Your Guide Music at the Wisconsin State Fair

We asked around to find out, which shows are must-sees at this year’s State Fair.

THE WISCONSIN STATE FAIR is about more than food on a stick and cream puffs. It also has a lot to offer in terms of music. “We have retro, we have throwback, we have classics, we have pop, we have a little bit of everything,” State Fair spokesperson Tess A. Kerksen says. Here are her top picks this year, all at the free Bank Five Nine Amphitheater. 

1. DJ Shawna 

AUG. 6 AT 8 P.M.

The Bucks’ official DJ, who’s “done so much for the community in Milwaukee,” will be a change of pace at a stage that typically features classic rock. “She’s going to be doing some amazing music and playing some of the best hits.” 



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2. Kids From Wisconsin


Check out some of the best homegrown stars with Kids From Wisconsin. They sing, dance and play instruments at their many sets throughout the fair. “The young talent in this state is incredible.”

3. Pat McCurdy 

AUG. 12 AT 8 P.M.

This musician loves to incorporate a bit of comedy into his music. You may recognize him for his song “Come With Me to the Wisconsin State Fair,” which he’s been singing around the state. “He’s kind of a Milwaukee icon at this point.” 


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Alli Watters is the digital and culture editor at Milwaukee Magazine. That means that in addition to running this website, she covers art, entertainment, style, home and more for the magazine. It also means she doesn't sleep much.