Welcome to UEDA

Urban Economic Development Association (UEDA) of Wisconsin
1915 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 260
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Phone: (414) 562-9904


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A week-long, virtual celebration of food, music, and dance!

While we will not be able to gather in person for our 2021 fundraiser, this year's Carnival Milwaukee event will be a week-long virtual celebration that will focus on giving back to the small businesses and local establishments that have supported UEDA and this event over the years. 5 Days of Carnival Milwaukee will run from February 22 through February 26, and each day will highlight an aspect of our annual, in-person event via email and social media (make sure to follow us on facebook here).

Check out our Week-Long Dining Deals here! Restaurant partners include Antigua Latin Inspired Restaurant, Immy's African Cuisine, Orenda Cafe, and Sam's Place Jazz Cafe.

In lieu of purchasing an event ticket this year, we are inviting you to make a $50 donation to UEDA. In return you will receive a $25 gift card to a locally-owned restaurant who has donated to UEDA in the past! You are also invited to join us at our Virtual Event on February 26 from 6PM-7PM for a chance to win amazing prize packages.

Any donation amount is accepted!
Those that donate $50 will recieve a $25 gift card to a local restaurant that has donated to UEDA in the past. $25 of your donation is tax-deductible after receiving gift card.



This event helps raise funds for UEDA's collaborative work in areas such as sustainable homeownership and housing, regional transportation, small business growth and the local food economy. 

 This Carnival Milwaukee Fact Sheet includes a brief history of how this annual event started and who has participated over the past 10 years.

In February and March people from all around the world participate in cultural celebrations, such as Carnival Brazil, Mardi-Gras in New Orleans, Carnival Jamaica, Carnival Mazatlan, and Carnival Cologne in Germany. This event highlights Milwaukee’s cultural treasures, including food, music and cultural entertainment and activities representative of Carnival celebrations from around the world.  

Each year, Carnival Milwaukee includes:

  • A Food Tasting that includes local restaurants and caterers showcasing their specialties for your sampling pleasure – taking you from Jamaica to Germany, the Gulf Coast to the Caribbean, France to the American South, Italy to the Middle East and Latin America to Asia.

  • Live entertainment by a range of music and cultural partners.

  • A fabulous Raffle, Wine Toss and guests in Carnival costumes or cultural attire.

Interested in learning more?

Click here to view a short video about Carnival Milwaukee featuring former UEDA Executive Director Bill Johnson.

World Party of Culture, Music, and Food Comes to Milwaukee (Milwaukee Independent, March 2016)

Carnival shows Milwaukee’s gathering steam (The Capital Times, February 2013) features this quote: "Rather, it represented the far deeper realization among Milwaukee’s vast talent pool that healthy communities require healthy culture, genuine communication and collaboration among people of good will of all races."

The success of this event can be attributed to the involvement of a wide range of committed volunteers, sponsors and partners. Their involvement and support helps UEDA raise funds to establish a strong foundation for our programs each year. View a list of Sponsors, Restaurants and Caterers, Cultural Partners and more at www.carnivalmilwaukee.com. If you are interested in serving on the event planning committee, please Contact Us.