One of the best things about summer in Wisconsin is Summerfest, the World’s Largest Music FestivalTM. But it can be really easy to blow your budget with a trip to Summerfest. Educators’ Summerfest Insider Nick has been going to the Big GigTM for more than 15 years and knows all the best ways to save money at Summerfest while having a great time. And he’s going to share them with you this week. Check the blog on Wednesday and Friday for more great tips.
Saving on transportation to Summerfest
The stage lineups are set and many of you are already putting together a plan to see all your favorite bands (I know I am). It’s so close I can already smell that Saz’s sampler platter I am guaranteed to get every year.
That’s right, Summerfest is just around the corner! Many people of southeastern Wisconsin look forward to these 11 days every year. However, if you are like me, and go multiple times a year or are planning on bringing the family out to the Big Gig, it can be quite harsh on the checking account.
I like to think of myself as a seasoned Summerfest-goer. In my more than 15 years of attending this Wisconsin staple, I have accumulated some tips on how to save money at Summerfest without sacrificing any of the fun.
- Parking in the lots at Summerfest can add up quickly at $20 a pop. If you do drive, consider carpooling or look to park in the surrounding lots that are within walking distance. Prices for those lots are often cheaper, sometimes $10 cheaper. Download the SpotHero Summerfest Parking app for your iPhone or Android and you can get $5 off parking and reserve a spot.
- Take the Harley! Motorcycle parking is free at the Mid Gate. This is first-come, first-served basis, so this option is best if you are planning on getting there earlier in the day. Those lots fill up quickly in the evening.
- If you live close enough to bicycle to Summerfest, you can also get free parking near the North, Mid and South gates.
- Check out your favorite local restaurant or bar. Many of them offer free shuttles to and from Summerfest. Most require some sort of purchase to ride, but if you grab a quick dinner somewhere, you will not only save on getting to Summerfest but you’ll also save on food, because eating at the grounds can be quite pricey.
- Uber has teamed up again with Summerfest to provide a promotional code for one free ride (up to $20) to Summerfest. It is a great deal for basically a personal driver to pick you up at your door and drop you off right at the gate.
- Public transportation is probably the most widely used form of transportation to Summerfest each year. Freeway flyers range in price from $6.50 to $7 (depending on where you live) for a round trip. In addition, if you live in the city of Milwaukee there are free shuttles running from specific pickup and drop off locations. Check out the Milwaukee Transit website for locations.
On Wednesday, Nick will share tips about saving money on entry tickets. Friday, he will offer a bunch of other little ways to save money at Summerfest.