Directions and FREE Parking


Be sure to check on-line for any construction projects or road closures prior to leaving home. Parking in Summerfest lots for the Big Gig BBQ is free of charge on a first-come, first-serve basis

Security policies - Summerfest encourages guests to leave their bags at home to cut down on waiting at the gate for security. Visitors will enter the festival through metal detection and should be prepared to comply with security requirements. All bags are subject to inspection prior to entering. NO BACKPACKS or bags larger than 9x10x12 will be allowed on the grounds.


 

Directions: 

Don’t know how to get Henry Maier Festival Park? Search for Henry Maier Festival Park on Waze for turn-by-turn directions. 

From the North:

  • Follow I-43 South
  • Exit I-794 East Lakefront (310C)
  • Exit Lakefront (1F)
  • Right at the stop light at end of exit ramp onto Lincoln Memorial Drive (LMD)
  • Follow LMD south to our parking lots where traffic personnel will help direct you into our lots
  • Options include:
    • Turn left at Chicago Street (stop light) and another immediate left onto Harbor Drive and park in transit Lot M (entrance on left)
    • Continue south on LMD and park in Lot G by Mid-Gate (entrance on either side of LMD)
    • Continue further south on LMD (turns into Harbor Drive) to E. Summerfest Place (South Gate), and continue south on Harbor Drive into Lot P or Lot H

From the South:

  • Follow I-94 North
  • Exit I-794 East Lakefront (310C)
  • Exit on National Avenue (311)
  • East on National Avenue to 1st Street
  • Right on 1st Street to Erie Street
  • Left on Erie Street
  • Left on Erie Street and continue south past Riverfront Pizzeria into Lot P or Lot H. Traffic personnel will help direct you into our lots.

From the West:

  • I-94 East
  • Exit on Jackson Street (1E)
  • Straight (south) on Jackson Street to Corcoran Street. 
  • Right (west) on Corcoran Street to Jefferson Street.
  • Left (south) on Jefferson Street to Erie Street.
  • Left on Erie Street and continue south past Riverfront Pizzeria into Lot P or Lot H.Traffic personnel will help direct you into our lots.

 

PARKING

Big Gig BBQ parking map

Some third party local lots in the area will be charging for parking nearby. Parking in Summerfest lots for the Big Gig BBQ is free of charge on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Car: Parking for the Big Gig BBQ is FREE and available on a first-come, first-served basis in our lots. Space is limited, so please plan accordingly. There is no RV parking on the Summerfest grounds or lots. For information on nearby RV parking please visit the Wisconsin State Fair RV park. Accessible parking spaces are available in Lot H. Vehicles must have appropriate plates or permits to park in accessible spaces.

Motorcycle: Free motorcycle parking will be available on west side of Lincoln Memorial Drive / Harbor Drive (from E Summerfest Place to Chicago Street) as well as the north side of E Summerfest Place (from Harbor Drive to Erie Street), on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring your own kick plate. 

Bicycle: Bicycle parking is located near the South Gate.

Bublr Bikes: Milwaukee’s bike share program. Bublr Bike Stations are available across the area. For information on station locations and how to borrow a bike, visit bublrbikes.com.