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Come for Summerfest 2023, Stay for Wauwatosa, WI

Beer with summerfest logo and Milwaukee buildings in the background

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — Summerfest 2023 is officially here! From a jam-packed live music line-up to rocking out to your favorite bands and musicians, see how you can complete your epic summer festival experience in Wauwatosa, WI.

Where to Stay for Summerfest

Located just a 10-minute drive from Henry Maier Festival Park, Wauwatosa is the perfect place to stay during Summerfest. Avoid the downtown crowds while getting a taste of our walkable European-esque city.  

Immerse yourself in all of the events and live music Summerfest has to offer, then venture back to Wauwatosa for a crisp, craft beer from a local brewery, plenty of small, local boutiques and businesses, and places to rest easy with numerous cozy and convenient hotel options

How to Get To Summerfest

Head to Camp Bar Tosa for a drink or two before the concert and pick up their shuttle from the bar to the Summerfest North or South Gates. 

Milwaukee County Transit Connect is another great option for getting to and from Wauwatosa and the concert. Hop on the CONNECT 1 BRT ride (which is FREE to Summerfest riders throughout the 2023 festival!) for the smoothest, quietest, and most eco-friendly ride around town. This transit option runs every 10-15 minutes along the nine-mile route from Wauwatosa’s Watertown Plank Road Park and Ride lot to downtown Milwaukee. 

Who’s Playing at Summerfest 2023

Hosting more than 800 acts throughout the nine-day festival, Summerfest is one of the world’s largest music events. Check out the 55th Anniversary’s headliners: 

  • Eric Church (June 22)
  • Elle King (June 22) 
  • Zac Brown Band (June 23)
  • The Marcus King Band (June 23) 
  • James Taylor (June 24)
  • Sheryl Crow (June 24)
  • Dave Matthews Band (June 29)
  • Odeza (June 30)
  • Bonobo (June 30)
  • Drama (June 30)
  • QRTR (June 30)
  • Olan (June 30)
  • A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (July 1)
  • Trippie Red (July 1)
  • City Girls (July 1)
  • Kia Rap Princess (July 1)
  • Jimmy Buffett (July 6)
  • Zach Bryan (July 7)
  • Imagine Dragons (July 8)
  • AJR (July 8)

Complete Your Visit

Whether you need a pick-me-up before a long day at Summerfest or a nightcap after the festival, Wauwatosa has you covered. 

Stop by Vendetta Coffee Bar to enjoy your new favorite caffeinated beverage inside the gorgeous space or grab an espresso to go. 

Going to an evening show? Lion’s Tail Brewing, Gathering Place Brewing Company, or Draft & Vessel are a must for a crisp, craft summer brew. Plus, enjoy their outdoor seating options on a gorgeous Wisconsin summer day!

Camp Bar Tosa is a great post-concert spot for a nightcap as they close at 2AM on Thursdays and 2:30AM on Fridays and Saturdays.

Even More to Love at Henry Maier Festival Park 

One of the best things about Henry Maier Festival Park is the wide range of festivals that take place throughout the year. Make plans to visit any of these festivals, and book your trip to Tosa for easy access to every event throughout the year!

  • Taco Fest (June 17)
  • Food Truck Fest (July 22)
  • German Fest (July 28-30)
  • Black Arts Fest MKE (August 5) 
  • Bloody Mary Festival (August 12)
  • Irish Fest (August 17-20)
  • Mexican Fiesta (August 25-27)
  • Petfest (September 23) 

Learn more about where to stay, where to eat, and things to do while you’re here in Wauwatosa. 

Header image courtesy of @matthoopsmke.