Milwaukee County Parks

Host an Event

How to Host a Special Event in Milwaukee County Parks

Some of Milwaukee’s most popular annual events, including Bastille Days, Firkin Fest, Lakefront Marathon and Chill on the Hill are held in County Parks. To host a public or private event on a park site (that isn’t designated as a picnic area), parkway, or park road you’ll need to apply for a special event permit. 

Milwaukee Lakefront

Premium Lakefront Venues

Hundreds of thousands of visitors head to the Milwaukee lakefront each summer to visit Bradford Beach, Veterans Park and McKinley Marina. These venues, and Lincoln Memorial Drive, are classified as Premium Lakefront Venues for event organizers.

Complete a Special Event Permit

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Downtown Premium Venues

Milwaukee County Parks manages some of the most popular outdoor event venues in downtown Milwaukee. these event spaces include:

  • Lake Park
  • Cathedral Square
  • Juneau Park
  • Pere Marquette Park
  • Red Arrow Park
  • Zeidler Union Square
Complete a Special Event Permit


Auditoriums & Stages

Several parks in Milwaukee County have built-in stages, ideal for open-air concerts or movie nights. Indoor auditoriums and stages are also available in Community Centers and some park pavilions.  

Complete a Special Event Permit

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Parks & Facilities

To host an event in a Milwaukee County park or facility you'll need to apply for a Special Event Permit. This includes tickted events, raffles, 5k runs, concerts, farmers markets and festivals.

Complete a Special Event Permit

Special Events Office

(414) 257-4503

How to Apply

  • Complete and submit a Special Event Permit Application
  •  Attach a detailed map of your requested event layout/route
  • The Special Events Office will review your application and reply within two weeks


  • If your Special Event Application is approved, you will receive an email with fees and requirements that need to be met to obtain your Special Event Permit
  • New events are required to pay a non-refundable deposit:
    Lakefront venues: $500
    All other venues: $250
  • If event is approved, deposit will be deposited and applied toward the final fees


9480 Watertown Road
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
(414) 257-PARK (7275)


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