PANTHERFEST returns to the Milwaukee lakefront Friday, Sept. 9, and resumes its role as the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee’s largest event of the year with headlining performances from Lupe Fiasco and Girl Talk.
In its fifth year, PANTHERFEST will be held at the Marcus Amphitheater and forecourt area of the Summerfest grounds, 5 p.m. to midnight.
Preshow festivities are from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the amphitheater forecourt, where DJ Kid Cut puts an eclectic musical background behind activities, games and events that are free to UWM students. Lupe Fiasco kicks off the activities in the Marcus Amphitheater, followed by fireworks co-sponsored by UWM and Indian Summer Festival. Girl Talk will close the event.
PANTHERFEST is an annual celebration for the entire campus community that caps off UWM’s Campus KickOff: two weeks of events, activities and get-togethers for new and returning students.
“PANTHERFEST, UWM’s largest event of the year, will feature great music, fun activities, fireworks and an opportunity for the UWM campus community and alumni to celebrate the beginning of a new academic year,” says Scott Gore, PANTHERFEST event director.
Gore guarantees “something for everyone,” and encourages students to make good decisions related to their behavior before, during and after PANTHERFEST.
Student-only promotions include drawings for one semester of paid tuition, textbooks and more prizes from the UWM Bookstore, the UW Credit Union and other event sponsors.
Students, alumni, faculty, staff and their families are offered free tickets to the event. In addition to the headliners, entertainment options include an obstacle course, Euro bungee, giant slide, carnival games, ticket giveaways, contests, intramural sports competitions and demonstrations. Many of these activities emphasize hands-on participation, with attendees being invited to jump in and join the fun.
First Friday, sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, kicks off at PANTHERFEST with students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of UWM invited to Jo Jo’s, also on the grounds, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Chancellor Michael Lovell will attend the gathering. Traditional First Friday fare will be available.
As an added bonus, PANTHERFEST attendees are admitted free to Indian Summer Festival on Friday only, 4 p.m.-midnight. Indian Summer Festival runs through Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds). The Friday night firework display, presented by PANTHERFEST in collaboration with Indian Summer Festival, will begin with a torch-lit canoe procession and a special tribute to mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11.
Free PANTHERFEST tickets for UWM students, faculty and staff can be picked up in the UWM Union Concourse starting August 26 at 9 a.m.
Alumni can request two tickets through the UWM Alumni Association (UWMAA) at www4.uwm.edu/alumni/events/pantherfest.cfm or www.alumni.uwm.edu. The PANTHERFEST Alumni Ticket Request Form must be completed by Tuesday, Sept. 6. Tickets can be picked up Sept. 9, between 5-8 p.m. at the Alumni Association booth at the south gate outside the Marcus Amphitheater. The alum who completed the Ticket Request Form MUST bring a photo ID and is the only person who can claim reserved tickets to PANTHERFEST. No exceptions can be made. After 8 p.m., tickets will not be available for pick-up.
Tickets for this event will not be available to the general public, but students from University of Wisconsin System schools can purchase up to two tickets at a price of $30 each. For purchasing information visit campuskickoff.com or call the Marcus Amphitheater Box Office at 414-273-2600.
When purchasing tickets, UW System students must show valid college ID at the Marcus Amphitheater Box Office or UWM Bookstore, limit two tickets per ID.