Scenes from Milwaukee’s Three-in-One Festival!
September 26, 2022 | Topics: Events
By Eddee Daniel
Once again Milwaukee Riverkeeper, the Harbor District Inc., and Riveredge Nature Center have teamed up to bring a unique three-in-One festival to the city of festivals: Harbor Fest, Sturgeon Fest, and the sixth annual Boat Parade. On top of all that, the event coincided with Historic Milwaukee’s annual Doors Open extravaganza, which meant that visitors to the Triple-Fest could also enter and tour the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences on one side and the brand-new Komatsu Mining Corp. headquarters and manufacturing facility.
Harbor Fest celebrates the Milwaukee’s harbor, of course—I have it on good authority that it is the best harbor on the western shore of Lake Michigan and the reason Milwaukee was settled by Europeans. But it also celebrates the Harbor District, which has been booming with new development, revitalization, and restoration initiatives.
The Boat Parade features local artists and performers who created one-of-a-kind art installations that float. The boats promenaded along the waterfront at Harbor View Plaza where visitors could get a good view of them before parading up the Milwaukee River to Lakefront Brewery and back. There is a serious purpose behind the good, clean fun of the parade, which is to celebrate and honor the waterways that made Milwaukee what it is. This year’s theme was “Clean Water in the Cream City” in order to honor the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act.
Sturgeon Fest, aka Return the Sturgeon, celebrates and furthers an ambitious effort to restore a sustainable population of this remarkable and ancient fish to the Milwaukee River watershed. Visitors who have preregistered and paid $15 to do so line up to have close personal time with a baby sturgeon (aka a fingerling) before placing it into the water where it will, if all goes well, grow up to be a behemoth. The success of the effort was proved last year when the first adult sturgeon, measuring around 4-ft-long, tagged with the Riveredge tag was caught in the Milwaukee River (Story by Paul Smith in Mke Journal Sentinel).
Enjoy these scenes from the day!
Sturgeon Fest (2018)
Sturgeon Fest: A child’s perspective (2019)
Annual Milwaukee Riverkeeper Boat Parade rocks Milwaukee River (2020)
Learn more about all of these organizations and efforts:
Riveredge Nature Center: Return the Sturgeon
Eddee Daniel is a board member of Preserve Our Parks, a former board member of Milwaukee Riverkeeper, and a former Artist in Residence for the Harbor District, Inc. Milwaukee Riverkeeper and Riveredge Nature Center are project partners of A Wealth of Nature.