,000 attendees to Milwaukee to experience all that our totally random, totally wonderful city and county have to offer.
Milwaukee Air & Water Show
July 25 – 26, Veterans Park
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.
Get VIP Tickets
July 25, 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.
Fall (TBA), 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
Aug. 7 – 9, Brown Deer Golf Course
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
Oct. 4, 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
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 Square, the themed entertainment of Washington Park Wednesdays and Bay View's Chill on the Hill series.
Find a Concert
Fall (TBA), 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 (a virtual run in 2020).
Sign up for the 5k
July 3 Fireworks
July 3, 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.
May 15 - 17, Milwaukee County Sports Complex
The largest pug event in North America returns for its 16th year. The event features dog vendors, costume contests, pet photography, grooming and a pug race.