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The Bronzeville Cultural and Entertainment District is a City of Milwaukee redevelopment initiative inspired by Milwaukee’s original Bronzeville District of the early to mid 1900’s.

The primary African-American economic and social hub of its time, Bronzeville brought all ethnicities together to celebrate African-American culture - highlighting jazz, blues and the arts. Those living in Bronzeville recall a commercial corridor with nightclubs such as Metropole Club and the Moon Glow featuring performances by such pioneers as Billie Holliday, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, and Nat “King” Cole, to mention a few.

Today you see annual festivals that celebrate the strong roots of jazz and the arts in the neighborhood, and the main thoroughfare, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, is lined with African American-owned businesses. Enjoy the diverse dining and shopping establishments on this street and throughout surrounding neighborhoods like Harambee and Halyard Park.



Events & Updates

Bronzeville Week - August 4th - 11th
Culture, history, art, commerce, community and culture rooted in a rich urban tradition will be celebrated when the 5th annual Bronzeville Week is held in Milwaukee, hosted by Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs and the City of Milwaukee.

Download Bronzeville Week Poster Schedule.  

Press Release 

Free Health Screenings MLK Heritage Health Center - 2555 N Dr. Martin Luther King Dr. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. friday, by appt only. 


Saturday, August 4th

  • HaRUNbee 5K Walk/Run for Healthy Birth Outcomes - 7:30 a.m. Registration, 9 a.m. Race | Dr. MLK Jr. Drive & North Ave
    The walk/run will take place as a part of Bronzeville Week on Saturday, August 4, 2018. The HaRUNbee was designed to raise awareness and to prevent infant mortality.
    7:30 a.m. registration, race at 9 a.m. Register online. 


Sunday, August 5th 

  • Bronzeville Cultural and Arts Festival - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. North Ave. from MLK Drive to 7th St.

  • Empowerment Sunday - 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Bronzeville Area Churches & Neighborhood Orgs.


Monday, August 6th

  • Bronzeville Historical Conversation: Milwaukee's Influence on the Nation - Reception 5 p.m. Program 5:30 p.m. | Milwaukee Urban League 435 W. North Ave


Tuesday, August 7

  • Bronzeville Business Breakfast: Attracting Business to Bronzeville - 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. | Skybox Sports Bar & Grill 2213 N Dr. MLK Jr. Drive 

  • Street Dedication to Vel R. Phillips - 11 a.m. | Dr. MLK Jr. Drive & 4th St.  

  • Vel R. Philips Ave. Trolly Rides -  12 p.m. - 3 p.m. | Pick up at Dr. MLK Jr. Drive & 4th St 

  • Tickle Me Tuesday Comedy Show - 9 p.m. | Skybox Sports Bar & Grill 2213 N Dr. MLK Jr. Drive 



Wednesday, August 8

  • Cool-Aid and Canvases - 1st session: 12 p.m. 2nd session: 2 p.m. | Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library 310 W Locust

  • Bronzeville Trolly Rides - 1st session: 12 p.m. 2nd session: 5:30 p.m. | Skybox Sports Bar & Grill 2213 Dr. MLK Jr. Drive

  • Move The Crowd: The Bronzeville Experience

    • Lux - 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. | 2712 N Dr. MLK Jr. Drive 

    • Rise & Grind Cafe - 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. |2737 N Dr. MLK Jr. Drive

    • 4th Quarter Bar & Grill - 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. | 2722 N Dr. MLK Jr. Drive

    • Live Entertainment on the Block Finale - 9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. | 2700 block of King Drive


Thursday, August 9

  • Paint-N-Sip 1st session: 6:00 p.m. 2nd session: 8:00 p.m. | 4th Quarter Sports Bar & Grill 2722 N Dr. MLK Jr. Drive


Friday, August 10

  • Mayor's Walk 100 Miles with Historic King Dr. BID & Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs - 11 a.m. | Pete's Fruit Market 2323 N Dr. MLK Jr. Drive

  • Young Professionals Trivia Night - 6 p.m. | 4th Quarter Sports Bar & Grill 2722 N Dr. MLK Jr. Drive 

  • Bronzeville Sleepover for Education (School supplies warmly acepted) - 7 p.m. - 8 a.m. | Dr. MLK Jr. Drive & North Ave 


Saturday, August 11

  • Pancakes & Poetry - 9:30 a.m. | Rise & Grind Cafe 2737 N Dr. MLK Jr. Drive

  • Bronzeville Black Food Truck Fest - 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. | Garfield Avenue (Between Dr. MLK Jr. Dr. & 2nd St) 

  • Bronzeville Bike Ride - 10 a.m. | 1950 N Dr. MLK Jr. Drive

  • Bronzeville Art Walk - 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. | Dr. MLK Jr. Drive (Various locations Hadley St. to McKinley Ave.) 


  • Skyline Music Series - Skyline Music is a free community music series provided by COA Youth & Family Centers at the Selig-Joseph-Folz Amphitheater in Kilbourn – Kadish Park, between Reservoir and Commerce Street. Concerts are on Tuesdays, July 10 through August 21, from 5:30 – 8:30 PM. Family-friendly food, fun and music in the Riverwest neighborhood!
    View schedule online.

  • Unique ARCH Pilot Program - Art and Resource Community Hub (ARCH) is a matching grant program whereby the city puts up $25,000 and the artist or interested person purchasing a home must match that amount and work to rehab the home – transforming it into a livable and working art studio or resource hub. For more info please contact Rhonda Manuel at
    (414) 286-2037 or Rhonda.Manuel@milwaukee.gov.    

Check the Past News and Events page for more info!


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