The Pursuit of Happiness Session

  • June 3, 2018
  • Central park
  • Downtown
  • 202 S. Ingersoll St
  • Madison, WI 53703
  • Phone: (608) 241-7143

The Pursuit of Happiness Session is a full day event and will feature great entertainment on two stages at Madison's McPike Park (formerly known as Central Park. The event will showcase great music, comedy and dance and is free and family-friendly. 

Excellent food and drink and vendors will be on hand for your dining and shopping pleasure!

This event is a prelude to the 6 Central Park Sessions occurring on the first three Wednesday and Thursday evenings of August!

The Central Park Sessions benefit local organizations: Centro Hispano, The Tenant Resource Center, Omega School, The Urban League of Greater Madison, WORT-FM, and our host agency Common Wealth Development Corporation. 

Entertainment Line-Up

Main Stage (Music):

11:00 AM The Fat Babies (Chicago)

12:45 PM Los Cojolites (Veracruz, Mexico) 

2:30 PM The Modern Sounds with Joel Paterson (Chicago)

4:30 PM Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble (Louisiana)

6:30 PM Mokoomba (Zimbabwe)


The Chicory Acoustic Stage (Music and Comedy in big tent)

11:00 AM  Cris Plata (MC )

12:00 PM   Josh Harty

1:30 PM The Oak Street Ramblers

3:00 PM  The Goran Ivanovic Trio (Chicago)

4:30 PM Feeding Leroy (Duluth)

6:00 PM   Los Cojolites (Mexico)

7:30 PM Madison Comedy Week/ Pursuit of Happiness  

              Comedians: Mary Mack and Tim Harmston

              Esteban Touma, Vanessa Tortolano & Jake Snell  


Dance (During main stage breaks)

Choreographers (Kanopy Dance):

Lisa Thurrell (Kanopy co-director)

Robert Cleary  (Kanopy co-director)

Erica Pinigis (Kanopy faculty member/choreographer/dancer) 

Georgia Corner - Coordinator (and Kanopy choreographer)

  • Times: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Admission: Free