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Valley Week celebrates Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley: what is made here, who works here, all there is to do here, and the great jobs and careers here.

Valley Week events invite the community to explore and experience Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley, from a beer run, tours on land or in water, campfire stories with hot chocolate and s'more, and planting trees for future generations, the week offers something to nature lovers, history enthusiasts, job seekers, and those looking for something unique to do.

The Valley is an urban district where industry and jobs, entertainment experiences, outdoor exploration, and nature thrive in the heart of the city.

Proceeds from the events support Menomonee Valley Partners, a nonprofit organization formed in 1999 to revitalize the Menomonee Valley.

See the outstanding results from the first Valley Week here and view our look back at the week in this video.  



Nature & Recreation

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Play & Tours

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Eat & Drink

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Saturday, September 23, 11am

The most incredible running event of the millennium – The Ultimate Beer Run: Half of the registrants will start at Third Space and run/walk to City Lights where they will be treated with a tantalizingly delicious freshly brewed beer. The other half of the registrants will start at City Lights and run/walk to Third Space where they will enjoy an amazingly refreshing freshly brewed beer. After savoring the goodness at the turn-a-around, each of the respective groups will return to their starting location and be rewarded with yet another beer! So much positive reinforcement for your running feat!


plant a tree in three bridges park

Monday, September 25, 9am-12pm

Volunteers can make memories and a lasting impact by planting trees in Three Bridges Park with trees donated through a partnership with the Harley-Davidson Motor Company’s Renew the Ride program. Renew the Ride is the Harley-Davidson community’s commitment to preserving and renewing the world we live and ride in.

Photo: The White Brothers planted a tree 15 years ago near Miller Park along the Hank Aaron State Trail in the Valley. they just returned this year to check on it. 



Monday, September 25, 5:15pm

Paddle the Menomonee River and its canals while exploring its past, vital to Milwaukee's history, and its exciting future. We will learn about its history and how this area was vital to Milwaukee’s growth, the unique projects that made it a national model of environmental sustainability, and the exciting developments in the works! A member from Menomonee Valley Partners will lead our trip and staff from Milwaukee Kayak Company will paddle too. Whether it's your first time or your 100th, this is a great trip for you! Cost: $30 and half is donated back to Menomonee Valley Partners


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discover your career expo

Tuesday, September 26, 10am-2pm

Sponsored by We Energies, this is a one-stop shop career exploration resource for adults seeking jobs and for youth and adults just wondering what's out there. You'll have the opportunity to learn about good-paying jobs at Valley companies and sign up for tours at companies you're interested in. From manufacturing to customer service, entry-level to high skill, you can find a career in the Valley. HR professionals will be on call to answer questions that will help you land that next job. 

  • DISCOVER career options
  • CONNECT with Valley employers
  • LEARN the application process
  • MEET local providers who can get you the training to secure in-demand jobs
  • ASK experts how to land the job you want - a judgement-free zone to ask the questions you've always wanted to know about how to land the job for you

Free and open to the public


campfire stories for grown ups

Wednesday, September 27, 5-8pm

This is a engaging story of the history of Milwaukee and the Menomonee Valley like you've never heard before. You'll get a glimpse of the history of the Valley from pre-settlement Milwaukee through Machine Shop of the World to present day by those whose heritage is tied with the Valley and Milwaukee.

  • Forest County Potawatomi Attorney General Jeff Crawford will talk about the early days of Milwaukee, the Potawatomi story, and the role the Menomonee Valley played in this early history.
  • Bill Davidson of Harley-Davidson will talk about the rise of the Valley as a center of entrepreneurship, invention, and manufacturing strength. 
  • Robin Olson of Rexnord, one of Milwaukee's oldest companies, will share her story of what it takes to rise in a male-dominated industry, how she helps other women rise, and how she engages and inspires the next generation of youth to pursue careers that will carry Milwaukee into the future.

Palermo's Food Truck will be onsite serving Italian Street Food and S'mores Pizzettas. The Sigma Group will have free hot chocolote and marshmallow roasting. Free entrance!


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SOLD OUT - valley week business luncheon

Thursday, September 28, 12-1:30PM

Enjoy a delicious meal in one of Potawatomi Hotel & Casino's featured event spaces as special guest, Mayor Barrett, recounts the story of the Menomonee Valley’s unbelievable transformation and previews the Valley’s exciting future which will continue to cement Milwaukee as a premier place to live, work, and play for generations to come. 

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Thursday, September 28, Times: 5:30PM, 6:30PM, 7:30PM

Enjoy a casual 45-minute happy hour float along the Menomonee River and its less explored canal - you might even spot a pirate ship! The boat departs from Twisted Fisherman. 

Cost: $10 (with $5 going to Menomonee Valley Partners) and includes one tap beer or rail mixer, cash bar on board



Thursday, September 28, 5:15pm

The Menomonee Valley was the physical barrier that marked the divide between Milwaukee’s black and white communities.  In 1967, the first of the civil rights marches crossed the Menomonee Valley’s 16th Street Viaduct in protest of racial discrimination and housing segregation. In honor of 200 Nights of Freedom, Melissa Cook, Hank Aaron State Trail Manager, will provide a free tour to share the important history of Milwaukee’s civil rights marches and the murals that honor marchers along the Hank Aaron State Trail Menomonee River Loop.

Cost: Free (limited to first 50 registrants)


Made in Milwaukee bus tour: Behind, Above & Below the Scenes

Saturday, September 30, 1-4:30PM

This in-depth bus tour will happen one time only. We will take you on a behind-the-scenes adventure where you will experience rarely seen sides of the Menomonee Valley and some of the companies (and their products!) that have helped to shape Milwaukee. Be prepared to get off the bus and explore! We'll provide the hard hats!

Cost: $35 and proceeds benefit Menomonee Valley Partners; only 12 spots left!


sold out - Menomonee Valley Bike Tour

Saturday, September 30, 1-3PM

Take a leisurely bike ride along the Hank Aaron State Trail with frequent stops to explore the rich history of the valley. Learn about Silurian Reef fossils, wild rice marshes, Milwaukee’s first railroad, and heavy industry that made Milwaukee the Machine Shop of the World. Discover remnants of the past along with a sculpture park, a haven for trout fishermen, and parkland reclaimed from rail yards. Gain an appreciation of this remarkable resource in the heart of Milwaukee.