Brat Fest doesn’t happen without the help of Madisonians

Brat Fest is seeking businesses and individuals to volunteer.

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Brat Fest has sold over 4 million brats to support charities over the years. | Photo via Brat Fest

Sure, it’s still three months away, but the world famous Brat Fest is already sizzling.

The festival takes place at the Alliant Energy Center Friday, May 24-Sunday, May 26. Expect music (this year’s acts include the Village People, Quiet Riot, and Neal McCoy), family-friendly fun, and, of course, a whole lotta’ brats.

Since its inception, Brat Fest has sold more than 4 million brats to help raise almost $2 million to benefit 100+ local charities.

Each year, nearly 5,000 volunteers of all ages work more than 16,446 volunteer hours to play a part in the festival’s success. Think: Setting up, grilling, cashiering, stocking condiments (we’re partial to all varieties of mustard), cleaning the grounds, and tearing down.

Help as an organization:

Be a Brat Fest Charity.


  • 501(c)(3) non-profit local Wisconsin organizations and school districts (clubs & organizations)
  • A copy of the organization’s 501(c)(3) approval letter
  • Organizations must be based within the state of Wisconsin
  • Fund collected must be strictly for fundraising purposes
  • All charities will be required to fill in a minimum of 20 completed hours. This also includes hours involved during set up and tear down hours to receive any payout after the festival.

All organizations are paid $10.00 per hour each volunteer works which will be donated back to their charity of choice at the end of the event.
Applications are due by Friday, March 1.

Help as an individual

Volunteers receive:

  • Brat Fest T-Shirt
  • Brat Buck (Good for a Brat, Hot Dog, Corn or Soda)
  • Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream free scoop
  • $10 of every hour they volunteer goes to the charity of their choice or to support Brat Fest

Individuals (must be at least 14-years-old) looking to volunteer can email Annie.