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.
Jazz at The Vine
Humboldt Park, The Vine Humboldt
Last Thursday of the Month,
May – August, 6 - 9 p.m.
Hosted by Humboldt Park Friends
Relax with friends and family at the wine and beer garden while enjoying live jazz performances.
Heart(beats) of the City
Red Arrow Park
June 1 - July 29, noon - 1 p.m.
Hosted by Milwaukee Downtown BID 21
Round up your coworkers for beats and eats at the inaugural season of this lunch-time concert series, featuring local bands performing on the upper terrace, and the area’s best food trucks, onsite!
Chill on the Hill
June 7 - Aug. 30, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
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 and the offerings of several food trucks.
Jazz & Blues
Saturdays through July 30
4 - 8 p.m.
Hosted by Northcott Neighborhood House
Celebrate culture of yesterday, today and tomorrow! The summer concert series features local and national talent.
Concerts in the Gardens
Boerner Botanical Gardens
June 23 - Aug. 25, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Hosted by Wimmer Communities
Enjoy free weekly concerts by top local talent, all while surrounded by the beauty of the Botanical Gardens. Take time to explore the Gardens too! (Free admission after 6 p.m. on Concert nights.) Beer, wine and food available for purchase.
July 11 - Aug. 29, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
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.
Washington Park Wednesdays
July 13 - Aug. 31, 6 - 8 p.m.
Hosted by Washington Park Neighbors
Innovative local bands, Milwaukee's finest food trucks, and activities sure to energize and entertain fill the park each Wednesday. Theme nights promise diverse pairings of music, art and fun.
July 13 - Aug. 17, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
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.
Jazz in the Park
July 21 - Sept. 29, 5 - 9 p.m.
Hosted by Eastown Association
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.
and Still More Music!
In addition to the regular concert series, live music is popping up at many sites in the parks. Don't miss any of the music in the Parks!
Check "concert" and "music" on the Parks Events Calendar
Find all the Music!
Music in 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.
Pere Marquette Park
2022 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.
Host 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.
View the In-Tune Guide