Summerfest is a great way to enjoy summer, spend time with friends, and meet new people. You get to enjoy the music, the food, and of course, the drinks. We live in Wisconsin, so there is no doubt that we will also enjoy the drinks. However, you need to think before you drink. Do not risk driving home drunk at the end of the night. Local and County Police Departments will be out in force hunting for people they suspect are driving under the influence. There are many safer alternatives, whether you live in Milwaukee or the surrounding counties.
From Milwaukee County –
The Freeway Flyer Service will transport people to and from the following Park & Ride locations: College Avenue, Ryan Road, Whitnall/Hales Corners, State Fair Park, Watertown Plank, Southridge, Holt, Loomis, Green Bay Road, and Brown Deer East. At these locations, you are able to park your car for free and take a round-trip bus directly to the Summerfest gates for the small price of $6.50 ($3 for children ages 6-11). The buses will arrive every half-hour from 11:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and then every 15 minutes from 5:00 p.m. until 12:30 a.m.
However, if you live near downtown Milwaukee, there are buses that run every 7-10 minutes along Wisconsin Avenue (and will stop at every bus stop with the Summerfest smile logo. These buses cost $3 for adults ($1.50 for children ages 6-11).
Live Near the East Side?
Lucky you! Shuttles run FREE! The buses stop at Hooligan’s, BBC, Hotel Foster, Judges Irish Pub, Nomad, Hit-Hat/Garage, Club Brady, Vitucci’s and Cans. Round-trips are available.
The following counties offer bus transit from certain locations as well:
Waukesha County –
These shuttles are round-trip for the price of $10, beginning at 11 a.m. with the last bus at 12:15 a.m. Available Park & Rides are located at Nagawaukee (Delafield), Meadowbrook (I-94 & Hwy. G), and Georke’s Corners (I-94 & Barker Road).
Ozaukee County –
These buses travel every half-hour from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. everyday. The first bus leaves from the Saukville Wal-Mart and will also pick-up at the Target/Home Depot in Grafton. Fare is $6.50 for adults ($3 for children ages 6-11).
Washington County –
Park your car for free at the following locations: Washington County Fair Park (beginning at 11 a.m.), Richfield Park & Ride (beginning at 11:30 a.m.), Life Church Parking Lot-Germantown (beginning at 11:30 a.m.). Return Service runs from 4:00 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. The fare is $12 for adults ($3 for children under 12).
Walworth/Jefferson/Dodge Counties –
Hodge Williams Companies offers roundtrip services from specific locations in Whitewater, Jefferson, Johnson Creek, Beaver Dam, Oconomowoc, and Delafield. Home pick-up is available in Watertown only. Round trips fare is $25.00 per passenger.
Please remember that fares must be presented at time of pick-up and each service only takes exact fare. No change will be given back.
Plan Your Trip –
Summerfest is a fantastic music festival. Although it may seem ridiculous to pay for bus fare and park farther away, the price of an OWI will impact your wallet, your license, and potentially your job. Planning a head is important. Get a group together, have a designated driver, or use the free transportation options offered by the surrounding counties.
Milwaukee DUI Attorney Nathan Dineen solely represents people charged with DUI/OWI in Eastern Wisconsin. Be safe and enjoy Summerfest.
Nathan J. Dineen