Summerfest has dubbed itself as the world’s largest music festival, and the venerable Guinness World Records has verified this claim since 1999. Held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this festival runs for 11 days and attracts all sorts of different musicians and bands.

If you’re looking to find out more about Summerfest, you’re in the right place. Not only can we tell you a little bit about the festival, but we’ll also give you some ideas on how you can improve your chances of getting tickets, too.

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History of the Festival

Summerfest kicked off in the 1960s but didn’t really start gaining traction until the 1970s. It was during this time that Henry Jordan, formerly of the Green Bay Packers, took over running the event. It started out as a hodge-podge of different activities. There was the music, of course, but there was also a film festival, pageant, and an air show. Over the years, it has retained some of the other portions of the festival, but the emphasis has largely shifted to music. The whole city of Milwaukee seems to take part in the event in some way or another.

Musicians like Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, the Jonas Brothers, Danny Gokey, the Violent Femmes, and Nine Inch Nails have all performed at Summerfest over the years. Comedians like George Carlin and Lewis Black have also performed. An innumerable amount of other big-name groups, comedy acts, and lesser-known talents have also played here. There are way too many to name in one single place.

Currently, around 900,000 people go to see Summerfest every year. Even in a bad year, there will be close to 800,000 in attendance each year. That puts Summerfest in a position where it easily attains Guinness’s proclaimed status as the world’s biggest. Looking at the lineup of bands and activities, it’s no wonder that this festival has become so popular.

Tickets to Summerfest

Looking to go see Summerfest? Because the event runs for so long, you might think that scoring tickets to Summerfest will be pretty easy. Unfortunately, this isn’t always true. But if you are persistent and keep looking at sites like SeatGeek even after the first round of tickets has sold out, you will have a good chance of getting to the festival for at least a day or two.

The first round of tickets is typically sold through the Summerfest website. You can buy tickets from here when they first go on sale. If you’re looking to see a particular group play though, you might be hard-pressed to get tickets for that day, especially if you wait too long to get yours. If you miss out on tickets this way, be sure to check out the third party ticket sales sites. As long as they are a reputable site, this is a good way to get the tickets that you desire, and you won’t have to worry about getting cheated or paying too much. You can even buy e-tickets in many cases so that you can store them right on your smartphone if you buy them as last-minute items.