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Festival travel: Milwaukee hosts Summerfest, with cheap flights from Virginia Beach

Festival travel: Milwaukee hosts Summerfest, with cheap flights from Virginia Beach
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By Hoodline - Published on May 31, 2019.

Wisconsin winters can be brutal, which means locals know how to enjoy the summer. The annual Summerfest in Milwaukee is one of the largest (and most affordable) music festivals in the U.S., and it's happening June 26 to July 7, so there's just enough time to start making travel plans.

The city's Summerfest grounds include more than 10 stages, plus an interactive sports zone and a children's theater and play zone. The venue is located downtown on the Lake Michigan lakefront, near many of the city's famous breweries, as well as restaurants, theaters, galleries and more.

Thankfully, there are plenty of regular, relatively inexpensive flights between Virginia Beach and Milwaukee. We pulled from travel site Skyscanner to provide you with a short list of flights and hotels handpicked for the occasion. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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Cheapest Milwaukee flights

The cheapest flights between Virginia Beach and Milwaukee are if you leave on June 28 and return from Wisconsin on July 1. United currently has tickets for $414, roundtrip.

Top Milwaukee hotels

To plan your stay, here are two of Milwaukee’s top-rated hotels, according to Skyscanner, that we selected based on price, proximity to things to do and customer satisfaction.

The Pfister Hotel (424 E. Wisconsin Ave.)

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For an all-around top recommendation, consider the Pfister Hotel. The hotel has a 4.6-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $169.

Set in the heart of Milwaukee, this hotel is close to the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, the Milwaukee Art Museum and Discovery World. 

The InterContinental Milwaukee (139 E. Kilbourn Ave.)

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Another option is The InterContinental Milwaukee. The 4.4-star hotel has rooms for $126/night. It's close to the Pabst Theater and Milwaukee City Hall. Other attractions include the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Top picks for dining and drinking

Don't miss Milwaukee's food scene, with plenty of popular spots to get your fill of local cuisine. Here are a few of the top-rated eateries from Skyscanner's listings.

Leon's Frozen Custard (3131 S. 27th St.)

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Let's start with a Dairy State essential: ice cream. For a popular option, check out Leon's Frozen Custard, which has an average of five stars out of 13 reviews on Skyscanner. A Milwaukee mainstay for more than 75 years, it's still owned and operated by the original family.

"This institution is open all year, and they are open late into the night, at least during the summer," wrote visitor Steve. 

Milwaukee Public Market (400 N. Water St.)

Also worth considering is The Milwaukee Public Market, with a variety of artisan and ethnic products and freshly made prepared foods. Dine in the market’s second-floor Palm Garden. The market also offers cooking classes.

"Large indoor market with a wide array of vendors. Great for a casual, pickup lunch or dinner," wrote visitor Lizzie. 

Cafe Corazon (3129 N. Bremen St.)

Finally, there's Cafe Corazon. The Mexican restaurant supports local farmers and raises its own beef and produce. Its desserts are based on seasonal ingredients.

"Cafe Corazon has delicious Mexican food. The place has character and nice drinks," wrote visitor Anya.

Featured Milwaukee attractions

To round out your trip, Milwaukee offers plenty of popular attractions worth visiting. Here are a couple of top recommendations, based on Skyscanner's descriptions and reviews.

The Milwaukee Art Museum (700 N. Art Museum Drive)

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First up is The Milwaukee Art Museum, with four floors of rotating displays and over 30,000 works of art. The recently expanded museum dates back to the 1880s and encompasses many types of art forms.  

Harley-Davidson Museum (400 W. Canal St.)

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You can also rev up your visit at the Harley-Davidson Museum. This museum celebrates the more than 100-year history of Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

"This museum is a must-see for motorcycle buffs. On display one will find more than 450 motorcycles and artifacts, dating back to Serial Number One, which is the oldest-known Harley-Davidson motorcycle," wrote visitor Mary.  


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