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The residential neighborhood known as Riverwest, located west of the Milwaukee River, is home to unique bars, cafes and shops as well as boasting a reputation for being a diverse community. Over recent years, it’s been growing as a neighborhood for college students to reside in. Riverwest has many festivals, including Locust Street Days and Center Street Daze. The neighborhood also features the Riverwest Art Walk, the state's largest walking tour of artists' homes and studios and neighborhood galleries.

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Upcoming events near Riverwest



Jan. 16, 2015 10:00 a.m. - May 17, 2015
Harley-Davidson Museum - 400 W. Canal St.

(P)ART showcases 29 carefully staged and artistic photograph...


MYSO Presents: Rhythmic Revolution

Jan. 31, 2015 3:00 p.m.
Milwaukee Youth Arts Center - 325 W. Walnut St.

Performance features select MYSO Jazz combos, including the ...


Mama Tried Pre-Party

Feb. 20, 2015 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Harley-Davidson Museum - 400 W. Canal St.

Join Mama Tried and the Harley-Davidson Museum for the offic...

Articles about Riverwest


Kern Park's role in Milwaukee's tuberculosis epidemic

Jan. 27, 2015 9:16 a.m.

Tuberculosis isn't particularly feared today, but in the 19th century, it was one of the leading causes of death. The infection rate was close to 100 percent in major cities. If your infection developed into active tuberculosis - also called "consumption" - you faced a 20 percent chance of surviving. It was a terrifying, highly contagious and nearly untreatable disease, and it reached epidemic proportions in Milwaukee.


In 1901, Riverwest residents battled on the frozen Milwaukee River

Jan. 16, 2015 5:06 p.m.

In the winter between 1900 and 1901, a pitched battle erupted on the frozen Milwaukee River above the North Avenue dam between enraged ice harvesters and the equally violent crew of a steam-powered launch. The newspapers called it "The Ice War." On a section of river that has witnessed many strange things over the years, the ice war was perhaps the strangest.


WIFEE and THE HUZz BAND is a happy musical marriage of luck and love

Jan. 10, 2015 11:36 a.m.

In music and in love, one needs a little dash of luck and maybe a helpful push from fate. At least, that's exactly the case with singer Ruby James and saxophonist Stephen "Coopy" Cooper - the WIFEE and the HUZz of WIFEE and THE HUZz BAND, a 10-piece old soul, funk and Motown-infused music group complete with a trumpet section born up north in Door County and now coming to Linneman's Riverwest Inn Saturday night at 9 p.m.


The Belle Weather battles the sun and storms of band life

Dec. 24, 2014 9:16 a.m.

2013 marked one of the highest of highs for the Milwaukee rock folk band The Belle Weather. It wasn't just that the band released its debut album, "Hold On." It got to celebrate the new record as a headliner in one Milwaukee's finest concert venues, The Pabst Theater. A year after certainly one the band's highest highs, however, came also certainly one of its lowest lows.


Milwaukee's poet laureate passes away

Dec. 22, 2014 1:45 p.m.

Writer, educator and lifelong Milwaukeean Jeff Poniewaz (pronounced poen-yeah-VASH) passed away last week after a long illness. Jeff was known as an "eco-poet" and was named Milwaukee's poet laureate in 2013.


First Look: Riverwest Pizza

Dec. 17, 2014 12:45 p.m.

Riverwest Pizza opened on Monday at 932 E. Wright St. and the classy yet casual bar and eatery appears to be a good fit for a neighborhood that was in need of more late-night, delivery and brunch options.


Milwaukee musician remembered with fund-raising memorial event

Dec. 13, 2014 5:01 a.m.

Diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at a young age, Milwaukee singer and songwriter Ben Cervenka knew the disease would someday take his life. And so - from a place of humor and reverence - he threw "another year I didn't die" parties on his birthday. Cervenka passed away in October so this year, his friends and family are throwing the party.


Living relic Riverwest Film & Video continues to swim against the stream

Dec. 2, 2014 9:06 a.m.

Xav Leplae has always kept his finger on the latest in film technology. He remembers when DVDs first came out as the next big thing and VHS before them. When he began studying film, Leplae was fascinated by the possibilities of early pre-camcorder video technology. Yet even with that interest in the newest technology, Leplae has quickly found himself as the owner of one of the city's living relics: Riverwest Film & Video.


Impala Lounge to close

Dec. 1, 2014 6:04 p.m.

According to a source, Impala Lounge will close this month. The bar, formerly River Horse, 701 E. Center St., opened in 2012.