Harbor Fest 2018

September 8, 2018

11 am – 4 pm

Outside the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences (600 E. Greenfield Ave)

Harbor Fest reintroduces Milwaukee to its harbor. For a long time, this area has been seen as “off limits” or unwelcoming, but we want to show Milwaukee its true potential.  Our recent planning process calls for a Riverwalk and new public parks along the water. This festival is the first step in bringing people back to this area.

This family-friendly festival includes fun activities like paddling lessons, fishing lessons, pet a sturgeon, bike tour, street games, and food & drink.

RSVP on Facebook

If you have any questions or would like to be a vendor or activity please email or call (414) 643-1266 x3.

By Land and By Sea – Harbor District Species Survey

By Land: Butterfly Survey of the Kinnickinnic River Trail

Saturday, September 8th during Harbor Fest

1 pm – 3 pm

Kinnickinnic River Trail entrance at E. Washington Street, between S. Barclay Street and S. Water Street. (220 E. Washington Street is closest address)

Together with butterfly experts from Milwaukee Public Museum, Harbor District is hosting it’s first butterfly survey along the Kinnickinnc River Trail, and you are invited!

Join us as we learn about the types of species which once called this place home, learn about identifying butterflies, and take part in a guided walk with great views of the Harbor District as we count butterflies along our very own Kinnickinnic River Trail.

This family-friendly event is open house style – please come any time between 1-3PM to take part in the butterfly walk and other activities, including the naming of Harbor District’s “research kayaks.” We are asking the public to help us name our two new kayaks which helps us complete our species surveys “By Sea.”

This program is funded by a grant from the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. If you have questions, please contact Lindsay at or call (414) 643-1266 X4. Please also visit our event page on Facebook.