By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Sep 14, 2021 at 1:01 PM

Harbor Fest returns with more events than ever that celebrate boats, fish, rivers, science and all the things that make our waterfront great. And this year, the Milwaukee Boat Parade and Sturgeon Fest are also part of the day-long extravaganza.

The free, family-friendly street festival takes place Sunday, Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the 600 block of East Greenfield, outside of the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences building and Harbor View Plaza.

Harbor Fest’s mission is to reintroduce Milwaukee to its harbor by offering festgoers  a plethora of activities:

  • Tours of the UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences
  • The Milwaukee RiverKeeper MKE Boat Parade
  • The release of a baby sturgeon with Riveredge Nature Center, click here to register
  • How to filet a fish demos with WDNR
  • Free pontoon boat rides
  • Live art making and aerialist performances
  • Information from Harbor District businesses and environmental groups
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic
  • Rock wall climbing
  • Lunch and from local food trucks and beer from New Barons Brewing
  • Music from DJ Hala and Cache

Harbor Fest is made possible by support from Rockwell Automation, V. Marchese, Inc., Michels Corporation, Komatsu Ltd., Harbor District Business Improvement District (BID 51), Walbec Group, Inc., Milwaukee Airwaves and other sponsors.

Per CDC guidance, masks are strongly encouraged for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.