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Summer en la Plaza

After the 2020 “Summer that Wasn’t”, Harbor District, Inc. is thrillwed to finally present our 2021 summer event series, Summer en la Plaza!

In May of 2019, just before the pandemic, local community partners brought their event ideas to the Harbor District and our local community. The result was a summer event series to be held at Harbor View Plaza in 2021. All of the events below are free, family-friendly, and open to the public. From Puerto Rican Drum and Dance to hanging out with some special critters, we know you’ll find something fun going on at Summer en la Plaza!

Location: All events take place at Harbor View Plaza ( 600 E. Greenfield Avenue)

Events: 

  • Art Start Presents – The “See Me Because” Exhibition: The Art Start Portrait Project is a multivolume, multimedia project and platform for the self-determined voices and visions of youth from communities that have been historically marginalized, asking the world to see them as they chose to be seen. This project is in partnership with Milwaukee’s Casa Romero Renewal Center.

    • Exhibition is open May 26th – July 30th

       

  • Fanana Banana Presents – “For the Culture”: This will be a cultural immersion event featuring creative Muslim culture. The event will feature art, Henna, cultural performances, a children’s activity area, and food. Fanana Banana’s mission is to elevate muslim creatives by providing them with a platform to showcase their artistic talend through supportive and inspiring events.
    • Saturday, June 19th 
    • 2:00pm – 5:00pm
    •  https://www.facebook.com/fananamke

       

  • Bembé Drum and Dance Presents – Bombazo in the Plaza: A Bombazo is a music tradition that uses bomba, an Afro-Puerto Rican style of music as a form of artistic expression with the use of drums and dance. Bembe will host a drum circle festivity that will host performers from the Milwaukee and Chicago area. Bembé will engage the audience by teaching Bomba dance and drumming.
    • Sunday, July 11th
    • TBD
    • http://www.proyectobembe.org/


  • Schlitz Audubon Nature Center Presents – Family Nature Day: Summer is the perfect season to bring your family to Harbor View Plaza and experience the natural beauty of Milwaukee’s Harbor District. Lead by a team of fun, creative nauralists from Schlitz Audubon, your family can interact with natural objects, go on a scavenger hunt and meet some amazing animal ambassadors: real live snakes, turtles, and raptors! You’ll also have the chance to understand the natural history of Lake Michigan and the importance of protecting this precious fresh water resource.
    • Saturday, July 17th
    • 12:00pm – 4:00pm
    • https://www.schlitzaudubon.org/

       

  •  Heard Space Presents – The System: The System is a reimagined short-play of the Aesop fable “The Crow and the Pitcher” The modernized version allures to class issues, unjust systems and societies, and access to clean water. Heard Space’s The System plays on the idea that every small step creates a bigger impact and reminds us that, with a little imagination, there is always a new way to solve old problems.
    • Saturday, August 7th
    • 2:00pm – 4:00pm
    • https://www.heardspacemke.com/

       

  • First Stage Presents – KidZDays: This free summer event provides educational/interactive arts programming for children on the outdoor stage. First stage will provide a 45-minute interactive storytelling workshop. Activities will focus on classic children’s stories and include guided improvisations, theatre games, and more. The second part of this event will take storytelling experiences that promote literacy and language comprehension skills through interactive theater activities.
    • Saturday, August 28th
    • TBD
    • https://www.firststage.org/

       

  •  Harbor District, Inc. Presents – Harbor Fest: Harbor Fest is back 2021 to celebrate all things Fish, Water, and Ships! Join us for a family friendly, free street festival. This year Harbor Fest will feature the Milwaukee Boat Parade and Sturgeon Fest.
    • Sunday, September 19th
    • 11:00am – 4:00pm
    • www.harbordistrict.org/events

       

  • Dia de los Muertos Celebration & Millas Muertas: Dia de los Muertos is a holiday that is near and dear to a large population of the Latino community. In honor of that, we’re hosting an event to celebrate the community. This event would include food trucks, music, dancing performances, artists, and tables for ofrendas. This event will also include a 5k run that will start on the corner of 1st and Greenfield, through Walker’s Point, and finishing at Harbor View Plaza, The Plaza will serve as a base for the 5K and celebration.
    • Saturday, October 30th
    • TBD
    • https://www.facebook.com/MillasMuertasMilwaukee/
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Harbor Fest

Though we’re unable to do our traditional Harbor Fest this year, we’re excited to introduce a revamped version that we are calling Harbor Fest To Go.d

You can sign up to receive a free bag at bit.ly/HF2GoTickets. When you sign up for Harbor Fest To Go you will receive a bag full of goodies and things to do and explore around the Harbor District.

These 500 bags include an outdoor wildlife scavenger hunt, family science activities, Harbor District sunglasses, and much more!

One important aspect of Harbor Fest will still be happening in-person, with social distancing: The Milwaukee Riverkeeper Boat Parade will be held at noon on August 30th. Your Harbor Fest To Go bag will include a map of in-person viewing locations and instructions for virtual viewing.

We will be hosting drive-thru bag pick-up on August 26th from 11am-3 pm and August 27th from 4 pm-7 pm. You will receive an email with more details as the date gets closer. Harbor Fest To Go bags are limited to 1 per family.

For pick up:

– Print out your Eventbrite ticket, or make sure you can access it on your phone.

– Drive up to our pick up location at Harbor View Plaza, 600 E. Greenfield Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53204.

– Stay in your car. Someone will come to your car and ask to see your Eventbrite ticket and will hand you your bag.

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Education Programs

Education Programs

HDI has worked with a number of schools that fall within a two-mile radius of the Harbor District to create fun educational experiences. Students are given a number of in-person class visits by HDI staff that range from community building to ecologies and are then brought to the Harbor District for a field trip.

Field trips range from wildlife field data collection to boat tours of the Harbor District. Our educational programming is free and flexible. More information can be found in our brochure linked below.

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Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC)

Neighborhood Advisory Commitee (NAC)

The Neighborhood Advisory Committee is made up of nearby residents who serve as our neighborhood experts. The NAC advises us on outreach methods, event ideas, and decision-making that will benefit neighborhoods surrounding the Harbor District.

If you live in or near the Harbor District and would like to be a part of the NAC please contact Natalia Hernández at natalia@harbordistrict.org.