Public Market Announces 2022 Harvest Festival Plans

Milwaukee, WISC – The Milwaukee Public Market announced today plans for its annual Harvest Festival event, a single-day festival that has grown into one of the most highly anticipated fall events in the Historic Third Ward neighborhood. The 2022 Harvest Festival will take place on Saturday, October 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Riverwalk Commons, located across the street from the market at 423 N. Water Street, adjacent to the Milwaukee River.

This year’s Harvest Festival marks the 17th anniversary of the public market’s opening in October 2005. Admission is FREE and guests will enjoy autumn inspired activities throughout the afternoon. Attendees 21 years of age or older can take part in a fan-favorite tradition of sampling Lakefront Brewery Pumpkin Lager tapped from the market’s giant pumpkin.

A number of the area’s most popular food trucks and carts will be on site, from Fivestar Nacho and Hot Box Pizza MKE to Happy Dough Lucky and Kilwin’s Caramel Apples. Public market businesses Margarita Paradise and Foltz Family Market will also participate in the celebration by serving up fall inspired food and drink items. In addition, Brew City Brand Apparel will host a pop-up discount apparel sale. Draft & Vessel, a seasonal outdoor vendor at the market, will be onsite with its RK’d van, a 1969 van that offers tapped beer and craft cocktails on one side and has a retro gaming arcade on the other.

Additional festivities taking place include:

• Live music featuring Frogwater and Milwaukee Hot Club

• Apple Cider Pressing

• Carve-your-own-pumpkin station

• Face painting & caricature drawings hosted sponsored by Salvation Army

• Pumpkin Bowling and other family-friendly activities

Located under the I-794 freeway, the Riverwalk Commons is a public space amenity for the greater downtown community. Last year, pickleball courts were installed on the south portion of the space to kick off its public activation. Programming began this year with the Riverwalk Commons Concert Series, which featured five live music events throughout the summer.

The Public Market will be accepting donations on behalf of Milwaukee Downtown for the Downtown Milwaukee Dog Park project at this year’s Harvest Festival. For more information about the Milwaukee Public Market, please visit or call 414-336-1111.

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