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Do You Pay Summerfest Admission?

General admission tickets go up $1 in 2013, Summerfest announced this week. But do you pay for tickets at all?

Summerfest announced earlier this week that ticket prices will go up $1 for general admission entry in 2013 to Summerfest — but who really pays for Summerfest admission anymore?

There are numerous ways to get into “The Big Gig” for free. In 2012, each day had a freebie deal except for July 4, which had a buy-one-get-one opportunity. For most, you have to enter between noon and 3 p.m.

A few standing deals also were available. The Blood Center of Wisconsin offered a free ticket for a blood donation; the ticket was good any time.  Kapco made general admission tickets for children available. And of course the festival itself gave away 45,000 tickets to opening day, a promotion that temporarily crashed that web page.

Despite those freebies, Summerfest 2012 attendance was down 8 percent to 805,437, a decrease attributed mainly to last summer’s gruesome heat.

More important, perhaps, is the news that beer prices remain the same for next summer. It’s still $5 for a draft and $6.50 for a bottle. The festival has already announced country star Jason Aldean as its first headliner on June 29. 

Are you someone who pays full freight — now $17 — for a Summerfest ticket? Or do you only go for free? Let us know what you do by voting in our poll and join the discussion in the comments.

Gregory Kluck January 07, 2013 at 04:57 AM
I don't pay the admission because I just don't go. navigating through drunken rude people is not my idea of fun. Same goes for the State Fair

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