The 3rd Annual 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. Join us for a free, family-friendly celebration of all things fish & boats on the 600 block of East Greenfield Avenue, in front of the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences. Check out our new waterfront park, Harbor View Plaza, and enjoy live music, local food, boat tours, the Milwaukee Boat Parade & more.
Check out and reply to the Facebook event page here.
Above photos by William Archer Photography
Milwaukee Boat Parade by Milwaukee Riverkeeper
Decorated boat floats pass Harbor Fest at 12pm. Viewing available from Harbor Fest grounds.
Tour the harbor on a pontoon boat
Every half hour from 11:30am – 3pm.
Butterfly Walk with the Urban Ecology Center
All ages walk along the KK River Trail. Sign up at the info booth.
UWM School of Freshwater Sciences Tour
All ages. Sign up at info booth
Meet the fish that live in the Harbor
Fishing lessons with Learn to Fish With Us
Knot tying lessons with the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center
Test your speed through an inflatable obstacle course
Play with the latest in adaptive gaming technology with IndependenceFirst
Kids art projects with Artists Working in Education
Climbing wall with Adventure Rock
Meet McGruff the Crime Dog and the Mounted Patrol (horses!) with Milwaukee Police Department District 2
Enjoy Sprecher beer and soda from the Sprecher Ambulance
Enjoy Enlightened beer on top of a shipping container from Containers Up
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.
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. Routes #17, #52, and #54 stop 3 blocks further south at 1st & Mitchell. Routes #19, #23, and the Blue Line stop several blocks to the north at 2nd & National. 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.