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Summer of Festivals

Summer means warm days, cold local brews and beats to get you on your feet, as more than 50 festivals fill the Greater Madison region with food, music, drink and dance all summer long. Fill your summer months exploring the streets of Madison’s diverse neighborhoods and joining some of the annual events.


  • Festa Italia (May 31–June 2) – Hosted by the Italian Workmen's Club, this annual event in Fitchburg is a three-day celebration of family, food and Italian culture.
  • Verona Hometown Days (May 31–June 2) – When they call Verona, WI "Hometown, USA" they mean it! This festival is a family event full of music, carnival attractions and kid's activities, and also serves as a fundraiser for community non-profits.


  • La Fete de Marquette (July 11–14) – This iconic summer festival is free and features dozens of musical acts, fare from local restaurants and a movie under the stars.
  • Maxwell Street Days (July 19–21) – Maxwell Street Days has been a Madison tradition for over 40 years. The State Street sidewalk sale provides attendees with great bargains on clothes, art, sporting goods and more.


  • Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival (August 15–18) – With over 80 tons of sweet corn in one place, plus family-friendly fun, this is Sun Prairie festival is one to add to your calendar.
  • Orton Park Festival (August 22–25) – The east side's Orton Park Festival is one of the country's longest-running outdoor music festivals. Enjoy four days of great music, a wide array of vendors and spectacular aerial trapeze performances.


  • Monroe Street Festival (September 14) – Stop by Monroe Street to attend this popular, long-running neighborhood festival! Take part in children's activities, entertainment and sidewalk sales galore.
  • Thirsty Troll Brew Fest (September 14) – What's a summer festival without beer sampling? Last yaer's Thirsty Troll Brew Fest featured 30 craft brewers serving over 125 different beers. Don't forget to join the "masskrugstemmen" or steinholding competition!

Whether you make it to one event all summer or attend one every weekend, Madison festivals are a great way to get outside and make some new memories this summer. Head to for more ideas for festival fun.