UEDA’s Carnival Milwaukee


Friday, March 3, 2023

The 15th annual Carnival Milwaukee fundraiser returns LIVE and IN-PERSON for 2023 as an in-person event, enhanced with some of the features from the past two week-long virtual celebrations. We will once again feature the local businesses and partners that have supported UEDA and this event over the years. We cannot wait to celebrate Milwaukee’s diversity through food, music, and connection on March 3rd – stay tuned for more details here or at www.uedawi.org!


2022 5 Days of Carnival Milwaukee Recap: February 28-March 4

During the celebration, we recognized ArtWorks for Milwaukee as our fifth Carnival Milwaukee Bridge Builder, partnered with 4 restaurants for Dining Deals, had 100+ attendees at our virtual “Fat Tuesday Fun Day” lunchtime event, distributed 90+ goodie bags, and provided 23+ hours of Carnival-themed content via email and social media.

Additionally, through our Carnival Milwaukee Dining Deals, individual donations, and event sponsorships, we were able to invest more than $3,600 into 17+ local, small businesses that have supported this event in the past!

The funds raised directly support UEDA’s program areas of housing and homeownership, small business, financial inclusion. Learn more at www.uedawi.org, follow us on facebook and sign-up to receive our e-communications.

Check out our GRATITUDE recap email, which included links to many of the partners listed below. Also, these links will help you keep the Carnival Milwaukee festivities going year-round!

5 Days of Carnival Milwaukee Line-Up

Carnival MKE Day 1_FoodDAY #1: FOOD!
We are excited to offer you CARNIVAL MILWAUKEE DINING DEALS where longtime Carnival Milwaukee food tasting participants offered discounts and special incentives to diners throughout the week. This year’s partners were Amilinda, Antigua Latin Inspired Kitchen, Orenda Café and Sam’s Place Jazz Café!

Tuesday, March 1 | Noon to1pm | VIRTUALCarnival MKE Day 2_Party BB Award
Just over 100 people joined us for a FREE, virtual event on Fat Tuesday. During this fun, informal hour they learned about “Carnaval” celebrations, helped us recognize our 2022 Bridge Builder Award recipient, won local prize packs and enjoyed virtual “tables” themed around food, dance, music, and culture. 

UEDA’s Carnival Milwaukee Bridge Builder Award recognizes a community member or partner for their efforts to honor diversity and connect people and places through the expression of culture in food, art, music and space. We are pleased to honor ArtWorks for Milwaukee as our 2022 Carnival Milwaukee Bridge Builder. More about ArtWorks.

Carnival MKE Day 3_MusicDAY #3: WORLD MUSIC!
Each year, De La Buena provides guests of our event with live, Afro-Cuban music and Samba da Vida entertains us with music from Rio, Sao Paulo and Salvador. We featured links to playlists with Carnaval and Mardi Gras music, and highlighted talented local musicians!

Carnival MKE Day 4_Dance

Our in-person event features lively dance performances by Panadanza and Salsabrosa Dance Company. We shared links to videos, lessons and opportunities for people to get moving with these amazing local dance companies! 

Carnival MKE Day 5_GratitudeDAY #5: GRATITUDE!
To close out 5 Days of Carnival Milwaukee, we highlighted the local community partners that help us celebrate the diversity of businesses, people, culture & community that make up the fabric of Milwaukee. We’ll also shared more playlists and links to local food partners so you can continue the Carnaval celebration!