World's Largest Brat Fest
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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 36 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 70 bands, has something for everyone and will feature headliners Smashmouth, Randy hauser, and Wayland plus many more! But, it’s not ALL about the music. There will be a kids’ 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 worship service, a Hot Dog Jog, Saturday BratteyBall (Brat Fest’s version of volleyball) tournament, Bun Run, sports zone, Human Foosball, a Custom Car Show. New to the party is the Island Stage, 80x140, while you enjoy your favorite music and ice cold drinks. Free shuttle buses will be running between the zoo and Brat Fest all weekend, giving families the chance to see the free Vilas Zoo! Honoring our Veterans we will have a 50’ Memorial Billboard with photos of all our Wisconsin fallen soldiers from the Vietnam conflict, 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 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!
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