‘It’s awesome:’ Riverworks Week to recognize the creativity, production and services

MILWAUKEE -- Home to more than 220 businesses, the Riverworks Business Improvement District is hosting its 6th annual Riverworks Week celebration this week. People who live in the area look forward to the celebration every year.

Siria Morales

"It's a bigger neighborhood, it's noticeable," said Siria Morales, Riverwest resident.

Siria Morales has lived in the Riverwest neighborhood for several years -- noticing the growth and development over time. That's why she loves Riverworks Week.

"I like to see people happy about the place they live in, and that they're able to take care of where they live," said Morales.

It's a week-long celebration -- recognizing  the creativity, production and services coming from the district.

6th annual Riverworks Week celebration

6th annual Riverworks Week celebration

6th annual Riverworks Week celebration

"Really kind of highlighting what we do as a creative district in Milwaukee's northeast side," said Darryl Johnson, Executive Director for Riverworks Development Corporation.

The district is home to more than 200 businesses. Riverworks Week gives neighbors and those businesses a chance to network -- and talk about what's happening in the community.

"It's awesome because then you get to know neighbors you haven't seen in a while," said Morales.

"I think for me, once again, it would just be hanging out with the community and seeing and talking about what's going on," said Johnson.

6th annual Riverworks Week celebration

The 6th year for celebrations kicked off Monday with a pop-up cafe -- with free coffee and baked goods.

For the first time the celebrations will include a 5K on Saturday. All of the events are open to the public.

The schedule of activities includes:

  • Wednesday, September 18thThe Dolphin Pool, recognized as Milwaukee’s first entrepreneurial contest, presents along with the Teens Grow Greens pitch night.  Come and hear several local budding entrepreneurs pitch their business plans to an expert panel of judges.  Live music and snacks help make the night complete.  The event will be located at the Bricks, 811 E. Vienna Ave. from 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 19th:  The second annual Riverworks BID Awards at Gathering Place Brewing Company from 4:30 - 7 pm.   Come celebrate and recognize innovation and creativity.
  • Friday, September 20thCreative District Alive Block Party featuring De La Buena from 6 - 10 pm. Food trucks, Riverwest Beer Syndicate, cocktails by Centro, free Scratch Ice Cream and Rickshaw rides up the trail. Plus, The Inventor’s Circus from 5:30 - 8:30 pm (A Rube Goldberg style competition) Located on Holton Street from Concordia Ave to Townsend St.  Come dance, eat, drink and enjoy!
  • Saturday, September 21st: The First Annual Beerline Trail 5K Run/Walk goes through the district and surrounding neighborhood. Race begins at the Riverworks Center @ 3334 N. Holton St.  at 9 am. Sign up to help support Beerline Trail programming and beautification.
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