Milwaukee's Summerfest is almost here and summer is almost over. The great news is that the festival is happening, but there are some big changes.

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The covid pandemic of 2020 forced officials to cancel the festival for 2020. In 2021, with the festival happening basically in the fall, there's a new issue presenting itself.

More and more performers have been pushing for increased safety measures as COVID-19 cases surge again in Wisconsin. Keep that in mind when checking out the guidelines for attending this year's fest. If we don't do what we can to keep these performers and each other safe, the whole thing gets cancelled again.

Summerfest 2021 Entry Requirements

If you want to go to Summerfest 2021, you're going to have to have a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. This also includes the Wednesday Night Preview Concerts in the American Family Insurance Amphitheater.

You'll be asked at the entry gate to show a valid COVID-19 vaccination card or proof of a negative test. An original vaccination card, a printed copy of a valid vaccination card or a negative test will be accepted. Digital documentation, like a screenshot or photo on a phone, is also acceptable.

If you aren’t vaccinated, a negative COVID-19 test will need to be obtained within 72 hours (or three days) of attending Summerfest. Children younger than 12 will not have to present a negative COVID-19 test but will be required to wear a mask.

Masking for those older than 12 will not be required. However, they are recommended for indoor spaces, including the Summerfest store, first-aid stations and restrooms.

The other thing to keep in mind is that Summerfest's safety protocols and procedures could change based on CDC guidance. Be sure to check for updates.

Summerfest will also be increasing the number of hand sanitizer stations on-site, employing
dedicated cleaning crews, conducting frequent cleanings in high touch areas, plus vernight deep-cleaning procedures. Also, all transactions will be cashless.

Summerfest 2021 Bag Policy

All bags are subject to inspection prior to entering the Summerfest grounds. No backpacks or bags larger than 9 by 10 by 12 inches will be allowed on the grounds. If you decide to bring in a backpack or a larger bag, you will be instructed to empty the contents into a clear bag provided by Summerfest in order to be admitted.

Here's the long list of other things you CANNOT bring onto Summerfest grounds

  • Camelback-style hydration packs
  • Picnic Baskets
  • Outside food and beverages
  • Cans or glass bottles
  • Aerosol cans
  • Alcohol
  • Illegal drugs or substances
  • Firearms
  • Knives
  • Weapons or objects that could be used as weapons
  • Fireworks
  • Professional-grade cameras or video equipment
  • Recording devices
  • Pets (except service animals)
  • Selfie sticks
  • Banners or flags on poles
  • Laser pointers
  • Lawn chairs
  • Skateboards or skates
  • Wagons
  • Kites
  • Hula-hoops
  • Frisbees
  • Stadium seats

In the American Family Insurance Amphitheater, the following are also not allowed:

  • Strollers
  • Umbrellas
  • Professional-grade cameras and video equipment, unless authorized by the performer
  • Stadium seats
  • Other items as determined by the performer

Also this year, Summerfest has made some stage upgrades, including spending more than $50 million just on American Family Amphitheater upgraded. There's a new kids activity area, too. For details on all the updates, click HERE.

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