indian summer festival

September, 2018

Photos by Bob Uecke

North America’s Largest

Indian gathering

brings excitement to Milwaukee's lakefront, Sept. 7-9

Indian Summer Festival highlights traditional and contemporary American Indian music and dance, lifestyle and customs, food and demonstrations.

     The festival welcomes back Brule and fireworks on Saturday night. (Brule is known for thrilling audiences with a merging of cultural rock, traditional dancers in full regalia and theatrical instrumentations.)

 Favorites returning this year include:

Nationally known contemporary and traditional performers

Traditional areas showcasing native crafts people

Food demos featuring traditional ingredients

Amateur boxing Olympic-style

14th Annual Indian Summer Music Awards

Circle of Art featuring Native artists

Marketplace with Native American inspired goods

Sunday Prayer Ceremony

Canoe Rides

Plant Walks in Lakeshore State Park


Vendors offering frybread, Indian tacos, bison burgers and wild rice

NEW THIS YEAR: Thrilling aerial dance by Anna Belle Aerial and Scott Ward Comedic hypnotist.


Festival hours

Friday: Education Day 9am- 2:30pm; General Public 4pm-midnight

Saturday: Noon-midnight

Sunday: 11am-8pm

All three days at Milwaukee's Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds).

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The Contest Pow Wow Unforgettable sights and sounds as dancers of all ages compete. Festival goers are encouraged to participate in "intertribals" where all are invited to join in.


Sports Lacrosse demos focus on fun, interactive activities. Another sports highlight is Olympic-style amateur boxing.