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Join us on August 17th for our second annual fundraising event, Hoancoming. Save the date and be part of the magic!

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Step aboard for the second annual Hoancoming: Milwaukee’s premier on-water celebration uniting the community! Experience the transformative magic of the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan as boaters and residents come together for an unforgettable event. Enjoy live music, a scenic boat cruise, and end the night with a spectacular fireworks display. Hoancoming is not just an event; it’s a celebration of unity, community, and the unique beauty of Milwaukee’s waters. Save the date and be part of the magic!

Ways to experience Hoanchella

Buy a ticket for the exclusive set w/ DJ Shawna

Bring your boat and sponsor a VIP Expereince at Lakeshore Park

RSVP for a Riverwalk Experience

Event Timeline

The HOANCHELLA boat event will start at Lakeshore Park and turn around at Lakefront Brewery. There are various riverwalk locations to view the boats and enjoy the music. Below is the timeline of events:

4PM - 6:30PM Boat tie up and live music from Roxie Beane at Lakeshore State Park Boat Slips! Everyone Welcome. Boat slips restricted to VIP Experience Package only
6:45PMVIP Experience boats leave Lakeshore Park and cruise down the Milwaukee River led by the Funktoon Wagon and Milwaukee Fire Department
7:45PMBoat cruise arrives at Lakefront Brewery and turns around
8:00PMBoats arrive at Edelweiss where DJ Shawna starts her performance and takes the lead with her VIP Boat attendees aboard the Miss Wisconsin
8:20PMMiss Wisconsin arrives at the Hoan Bridge and boats line up
8:30PMDJ Shawna performs curated music set synced to the Hoan Bridge lights
8:40PMLight the Hoan fireworks display
9:00PMMiss Wisconsin and VIP boats head to Lakeshore Park for private performance from DJ Shawna

Our VIP Experiences

VIP Cruise Experience

Ticket price includes:

  • Two-hour live music and production w/ DJ Shawna aboard the Miss Wisconsin from Edelweiss Cruises
  • Front row to fireworks experience
  • Custom Hoan Bridge light show synced to DJ Shawna
  • 2 Complimentary Cocktails
  • Digital copy of group overhead drone photo from Nate Vomhof
  • VIP Custom DJ Shawna t-shirt only available on the Miss Wisconsin from Edelweiss Cruises
  • Snack Bag thanks to our incredible sponsors
  • T-shirt cannon
  • Bubbles, light up stuff, and more!

VIP Boat Slip Experience - ONLY 1 LEFT!

Have a boat? A friend with a boat? Want to create a unique experience for your team or clients? Sponsor a boat slip to bring them to the VIP HOANCHELLA Experience!

Boat slips at Lakeshore Park will be available starting at 4pm with an overnight option included. You also have access to the slip ALL day Friday, August 18th for some more fun in the sun!

The VIP Boat Slip Experience also includes:

  • One boat slip at Lakeshore State Park on 8/17 with your name placed in front of slip 
  • Happy Hour at Lakeshore State Park starting at 4pm with live music from Roxie Beane and beverages from Lakefront Brewery
  • River cruise caravan led by the Milwaukee Fire Department, Funk Club Wagon and DJ Shawna
  • Front row to fireworks experience
  • Custom Hoan Bridge light show synced to DJ Shawna
  • Group overhead drone photo from Nate Vomhof
  • Additional DJ set from DJ Shawna at the shores of Discovery World
  • VIP Custom HOANCHELLA t-shirt
  • Custom Light the Hoan boat pennant
  • Custom Light the Hoan cooler including (4) LED rocks glasses, (4) LED keychain, and (4) Hoan can coolers
  • Wine, pre-made cocktails, beer and snacks thanks to our incredible sponsors
  • Support of Light the Hoan’s mission and the first to get a bulb on the east side of the bridge

3 VIP BOAT SLIPS LEFT! REACH OUT TO SECURE!

DON’T HAVE A BOAT! REACH OUT TO US UP FOR OPTIONS.

INFO@LIGHTTHEHOAN.COM!

Boats and Tunes Riverside

Feel the pulse of the city as you soak in the vibrant atmosphere, surrounded by fellow music enthusiasts and locals who share your passion.

Riverwalk Viewing Areas Include:

  1. Pier Garden at The Starling which includes boardwalk bar with HOANCHELLA themed cocktails, and music from Milwaukee Airwaves.  You can also reserve a table for up to 4 of your friends and includes one free drink ticket per person from 7pm-9pm. Purchase your VIP table below.
  2. Hoan & Crockett” sponsored by Events by Design! Take advantage of this photo opportunity while being the first to dedicate a bulb on the east side of the Hoan! Patio opens at 4pm; Live DJ 6pm to 9pm. 
  3. The Tap Yard at Schlitz Park. Celebrate Downtown Employee Appreciate Week with a beer giveaway from 5pm – 8pm! BONUS: Trivia starts at 7pm!
  4. Lakefront Brewery will be  providing live music. This is also the turn around point for the boat cruise.

AS OF NOON ON 8/17, ALL NEW INFO WILL BE COMMUNICATED VIA SOCIAL MEDIA SITES ON FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM.

TRANSFORMATIVE EXPERIENCE

Immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of the Milwaukee River, Lake Michigan, and all the city has to offer!

THANK YOU TO PAST SPONSORS

THANK YOU TO OUR FRIENDS

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.

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