Milwaukee has earned itself the nickname "City of Festivals" for its extensive summer and fall festivities.

The largest events are the Wisconsin State Fair (held every year in August at the Wisconsin State Fair grounds) and Summerfest, listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as the largst music festival in the world. Every year, it attracts over a million visitors to its eleven stages.

Summerfest Grounds

The Summerfest grounds are the site of lots of ethnic or other minority group festivals celebrating Milwaukee's history and diversity throughout the Summer and Fall:


Riversplash (the 'start of summer')


Polish Fest

Pride Fest (for the LGBT community)


Bastille Days

German Fest

Festa Italiana

Greek festival

August and September

Arab World Fest

Irish Fest

Mexican Fiesta

Indian Summer (Native American festival)

African World Festival

The Expo Center


Trainfest -  America's largest operating model railroad show. Traditionally held the second weekend in November, Trainfest usually attracts over 20,000 visitors from across the country to view dozens of operating layouts, attend clinics and demonstrations, and share model railroading with their kids (there are lots of kids-friendly activities featured.)

Third Ward

Oktoberfest Milwaukee - generally occuring in the  in fall.

Milwaukee Lakefront


Lakefront Festival of the arts


Milwaukee Brewfest (Held annually on the last saturday in July)