Lessons from my first Summerfest

Even though I've lived in Wisconsin for 18 years, I've never been to Summerfest. The opportunity to see Death Cab for Cutie for free finally lured me out of Kenosha. Here's a list of observations and HOT TIPS from my first trip.

  1. Kicked off the evening right with some drunk girls singing "I'm In Love with a Stripper". Milwaukee doesn't disappoint!
  2. There are many ways to get in for free. Free tickets from corporate parters, can of soup days, or children's book days to name a few. Exhaust all options before paying.
  3. You're also bound to waste an absurd amount of money on food and drink. Make the right choice and eat a Saz's Sampler.
  4. Want good seats to a show? Mooch off some friends that have been camping out all day. Rolled up to the second row at 7:30pm.
  5. Belligerent drunks will try to steal said seat as the show's start time approaches, claiming they were there all day. Ooookay.
  6. You will endure all forms of smoke, vape and spilled liquids as you wait.
  7. On that note, don't wear flip flops.
  8. Parking and traffic is horrible. If you're staying for a late show, park in the Third or Fifth Ward and walk.
  9.  A buck will get you a few bottles of water from a stranger on your way out. This is a lifesaver after sitting on a bleacher for 4 hours.
  10. It really was a better experience than I expected. I'll definitely be back next year!