When & Where does the festival take place?

This year’s festival is scheduled for Saturday, August 6, 2022 from 12 Noon – 12 Midnight and takes place at Henry Maier Festival Park  (aka: The Summerfest Grounds), 200 North Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53202.


When do tickets sales start?

Tickets on sale NOW at www.universe.com/blackartsfestmke

Enjoy our $12 Early Bird Special May 1st – May 31st 


When will the lineup be announced?

Stay Tuned!! The lineup will be announced on May 15th .

There will be exciting activities all day, starting at 12 Noon when the festival gate opens!


Safety: Are there bag checks or metal detectors?

Yes, every bag will be searched prior to entry. All patrons, including children, are required to pass through metal detection to enter the festival park. NO GUNS allowed, not even with a permit. You cannot bring your own food or drink.


Are wheelchairs and strollers available?

Yes, you can rent wheelchairs and strollers on a first-come, first-served basis. Our wheelchair & stroller rental area is just inside the mid gate. The rental fee is $8 per rental of either. A valid picture ID is required to rent equipment.


If I become separated from my child, what do I do?

Find a Summerfest security guard, member of the Milwaukee Police Department, or come to the Northwestern Mutual Kid’s Center for assistance. All lost children will be processed in the Northwestern Mutual Kid’s Center.


Can I bring my service animal?

Yes, of course. All eligible service dogs must meet ALL of the following requirements: Animals must be identified with a vest, be on-leash, owner’s must present licensed documentation certifying the animal’s service status (must be in your physical possession), ALL owners are required to clean up after their service animal. NO OTHER PETS ALLOWED. NO EXCEPTIONS.


Can I bring my camera?

Yes. We encourage you to capture your memories at Black Arts Fest MKE! We hope you will share them with friends and family on social media, too. Please use hashtag #BAFMKE


Can I use a skateboard, wear skates, or bring a wagon?

No, these items are prohibited.


What if it rains? Are refunds available?

Grab an umbrella or a rain coat, because we will be celebrating African Heritage & Black Cultural Arts rain or shine! Sorry, no refunds will be issued.

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