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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