In February, people from all around the world participate in cultural celebrations including Carnival Brazil, Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Carnival Mazatlan, and Fasching in Germany. Since 2009, we have modeled our annual fundraiser after these celebrations.

Join us and enjoy food from diverse vendors all over the city, live music by De La Buena, dancing by Salsabrositas, drumming from Samba da Vida, a raffle, interactive photo booth, and great company in celebration of the work we do to support thriving urban communities.

This highly anticipated community event brings together nearly 300 guests every year from a diverse array of backgrounds, neighborhoods and ages – we believe this interaction is meaningful and promotes a deeper appreciation of the “mosaic” that is Milwaukee!


Friday March 8th | 5:30-9:00 PM

At the Historic Pritzlaff, 333 N Plankinton Ave, Milwaukee

$75 General Public | $65 Current UEDA Members

Ticket price includes food, entertainment, dancing, photo booth and more!

Members: contact to verify your member status for the discount code.


It’s a great opportunity to enjoy the fun at Carnival Milwaukee!

We are in need of help with set-up, food serving, raffle, check-in, and more. If you would like to learn more. Visit Sign Up Genius to get the details and volunteer. If you have additional questions, reach out to Constance Alberts at

Check out our local, live entertainment partners!

Logos for De La Buena, Salsabrositas, Samba Da Vida

2024 Bill Johnson Bridge Builder Award

Congratulations Menonomee Valley Partners!

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. We are proud to present this year’s award to Menonomee Valley Partners for their commitment to connecting people and place through projects that feature the cultural identity, natural heritage, vibrant local businesses, and unique spaces in Milwaukee’s Menomonee River Valley.

Learn more about Menomonee Valley Partners and the great work they do – their website showcases the food, local businesses, natural spaces, and art located in the Valley. Each September Valley Week celebrates these many elements and draws new visitors to different spaces. Follow them on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram for the latest updates.


Carnival Milwaukee 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.

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

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.

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As we close out 2023, we’re looking back on an impactful & busy year!

Perhaps you joined us at Carnival Milwaukee … or attended an Emerging Topics Series session … or visited our table at a community resource event … or participated in a Bank On or Take Root meeting. Scroll down for more highlights from the year!

UEDA highlights include:

  • Welcomed new Member Services Director Martha Collins.
  • Said goodbye to our previous Trinity Fellow Kat Klawes and welcomed new Fellow Adam Bridges.
  • Completed a new strategic plan for UEDA, to guide our work 2024-2026.
  • Gained 20+ UEDA, Bank On Greater Milwaukee or Take Root Milwaukee members.
  • Presented a great Emerging Topics series, partnering with Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, MGIC, UW-Milwaukee, Milky Way Tech Hub, Latinos in Tech, and SEWRPC. Check out the Recap!
  • Launched new training and development programs for City of Milwaukee community organizers and area financial counselors.
  • Provided project support to Nonprofit Lift and Milwaukee Rental Housing Resource Center.
  • Worked to formalize our partnership with the Nonprofit Academy of Wisconsin to provide technical assistance and organizational reviews to nonprofits.
  • Met up with 60 our closest member friends at the Annual Community Gathering at Wall Street Stock Bar (check out the Instagram highlight reel).
  • Increased our participation & outreach activity – this year we shared homeownership resources and financial education with over 850 people at 14 community events!

Our Take Root Milwaukee program:

  • Developed a listing of Financial Coaching and Credit Counseling programs in Milwaukee.
  • Working with IMPACT Connect to develop a system to better connect residents to home repair resources and services in the community.
  • Successfully advocated for $2M for Down Payment Assistance (DPA) Program in 2024 City Budget.

Our Bank On Greater Milwaukee program:

  • Connected with Employ Milwaukee / City of Milwaukee Earn and Learn Program to start offering banking access and financial education to youth employees in the summer job program.
  • Worked with the WI Department of Corrections (DOC) and financial partners to offer banking access prior to release, use of penal system identification to open an account, and provide financial education resources to returning citizens.
  • Began development of:
    • A NEW website that will be more consumer-focused (look for it in 2024!)
    • “How to Open a Bank Account” Video
    • Outreach materials for teens and youth on why a bank account

View our 2022 Impact Report and look for our 2023 Impact report in late January. Check out our Newsletter archive for additional updates, links, and resources.

We thank all of our Volunteers, Funders, Members, and Partners for their continued support of our work in community and economic development – we could not accomplish our mission without you!

Thank you for all we achieved together in 2023 and we look forward to continuing our collaborative work in 2024!