Visit these Milwaukee neighborhoods during Doors Open for these wonderful community celebrations. While you are there, download the Historic Milwaukee app to take a guided tour of Metcalfe Park and the Harbor District to learn more!
Metcalfe Park Celebration
Saturday, September 24
3401 W Center St
10 am - 11 am: Street Renaming
Metcalfe Park will celebrate the renaming of 34th Street in honor of Olympic athlete and US Representative and scholar Ralph Metcalfe at 3401 W Center St from 10 am – 11 am.
Following the street renaming, the neighborhood will have vendors, music and celebrations open to the public.
10 am - 3 pm: Doors Open Celebration
Join Metcalfe Park's Doors Open celebration featuring food, music, community venders, orgs, and activities for youth, and and a showcase of the Metcalfe Park Mobile App tour.
Sunday September 25, 11 am - 4 pm
600 E. Greenfield Avenue
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).
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.
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.