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UEDA’s Carnival Milwaukee

Tickets Now On Sale!

Friday, March 3, 2023 | 5:30-9:30PM
The Historic Pritzlaff | 333 N. Plankinton Avenue, Milwaukee

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The 15th annual Carnival Milwaukee fundraiser returns LIVE and IN-PERSON for 2023, enhanced with some of the features from the past two virtual celebrations in 2021-2022 (see recap below!). 

Dressed in cultural attire and Mardi Gras-style costumes, guests of Carnival Milwaukee will enjoy live music, flavorful dishes from dozens of local restaurants, dancing, and live performances! We also have a raffle, an interactive photo-booth, and other festivities!

This event is a fundraiser for the Urban Economic Development Association of Wisconsin (UEDA) and celebrates Milwaukee’s diversity through food, music, and dance while supporting the local businesses, individuals and organizations that contribute to the economic and cultural vitality of our city. In 2020, we had nearly 350 people join us and we look forward to returning in person to an event that is bigger than ever! View pictures of past Carnival Milwaukee events here>>


Ticket price includes access to all food, entertainment, dancing, a photo booth, and more!
$75 General Public | $65 Current UEDA Members

UEDA Members and community members have the opportunity for ticket discounts – contact for details.

Follow UEDA on Facebook for the latest updates on what you’ll find at this year’s Carnival Milwaukee event on Friday, March 3rd!

Not able to join us? Consider making a contribution to support UEDA!

With a donation of $50 or more, you will receive a choice of a $20 gift card to a locally-owned restaurant who has participated in Carnival Milwaukee. 

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Your support will not only provide direct investment into local businesses, but will also help fund UEDA’s work in sustainable homeownership and affordable housing, financial empowerment, small business growth, workforce mobility, and community investment. Learn more about what we do here>>.

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Every year we present a Bridge Builder Award to recognize 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.

On Tuesday, February 21st during our Fat Tuesday virtual event we recognized Riverworks Development Corporation for their commitment to connecting neighborhoods and residents through creative place-making, economic activity with small, diverse businesses, and cultural community events in Harambee and Riverwest.

Their key projects and activities include the development and management of the Beerline Trail, 53212 Marketplace, creative corridor activity, and an array of community events utilizing these newly created spaces. Learn more about them at

We also announced that this award will now be known as the Bill Johnson Bridge Builder Award, in honor of UEDA’s former Executive Director, who created the Carnival Milwaukee event in 2009. Bill was one of the most well-known “bridge builders” in our community and we could think of no better way to celebrate his life.


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RECAP: 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, 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!