Though the Henry Maier Festival Grounds are most popularly known for playing host to the annual music festival Summerfest, the property is home to many of Milwaukee’s best festivals that most people don’t even realize.
One of the first events at the grounds each summer is Polish Festival, a great celebration of the Polish heritage with food, music and other cultural traditions. Next, Summerfest, the 10 day annual music event with 11 stages including the Marcus Amphitheater, features music from hundreds of live bands daily. Festa Italiana is later in the summer and is the second largest festival in Milwaukee and features Italian cuisine and culture along with a fireworks display nightly.
German Fest is a great event to relax and grab a brew, check out old-work artistry demonstrations and indulge in cuisine and is North America’s largest annual German festival. African World Festival is another fabulous event at the grounds to observe and enjoy culture, heritage and family activities. Arab World Festival is another great example of the diversity of events at the grounds, offering the cuisine, entertainment and traditional belly dancing among other cultural traditions and they even have live camel rides! Irish Fest is the world’s largest Irish festival and takes place annually on the third weekend of August and offers a great treat for Irish culture, dance and music enthusiasts. Mexican Fiesta offers up some spice on the lakefront and features the mouth-watering Latin and Mexican cuisine, marketplace goods and traditional music and dance. The last but definitely not least festival of the year at the Henry Mayer Festival grounds is Indian Summer which pays tribute to the Native Americans in the US and includes a competition Pow-Wow, a torch lit canoe procession prior to a fireworks display and various dance troupes.
Hope this list of all of these great events at the Henry Maier Festival Grounds is helpful and inspires you to get ahead on plans for next summer.