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 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$256 minutes
Italian Community Center – 178 N Jackson St Lot$304 minutes
Grainger Lot – 280 North Jackson Street$65 minutes
128 N Jackson St Lot$257 minutes
U.S. Bank Tower Garage – 716 E Clybourn St.$68 minutes
Lewis Center Lot – 616 E Clybourn St.$3010 minutes
875 E Michigan St Garage$209 minutes

Summerfest Parking – 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 11 AM.

  • College Avenue – College Avenue at I-94 (both lots)
  • State Fair Park – I-94.S. 76th Street & W. Kearney
  • Brown Deer – East Brown Deer Road, west of I-43

Roundtrip fares for the shuttle are $12 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.

Freeway Flyer Service

Catch a Milwaukee County Transit System Freeway Flyer to Summerfest’s Mid Gate from a park-ride lot where parking is free.

Freeway Flyer Schedules:

Route 40: College Avenue Flyer

Route 44: State Fair Park Flyer

Route 49: Brown Deer – Bayshore Flyer

Flyers provide service on weekdays every 30 minutes from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and every 15 minutes from 5:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. On Saturdays and Sundays service is every 15-20 minutes. Times may be impacted by construction and peak traffic periods. Check out the fare structure 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.

Ozaukee County Express

The Ozaukee County Express will not be providing shuttle service to Summerfest this year, due to driver shortages.

The Hop

The Hop Streetcar is Milwaukee’s newest 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 $15 – $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. Passes purchased for 2020 will now be good for any day of Summerfest this year.

There is no RV parking on the Summerfest grounds.

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

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