How to Make the Most of Bronzeville Week

Find trolley rides, a block party, a poetry event and so much more at this year’s celebration.

THE 11TH ANNUAL Bronzeville Week in Milwaukee kicks off this Saturday. Historically, Milwaukee’s Bronzeville neighborhood was a vibrant center of African-American culture in Milwaukee, known for its arts, music and entertainment. Bronzeville Week celebrates the neighborhood’s past, present and future with events, performances, speakers and much more. Here are some things to do at this year’s Bronzeville Week (Aug. 6-13) so that you don’t miss out on the fun.

1. HaRUNbee 5k Walk/Run for Healthy Birth Outcomes

SATURDAY, AUG. 6 AT 8:30 A.M. 

The National Coalition for Healthy Black Families helps to organize this walk/run to promote wellness and raise awareness surrounding the issue of infant mortality in Milwaukee. In 2012, the Harambee neighborhood had the second highest rate of infant mortality in the city of Milwaukee and found that African-American infants are three times more likely to pass away than white babies. This walk/run aims to raise awareness and to prevent infant mortality. Participants can sign up for the event here.


 

 

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2. Bronzeville Cultural & Arts Festival

SUNDAY, AUG. 7 FROM 10 A.M.-6 P.M.

A celebration of culture, family and fun, the Bronzeville Cultural & Arts Festival will host vendors including African–American-owned businesses. These vendors will sell food, clothing and various other products. In addition, there will be musical performances, live entertainment and a kids zone.

3. Bronzeville Week Art Project

SUNDAY, AUG 7 FROM 11 A.M.-6 P.M.

The Milwaukee community can help out with Bronzeville Week’s Cultural & Arts Festival by painting large wood letters. The large letters that spell out “Bronzeville” are in place along W. North Avenue, and in a community art project, people can join in on painting them on Sunday, Aug. 7. “People look forward to seeing the letters go up, and I am pleased that they are once again overlooking the intersection of 5th and North,” said Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs.

4. Food for Thought Poetry Event

TUESDAY, AUG. 9 FROM 7-9 P.M.

Described as a “fresh and new poetry experience,” Bronzeville Week’s Food for Thought event is free of an entrance fee and will feature open mic spoken word poetry, comedy and live entertainment as well as poets weekly Black art vendors. The Q Soul Food restaurant will host and provide eats and refreshments for attendees.

5. Paint & Sip

TUESDAY, AUG. 9 FROM 7 P.M.

Stop by Jewels Caribbean Bar Restaurant & Lounge for the paint and sip event! Those who come can enjoy a beverage and creative flair and freedom.

6. Bronzeville Business Breakfast 

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 10 FROM 8-10 A.M.

The Dead Bird Brewing Company will host a business breakfast on Aug. 10. Those in attendance can hear updates on district developments and initiatives as well as network with fellow business people in the Bronzeville area. The networking event will be a hybrid of in-person and virtual. 

7. A Conversation with Jacob Latimore

WEDNESDAY AUG. 10 AT NOON

Milwaukee-native and renowned actor, singer and dancer Jacob Latimore will speak at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center on Aug. 10. Latimore will be in conversation with Milwaukee-area youth and citizens, and the event will be offered both in-person and virtually. 

8. Bronzeville Trolley Rides

THURSDAY, AUG. 11 FROM 2-3 P.M. AND 5-6 P.M.

Take a ride through Bronzeville on the trolleys! With two separate time slots, trolleys will pick riders up and depart from America’s Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee so they can experience Bronzeville on wheels.

9. Harambee Back to School Block Party

FRIDAY, AUG. 12 FROM 3-6 P.M.

Hosted by the Northcott Neighborhood House, the Harambee Back to School Block Party will celebrate the conclusion of summer’s golden hours and welcome in a new fall semester for students. The block party will feature music, food and fun for all.

10. Bronzeville Art Walk & Afro–Caribbean Culture Celebration

SATURDAY, AUG. 13 FROM NOON-5:30 P.M.

In celebration of art, culture and community, the Bronzeville Art Walk is open to all with free entry for attendees to enjoy a wide variety of entertainment. There will be artists and craft vendors present with original artwork for sale. The event will also feature live Afro–Caribbean music performances, art demonstrations and caricature drawings available.

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