I went behind the scenes at Summerfest before the doors had opened for the day. There were only the staff workers and bands doing sound checks preparing for Day 3 of the festival. It was really awesome it see everything getting setup before the event and see it transform later in the day.

Summerfest is one of the worlds largest music festivals with around 800,000 attendees over the course of 11 days. The festival nearly takes over the entire city of Milwaukee. If you plan on going, you should probably make sure you book ahead. There’s music for everyone at Summerfest so it’s quite diverse.

Other than the Tom Petty concert, it never felt super crowded. There was always room because the festival grounds are enormous. There are bike paths, boats you can take out, and a gondola. I got food within minutes and drink lines were relatively short (max I waited was 10 minutes). Because of this, it’s incredibly family friendly. At night it does get more crowded around the stages but for most of the day, you can enjoy the entire festival grounds and find a seat easily on all stages. If the music is too much, hop on over for a stroll over a bridge to their small getaway island.

Other acts included LL Cool J, Cake, FUN, New Kids on the Block, Eagles, MGMT, A-Trak, Spin Doctors, 311, and hundreds more. There was an overwhelming amount of performers that I wanted to check out, many that haven’t heard in years. Some of the popular bands today played at Summerfest before they were popular so you often hear up and coming bands play there. Milwaukee has it pretty darn good I think.

The tickets were also really cheap. If you got in before 4pm Tuesday to Friday, it was only $10. After that, it was only $17 anyway. The headliners at Marcus Amphitheater cost more and that depended where you wanted to be seated.

The iconic main entrance of Summerfest.
Harley-Davidson Stage

Marcus Amphitheater where Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers played
I saw LL Cool J play on this stage. He was still rocking it! I had no idea he was still in the scene.
My fancy tickets to Summerfest. The Captain’s Deck was really great. We got to see some of the stages from above where it was less crowded and actually got a chance to sit down.
The gondola takes you from one end of the park to the next. As you can see, it doesn’t really get that crowded.
It was still pretty early and the music playing I think was country. I was sitting at the Captain’s Deck in this picture.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers playing at the Marcus Amphitheater. dSLR camera’s were not allowed so I did the best that I could with my GoPro.
Cake’s performance was amazing. The crowd was going wild.
More of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Surprised how well this picture came out.
Keep calm and smile on!

[disclosure]I visited Milwaukee as part of a paid media trip by the tourism board of Milwaukee in exchange for coverage. All opinions are my own.[/disclosure]