Hope you’re hungry, Brat Fest is right around the corner

It’s that time of year again. Get ready for a weekend of fun in the sun, family-friendly activities, and a whole lot of brats.

Woman grilling a brat with tongs

Volunteers will be grilling up thousands of brats all weekend long. | Photo via Brat Fest

A week from now, Madisonians will be gearing up to take part in the city’s favorite Memorial Day weekend celebration: Brat Fest.

When: Friday, May 24–Sunday 26 | 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: Alliant Energy Center Grounds, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way
What: A free-admission three-day festival featuring live music, brats, family-friendly activities, more brats, a carnival, and did we mention brats?

Pro tip: Download the Brat Fest map to get familiar with the grounds before arriving.

Look forward to...

Live music

Here are just a few of the 70+ acts that are performing throughout the weekend:

Brat Fest Grand Stage during sunset

Rock out with some of your favorite musicians from the Midwest and beyond. | Photo via Brat Fest

Friday, May 24

  • Morningstar | 1:10-1:50 p.m. | Island Stage
  • Foo Foo Dolls | 4:40-5:20 p.m. | Grand Stage
  • Madison Country | 7-8 p.m. | Main Stage
  • Village People | 8-9:30 p.m. | Grand Stage

Saturday, May 25

  • Autumn Reverie | 12:45-1:15 p.m. | Grand Stage
  • Kirstie Kraus | 5:10-5:50 p.m. | Island Stage
  • Quiet Riot | 7-8 p.m. | Main Stage
  • LANCO | 8-9:30 p.m. | Grand Stage

Sunday, May 26

  • Rehab | 1:40-2:20 p.m. | Grand Stage
  • Rip | 2:55-3:35 p.m. | Main Stage
  • Sidewalk Prophets | 7-8 p.m. | Main Stage
  • Neal McCoy | 8-9:05 p.m. | Grand Stage

Kid Zone | 4-8 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday | Children of all ages can take part in sports, crafts, and games in a safe, supervised area. It’s open 4-8 p.m. on Friday, May 24 and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Sports Zone | 12-8 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday | Cornhole, volleyball, giant Jenga, and other yard games will be set up for adults to engage in some friendly competition.

Farm Zone | 3-8 p.m. on Friday; 12-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday | A $5 wristband will grant Brat Fest attendees all-day access to the Farm Zone. Animals from Haven’s Petting Farm, pony rides, and farm machinery will be present.

Brids eye view of a large brat-grilling station

Where there’s smoke, there are brats. | Photo via Brat Fest

Take Your Brat to Work Day

Kick the weekend off right with TYBTWD. From 6 to 9 a.m. on Friday, May 24, Madisonians are invited to grab some brats ($5/brat) to bring to work. The drive-up grill is located at Willow Island on the Alliant Energy Center grounds.

Note: If you’re bringing enough back for the whole office, it’s recommended that you pre-order.

Get involved

Brat Fest is still seeking volunteers to help things run smoothly next weekend. Volunteers will receive vouchers for a free brat and Chocolate Shoppe ice cream scoop, a t-shirt, and the choice to donate $12 for every volunteering hour to a Brat Fest Charity.