Carnival Milwaukee 2024 was a resounding success! 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.

On Friday, March 8, over 285 guests were treated to a vibrant display of live performances, delicious food and beverages, and fellowship. they enjoyed 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. Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, Associated Bank, and all of our event sponsors who helped support this year’s event — we appreciate you!

View the album of 2024 Carnival Milwaukee photos here>>>

2024 Event Synopsis – scroll down for links and more information!

  • 3 local & live performance groups
  • 23 diverse food vendors
  • Over $40,000 raised for UEDA
  • Recognized Menomonee Valley Partners as our 2024 Bill Johnson Bridge Builder

We appreciate all who came out and supported UEDA at this year’s Carnival Milwaukee, which brings together people from a diverse array of backgrounds, neighborhoods and ages to celebrate the “mosaic” that is Milwaukee. Save the date for Friday, March 7, 2025 for next year’s Carnival Milwaukee!

Check out our local, live entertainment partners!

Logos for De La Buena, Salsabrositas, Samba Da Vida

Thank you to our 2024 Carnival Milwaukee Food Tasting Participants

Aggie’s Bakery & Cake Shop | Aladdin’s Taste of the East | Antigua Latin Restaurant | Cafe India | China Gourmet | Fusion and Spice Catering | Gray Jett Cafe | Green Baked Goods | Immy’s African Cuisine | Junior’s Smoked BBQ and Veggie Soul | Kellie Katering | Kilwin’s – Milwaukee Bayshore | La Merenda | Mister Bar-B-Que/Turning Tables MKE | Northern Chocolates | Pound 4 Pound Cakes | Pupuseria Los Angeles | SQ Chocolates | Sweet Joy Brazilian Cafe | The Ladle Lady | Tres Hermanos | Xankia

Check out this flier of all Carnival Milwaukee Food Tasting Participants since 2009.

Thank you to our 2024 Carnival Milwaukee Raffle Donors

Amorphic Beer | Anodyne Coffee | Bado Buna | Barbara Markoff | Bartolotta Restaurants |  Belle Fiori | Black Cat Woodworking | Chris Engelken Jewelry |  ComedySportz Milwaukee | David Glenn | Downtown Books | First Stage | Float Milwaukee | Forward TS | Gary White | Gisela Ortega | Gloss Moss | Great Lakes Distillery | Heather Dummer Combs | Jaimer’s Floral | Johnson Financial Group | Kehr’s Candies | King Drive BID | Kristi Luzar | Lakefront Brewery | Marjorie Rucker | Mike Ward | Milwaukee Admirals | Milwaukee Art Museum | Milwaukee Film | Milwaukee Public Museum | Milwaukee Wave | Nail Bar | Next Act Theater | Nikki Payne | O’Malley’s European Food | Outpost Natural Foods | Peter & Lisa Richardson | Pinehold Gardens | Riverwest Grown | Sherri Jordan |  The Pasta Tree | Thief Wine | Transfer Pizzeria | Tosa Yoga | Two is for Mirth | Well Connected Therapies | Zarletti’s

We encourage you to support these local businesses, restaurants, and food vendors throughout the year!

2024 Bill Johnson Bridge Builder Award

Congratulations Menomonee Valley Partners!

Menomonee Valley Partners logo 25th anniversary

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 Menomonee 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.


Carnival Milwaukee 2024 Event Sponsors

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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