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Valley Week, presented by the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino, returns September 24 through October 1, showcasing nature in the heart of the city, world-class businesses, world-class tourist destinations and unique outdoor recreation opportunities.
The annual Menomonee River Valley Fall Festival features 15 events, 11 of them outdoors, and most events are free thanks to sponsors. With parks, hiking trails and the Menomonee River, nature abounds in the valley.
See the valley from the Menomonee River on the Sunset Kayak Tour or Happy Hour Cruise. Take a helmet tour of Milwaukee’s recycling facility. Grab binoculars for a bird walk to spot bird species that have returned to the valley. Family-friendly experiences include an outdoor movie night at the Harley-Davidson Museum and a children’s story walk through Three Bridges Park. You can also show some love for nature by disposing of your old electronics responsibly in return for Palermo’s breakfast pizza and a morning cup of coffee for free.
Valley Week showcases the Valley as a great place to visit and work. Like the Menomonee River Valley itself, Valley Week offers something for everyone. Proceeds support Menomonee Valley Partners, the organization that has led the Valley’s successful restoration since 1999.
All of the week’s experiences are listed on TheValleyMKE.org, including:
- A walk in the park + optional lunch in Silver City – 11-11:45 am | Three Bridges Park and Silver City
Take a midday stroll for fresh air and new sights. The Valley is perfect for discovering nature in the heart of the city – and we’ll share some fun facts along the way! FREE
- Sunset Kayak Tour – 5:30pm-8pm | Milwaukee Kayak Company
Get a new perspective on Milwaukee on this guided paddling tour down the Menomonee River. There are big plans for these shores! $40/person and $20 donated to MVP
- bird migration – 8-10 a.m. | Three Bridges Park
Start your day with some fresh air and birdsong at the Urban Ecology Center. Beginners and interested bird watchers of all skill levels are invited to explore the Three Bridges Park for birds with us. FREE
- Valley Business Bag Tournament – 4:30 p.m. | MOTOR bar and restaurant
Climb to the top of the Harley-Davidson Museum® for beautiful riverfront views. $75/team
- Tour of the hard hat recycling plant – 11 a.m. | Keep Greater Milwaukee beautiful
It’s fascinating to see what happens to all the items you throw in the trash! Join us for a helmet tour of the Materials Recovery Facility, located right in the Valley! FREE
- Happy hour cruises – 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. | Twisted Fisherman Crab Hut
Three 45-minute cruises on the Menomonee River offer a journey through the valley’s past and a glimpse into its future—plus beer and cocktails! $15 includes a drink
- Food trucks and tunes – 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Eco-Area St. Paul Ave
Soak up the midweek vibes and kick back to music while savoring tasty food truck fare.
- Guided tour of the art museum – 12 p.m. | Stock Art Museum|
Join curator Melanie Herzog for a guided tour of the current exhibition William Kentridge: See for Yourself at The Warehouse MKE. FREE
- Valley Tailgate and Brewers Game – 5 p.m. | City Lights Brewing and American Family Field
Stay in the Valley after work and watch a game with your Valley co-workers! The first 100 ticket holders will be treated to a complimentary tailgate at City Lights Brewing! $30/ticket
- Breakfast and electronics recycling – 7am-12pm | stem technologies
Turn in those old electronics lying around AND get recharged with complimentary Palermo’s Breakfast Pizza, Rishi Sparkling Botanicals and coffee (7-9am!). FREE
- Movie night outdoors: Lightyear – 6-8:30 p.m. | Harley-Davidson Museum and MOTOR Bar and Restaurant
Bring the whole family to the Valley’s Harley-Davidson Museum for an outdoor movie and fun activities as we welcome the fall season! FREE
Saturday October 1st
- Children’s Story Hike – 10-11:30 am | Urban Ecology Center and Three Bridges Park
Three storytellers based around Three Bridges Park will be ready to engage young minds with tales of Native Americans and their relationship to wild rice, the secret language of trains and nature. FREE
For more information and to register for events, visit TheValleyMKE.org/ValleyWeek.
Menomonee Valley Partners is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1999 with the goal of revitalizing and preserving the Menomonee River Valley as a thriving borough that promotes economic, environmental, and social justice for the benefit of the greater Milwaukee community. Since then, 67 businesses have moved or expanded in the Valley, more than 5,200 jobs have been created, 150 acres of parks and trails have been created, and 10 million people visit the Valley’s recreational and entertainment destinations each year.