Light the Hoan’s Annual
Fundraising Event

August 17, 2024

Unique event will celebrate Milwaukee landmark while raising awareness to light up lake-facing side.

Days
Hours
Minutes

There are many ways to light the Hoan:

Buy a ticket for one of our exclusive boats

Bring your boat and sponsor a VIP Expereince at Lakeshore Park

RSVP for a Riverwalk Experience

Donate a Bulb

What is HOANCOMING?

Join us for this unforgettable evening featuring an orchestrated boat cruise led by the Funktoon Wagon, a light show on the Hoan Bridge synced to an exclusive DJ Shawna set, spectacular fireworks show, and so much more!

HOANCHELLA will be the first to provide a transformative experience that takes place on the Milwaukee River and shores of Lake Michigan.

This celebration of the Fresh Coast not only unites residents and visitors but also serves as a kickoff for lighting the East side of the Hoan Bridge, showcasing Milwaukee’s charm and inviting the world to experience our city’s magic.

Stay tuned for more info

Experience Hoancoming

On the Water

DJ Shawna’s Good Vibes Cruise ft. Radio Milwaukee

Experience an unforgettable evening with the DJ Shawna’s Good Vibes Cruise featuring Radio Milwaukee! Your ticket includes:

  • A high-energy DJ Shawna set to keep the vibes going
  • Epic coverage a la @phillyflyboy and @JMattMKE
  • 2 hour scenic cruise on the beautiful Miss Wisconsin by Edelweiss Cruise Lines
  • A complimentary drink to start the night right
  • Prime viewing of the fireworks, drone and light shows
  • Note: Cruise is 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Departing/Arriving from Edelweiss Cruise Lines

Tickets

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DJ Shawna’s Good Vibes Cruise ft. Radio Milwaukee
$ 99.00
40 available

Retro 80's Cruise

Your ticket includes:

  • 80s themed DJ to get you in the groove
  • A complimentary drink to start the night right
  • 2 hour scenic cruise on the gorgeous Vista King by MKE Boat Line
  • Prime viewing of the fireworks, drone and light shows
  • Note: Cruise is 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Departing/Arriving from MKE Boatline

Tickets

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Retro 80's Cruise
$ 99.00
98 available

Kayak Crawl with FunkClub

Sign up to join the kayak parade led by FunkClub! Hoancoming isn’t just for the big boaters, it’s for kayakers, too! Milwaukee Kayak Company is sponsoring this event—click the sign up link for details and registration.
  • 2:45-3:15 | Arrive at Milwaukee Kayak Company for check-in
  • 3:30 | FunkClub departs and kayak parade begins
  • 5:30 | Return back to Milwaukee Kayak Company dock
SIGN UP HERE

Milwaukee Scavenger Pontoon Cruise

Hop aboard a pontoon and uncover secrets of Milwaukee with author of “Milwaukee Scavenger,” Jenna Kashou. During the 60-minute, round-trip tour, she will call out clues from her book and guests will have the opportunity to guess Milwaukee’s hidden gems, landmarks and hot spots, all visible from the Milwaukee River.

Details: 

  • Cruise begins at 3pm and ends at 4pm. Please arrive at The Starling by 2:45pm. 

  • Cost: $25, which includes a copy of the book

  • Parking: Street parking or Third Ward Garage on Water and Chicago

  • Drinks available for purchase on the boat. Make a day of it and wine & dine at The Starling before or after your tour!

Tickets

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Milwaukee Scavenger Pontoon Cruise
$ 25.00
12 available

Private Group Boats

Hosting a company morale event? Throwing a bachelor party? Celebrate in style on a private boat cruise featuring premiere views of Hoancoming’s firework, drone, and light show.

All private group boats include:

  • Complimentary beverages
  • Guided Captain Tour
  • 3 hour scenic cruise 6-9 PM
  • Prime viewing of the fireworks, drone, and light shows
  • Private bathroom

Questions? Let us know.

22-passenger Private Boat

2 available!

Tickets

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Private Group Boats: 22-passenger
$ 1,980.00
2 available

49-passenger Private Boat

2 available!

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Private Group Boat - 49-passenger
$ 3,430.00
2 available

VIP Boat Experience at Lakeshore State Park Marina

Elevate your Hoancoming experience! Sponsor a VIP boat slip, invite some friends or host some clients, and enjoy a day along the Milwaukee skyline. 

  • (1) VIP Boat Slip at Lakeshore State Park Marina. **Overnight option available
  • Complimentary food and drinks
  • Live entertainment
  • Priority view of fireworks, drone and light shows
  • Private bathroom
  • First position in the boat parade
  • Company logo on promotions
  • Custom merchandise       

Questions about booking a VIP Boat Slip? Want to book more than one? Reach out to the Hoancoming team at info@lightthehoan.com

Tickets

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VIP Boat Experience at Lakeshore State Park Marina
$ 3,000.00
16 available
Hoancoming VIP Experience

Experience Hoancoming
On Land

MKE With Kids Stage at Pere Marquette Park

FREE

Calling all kids! Join us at Pere Marquette Park for family-friendly activities from 2-4pm.

MKE With Kids Stage at Pere Marquette Park

3 Going
RSVP Here

White Claw’s After Party at Boone & Crockett

FREE

Boone & Crockett After Party

80 Going
RSVP Here

VIP Boat Slip

What’s included per person:

  • One drink ticket
  • Glow Sticks
  • Lighten Your Appetite Snack Bag
  • Premiere viewing experience of Homecoming 2024

Tickets

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VIP Boat Experience at Lakeshore State Park Marina
$ 3,000.00
16 available

Timeline of Events

Hoancoming takes place on both land and water, with festivities starting at 2pm. Whether you’re a Milwaukeean, an arts aficionado, a parent, boat owner, local resident or a visitor, there’s something for everyone!

Be sure to stay tuned for more information and curate your own Hoancoming experience!

Hoancoming on Land: More Details on Riverwalk Activities Coming Soon!
2 PM - 8 PMRiverwalk Activities, Live Music, and Boating
2 PM - 4 PMKid Boogie Down at Pere Marquette Park sponsored by MKE With Kids
8 PM - CLOSEWhite Claw’s After Party at Boone & Crockett
Hoancoming on Water: More Details and Packages Coming Soon!
3 PMKayak + Duffy Boat Cruise
6 PMBoat Parade
8:30 PMFireworks, Drone Show, and DJ Shawna Light Show
8:45 PMWhite Claw After Party

What is HOANCOMING?

We heard you Milwaukee and are bringing it back! New name, same epic event!

Last year, we introduced our inaugural event, Hoanchella, in collaboration with DJ Shawna and Nate Vomhof. We are expanding this year’s activities and offering more opportunities for the community to celebrate the fresh coast with us!

Hoancoming is the annual fundraising event for Light the Hoan, the local nonprofit organization that lit the Hoan Bridge! This event supports our mission to unite and rally the city by celebrating the vibrancy of Milwaukee with an iconic landmark of light. Proceeds will go to support community programs, annual bridge maintenance, and lighting of the east side of the Hoan Bridge. 

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What you will experience

Join us for an unforgettable event featuring overnight boat slips at Lakeshore State Park, an orchestrated boat cruise, a synchronized light show on the Hoan Bridge to DJ Shawna, music by the Funktoon’s pontoon, and spectacular fireworks.

This celebration of the Fresh Coast not only unites residents and visitors but also serves as a kickoff for lighting the East side of the Hoan Bridge, showcasing Milwaukee’s charm and inviting the world to experience our city’s magic.

This couldn’t happen without our sponsors

And thank you to our friends at

About Light The Hoan

A collective of local business and civic leaders, Light the Hoan is nonprofit lighting up and uniting Milwaukee. In May 2018, the group launched a public crowdsourcing campaign to help raise more than $3.5 million to illuminate the Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge, the iconic tied-arch bridge spanning nearly two miles across Interstate 794. Since 2020, Light the Hoan has illuminated the city’s iconic bridge, creating awareness for local non-profits, providing valuable tech and creative experiences for Milwaukee’s young professionals, and serving as a source of pride for the community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Light the Hoan, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations to it are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Proceeds will go to support community programs, annual bridge maintenance, and lighting of the east side of the Hoan Bridge.

Make new friends and memories all while supporting Light the Hoan. The same as traditional galas, attendees sponsor a table to share with friends and co-workers. Boat slips are considered our “tables.” Your support will allow us to maintain the bridge and ensure we keep the lights on for Milwaukee.

We have not coordinated any Summerfest parking lots to be open to the public that day. However, Irish Fest will be going on at the Henry Meier Festival grounds so please check out their website for more information on parking options.

Yes! Although you do not need to purchase a ticket to be a part of the boat parade, we do encourage those participating to make a donation to Light the Hoan. To donate, please click here. Proceeds will go to support community programs, annual bridge maintenance, and lighting of the east side of the Hoan Bridge. 

We’re brewing up some stellar viewing experiences from land for you. Sign up to stay up to date!

Yes! We will be announcing kayak and paddleboard plans soon.

Lighting the bridge has always been about bridging the community. If you have an idea, a resource, or way you’d like to join our mission we want to hear it.

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