Downtown Employee Appreciation Week returns July 25

Free food, entertainment and fitness on tap

Downtown employees enjoyed live music at Red Arrow Park during the 2014 Downtown Employee Appreciation Week.

Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:14 pm

Milwaukee Downtown, BID # 21, will host its annual Downtown Employee Appreciation Week from July 25 to 29.

The week, which recognizes the 83,490 employees who work downtown, includes free entertainment, games, lunches, networking and workouts.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will introduce the event on Monday, July 25 at 11:45 a.m. at Red Arrow Park. Their remarks will be followed by live music, free lunch and snow cones distributed by Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s “A Christmas Carol” characters.

Trivia has been added to the festivities this year, with a trivia competition to be held at The Brass Alley at 5 p.m. on July 26.

Office Challenge Games, such as ping pong, basketball and a stationary bike challenge will be part of the lunchtime events, which will travel to Pere Marquette Park on July 26, Schlitz Park on July 27, Zeidler Union Square on July 28 and Cathedral Square Park on July 29.

Athletic opportunities include free yoga, pilates, boot camp and a run on July 28 at 7:15 a.m., followed by a Health, Beauty and Wellness Expo at Zeidler Union Square during the lunch event. A volleyball tournament will be held at 5 p.m. on July 25 at Bradford Breach.

The “World’s Largest Coffee Break” will be held on July 26 at 9:30 a.m. at Catalano Square, and “Downtown’s Grandest Happy Hour” will be held at The Shops of Grand Avenue on July 28 at 5 p.m.

A number of downtown businesses are sponsoring the activities and offering discounts to celebrate the week.

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“Downtown Employee Appreciation Week is a unique chance to thank our incredible workforce and send a message that downtown is not only open for business – we’re flourishing,” said Beth Weirick, chief executive officer of BID #21. “As more and more companies set their sights on urban locations, it’s events like Downtown Employee Appreciation Week which exemplify our enthusiasm and foster a sense of community.”

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