Downtown Milwaukee workers get a huge pat on the back starting today for Employee Appreciation Week

NOW: Downtown Milwaukee workers get a huge pat on the back starting today for Employee Appreciation Week

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58)- Happening in Downtown Milwaukee this week is the 16th annual Downtown Employee Appreciation Week. 

It will run Aug. 30 thru  Sept. 3, 2021 and the weeklong celebration will feature free lunches, 'Office Challenge Games' and after-hours socials.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony, live music and prize opportunities at Red Arrow Park will kick things off on Monday, Aug. 30 at 11:45 a.m.

Lunch will be provided to the first 1,000 employees from Tatay’s Truck and Davians.

Three local caricaturists will be onsite creating free caricatures for downtown employees and Dave Watkins will be painting in Red Arrow Park as part of the Art in the Park series.Throughout the week, lunchtime giveaways and live music will travel to various downtown locations and include 1,000-item treats ranging from subs and hot dogs to ice cream and cookies.

In addition to food and live music, employees can play the 'Office Challenge Games', which include Corporate Ladder, Paper Clip Toss and Donut Dunk. Daily prizes are up for grabs for the top contenders in each game.

All lunchtime activities will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Red Arrow Park (Monday, Aug. 30), Pere Marquette Park (Tuesday, Aug. 31), Schiltz Park (Wednesday, Sept. 1), Zeidler Union Square (Thursday, Sept. 2), and Pere Marquette Park (Friday, Sept. 3).

New this year, employees can take a moment for movement with free daily wellness sessions supported by Lululemon and offered by various fitness instructors. Advance registration will be required for all fitness classes. Downtown employees can enjoy beer and bags among the company of friends and colleagues along the Milwaukee RiverWalk from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Mason Street Landing. On Wednesday, Sept. 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., downtown employees can get their first shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the Aurora clinic with no appointment necessary, with the second shot scheduled for a later date. Later that evening, co-workers can team up for the first “I Work Downtown” Bocce Ball night at Marcus Performing Arts Center, with two sessions offered at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Advance registration is required at, with no fee to participate.

In addition to daily events, Milwaukee Downtown offers special events throughout the week. Employees and a guest can paddle downtown’s waterways on Monday, Aug. 30 and Wednesday, Sept. 1, thanks to Milwaukee Kayak Company. Register at to book one of three launch times (4:30 p.m., 5 p.m. or 5:30 p.m.) A $15/person reservation fee is also required.

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