Welcome to UEDA

Urban Economic Development Association (UEDA) of Wisconsin
1915 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 260
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Phone: (414) 562-9904


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2018 Carnival MKE banner

Many thanks to the 285+ people who joined us on Saturday, February 24 at this year’s Carnival Milwaukee! It was another festive and lively event with 20+ local food vendors, live music by De La Buena and Samba da Vida MKE, dancing (WOW!) by Salsabrosa MKE and Panadanza Dance Company, and DJ Marcus Doucette spun some tunes. Because we party with a purpose we also recognized our friends at 88Nine Radio Milwaukee as the inaugural Carnival Milwaukee Bridge Builder for their efforts to honor diversity and connect people and places. We’ve posted a few pictures on the UEDA Facebook page – more to follow in the next few days!

This event helps raise funds for UEDA's collaborative work in areas such as sustainable homeownership and housing, regional transportation, small business growth and the local food economy. 

 This Carnival Milwaukee Fact Sheet includes a brief history of how this annual event started and who has participated over the past 10 years.

In February and March people from all around the world participate in cultural celebrations, such as Carnival Brazil, Mardi-Gras in New Orleans, Carnival Jamaica, Carnival Mazatlan, and Carnival Cologne in Germany. This event highlights Milwaukee’s cultural treasures, including food, music and cultural entertainment and activities representative of Carnival celebrations from around the world.  

Each year, Carnival Milwaukee includes:

  • A Food Tasting that includes local restaurants and caterers showcasing their specialties for your sampling pleasure – taking you from Jamaica to Germany, the Gulf Coast to the Caribbean, France to the American South, Italy to the Middle East and Latin America to Asia.

  • Live entertainment by a range of music and cultural partners.

  • A fabulous Raffle, Wine Toss and guests in Carnival costumes or cultural attire.

Interested in learning more?

Click here to view a short video about Carnival Milwaukee featuring former UEDA Executive Director Bill Johnson.

World Party of Culture, Music, and Food Comes to Milwaukee (Milwaukee Independent, March 2016)

Carnival shows Milwaukee’s gathering steam (The Capital Times, February 2013) features this quote: "Rather, it represented the far deeper realization among Milwaukee’s vast talent pool that healthy communities require healthy culture, genuine communication and collaboration among people of good will of all races."

The success of this event can be attributed to the involvement of a wide range of committed volunteers, sponsors and partners. Their involvement and support helps UEDA raise funds to establish a strong foundation for our programs each year. View a list of Sponsors, Restaurants and Caterers, Cultural Partners and more at www.carnivalmilwaukee.com. If you are interested in serving on the event planning committee, please Contact Us.