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The Ultimate Summerfest Parking Guide

9 days. 11 stages. 800+ Bands. Over 9,000 performances. Nearly 900,000 of your closest friends. Summerfest Music Festival is back! The “Big Gig” is the largest music festival in the world, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Summerfest 2022 is set to take place June 23-25, June 30-July 2, and July 7-9.

Summerfest Parking

Summerfest is a festival full of awesome artists that will make your summer one to remember. This year’s can’t-miss lineup is sure to draw tons of fans.

The good news? We’re here to help with dozens of affordable Summerfest parking spots for you to choose from. You can use SpotHero to reserve parking in advance, located within a mile and half of the festival grounds. Many of these cheaper parking options are along the Summerfest shuttle route.

Below are parking spots listed on SpotHero you can reserve ahead of time for Summerfest:

Parking LotSpotHero Event PriceWalking Time to Gate
Lake Lot – 328 N Van Buren St$4012 minutes
Italian Community Center – 178 N Jackson St Lot$408 minutes
128 N Jackson St Lot$106 minutes
875 E Michigan St Garage$5017 minutes
Lewis Center Lot – 620 E Clybourn St$3016 minutes
Museum Center Park Garage – 910 E Michigan St$3510 minutes
310 E Erie St Lot$308 minutes

Summerfest Parking with Shuttle Service Options

Milwaukee World Festival will be providing shuttles that run every 30 minutes from all three of their park and ride lots. Shuttles start operating at 5 PM.

  • Milwaukee/College Avenue Park and Ride (I-43/I-94/County ZZ/College Avenue)
  • Milwaukee/Holt Avenue Park and Ride (I-94/I-43/US 41/Holt Avenue)
  • Hales Corners Park and Ride (I-43/I-894/WIS 100)
  • West Allis Park and Ride (State Fair Grounds – I-94/76th Street)
  • Wauwatosa Park and Ride (US 45/Watertown Plank Road)

Roundtrip fares for the shuttle are $15 per person. Debit/credit cards are the only form of payment accepted. Once you’ve paid the fare, you will receive a roundtrip ride wristband. You can also purchase shuttle parking in advance here.

IMPORTANT – If you park in one of the park-ride lots, make sure to park in designated spaces to ensure buses and patrols can get through the lots easily. Cars that are parked illegally could receive tickets and/or be towed by local authorities.

The Hop

The Hop Streetcar is Milwaukee’s FREE transportation service. Find parking anywhere around the city and ride one of the streetcars to the Historic Third Ward platform. From there, the festival grounds are only a ten-minute walk. For more information and an interactive map, click here.

Official Summerfest Parking

Summerfest offers official parking near the festival grounds. Pre-paid parking passes for specific dates during Summerfest may be purchased online. Be aware that parking passes offered through Summerfest do sell out.

Parking in the Summerfest Preferred Lots costs anywhere from $20 – $25, depending on who is performing.  Parking lots open daily at 9:00 am. Official Summerfest parking is on a first-come, first-served basis.

There is no RV parking on the Summerfest grounds.

NOTE: The Ozaukee County Express and Freeway Flyer will not be providing shuttle service to Summerfest this year.

For more information on rideshare, directions, and transportation to Summerfest, click here.

Download the SpotHero app on iOS or Android for easy parking reservations!