14 Free Concerts Series Happening This Summer

When Summer finally arrives, Milwaukee does it right.

Every night of the week in the summer, our city offers free live music and concert series the whole family can enjoy.

Top pick for kids: Chill on the Hill

Tuesdays, June 4 – August 27, 2019

6:00-8:30 p.m.

Humboldt Park Bandshell (3000 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53207)

(414) 257-8005


Chill on the Hill is the quintessential summer experience in Milwaukee’s eclectic Bay View neighborhood. Head to the bandshell in beautiful Humboldt Park and enjoy local bands from your favorite spot on the hill. It feels like a neighborhood party with food trucks, activities for kids, pets, picnickers, and a generally festive vibe.

Helpful hint: The playground and beer garden are just steps away, as well as a picturesque lagoon and walking paths.

Top Pick For Kids: Skyline Music Series

Tuesdays, July 9 – August 20

5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Kadish Park (750 E. North Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53212)


Riverwest’s popular free concert series is presented by COA Youth and Family Centers, ensuring their weekly events are truly kid-friendly. Pack a picnic or enjoy food from one of the vendors, and enjoy the fantastic view of the river and Milwaukee skyline from the hill in Kadish Park. This concert series features a mix of jazz, soul, funk, and reggae musicians.

Don’t miss it! Check out the kids’ art corner featuring giveaways, crafts, activities, and surprises.

Top Pick For Kids: Wonderful Wednesdays

Wednesdays, June 19 – August 14, 2019

6:30-7:30 p.m.

2975 N. Lake Park Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53211

(414) 962-1680


Held in beautiful Lake Park, this is the only concert series designed especially for kids and their families. Enjoy local kids’ bands such as the upbeat folk duo Fox and Branch, plenty of audience interaction, and lots of dancing. There is an indoor space available in case of inclement weather, so the concerts go on rain or shine.

Top Pick For Kids: Starry Night Series

Fridays, June-August

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts (19805 W Capitol Dr, Brookfield, WI 53045)

(262) 781-9520


Mark your calendars for live music & dancing under the stars with this annual FREE outdoor concert series! One of the most popular Wilson Center summertime traditions, Starry Nights boasts performances by acclaimed local and regional artists across a wide range of genres including big band, Afro-Cuban, Latin jazz, bluegrass, polkas, and more—perfect for families and audiences of all ages. And don’t miss the annual Classic Vehicle Night on July 12!

Concerts in the Gardens

Thursdays, June 20 – August 29, 2019

Boerner Botanical Gardens (9400 Boerner Dr, Hales Corners, WI 53130)


Not only do you get to enjoy live music, but admission to the gardens to attend the summer concerts is free after 6:00 p.m. Visitors can walk through the gardens afterward at no additional cost. You can pack a picnic or purchase food and beverages on site.

Heartbeats in the City

Every Wednesday at 12 PM, June 7 – August 30, 2023

Red Arrow Park

Musical Mondays

Mondays, July 8 – August 26, 2019

Lake Park (2975 N. Lake Park Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53211)

(414) 962-1680


River Rhythms

Wednesdays, June 12 – August 28, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Pere Marquette Park (900 N. Plankinton Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53203)

(414) 276-6696


Waterfront Wednesdays

Wednesdays, June 5 – August 28, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Lakefront Park (222 W. Wisconsin Ave., Pewaukee, WI 53072)


Jazz in the Park

Thursdays, May 30 – August 29 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Cathedral Square Park (520 E. Wells St., Milwaukee, WI 53202)

(414) 271-1416


Schully’s River Sounds

Summer Sounds

Fridays, June-August

Cedar Creek Park (N55 W6079 Portland Rd, Cedarburg, WI 53012)


Tosa Tonight

Select Wednesdays, June – August

Rotary Park Pavilion (1190 N 70th St., Wauwatosa, WI 53213)

(414) 395-0293


Traveling Tunes

June – August

Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Milwaukee County Parks presents live, local music and art projects for kids every Thursday evening in the summer at rotating parks. Check their website for this summer’s schedule.

Tunes at Noon

Every Thursday at 12 PM, June 1 – August 31, 2023

411 East Wisconsin Center Courtyard 

Twilight Concerts in Oconomowoc

Washington Park Wednesdays

July – August

4145 W. Lisbon Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53208


Washington Park hosts live music concerts and family-friendly programming every Wednesday evening in July and August. Music typically includes eclectic hip hop, salsa, rock n’ roll, and more. There are always activities for kids, such as make-and-take art projects and meet-and-greets with local sports teams.

Waukesha Friday Night Live

Fridays, June – October

Downtown Waukesha (W. Main St., Waukesha, WI 53186)


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