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Harbor Fest

Harbor Fest returns, featuring sturgeon fest and the Milwaukee boat parade

WHAT: HARBOR FEST
WHEN: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH FROM 11 AM – 4 PM
WHERE: 600 BLOCK OF EAST GREENFIELD AVENUE IN THE HARBOR DISTRICT

Join Harbor District Milwaukee, Milwaukee Riverkeeper, and Riveredge Nature Center at Harbor Fest for another year of family fun celebrating all things fish, water, and boats! Harbor Fest will take place on Sunday, September 25, 2022 from 11am -4pm in front of UWM’s School of Freshwater Sciences (600 E. Greenfield Avenue). 

Attendees can:

Release a baby sturgeon with Riveredge Nature Center
– 12:00pm Sturgeon Blessing by Richard Gonzalez
– 12:30pm – 2:00pm Sturgeon Release
More information at http://sturgeonfest.org/

Watch the 6th Annual Milwaukee Riverkeeper Boat Parade
– 12:30pm Fourteen one-of-a-kind art installations float begin a parade along the Milwaukee RIver from Harbor Fest to
   Lakefront brewery. 

Participate in all of the Harbor Fest fun
– Performances by Pulpa de Guayaba and Caché
– Free boat tours of the Inner Harbor from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. 
– A children’s Makers Tent with hand-on activities
– Fishing lessons with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
– Doors Open Milwaukee Tours of the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences, and Komatsu’s Experience Center
– Local food and vendors
– Learn a lot from the many organizations that will be hosting a booth!

Schedule of Events

11:00am –  Festival begins

11:00am – 11:50am – Performance by Pulpa de Guayaba at the main stage

12:00pm – Sturgeon Blessing with Richard Gonzalez at Harbor View Plaza

12:30pm – Boat Parade begins at Harbor View Plaza

12:00pm – 2:00pm –  Sturgeon Release continues by the UWM School of Freshwater’s West entrance

1:00pm – 4:00pm –  Boat Tours of Milwaukee’s Inner Harbor

4:00pm – Harbor Fest ends 

Getting to Harbor Fest

Harbor Fest is taking place at the east end of Greenfield Avenue in front of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences (SFS) along Milwaukee’s harbor waterfront.

Via Car
If coming from I-43/I-94, the nearest exit is at Lapham Boulevard/Mitchell Street (Exit 312A).  Parking is available on city streets west of the Harbor Fest grounds or in several parking lots provided by Rockwell Automation and shown on the map below.  All vehicles must park to the west of the railroad bridge on Greenfield Avenue and walk to the Harbor Fest grounds via Greenfield Avenue.

Via Public Transit
Harbor Fest is served by several Milwaukee County Transit System bus lines including the Green Line, route #15, and route #56 which all stop at 1st & Greenfield.  For current information visit RideMCTS.com.

Via Bicycle or On Foot
South 2nd St is the closest street with an on-street bicycle lane.  The KK River Trail is an off-street paved bicycle path that will leave you at the corner of E Washington St and S Barclay, a few blocks north of the SFS.  From 1st & Greenfield go east under the railroad tracks and Harbor Fest is in front of you.

Press Release 7/27/2022: Harbor Fest 2022 Date Announced

 

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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.