Upcoming Events

Business Fundraisers for New Park!

Harbor District, Inc. is building the first waterfront public park on Milwaukee’s Inner Harbor at the east end of Greenfield Avenue. Thanks to the support of Rockwell Automation, the Brico Fund, and a number of other funders we have raised over $1,000,000 to create a space that will allow Milwaukee to connect with its waterways. Now we are reaching out to the local business community to help us reach our goal.

Several local businesses will be offering specials with proceeds going towards the new park. This is a great excuse to explore a new spot or visit an old haunt all while knowing that the purchase of your beer, cocktail, or sandwich is going towards a park that will be enjoyed by thousands for years to come. Check out the list of offerings below.


O’Lydia’s Bar and Grill (338 S. 1st St.)                                                                                        May 21 – May 27 . $1 from every reuben or reuben roll

Transfer Pizzeria (101 W. Mitchell St.)                                                                                       June 1 – June 30 . $2 from every Razzo pizza and HDI Cooler

Barnacle Buds (1955 S. Hilbert St.)                                                                                             June 3 – June 30 . $1 from every Harbor Hurricane

Screaming Tuna (106 W. Seeboth St.)                                                                                        June 10 – June 16 . $2 from each East Fashioned 3.0

Tribeca Gallery Cafe & Books (1318 S. 1st St.)                                                                          June 17 – June 23 . $1 from each lunch

Milwaukee Kayak Company Tour (must register online)                                                           July 12 & Sept. 13,   5 – 8 pm . 50% of tour proceeds

Sprecher Tap Room (706 S. 5th St.)                                                                                            June 21 – June 24 . $1 from every Walker’s Point Light

​Urban Harvest Brewing Company (1024 S. 5th St.)                                                                  June 24 – June 30 . $1 from every select beer

By Land and By Sea – Harbor District Species Survey

By Land: Butterfly Survey of the Kinnickinnic River Trail

Saturday, July 21st

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.

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.

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

Harbor Fest 2018 Sponsors

In-Kind Sponsors