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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