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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.

Jazz at The Vine, in Humboldt Park
Jazz at The Vine

Humboldt Park, The Vine Humboldt
May – August: Last Thursday of the Month
July – August: Add the 2nd Thursday
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.

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New Mini Series
Out There, Experimental Music Series

May 28 at Doctors Park, 5 – 7 p.m.
Aug. 12 at Estabrook Park, 3 – 7 p.m.

An intimate outdoor music series curating strange sounds in unique spaces. The focus is on experimental, jazz, classical and ambient music. 

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Jazz in the Park, at Cathedral Square

Jazz in the Park

Cathedral Square
Thursdays
June 1 - Aug. 31*, 5 - 9 p.m.
*No concerts July 13 & 20

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. 

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Chill on the Hill, at Humboldt Park

Chill on the Hill

Humboldt Park
Tuesdays
June 6 - Aug. 29, 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Hosted by Bay View Neighborhood Association

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

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Heart(beats) of the City

Red Arrow Park
Wednesdays
June 7 - Aug. 30, noon - 1 p.m.

Hosted by Milwaukee Downtown BID 21

Round up your coworkers for beats and eats at this lunch-time concert series, featuring local bands and the area’s best food trucks, onsite! Food trucks arrive at 11:30 a.m.

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Concert at Boerner Botanical Gardens

Concerts in the Gardens

Boerner Botanical Gardens
Thursdays
June 22 - Aug. 31, 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.

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Jazz & Blues Concert Series at Rose Park

Jazz & Blues
Summer Concerts

Rose Park
Saturdays
June 24 - Aug. 5, 2 - 8 p.m.

Hosted by Northcott Neighborhood House

Celebrate culture of yesterday, today and tomorrow! The summer concert series features local and national talent.

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Musical Mondays, at Lake Park

Musical Mondays

Lake Park
Mondays
July 10 - Aug. 28, 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.

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Washington Park Wednesdays Concert Series

Washington Park Wednesdays

Washington Park
Wednesdays
July 12 - Aug. 30, 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. 

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Wonderful Wednesdays, at Lake Park

Wonderful Wednesdays

Lake Park
Wednesdays
July 12 - Aug. 16, 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. 

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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.

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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.

View the In-Tune Guide

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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River Rhythms

Pere Marquette Park

2022 Series Postponed - 2023 no series

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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