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Healthy County Challenge 

In 2022, Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley launched the Healthy County Challenge – an initiative aimed at bringing County residents into parks, trails, nature areas, beaches, and other outdoor spaces to foster physical and mental wellness. For the past two summers, the Healthy County Challenge has hosted more than thirteen events in twelve parks, attracting more than 730 individuals to get active and engaged in their parks. 

 

Back for its third summer, the 2024 Healthy County Challenge brings even more opportunities to get outside, move your body, and improve your mental health. This initiative would not be possible without the partnership from the Milwaukee Parks Foundation, Milwaukee County Parks, our accessibility partner The Ability Center, and the generous support of the Brewers Community Foundation. 

May

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  May 22: Yoga at the Domes

Join County Executive David Crowley for an evening of yoga and wellness at the Milwaukee County Domes. Yoga instructor Mariyam Nayeri will lead a one-hour yoga class for all levels, accompanied by a sound bath and mindfulness exercise by Camille Mays. This free event is limited to 100 participants. Please complete a registration form for each individual attending. 

Date: Wednesday, May 22 
Time: 6 – 8 p.m. 
Location: Mitchell Park Domes Horticulture Conservatory 
524 S Layton Blvd, Milwaukee, WI 53215 

Please register each attendee here 

*Please bring your own yoga mat. A small supply of yoga mats will be available for rental on a first-come first-served basis. 

  May 25: Milwaukee Kite Festival


 

Gift of Wings will host the 37th annual Gift of Wings Family Kite Festival in the beautiful Veterans Park. Join County Executive Crowley at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 25 for a leisurely walk through Veterans Park along Milwaukee’s beautiful lakefront, before the Grand Kite Launch at noon. Be sure to visit the Milwaukee Parks Foundation’s “Cheers to Our Parks” table! 

Dates: Saturday, May 25 & Sunday, May 26 
Event Time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (5 p.m. on Sunday) 
Walk with the County Executive: 10 a.m. on Saturday
Grand Kite Launch: 12 p.m. on Saturday
Location: Veterans Park 
1010 N Lincoln Memorial Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202 

June

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  June 4: Wisconsin Bike Week: Bike with the County Executive

 

Wisconsin Bike Week 2024 will be celebrated June 1 – 9; a week dedicated to bike safety, the economic impact of bicyclists, and opportunities to hop on your bike and explore Wisconsin. On Tuesday, June 4, County Executive Crowley will join Milwaukee’s longest running weekly slow roll: Tuesday Night Rides! This will be an 11-mile slow ride, with frequent stops throughout. The ride is open to all abilities and will include Milwaukee County roads, trails, and parks. 

Date: Tuesday, June 4 
Time: 6 – 9 p.m. 
Starting Location: Dream Lab
738 S. 3rd Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204

**Can’t make the June 4 ride? The Wisconsin Bike Federation’s Event Calendar has more bike rides and events to celebrate Wisconsin Bike Week throughout the week! 

  June 15: Wehr Nature Center 50th Anniversary

 

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Wehr Nature Center is celebrating an exciting milestone in 2024 as it marks 50 years of being A Place for all Seasons, A Place for Everyone. Join County Executive Crowley to celebrate Wehr Nature Center with an all-abilities hike, tree planting, self-guided scavenger hunts throughout the nature preserve, and more.  

Date: Saturday, June 15 
Time: 1 – 4 p.m. 
Location: Wehr Nature Center
9701 W College Ave, Franklin, WI 53132 

The event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to secure your spot.

RSVP HERE 

  June 21: Men’s Yoga for Men’s Health Month

 

June is Men’s Health Month – national observance to raise awareness about health care for men and focus on encouraging boys, men, and their families to practice and implement healthy living decisions, such as exercising and eating healthy. Join County Executive David Crowley for a Men’s Health Month celebration, featuring men’s yoga, a wide range of resources on healthy eating, mental health support and much more! 

Date: Friday, June 21 
Time: 9:30 – 11 a.m. 
Yoga session will take place at 10 a.m.
Location: Washington Park Senior Center 
4420 W Vliet St, Milwaukee, WI 53208 

July

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  July 10: Washington Park Wednesday Wellness

 

At the season kick-off of Washington Park Wednesdays, County Executive Crowley and Barre Milwaukee will lead the audience in a quick all-abilities workout between the opening band, Vox Starling, and the headliners, Aya & Darylann. 

Date: Wednesday, July 10 
Time: Event begins at 6:00 p.m. Workout at 7:00 p.m. 
Location: Washington Park Bandshell 
4599 W. Lloyd St., Milwaukee, WI 53208 

  July 30: F.E.A.R. MKE Run

 

Powered by Social X MKE’s Health & Wellness pillar, F.E.A.R. (Forget Everything And Run), established in May 2015, is a run crew that focuses on diversity, prioritizes runner safety, and bridges the fitness gap in Milwaukee by introducing running as a method of being active, while building relationships. FEAR is not just geared toward the “traditional” runner, but all levels of running – experienced, new, and those still on the couch. Join County Executive Crowley for a 2-mile run, at your own speed, with other Milwaukee runners.

All participants must fill out the 2024 Participant Form before the run.

2024 Participant Form 

Date: Tuesday, July 30
Time: 6:00 p.m. 
Location: Meet at Juneau Park
900 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202 

Unable to make this event? F.E.A.R. Milwaukee has free runs every Tuesday evening and Saturday morning! Fill out the 2024 Participant Form if you plan to join. 

August

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  August 3: First Tee Community Day at Noyes Park

Calling golfers of all ages and experience levels! Join County Executive Crowley for a day on the green. Free lessons from PGA golf pros, food trucks, music, and an opportunity to set a new course record await you at Noyes Park Golf Course. 

Date: Saturday, August 3 
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
Location: Noyes Park Golf Course 
8235 Good Hope Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53223 

  August 9: Community Pool Day

Join us for a dip in the pool! Milwaukee Parks Foundation (MPF) will be providing free pool admission for the first 75 individuals to arrive. First come first served. Enjoy Schulz Aquatic Center and connect with Milwaukee County Parks lifeguards and the MPF Aquatics Ambassadors to learn about water safety and share your love of swimming. 

Date: Friday, August 9 
Time: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. 
Location: Schulz Aquatic Center 
1301 W. Hampton Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53209

  August 24: MKE5K Men’s Walk

 

Join Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley for a 5K run/walk throughout downtown Milwaukee. MKE5K is an annual, community-driven initiative and men's wellness walk/run that promotes healthy lifestyles and encourages families to spend quality time together. The event is open to all ages and abilities and was established to educate and bring awareness to people on how to live active lifestyles and build healthy habits like walking. 

Date: Saturday, August 24
Time: 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. 
Location: Walk begins at Fiserv Forum 
1111 Vel R. Phillips Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53203 

 

More details to come. 

September

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  September 8: Outdoorsy Triathlon

 

Hike. Bike. Paddle. Milwaukee’s second annual non-competitive outdoorsy triathlon is here! Explore Milwaukee with a two-mile hike through Milwaukee County Parks, a 10-mile bike ride along the Oak Leaf Trail, and a one-hour paddle down Milwaukee’s rivers. Enjoy an after-party with fellow Triathlon participants! Proceeds benefit the Milwaukee Parks Foundation.

Date: Sunday, September 8 
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
Location: TBD 

Sign up HERE for email alerts with more details. 

Registration: All participants must register. A registration fee is required. 

  September 17: Go Green for Parks

 

The Milwaukee Parks Foundation’s Annual Fundraiser, Go Green For Parks, will take place at South Shore Beer Garden and Terrace. Ahead of the event, Milwaukee Parks employees Tony Giron and Jacob Sanchez will lead a 3-mile bike ride from South Shore Park, heading south down the Oak Leaf Trail and back to the South Shore Beer Garden. Bring your own bike or grab a Bublr Bike for free from the station at South Shore Park! (Code to be provided). The first 15 participants who sign up ahead of time will receive free admission to Go Green for Parks, which includes food, beverages, entertainment and activities ($60 value). 

Date: Tuesday, September 17 
Time: Bike Ride: 4 – 5 p.m.
Time: Go Green for Parks: 5 – 8 p.m. 
Location: South Shore Park 
2900 S Shore Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53207 

Ongoing Events

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  FearMKE Runs

 

Free runs every Tuesday evening and Saturday morning 

Social X MKE — F.E.A.R. Milwaukee – Forget Everything And Run

  Community Yoga at Turner Hall

 

Pay-What-You-Can Yoga, Thursdays 6 – 7 p.m. 

Community Wellness - Pay What You Want Yoga — Milwaukee Turners

  Hike for Health at Wehr Nature Center

 

Wednesdays 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

Friends of Wehr Nature Center

  A Walk in the Park

 

First Friday of every Month at various Milwaukee County Parks 

News and Events | Milwaukee Parks Foundation (mkeparksfoundation.org)

  Bublr Bike Access Pass

The Access Pass is another way Bublr is working to reduce and eliminate barriers to using the Bublr System. Grab a free annual pass from Bublr if you are a resident of HACM, receive FoodShare benefits, Medicaid, or Supplemental Security Income.

Learn more about the Bublr Bikes Access Pass

  Farmers Markets

Milwaukee County has 17 farmers markets throughout the summer so our residents have access to fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables.

 

Brown Deer Farmers Market 
Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 


Cathedral Square Market 
Sundays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
Note: Some Sundays excluded. See website for details. 

 

Enderis Park Farmers Market 
Sundays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

 

Fondy Farmers Market 
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (though 6/29) 
Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 7 a.m. – 2p.m. (7/6 – 10/31) 

 

Fox Point Farmers Market 
Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

 

Greendale Downtown Market 
Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

 

Greenfield Farmers Market 
Sundays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

 

Hartung Park Farmers Market 
Wednesdays, 3:30 – 7 p.m. 

 

Jackson Park Farmers Market 
Thursdays, 3 – 6 p.m. 

 

Oak Creek Farmers Market 
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

 

Riverwest Market 
Sundays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

 

Shorewood Farmers Market 
Sundays, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

 

South Milwaukee Downtown Market 
Thursdays, 3 – 7 p.m. 

 

South Shore Farmers Market 
Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

 

Tosa Farmers Market 
Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

 

West Allis Farmers Market 
Saturdays, 1 – 6 p.m. 
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12 – 6 p.m. 

 

Whitefish Bay Farmers Market 
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  Upcoming Health Fairs

Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers - Bike Day

Join Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers for a fantastic, fun-filled day for entire families where children are taught active and healthy habits. Sixteenth Street will be giving away over 500 bikes, helmets, and locks to kids within the Milwaukee community.

Date: Saturary, June 15
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Kosciuszko Park | 2201 S. 7th St
 

Thank You to Our Partners

MILWAUKEE COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICE

(414) 278-4211 | fax: (414) 223-1375
Milwaukee County Courthouse, Room 306
901 N. 9th Street | Milwaukee, WI 53233
 

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