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Summerfest Insider: Save money on getting in

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’ own 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 is sharing them with you this week. On Monday, he shared tips on saving money on getting to Summerfest. Check the blog on Friday for more great tips.

Saving on getting in 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.Save money at Summerfest

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.


  • Each year, Summerfest runs a variety of promotions throughout the festival that allow for free entry to the grounds. Many of these only run until late afternoon and have limits on the amount of people who can take advantage of them. However, if you are planning on going early in the day, here is the list of promotions for 2016.
  • If you are like me and plan to go five or more times, consider purchasing a Power Pass. This allows you entrance into the grounds all eleven days and has no time restrictions (as well as admission into September’s Big Gig BBQ event, a $15 value on its own) for $110. There is also an $85 five-day pass and a $48 three-day pass. General admission tickets this year are $20, so these multi-packs are a great way to save money.
  • In the weeks leading up to Summerfest, many local companies, radio stations and TV stations run promotions that have chances to win free tickets. These are actually great ways to get in for free because so many companies have these promotions running leading up to the first day. Last year, I got in for free two separate days this way.
  • Summerfest has their own version of a hype squad called the Summerfest Street Team that goes around getting people excited for Summerfest. Many of these appearances offer chances for people to win free Summerfest tickets and gear. Check out their scheduled appearances here.
  • Summerfest is also offering a free weekday ticket to anyone who downloads their 2016 app. Those tickets are while supplies last and limited to one per mobile device (obviously).

On Monday, Nick shared his best tips about saving money on parking and transportation. Friday, he will offer a bunch of other little ways to save money at Summerfest.



2 thoughts on “Summerfest Insider: Save money on getting in

  1. Favorite part of summerfest is: Being able to see the bands that I was never able to as a teenager. Now I get to see them. Seeing not one band but, several all in one place!

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