World's Largest Brat Fest

May 26, 2017 - May 29, 2017

  • 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.
  • 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 amazing George Clinton “the king of funk’, Everclear, Waylan, Tantric, Boboflex plus many many more! But, it’s not ALL about the music. There will be a kid's zone with plenty of activities to keep the youngins busy. Enjoy ice cold beverages and tasty food, including BRATS, of course. In addition, this year will include a Sunday morning Brat Cake breakfast, a worship service, a Hot Dog Jog as well as a Saturday BratteyBall (Brat Fest’s version of volleyball) tournament, Bun Run, sports zone, Disk with Human Foosball, Disk Golf Course and a Bean bag Tournament to work off those brats and much more. Free shuttle buses will be running between the zoo and Brat Fest all weekend, giving families the chance to see the new Arctic Passage exhibit! Honoring our Veterans we will have a 50’ Memorial Billboard with photos of all our Wisconsin fallen soldiers from the Vietnam conflict, a Memorial Bike Ride raising funds for the Badger Honor Flight program, National Anthem and Honor Guard as well as other activities. 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!

Event Date Detail

May 26, 2017 - May 29, 2017

Fri-Sun 10am-9pm, Mon 10am-6pm

Fair/Festival Type

  • Food & Drink