How to Get in Free Today Sorry, today you’ll have to pay full price!   Weather Forecast High: 76° Low: 64° Precipitation: 40% Sunset: 8:34 p.m. Rain showers during the day, with a potential thunderstorm in the evening. Stay tuned to Summerfest’s social media for any weather accommodations or delays.  Playing at the American Family […]

How to Get in Free Today

Sorry, today you’ll have to pay full price!


 

Weather Forecast

High: 76°
Low: 64°
Precipitation: 40%
Sunset: 8:34 p.m.

Rain showers during the day, with a potential thunderstorm in the evening. Stay tuned to Summerfest’s social media for any weather accommodations or delays. 

Playing at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater

The Killers

The Killers have been selling out arenas around the world for well over a decade, and for good reason. Their latest album, 2017’s Wonderful, Wonderful, became their fifth consecutive release to secure a no. 1 spot in the U.K. And Brandon Flowers is one of the most charismatic front men working today.

Staff Music Picks by Generation

Boomer

The Killers
7:30 p.m., American Family Insurance Amphitheater 

“I saw this band at their Fiserv Forum show last fall, and it was an awesome experience. More, please!” – Carole Nicksin

Gen-X

The Killers
7:30 p.m., American Family Insurance Amphitheater 

“Wait, it’s been FIFTEEN YEARS since The Killers’ Hot Fuss dropped? No. No! Nononononooooo. OK, whatever. Magnetic front man Brandon Flowers is the foremost reason a Killers show rocks, but a really underrated subplot is drummer Ronnie Vanucci’s absolutely feral drum-mashing.” – Chris Drosner

Masta Ace
8 p.m., U.S. Celluar Connection Stage

“I’m assuming he’s touring with Marco Polo the Breukelen Story album, yeah? I mean, c’mon, they’ve put skits on an album that came out last year. They don’t give AF.” – Paul Higgins

Millennial

The Head and the Heart
10:15 p.m., Miller Lite Oasis Stage

“A favorite band of mine with a new album out. They also love Wisconsin beer and always put on a good show when in town.”– Katie Williams

The Killers
7:30 p.m., American Family Insurance Amphitheater 

“Itching to reenact my Guitar Hero skills.” – Libby Lang

Gen-Z

Death Cab for Cutie
7:30 p.m., American Family Insurance Amphitheater

“The premier indie rock band of the early-to-mid 2000s (in my opinion) still holds up. They consistently put out good music and always give a great show of songs new and old. I may be biased, as lead singer Ben Gibbard was one of my biggest middle school crushes.”– Emma Fisher

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The Killers
7:30 p.m., American Family Insurance Amphitheater 

“Everybody’s going to be excited to sing “Mr. Brightside,” but real fans’ first experience with the Killers was playing “When You Were Young” on Guitar Hero. By real fans, I mean me. I’m going to get my Guitar Hero guitar signed if it makes it past security.” – Matt Martinez

“The Killers are a must-see for sure. I dare you not to sing along to Mr. Brightside.” – Liz Johnson

Daily To-Dos

Lambeau Field Live

It might not seem like it, but football is right around the corner (it already started if you count mini-camps but you shouldn’t). Enrich your day with the history of Wisconsin’s most legendary sports franchise, pick up some merch at the Pro Shop and slip on some VR goggles to emulate your favorite heroes in gold and green. Lambeau Field Live will be exhibiting from June 26 to July 7.

• Summerfest Party Patio/Punch Bowl Social

If you haven’t tried it out by now, today’s the day to go play cornhole and giant Jenga with your friends at Summerfest’s newest hangout. Bring a group of socialites and see if you can conquer your fellow concert-goers.


We Tried Stand-Up Paddleboarding 

by Hannah Hoffmeister

Photo by Hannah Hoffmeister

My dad has a motto: “Never be embarrassed.” And so, kneeling on a paddleboard in the Lake Michigan marina with people staring at me from the shore, I took the risk of falling in the lake and shifted up on my feet. I gave stand-up paddleboarding a try.

The stand-up paddleboarding, along with kayaking, is free at Summerfest this year, courtesy of L.L. Bean. You can sign up for 45-minute time slots that start every hour, on the hour. The first day of time slots, as L.L. Bean employee Matthew Stoller told me, filled up within an hour and a half of Summerfest’s opening day.

I had never gone stand-up paddleboarding before. The employees advised kneeling until I felt comfortable, which I did until I had been on the water for 5-10 minutes. The transition from kneeling to standing was easier than I expected.

One thing to note here: Try to avoid looking at your feet. When I stared at my board, I felt wobbly and shaky, but that went away when I looked at the water or the shoreline.

Even though I didn’t end up needing it, I had a towel in the car in case I fell in. Stoller told me only one person has fallen in the water all week.

L.L. Bean offered these activities last year at  Summerfest, but they weren’t free. The employees couldn’t remember exactly how much it cost, but estimate between $10 to $15 per session

If you’re planning to go to Summerfest during its last few days, I would highly recommend checking this out. Seeing Summerfest from the water let me see how cool of a festival it really is. Actually it gave me a whole new view of Milwaukee; it was a new perspective that’s definitely worth trying.

Others agreed with me. A woman behind me in line calls it a “hidden gem of Summerfest.” Another participant, Erin Bahm, 20, says she thought it was awesome she had the opportunity; she hadn’t known about it until getting to Summerfest.

The stand-up paddleboarding didn’t start until Friday of last week due to an equipment mishap. The “fin” is the piece of the paddleboard that slices into the water underneath the board to keep it moving in a straight direction. Unexpectedly, all of the fins were left in a different trailer, so the SUP kickoff was delayed. 

Regardless of the little blip, it’s now in full swing and worth your time if you want to get out on the water.

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