Milwaukee County Parks

Concerts in the Parks

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Summer Entertainment in the Parks

Choose from over 200 live music events held in the parks each summer. Concert series are organized by friends groups and neighborhood associations as fundraisers for their organizations.

Jazz in the Park

Cathedral Square, Thursday Nights, Dates TBD

Hosted by Eastown Association. 

Jazz in the Park features an eclectic lineup of jazz, big band, funk, R & B, reggae, blues and more. Concerts take place Thursday evenings, 5 – 9 p.m.  Music starts at 6 p.m., but stop by early for Jazz in the Park Happy Hour and get great drink specials from 5 – 6 p.m.!

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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. The event runs from 6 – 8:30 p.m. Food and craft beer is available for purchase.

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Washington Park Wednesdays

Washington Park

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Hosted by Washington Park Neighborhood Association.

Innovative local bands, Milwaukee's finest food trucks and weekly themes are energizing the Washington Park Bandshell each Wednesday night. 

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Wonderful Wednesdays

Lake Park.

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Hosted by Lake Park Friends.

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

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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. Concerts are held from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

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River Rhythms

Pere Marquette Park

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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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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. Concert-goers can tour the gardens for free after 6 p.m. Performances occur every Thursday throughout the summer, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and ending at about 8:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. 

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Music in Mitchell Park

Mitchell Park, Afternoons, Dates 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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