Harbor District
Press Release

Harbor Fest Returns, Featuring Sturgeon Fest and Boat Parade

Celebrate Milwaukee’s working Harbor District with all things fish, water, and ships

By - Sep 14th, 2021 03:24 pm

Milwaukee, WI – On Sunday, September 19th, Harbor District’s annual street festival Harbor Fest will expand, combining the celebration of Milwaukee’s harbor with the Milwaukee Riverkeeper Boat Parade and Sturgeon Fest by Riveredge Nature Center. The festival will be along the 600 block of East Greenfield Avenue, outside of the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences building and Harbor View Plaza.

The vision of Harbor Fest is to reintroduce Milwaukee to its harbor, and the festival offers a wide variety of free, family-friendly activities related to boats, fish, rivers, science, and all the things that make our waterfront great.  Festival-goers can:

  • Tour the UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences
  • See the Milwaukee RiverKeeper MKE Boat Parade
  • Release a baby sturgeon with Riveredge Nature Center
  • Learn how to filet a fish with WDNR
  • Take a free pontoon boat ride in the harbor
  • Watch art in the making and aerialists at work
  • Connect with Harbor District businesses and environmental groups
  • Climb a rock wall
  • Enjoy lunch from a local food truck, with a beer from Indeed and a paleta from Paleteria Yayo
  • Dance the afternoon away with DJ Hala and Cache
  • And so much more.

UPDATE: FREE COVID-19 VACCINATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED!

WHAT: Harbor Fest
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 19th from 11 am – 4 pm
WHERE: 600 block of East Greenfield Ave. in the Harbor District

Harbor Fest is made possible by generous support from Rockwell Automation, V. Marchese, Inc., Michels Corporation, Komatsu Ltd., Harbor District Business Improvement District (BID 51), Walbec Group, Inc., Milwaukee Airwaves and other sponsors.

For more information, please visit https://harbordistrict.org/harbor-fest/

Per CDC guidance, due to the transmissible nature of the Delta variant, masks are strongly encouraged for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.

Harbor District, Inc. is a nonprofit community development organization leading the revitalization of Milwaukee’s Harbor District by connecting people to place, supporting a healthy business community, and improving the quality of our natural environment. For more information, visit https://harbordistrict.org/.

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