The Night Carnival Returns

Photo by Cory Taylor

The Night Carnival returns to Milwaukee for its third year in a row on September 14th, bringing with it dazzling fire performances, living fiction, a third volume of the the Chronicles of the Floating City & Night Carnival, and a parade through the Riverwest neighborhood.

Attend The Night Carnival:

-What Is The Night Carnival-

The Night Carnival is based on a series of original ongoing stories about a Floating City, a Lost Continent, and a variety of characters swept up in mystery, magic, and political unrest. 

The event occurs annually for one night only at Garden Park, adjacent to Riverwest Public House (815 E Locust St), in Milwaukee, WI. 

Attendees of The Night Carnival are invited to interact with these storybook characters in real time, watch live fire dancing performances, meet a curated group of artists and makers, and participate in a scavenger hunt and other interactive theatrical installations. The event is family friendly until 10pm and encourages all participants to read the stories, write their own characters, and arrive in costume (although this is not at all required). 

The Carnival enjoys collaborating with community businesses, featuring a beer and spirits garden focusing on local brewers and distilleries, and an afterparty at the neighboring bar, Riverwest Public House.

In our second year, our attendance doubled from 500 to 1k. We are excited to continue this community collaboration, featuring local brewers, distilleries, artisans, and wide range of creative experiences, all in one place.

Photo by Joe Dean

-The Night Carnival Needs You-

Because we are dedicated to the idea that beautiful things should be available for everybody to enjoy, The Night Carnival is free to attend. In order to continue making this possible, we need your continued support as we grow. Here is what your contributions will support:

Performances such as the Night Carnival Brass Band, fire performances by Sisters of the Eclipse, and bellydancing by Emma Seim

Exciting  interactive set pieces and installations


As a gesture of our gratitude, all donations over $30 will receive a gift from one of The Night Carnival's famed creatures.

Photo by Joe Dean

As the Carnival evolves into something bigger and wilder each year, we must find new ways to support it. This year, we implore you to join our family, and become part of what gives The Night Carnival life.

Every single dollar counts, friends. Just like every person who has become a part of this magnificent adventure has helped us evolve to this point.

So many of you were here with us at the beginning. You have helped make The Night Carnival successful, and we have faith that you will be a part of its continuation. 

From the bottoms of our hearts, we thank you for your camaraderie and your willingness to believe in magic.

-Can't Donate Money? You Can Still Join Us-

We are in constant search of volunteers, performers, and cosplayers! Email [email redacted] to join The Night Carnival.

Photo by Cory Taylor

Brian Quinn is our Vendor Coordinator and Fundraising Admin. He is responsible for withdrawing funds from GoFundMe to use towards the success of The Night Carnival.

Organizer and beneficiary

Nina Horváth 
Milwaukee, WI
Brian Quinn 

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