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East Side is the Best Side for Madison Festivals

Isn’t it time for everyone to acknowledge the fact that the east side of Madison is home to all the best festivals in the city? Middleton can save their Good Neighbor Fest, the east side has La Fete de Marquette. All Madison festivals have the beer tent, the food carts, maybe some rides, food booths, music stage, crafty vendors, entertainment, local businesses and kid’s activities. But the special sauce that makes the east side festivals special is the people who go to the east side festivals. The east side neighborhoods have more character, therefore, the people have more character. Many east side festivals now benefit even more from the fact that the best venue for festivals is Madison’s Central Park.

All of the festivals listed below are free admission except for the Yum Yum Festival. The list you see below is in no way a comprehensive list, think of it as the best of the best list. Hands down, my personal favorite festival is La Fete de Marquette. But the bottom line is East Side beats West Side when it comes to Madison summer festivals. Here’s where you agree or disagree with me and add your nomination for best Madison Summer Festivals, share your opinions and leave a reply.

Best of Madison East Side Summer Festivals

Marquette Neighborhood Riverfront Festival
Sat, Jun 11, 2016 – Sun, Jun 12, 2016
marquette-neighborhood.org

Monona Community Festival
July 3 and July 4
Winnequah Park
http://www.mononafestival.com/

La Fete de Marquette
July 14 -17
Madison’s Central Park
https://www.facebook.com/lafetedemarquette/

Atwood Summerfest
July 30 & 31
http://www.atwoodfest.com/index.php
near the Barrymore Theater

Yum Yum Festival
August 21
Madison’s Central Park
http://www.yumyumfest.org/

Orton Park Festival
August 25, 26, 27, 28
http://marquette-neighborhood.org/festivals/orton-park-festival/
Willy Street Fair
September 17 & 18
http://www.cwd.org/willy-street-fair/

Elvehjem Neighborhood: Best of 2015

Best of 2015

Wouldn’t it be great to re-live some of the fun events and memories we all experienced this year with a Best of 2015 list? I’m listing events and things in no particular order and you’re more than welcome to provide your feedback on things I missed or add to the descriptions I’m providing.

CHRISTMAS 2015

I’m including this on the Best of 2015 list because right now we might be living through the warmest Christmas Season in my lifetime and I think it will be one to remember! Here’s a screen cap of the weather channel page for December 23, 2015.

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EASTER 2015

Spring time is just around the corner in the neighborhood and kids can’t resist a good egg hunt, especially when the Easter Bunny is around.

easter bunny and friends

Easter Egg Hunt

HOLIDAY IN THE PARK

This was held at Orlando Bell Park the weather was nice so many families came to enjoy the bonfire, tell Santa what they want for Christmas, and eat cookies and drink hot chocolate. We collected LOTS of food for the food pantry as well!!

Santa and helper

Holiday in the Park

SURPRISE! IT’S RIDE THE DRIVE DAY

This was kind of a last minute addition to our calendar of events, but people got on their bikes with their families and explored our neighborhood on August 30. This is a picture of the Madison PD on a horse in my driveway on Starker Avenue.

ride the drive

Madison PD at Audra’s house

LET’S EAT OUT! EVERY THURSDAY

There wasn’t a whole lot of variety with the food cart options but people liked to come early with their kids and play in the yard. Sometimes there was even live music!

eat out music

Let’s Eat Out Live Music

TASTE OF ELVEHJEM IN SEPTEMBER

It was time to enjoy the neighborhood garden harvest by taste testing all the lovely dishes made with ingredients from the community garden. The event didn’t last as long as planned because we all had to watch the Packers win!

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Food and tables in front of the garden

ELVEHJEM HALLOWEEN HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST

People really get into their Halloween Decorations around here. Our neighbors really love their holiday decorations. But which holiday is responsible for the most decorations? Christmas or Halloween? Too close to call?

halloween house

Halloween Contest House

FOURTH OF JULY PARADE

What’s a Fourth of July neighborhood celebration without a parade with fire trucks. Its no kind of parade I want to go to. Its a good thing our 4th of July parade has firetrucks every year!

4th of july

Fourth of July Parade

That’s it for the Best of 2015 list. It was eventful and memorable. Honorable mention goes to the critter trouble we had this year with the foxes and the coyotes. Since that topic is thoroughly discussed on our Facebook page I thought I would skip it, and leave it to the Facebook group since the topic is on-going.