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World's Largest Brat Fest

Madison
  • Family at Brat Fest.

    Family at Brat Fest.
  • Family by the ferris wheel.

    Family by the ferris wheel.
  • Brat Fest kids race.

    Brat Fest kids race.
  • Bret Michaels at Brat Fest.

    Bret Michaels at Brat Fest.
  • Brat Fest concert crowd.

    Brat Fest concert crowd.

You’ve been freezing your buns all winter, so Cele-BRAT-e the official start of summer with Brat Fest, Memorial Day weekend at Willow Island! Putting the sizzle into summer for over 30 years, Brat Fest is one of the Midwest’s largest and best, family-friendly music festivals right in the heart of Madison. The diverse music lineup, featuring over 100 bands, has something for everyone from folk, country, and jazz, to blues, soul, and rock n’ roll! Headliners this year include the triumphant return of Bret Michaels and his fiery rock show, rising country star Aaron Lewis (of Staind), and bona fide country music legend, Charlie Daniels! But, it’s not ALL about the music. There will be a Kid Zone with plenty of activities to keep the young-uns busy, ice cold beverages, and tasty food, including BRATS, of course. In addition, there will be a BratteyBall (Brat Fest’s version of volleyball) tournament, Bun Run, and bike ride to work off those brats, and much, much more. If it gets too hot out there, cool down with a tour of the Henry Vilas Zoo’s “Arctic Passage” polar bear exhibit, which will be celebrating its grand opening Memorial Day weekend. Free shuttle buses will be running between the Zoo and Brat Fest all weekend! What would you expect to pay for four days of exceptional entertainment? How about the low, low, price of FREE?! It’s a little known fact that brats are even tastier when eaten for a good cause, so all of the Fest’s proceeds go to numerous local charities. So, join us on Willow Island and kick off the summer right with some of that Brat Fest sizzle!

Fair/Festival Type

  • Food & Drink