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.
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.
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
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.
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.