The 17th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Backto- School Festival returns to:
- The King Community Center
- Saturday, August 6
- 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- The event in past years have drawn over 5,000 people to King Park who came to volunteer, enjoy the community gathering and receive a free book bag filled with school supplies.
- The festival is organized by The King Advisory Board and will take place at 1531 W. Vliet Street.
- Participants will enjoy live entertainment, games for all ages, food, raffle prizes, and vendors distributing information about community resources.
- State Representative Elizabeth Coggs founded the MLK Back-to-School Festival in 1995.
“The MLK Back-to-School Festival is a celebratory event for communities and an invaluable resource for Milwaukee County residents,” said County Executive Chris Abele. “Its long-standing history speaks volumes about Milwaukee neighborhoods coming together to make a difference in a child’s life.”
On the day of the festival parents have to signup between the hours of 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. to receive a free book bag for their child. The child has to be between the ages 5-18 and will receive a wristband they must present when picking up the bag at 3:30 p.m. Each bag will contain school supplies and this year volunteers plan to give out over 5000 book bags.