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Summerfest (also known as "The Big Gig") is a yearly festival on the Milwaukee, Wisconsin lakefront. Started in 1968, the fest runs for 11 days from late June though early July and attracts almost one million people from all over the Midwest.

Summerfest is most famous for its music. Live music acts are offered on many stages throughout the fairgrounds, including the 24,000-seat Marcus Amphitheater. Summerfest features both local and nationally known music talent from a variety of different music genres, so there is bound to be something for everyone.

Additionally, Summerfest provides the opportunity to sample a wide variety of food from many Milwaukee restaurants. Beer is a favorite of fairgoers. Other Summerfest attractions include carnival rides and games, comedy acts, shopping booths, fireworks (including "The Big Bang" opening day), karaoke, children's activities, and more.

At other times throughout the summer and into autumn, the festival grounds hold a variety of different ethnic festivals, some of which include PrideFest, Asian Moon Festival, PolishFest, Festa Italiana, German Fest, African World Festival, Irish Fest, Mexican Fiesta, Indian Summer, Arab World Fest, and also several run/walk for charity events.

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