Harbor Fest

Sunday, September 24, 11 am - 3 pm

600 E Greenfield Ave

Join Milwaukee Harbor District, Milwaukee Riverkeeper, and Riveredge Nature Center at Harbor Fest for another year of family fun celebrating all things fish, water, and boats!

Schedule of Events
11 am: Festival begins
11 am – 11:50 am: Performance by Caché MKE at the main stage
12 pm: Sturgeon Blessing with Richard Gonzalez at Harbor View Plaza
12 pm – 2 pm: Sturgeon Release by the UWM School of Freshwater’s West entrance
12:30 pm: Boat Parade begins at Harbor View Plaza featuring 9 boats
1 pm – 3 pm: Boat Tours of Milwaukee’s Inner Harbor, and performances by Bembé Drum and Dance, Ballet Folklórico Xanharati and other local artists!
3 pm: Harbor Fest ends

Release a baby sturgeon with Riveredge Nature Center
12 pm: Sturgeon Blessing
12:30 pm – 2 pm: Sturgeon Release. More information at http://sturgeonfest.org/

Watch the 7th Annual Milwaukee Riverkeeper Boat Parade
12:30 pm: Nine one-of-a-kind art float installations and a boat carrying music begin a parade along the Milwaukee River from Harbor Fest to Lakefront brewery.

Participate in all of the Harbor Fest Fun
1 pm - 3 pm: Free boat tours of the Inner Harbor
Live music and performances
A children’s area with a Makers Tent full of hand-on STEAM activities, rock wall and bounce house
Fishing lessons with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Doors Open Milwaukee Tours of the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences
Local food and vendors
Tons of organizations making impactful change in the community!

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.


Parking is available on city streets west of the Harbor Fest grounds, in several parking lots provided by Rockwell Automation (shown on the map below), and in the Komatsu parking lot at 311 East Greenfield Avenue. 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 Car

If coming from I-43/I-94, the nearest exit is at Lapham Boulevard/Mitchell Street (Exit 312A).  

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.