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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

Monona Community Festival
July 3 and July 4
Winnequah Park

La Fete de Marquette
July 14 -17
Madison’s Central Park

Atwood Summerfest
July 30 & 31
near the Barrymore Theater

Yum Yum Festival
August 21
Madison’s Central Park

Orton Park Festival
August 25, 26, 27, 28
Willy Street Fair
September 17 & 18

Famous Foxes in Popular Culture

Famous Foxes

In honor of the famous Elvehjem Neighborhood Fox, I thought I would create a list of other famous foxes in popular culture with the help of Wikipedia. In case you didn’t know, the  Elvehjem Neighborhood Facebook Group documents all sightings of the neighborhood fox. If you haven’t joined before you should join now so you don’t miss a  sighting. The other wild animals I have seen or heard around the neighborhood are wild turkeys, I heard an owl and saw bats flying over the garden.

City of Madison has some information regarding wild animals if you see an orphaned or injured animal you can do one of two things. Call the Dane County Humane Society (608) 838-0413 or the Emergency Clinic for Animals at (608) 274-7772 for further instruction.

Extra big THANK YOU to our neighbors Telise Johnsen and Cristi Carlson who shared their pictures of the fox.



“The Fox and The Grapes” from Aesop’s Fables

“The Fantastic Mr. Fox” Roald Dahl

“Fox in Sox” Dr. Seuss

Brer Fox the trickster character folklore from African American oral storytelling tradition

Telise Johnson fox picture

Telise Johnson fox picture


Disney’s “Robin Hood” 1973 Robin Hood and Maid Marian were foxes

“The Fantastic Mr. Fox” 2009

Disney’s “The Fox and the Hound” 1981

Disney’s “Chicken Little” Foxy Loxy character 2005

“Foxy Brown” 1974 starring Pam Grier

“The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel” 1951 starring James Mason

Cristi Carlson fox picture

Cristi Carlson fox picture


“Foxy Lady” Jimi Hendrix 1967

Phox is the name of a band from Baraboo, WI

“What does the Fox say?” Ylvis 2013

“Sly Fox” Nas 2008

“The Fox” Sleater-Kinney 2005

What did I forget? hit the reply button and let me know!

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