MILWAUKEE -- "The Big Gig" kicks off its 51st year of music and fun along Milwaukee's lakefront Wednesday afternoon. With good weather in the forecast, thousands are expected to attend Summerfest's opening day.
Here's what you need to know to make Day 1 at Summerfest a successful one:
The Big Gig's first American Family Insurance Amphitheater concert is sure to be packed for the Las Vegas-based rockers. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. Here's hoping the increased capacity of the amphitheater is better equipped to handle fans after 2013's way-too-packed free stage appearance.
Say "ooh" and "ahh" with the Big Bang fireworks
Who doesn't love fireworks? Each year, Summerfest hosts a 'Big Bang' on night one, and 2018 is no exception. Make sure you have your seat by 9:30 p.m. for the show. If you can't make the Big Bang, there are more fireworks around the corner - see our city-by-city guide here.
All patrons arriving between noon – 3:00 pm who donate 3 non-perishable food items will receive 1 FREE weekday admission ticket, valid for the day and time of the promotion only. Get more information here.
Other notable headliners who will be turning it up: