Milwaukee County Parks

Concerts in the Parks

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Summer Entertainment in the Parks

Most summers, residents and visitors can choose from over 200 live music events held in the parks. Concert series are organized by friends groups and neighborhood associations as fundraisers for their organizations.

Chill on the Hill

Humboldt Park

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Hosted by Bay View Neighborhood Association

Each Tuesday evening of the summer, Bay View neighbors gather on the vast hillside above the band shell to enjoy music performed by local musicians. 

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Concerts in the Gardens

Boerner Botanical Gardens

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Hosted by Wimmer Communities

Free, outdoor summer concert series in the beautiful Boerner Botanical Gardens. Performances occur every Thursday throughout the summer, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and ending at about 8:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Concert-goers can tour the gardens for free after 7 p.m. 

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Musical Mondays

Lake Park

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Hosted by Lake Park Friends

Local bands with an eclectic range of styles, from samba to classical, provide the free entertainment at Lake Park's Summer Stage.

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Wonderful Wednesdays

Lake Park

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Hosted by Lake Park Friends

Wonderful Wednesdays is a concert series geared to children and their families. The concerts are held at the Lake Park Summer Stage. 

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Washington Park Wednesdays

Washington Park

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Hosted by Washington Park Neighbors

In July, the popular event takes the form of a mobile concert series, with four routes through the surrounding neighborhoods

In August, concerts return to the Bandshell!

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Jazz in the Park

Cathedral Square

2021 Series Postponed

Hosted by Eastown Association

Jazz in the Park, whose series was virtual last year, is planning in hope of an on-site return. 

Jazz in the Park features some of the area's top talent in an eclectic lineup of jazz, big band, funk, R & B, reggae, blues and more. 

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River Rhythms

Pere Marquette Park

2021 Series Postponed

Hosted by Westown Association

Westown’s free, outdoor summer concert series in Pere Marquette Park has featured a variety of genres and instrumentation. Concert-goers have experienced everything from bluegrass to funk, and horns to electric bagpipes.

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Music in Mitchell Park

Mitchell Park

2021 Season TBD

Hosted by Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative

A free concert series in Mitchell Park, home of the Mitchell Park Domes. All shows start at 3 p.m. at the amphitheater near the Mitchell Park Lagoon.

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In Tune GuideHost a Concert Series

Open-air music in Milwaukee County Parks has a long tradition. More than 40,000 people turned out for the inaugural concert at the Washington Park ‘Temple of Music’ in 1938. Many of the first Summerfest concerts in the 1960s were held in county parks, and today, thousands flock to parks across the County to enjoy over 100 free concerts every summer. This guide was created to help organizations continue this great tradition and work in-tune with Milwaukee County Parks to host concerts in the parks.

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Wauwatosa, WI 53226
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