September 30 2017 08:00:00 GMT-0500 to the fest

The Fest

Save the date! Head to Lakeshore State Park in downtown Milwaukee on September 30, 2017 to enjoy a day of free, family fun (and make a huge difference while doing it!). The festivities continue all day with games and activities for kids, kayak demonstrations, prairie tours, educational booths, delicious local food trucks, and more.

Sturgeon Fest celebrates Riveredge’s 25 year partnership with the Wisconsin DNR to bring back Lake Sturgeon, a critically important species both environmentally and culturally, to the Milwaukee River, where they haven’t been seen in over 100 years.

About the Sturgeon

Fun for the whole family!

Looking for family fun outdoors this fall? Look no further. Sturgeon Fest is fun for the whole family with activities for kids and adults alike.

Schedule of events

Return the sturgeon

When you sponsor a sturgeon, not only do you get to hand-release it into Lake Michigan, but you also get to be an integral part of bringing back this prehistoric fish to our waters! Cool and cool-er!


Kids Activities and Crafts

Nothing fishy going on here- there'll be lots of sturgeon themed activities for kids of all ages at Sturgeon Fest! Who knew something millions of years old could inspire so much fun?


Prairie Tours

Did you know Wisconsin has a state park in downtown Milwaukee? Join Tom Kroeger of Lakeshore State Park as he shows you the beautiful prairies and nature in the heart of the city.


Local Food Trucks

Fuel up for a day of fun. Some of our favorite local food trucks will be on hand to offer scrumptious eats. Currently attending: Gouda Girls, Hard Wood Cafe, Sushi Go!, and Sweet Delight Kettle Corn!


Awesome Partners

Inspired by the sturgeon project? Meet some of our favorite local environmental organizations who will share their work, provide hands-on activities and education, and show you how you can get more involved!


Scavenger Hunt

There's a lot going on at Sturgeon Fest! Use our scavenger hunt to explore the festival grounds and claim your prize once you've found everything on the list!


Plan your visit!

11 am – 3 pm

Head to Lakeshore State Park in downtown Milwaukee for the 12th annual Sturgeon Fest on September 30th, 2017. Although the festival continues until 3:00 pm, fish are typically all released by 2:00 pm. All educational activities for kids and adults are FREE thanks to our great sponsors! There is no entrance fee to Sturgeon Fest and free parking will be available!

Stay tuned for more details on 2017’s celebration as we draw closer!


Hand release a sturgeon

Support the sturgeon and hand release one of these amazing relics of the dinosaur age at this year's event. 2017 sponsorship is now open at the button below. Thank you for helping bring back this incredible species!

Sponsor a Sturgeon

Thank you to our sponsors

We and the sturgeon are eternally grateful to these fine organizations and companies for donating their time and money to make this initiative possible.