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Milwaukee World Festival Inc. to Construct New North Entry Gate and Plaza
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Milwaukee World Festival Inc. to Construct New North Entry Gate and Plaza

Project links Maier Festival Park to downtown Milwaukee, sponsored by American Family Insurance

Summerfest Releases 2017 Results
Press Release

Summerfest Releases 2017 Results

831,769 people attended Summerfest in 2017.

Summerfest Announces New “Level Up” Concert Viewing Deck at Miller Lite Oasis
Press Release

Summerfest Announces New “Level Up” Concert Viewing Deck at Miller Lite Oasis

Reserved tickets for Level Up will be available for each day of Summerfest, beginning on Monday, May 22, 2017.

Murphy’s Law: The Bogus Studies of Miller Park
Murphy’s Law

The Bogus Studies of Miller Park

How we've been misled -- repeatedly -- about Brewers “economic impact.”

Summerfest Celebrates its 50th Edition with Throwback Thursday on June 29th
Press Release

Summerfest Celebrates its 50th Edition with Throwback Thursday on June 29th

Presented by Pick ‘n Save

BMO Harris Bank and Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. Renew Long-term Partnership
Press Release

BMO Harris Bank and Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. Renew Long-term Partnership

Multi-Year Agreement Includes Additions to Festival Experience for BMO Customers

Plenty of Horne: New Summerfest Name, New Amphitheater
Plenty of Horne

New Summerfest Name, New Amphitheater

American Family gets naming rights to Summerfest, helps pay for amphitheater.

American Family Insurance and Milwaukee World Festival, Inc Begin New 10-Year Partnership
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American Family Insurance and Milwaukee World Festival, Inc Begin New 10-Year Partnership

Components include a Presenting Sponsorship of Summerfest, Construction of a new 23,000-seat Amphitheater, new North Gate and Plaza and Community Programming and Outreach

Plenty of Horne: New Stage for Summerfest Coming
Plenty of Horne

New Stage for Summerfest Coming

U.S. Cellular inks 10-year deal; will spend millions to replace its music facility by 2018.

U.S. Cellular and Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. Sign New 10-Year Deal that Includes Building a Redesigned U.S. Cellular Connection Stage in 2018
Summerfest’s V.P. of Entertainment, Bob Babisch, wins Festival Buyer of the Year Award at the 2016 IEBA Conference in Nashville, TN
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Summerfest’s V.P. of Entertainment, Bob Babisch, wins Festival Buyer of the Year Award at the 2016 IEBA Conference in Nashville, TN

IEBA is the leading not-for-profit trade organization for live entertainment industry professionals who buy, book and sell talent.

Announcing New Miller Lite Oasis Stage Area for Summerfest’s 50th Edition
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Announcing New Miller Lite Oasis Stage Area for Summerfest’s 50th Edition

Improvements will be completed for 2017 Festival Season and 50th Edition of Summerfest

Summerfest Foundation, Inc. Announces Music Education Grants Recipients for 2016
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Summerfest Foundation, Inc. Announces Music Education Grants Recipients for 2016

Twelve Area Schools and Non-profit Organizations Will Receive Grants Totalling $25,000 for Music Education

Summerfest Releases 2016 Festival Results
Press Release

Summerfest Releases 2016 Festival Results

In addition to this year’s party, a special effort was made to raise excitement for the huge celebration in 2017 – the 50th Summerfest.

Summerfest Announces “50,000 for Summerfest 50” Free Ticket Giveaway
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Summerfest Announces “50,000 for Summerfest 50” Free Ticket Giveaway

Festival Kicks off Year of Celebration Offering FREE Tickets to 2017 Event

Summerfest Launches Into Opening Day by Giving Away $325,000 in Tickets to Attendees at 5:00 pm on June 29, 2016
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Summerfest Launches Into Opening Day by Giving Away $325,000 in Tickets to Attendees at 5:00 pm on June 29, 2016

As Part of Opening Ceremonies, Summerfest Hosts a Ticket Giveaway for Patrons

MCTS and Summerfest Team Up to Offer a New Way to Get to the Big Gig
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MCTS and Summerfest Team Up to Offer a New Way to Get to the Big Gig

Cash may be king, but the all-new MCTS Pre>Fare is a rock star at getting you to Summerfest!

Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. Announces East Summerfest Place
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Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. Announces East Summerfest Place

From now on, the home of the company that produces “The World’s Largest Music Festival” can be found by its name at 639 E. Summerfest Place.

County Executive Chris Abele Announces That Summerfest Will Join Milwaukee County’s Purple Heart Pass Program
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County Executive Chris Abele Announces That Summerfest Will Join Milwaukee County’s Purple Heart Pass Program

Purple Heart Recipients to Receive Eight Free Admissions to Summerfest

Summerfest Announces 2016 Grounds Stage Headliners
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Summerfest Announces 2016 Grounds Stage Headliners

Summerfest officials are excited to announce over 90 headlining acts that will perform at the 2016 festival.

Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. Announces the Big Gig BBQ Presented by Meijer

Contribution to Tom Barrett of $250

Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. Announces the Big Gig BBQ Presented by Meijer
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Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. Announces the Big Gig BBQ Presented by Meijer

The Inaugural BBQ Event will Debut on Sunday, September 4

Fromm Petfest to Cap Off Summer Festival Season with Third Annual Event
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Fromm Petfest to Cap Off Summer Festival Season with Third Annual Event

Free Pet-Themed Festival Returns to Henry Maier Festival Park in 2016

In Public: The Design Competition That Wasn’t
In Public

The Design Competition That Wasn’t

Lakefront Gateway competition picked a team, not a design. So what will that mean for the lakefront?

Summerfest names new VP of marketing
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Summerfest names new VP of marketing

Lakefront Gateway Plaza National Design Competition Culminates with the Selection of the Graef Team
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Lakefront Gateway Plaza National Design Competition Culminates with the Selection of the Graef Team

Water, Year-Round Activity Featured Among Ideas

Summerfest marketing chief Boler leaves for Aurora Health Care
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Summerfest marketing chief Boler leaves for Aurora Health Care

Plenty of Horne: New Penthouse for Old Third Ward Building

Contribution to Ashanti Hamilton of $200

Plenty of Horne: New Penthouse for Old Third Ward Building
Plenty of Horne

New Penthouse for Old Third Ward Building

Eppstein Uhen short of space in Headquarters; Bauman rips Summerfest traffic woes; and his challenger kicks off campaign

Summerfest attendance takes hit from bus strike, cool weather, road work
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Summerfest attendance takes hit from bus strike, cool weather, road work

Summerfest Releases Attendance and 2015 Festival Results
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Summerfest Releases Attendance and 2015 Festival Results

External factors during the event impacted attendance at this year’s music festival.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Milwaukee’s Biggest Building Breaks Ground

Contribution to Robert Bauman of $250

Eyes on Milwaukee: Milwaukee’s Biggest Building Breaks Ground
Eyes on Milwaukee

Milwaukee’s Biggest Building Breaks Ground

"A beautiful day in Milwaukee" and for assembled power brokers as Northwestern Mutual's new skyscraper gets underway.

Business: The Return of Flying Car
Business

The Return of Flying Car

What will be featured at next month’s third annual showcase of technology and innovation.

House Confidential: The House of Hank the Dog
House Confidential

The House of Hank the Dog

The Brewer's canine mascot has a nine-room Whitefish Bay home and 10,000 square foot lot to roam in, all worth $570,000.

Back in the News: Don Smiley’s Ever-Higher Salary
Back in the News

Don Smiley’s Ever-Higher Salary

His salary rose by $114,000, to more than $886,000, and the explanations keep getting thinner.

Back in the News: The Arrogance of Summerfest
Back in the News

The Arrogance of Summerfest

Mayor Barrett met with Summerfest board members, who agreed to share more information about its finances and director’s compensation.

Murphy’s Law: County Board Violates Its Own Law
Murphy’s Law

County Board Violates Its Own Law

Lobbyists have worked without board approval, which could be a cause for “discharge” of board chair Dimitrivjevic.

Plenty of Horne: Pabst Leader’s Salary Far Below Smiley’s
Plenty of Horne

Pabst Leader’s Salary Far Below Smiley’s

Pabst boss Gary Witt makes less than a third of what Smiley makes. Ald. Bauman questions this.

Murphy’s Law: The Arrogance of Summerfest
Murphy’s Law

The Arrogance of Summerfest

Why the tax-exempt, city-supported non-profit should be transparent about its director’s salary.

House Confidential: Don Smiley’s Cool Condo
House Confidential

Don Smiley’s Cool Condo

It cost him $646,000, but heck, that's less than a year's salary for the Summerfest CEO.

Common Council Expands BID Board

Common Council Expands BID Board

To begin the proceedings Don Smiley the CEO of Summerfest gave a presentation regarding this year’s Summerfest during which he pointed out two items of interest. First, they have demolished the Harley Davidson Roadhouse and constructed a new stage that will open on June 26th. They’ve opened up that stage to the lakeside and created […]