6 New Things to Try at Summerfest

Stand-up paddleboarding, bike rides for kids — Summerfest is way more than just music.

Some things at Summerfest never change — incredible headliners, oodles of vendors and endless lines are all Big Gig staples. Even if you think you’ve done it all, Summerfest is rolling out plenty of new activities to shake things up. Here’s the highlights. 

Stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking

I’ve never tried stand-up paddle boarding before, but this seems like the perfect opportunity. If you’re nervous about this, there will be L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Program instructors to help. You could also watch YouTube videos for tips … like this one.

Boat rides

If you’re sticking with an aquatics theme to cool off, try a boat ride on Lake Michigan. This comes free, courtesy of Mercury Marine, Sea Ray and SkipperBud’s. Anything that involves “free” and “Lake Michigan” is worth trying if you ask us!

Note: Dylan Miller, a professional wakeboarder, will be performing at 2 and 5 p.m. on June 28, 29 and 30.

Punch Bowl Social games

Play giant versions of classic games at the Summerfest Party Patio, where Punch Bowl Social is bringing its fun vibe to the Summerfest grounds this year. Games include bags and Jenga.

An opportunity to check your blind spots (No, not the vehicular kind)

Visit the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion bus. This organization is touring the country on a “Check Your Blind Spots Unconscious Bias Tour.” The tour is “designed to give people the opportunity to learn about and explore ways to mitigate unconscious bias in their everyday lives,” according to its website. The bus — decked out with virtual reality and other digital technology — will be inside the South Gate from noon to 7 p.m. each day.

See Harley-Davidson’s new motorcycle: LiveWire

The new motorcycle, which is available for pre-sale now and expected to be for sale later this fall, will be at Summerfest for viewers to see ahead of its market debut. 

If you’re too young to buy a LiveWire, this might be for you:

Harley-Davidson will also be showing their new 12- and 16-inch branded electric balance bikes for kids aged 3 to 7. This will take place from noon to 2:30 p.m. on most days of Summerfest at the Gruber Law Office Sports Zone — click here for the schedule.