Oshkosh is well known for it’s rockin’ summer music events. Whether it’s live music at a bar or a weekend-long music festival, visitors can enjoy tunes from every genre! Check out some of the most popular music festivals that return to the Event City each year.
Oshkosh Waterfest Rocking the Fox
Oshkosh Waterfest is a music concert series along the Fox River at the Leach Amphitheater every Thursday from June to August. Attendees can enjoy beautiful Wisconsin summer nights jamming to an awesome lineup of all genres. If you show up when the gates open at 6 p.m., admission price is cheaper. Music plays until about 11 p.m.
Up to 7,500 fans who attend the shows each week hang out downtown before or after the show at Oshkosh’s many patios, beer gardens and comedy shows. People can dock along the Oshkosh Riverwalk and enjoy local food vendors at the Leach concession stands.
Oshkosh Main Street Music Festival
The Oshkosh Main Street Music Festival is a free music festival in the streets of Downtown Oshkosh the last weekend in July.
This music festival celebrates local talent with more than 100 musicians, artists, comedians and entertainers. Artists perform inside bars and restaurants, and on outdoor stages set up outside of downtown venues.
Country USA is an annual, five-day country music festival that brings star power from the most popular headliners at Ford Festival Park every June. Some popular performers have included Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Rascal Flatts, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church and Tim McGraw.
Attendees can camp on-site or bring lawn chairs to the stage each night to enjoy a nonstop Wisconsin party with an all-star country music lineup, food, drinks and shopping. Daily passes are also available.
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Rock USA is a three-day, annual rock ‘n’ roll music festival at Ford Festival Park every July. Some popular rock star performers include Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, KoRn, Shinedown, Disturbed and Def Leppard.
Attendees can also enjoy food and drink vendors, carnival games and shopping. There is also an option to camp or purchase daily passes. VIP camping passes typically sell out months in advance.
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Lifest is an annual Christian music festival at the Sunnyview Expo Center every summer. Some headliners in the past have included Skillet, Newsboys, Tenth Avenue North, Michael W. Smith, Matt Maher and Matthew West.
An average of 20,000 attendees partake in the festivities each day. Lifest has about 100 artists on six stages, speakers and seminars, and games and activities, such as dodgeball, archery, 5K, prayer journeys and more. On-site camping and daily passes are available.
What’s your favorite music event in Oshkosh?