There are many ways to get into Summerfest for free. We’ve written about them here, actually.
And this Sunday, you can do a little good and get into Summerfest for free by donating non-perishable food items. Bring cans of peaches or pears (packed in 100 percent juice, preferably) between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m., and you’re in!
Can’t make it Sunday? Not going to Summerfest? You’re in luck.
Every festival on the grounds will offer the same opportunity this summer, to get in free with a food donation, thanks to a unique partnership.
Find out about Fests Feed MKE below.
United Ethnic Festivals, the umbrella organization for Milwaukee’s lakefront festivals, is partnering with the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee for the Fests Meed MKE initiative. The goal is to collect over 160,000 pounds of food.
Since 2015, the members of the UEF have provided free admission periods to their festivals by collecting donations of non-perishable food items to benefit the HTF, according to a press release.
Here are all the dates and times for the remaining festivals this season:
Summerfest – Sunday, June 30 from noon – 3 p.m. (while supplies last). Kohl’s Family Day. Free entry to the first 2500 patrons who donate. Sponsored by Kohl’s.
Festa Italiana – Sunday, July 21 10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m. Donations will be collected outside the entrance of the Mass and Procession and free entry will be given to the festival after the ceremony. (You do not need to attend the Mass to get free entry.)
German Fest, Sunday July 28 from noon – 3 p.m. (South Gate only).
Black Arts Fest Mke, Saturday, Aug. 3 from noon – 2 p.m.
Irish Fest, Sunday, Aug. 18. Donations will be collected from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. outside of the Mass and free entry will be given to the festival afterwards. You do not need to attend the Mass to enter and can either wait at the gate until the festival opens or receive a hand stamp for entry that will be valid all day.
Mexican Fiesta, Friday, Aug. 24 from noon – 3 p.m.