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Lakefront Festivals

Lakefront Festivals

Get on the original ride share - the Milwaukee County Transit System! Our Downtown Shuttles and Freeway Flyers take you directly to the gates of Henry Maier Festival Park to enjoy your favorite lakefront festival. MCTS gets you there quickly and easily with low round-trip fares.

Lakefront Festivals Downtown Shuttle Info

The Lakefront Festival Downtown Shuttle picks you up along Wisconsin Avenue and takes you directly to the Mid Gate of Henry Maier Festival Park. See the map below for stop locations.

Protippark downtown and hop on a shuttle. You'll save money and avoid the driving and parking hassle closer to the festival grounds.

  • Bus service to lakefront festivals begins approximately a half-hour prior to each day of the event and runs until a half-hour after it ends.
  • Shuttles run approximately every 30 minutes.

           

  Regular Discounted
MCTS M•CARD Ride  $2.50 $1.25
Cash Ride  $3.00 $1.50
M•CARD / 1, 7 or 31-Day Pass  Free Free
Ride MCTS App 24-Hour Ticket  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)

Fare paid when boarding bus
Lakefront Festivals Freeway Flyer

Along with the Downtown Shuttle, MCTS also runs special Freeway Flyer service to Festa ltaliana, German Fest and Irish Fest. Buses pick up at four Park-Ride lots and drop off at the Mid Gate of Henry Maier Festival Park. 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.

  • Bus service to lakefront festivals begins approximately a half-hour prior to each day of the event and runs until a half-hour after it ends.

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)

Fares paid when boarding bus

Below is a list of Park-Ride lots where you can catch a Freeway Flyer to Festa ltaliana, German Fest and Irish Fest.

MCTS 2017 Summerfest Freeway Flyer
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  • 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
Local Bus Routes

Our Routes 14, 15, GreenLine and GoldLine all drop you off within walking distance of the Henry Maier Festival Grounds. Regular fares apply.

  • On all routes to the Lakefront Festivals, the U-PASS (summer semester), GO Pass ($1 Day Pass applies), New Freedom Pass and Commuter Value Pass are accepted as full fare.
  • Park in designated spaces at the Park-Lide 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.