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Located on the banks of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee attracts tourists of every kind with its rich brewery history and current arts scene. Its many different festivals mean that there are always fun things to do in Milwaukee, including the world's largest music festival, Summerfest. And the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee Theatre, and Pabst Theatre showcase the city's world-class fine arts culture. Visitors can also join in with the locals and sample the popular Milwaukee fish fry at most restaurants around town. The city's history as a brew town is still alive today, and guests can tour the famous Miller Brewing Company, the Lakefront Brewery, and the Sprecher Brewing Company for a taste of the area's finest beverage. Flights to Milwaukee touch down at Wisconsin's largest airport, General Mitchell International Airport.

When To Go

Heralded as the "City of Festivals," Milwaukee celebrates all year long with cultural, musical, and artistic events. The most popular time to visit is the summer, when the weather is warm, schools are on vacation, and many of the festivals happen. The spring and fall bring mild weather and cool temperatures, with blooming flowers in the spring and changing leaves in the fall. Winters can be cold and snowy, but outdoor activities keep visitors entertained.

high season: June to August
low season: December to March
shoulder season: April to May, September to November

Weather Information

Milwaukee experiences four distinct seasons. Summers tend to be warm, with an average temperature of 74 degrees in July. Winters see chilly weather, with snow and average temperatures dropping to 20 degrees in January. Spring and fall bring mild and pleasant weather, with temperatures averaging 46 degrees in April and 53 degrees in October.

Crowd Information

June through August tends to be the busiest time to visit due to the many cultural and outdoor festivals, including Polish Fest, the Lakefront Festival of the Arts, and PrideFest in June; Festa Italiana and German Fest in July; Irish Fest, Mexican Fiesta, and the Wisconsin State Fair in August; and Oktoberfest and the Indian Summer Festival in September. Milwaukee's biggest festival, Summerfest, is an 11-day musical event in June and July.

Closure Information

Hotels, shops, and attractions remain open year-round.

When to Save

The least expensive time to go is January through March, when visitation is low. Prices tend to rise from June through August because of higher demand.

When to Book

Last-minute lodging is available most of the year, but for visits during the high season or popular events, book at least two to three months in advance to ensure availability. Visitors with flexible travel plans can take advantage of low last-minute airfares. However, those with a set schedule should book flights at least three weeks in advance to obtain lower prices and ensure availability, especially for travel during the high season.

Information provided by Visit Milwaukee