Summerfest: The World’s Largest Music Festival  
Stretching alongside 75-acre lake, Summerfest is the world's largest music festival according to Guinness World Records. Also known as “The Big Gig”, this 45-year-old festival takes place in the American state of Wisconsin and attracts over 900,000 people every year.
During 11 glorious days of summer, over 800 acts and more than 1,000 performances take place on 11 different stages in Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee. The music industry's hottest stars, emerging talent and local favourites come together in this world-class festival setting to create unforgettable live music experiences.
Summerfest's nature is eclectic and features music in different genres, from alternative to Zydeco. Since its foundation in 1968, legendary musicians such as Led Zeppelin and Bob Dylan, plus popular stars such as Britney Spears, Tina Turner and Maroon 5 have graced the Summerfest stages.
Festival-goers around the world are eagerly looking forward to the next Summerfest, which will take place from June 25th to June 29 and July 1st to July 6th in 2014.
Although the music performances are the main attraction of the event, festival-goers can take some time out with activities like paddleboating. The event also provides the opportunity to sample a wide variety of food from many Milwaukee-area restaurants. Other attractions include shopping vendors, fireworks - especially “The Big Bang” on opening night - family events and comedy acts. All shows are free with an admission ticket, except for some special acts that take place at the Marcus Amphitheater.
Even before a regular ‘Comedy Showcase' was established in 1975, live comedy acts have also been part of Summerfest's history. Comedians such as Jay Leno and Jon Stewart have made their appearances in their event and filled with the air of Milwaukee with laughs.
Admission is between US$8 and US$17, depending on the time of the day.
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