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Summerfest & Other Festivals

Ride MCTS to the main gate of Summerfest, Wisconsin State Fair, the Lakefront Festivals and more! Getting to and from Summerfest and other festivals is easy, safe and convenient when you let MCTS do the driving! No matter if you take a local route from Bay View, Bronzeville or the East Side, the Downtown Shuttle from downtown or a Freeway Flyer from the suburbs, MCTS offers several choices to get to all of the great fests Milwaukee has to offer.

Festivals

  Dates Shuttle
Service
Freeway
Flyer
Summerfest
June 28 - July 2
July 4 - July 9
yes yes
Pre>Fare
Wisconsin State Fair
Aug 3 - 13
yes yes
PrideFest
June 9 - 11
yes no
Polish Fest
June 16 - 18
yes no
Festa Italiana
July 21 - 23
yes yes
German Fest
July 28 - 30
yes yes
Irish Fest
Aug 17 - 20
yes yes
Mexican Fiesta
Aug 25 - 27
yes no
Indian Summer
Sept 8 - 10
yes no
Downtown Shuttle Info

The Summerfest Shuttle operates Downtown from 11:30 am to 12:30 am every day during Summerfest and provides service to the North Gate. Bus service runs approximately every 10 minutes. You can catch the Shuttle at numerous stops along Wisconsin Avenue, see the map below or just look for the stops marked with the Summerfest smile logo.

MCTS offers numerous regular routes that travel to the downtown area, from there passengers can connect to a Shuttle. Use the trip planner at RideMCTS.com to figure out the best way to get from your door to Summerfest.

Round Trip Shuttle Fare

MCTS M•CARD Ride  $2.50 $1.25
Cash Ride  $3.00 $1.50
M•CARD / 1, 7 or 31-Day Pass  Free Free
DISCOUNTED: Children (ages 6 - 11), seniors (65 and over) and persons with disabilities with proper ID. Children under 6 ride free when accompanied by an adult)
Summerfest Freeway Flyer Info

Freeway Flyers operate from nine Park-Ride lots to the Summerfest Main Gate. Flyers provide service on weekdays, approximately every 30 minutes from 11:30 am to 5:00 pm, and approximately every 15 minutes from 5:00 pm to 12:30 am. On Saturdays and Sundays service is every 15-20 minutes. Times may be impacted by construction and peak traffic periods.

MCTS Pre>Fare, a new digital bus ticket that's good for a round-tip on any MCTS Summerfest Freeway Flyer. Pre>Fare is quicker, easier and cheaper than paying with cash ($6.00 vs $7.00). Visit RideMCTS.com/PreFare for more information and to buy your ticket.

Round Trip Freeway Flyer Fare

  Regular Discounted
M•CARD Ride  $5.00 $3.00
Cash Ride  $7.00 $3.00
Pre>Fare  $6.00 $3.00
1, 7 or 31 - Day Pass Additional $2.50 Additional $0.80
Valid Transfer - Tap card  Additional $2.50 Additional $0.80
DISCOUNTED: Children (ages 6 - 11), seniors (65 and over) and persons with disabilities with proper ID. Children under 6 ride free when accompanied by an adult)

Below is a list of Park-Ride lots where you can catch a Freeway Flyer to Summerfest.

MCTS 2017 Summerfest Freeway Flyer
  • Saukville Walmart - Hwy. 33/Green Bay Ave. east of I-43
  • Grafton Target/Home Depot - Hwy. 60 west of I-43
  • Brown Deer - Brown Deer Rd., west of I-43
  • Holt - Holt Ave., west of I-94
  • College North - College Ave. at I-94
  • College South - College Ave. at I-94
  • Whitnall/Hales Corners - I-43, east of S. 108th St.
  • Loomis - Loomis Rd., south of Coldspring Rd.
  • State Fair Park - I-94, S. 76th and W. Kearney
  • Watertown Plan - Watertown Plank Rd., west of U.S. Hwy. 45

*State Fair Park Ride Lot will charge a $6 fee during Summerfest.

State Fair Info

Our Shuttles, Freeway Flyers and local routes all take riders straight to the gates of State Fair Park August 3 through August 13.

View all State Fair transit options.

Lakefront Festivals Freeway Flyer

Freeway Flyers operate from nine Park-Ride lots to the Summerfest Main Gate. Flyers provide service on weekdays, approximately every 30 minutes from 11:30 am to 5:00 pm, and approximately every 15 minutes from 5:00 pm to 12:30 am. On Saturdays and Sundays service is every 15-20 minutes. Times may be impacted by construction and peak traffic periods.

Round Trip Freeway Flyer Fare

  Regular Discounted
M•CARD Ride  $5.00 $3.00
Cash Ride  $7.00 $3.00
1, 7 or 31-Day Pass Additional $2.50 Additional $0.80
Valid Transfer - Tap card   Additional $2.50 Additional $0.80
DISCOUNTED: Children (ages 6 - 11), seniors (65 and over) and persons with disabilities with proper ID. Children under 6 ride free when accompanied by an adult)

Below is a list of Park-Ride lots where you can catch a Freeway Flyer to Lakefront Festivals.

MCTS 2017 Summerfest Freeway Flyer
Tap to view full map
  • Brown Deer - Brown Deer Rd., west of I-43
  • College North - College Ave. at I-94
  • College South - College Ave. at I-94
  • State Fair Park - I-94, S. 76th and W. Kearney
Pre>Fare

Pre>Fare is a digital bus ticket that's good for a round-tip on any MCTS Freeway Flyer to Summerfest.

Buy your Pre>Fare Summerfest Flyer ticket online. Scan your phone and grab a seat. You’ll save a dollar and time. 

prefare_purchase

The faster way to fest:

1. Go Here
2. Purchase Your Summerfest Flyer ticket (save $1 with online purchase)
3. Bring your Pre>Fare ticket (on your phone or print it out) to a Park-Ride Lot for your roundtrip Freeway Flyer trip to Summerfest
4. For more information about Pre>Fare and a list of FAQs click here

MCTS Pre>Fare tickets are non-refundable and are only good for use on Freeway Flyer rides to Summerfest in 2016. Each MCTS Pre>Fare ticket is good for a roundtrip ride for one rider. Click here for more information about MCTS Freeway Flyer service to Summerfest. 

Pre>Fare is powered by Tixora, a Milwaukee based e-ticket company.

  • On all routes to Summerfest, the U-PASS (summer semester), GO Pass, New Freedom Pass and Commuter Value Pass are accepted as full fare.
  • Park in designated spaces at the park-ride lots to ensure buses and patrols can get through the lots easily. 
  • Cars that are parked illegally could receive tickets and/or be towed by local authorities. 
  • In order to keep your car safe in a parking lot, we recommend you do not leave anything of value in your car and do not leave anything in view in the passenger compartment. Always lock your doors and report any issues to the police agency where the lot is located.
  • Times may vary due to construction and traffic delays. Service does not operate on Monday, July 4th when Summerfest is closed. We are not responsible for missed admission promotions offered by Summerfest which typically end at 3 PM. Please plan your trip to Summerfest to account for possible construction and/or traffic delays.