Local Memorial Day Weekend Events

It’s almost Memorial Day! What do you and your family have planned for the three-day weekend? Numerous events are taking place locally this weekend, including parades, brat fests (yes, plural!), and the zoo’s 100th birthday celebration! See below for details, and feel free to share your family’s plans in the comments.

World’s Largest Brat Fest, May 27-30 at the Alliant Energy Center. Brat Fest is 28-year family tradition that started with Tom Metcalfe (passed in 2006) and the Brat tradition of fun continues. In addition to mouth-watering brats, cold Pepsi, beer and live music, each day at Brat Fest is an unique and unforgettable experience.

Follow the links for more information on the celebration, including music line-up, plus the list of the 2011 charities benefitting from this year’s Brat Fest.

Henry Vilas Zoo Century Birthday Party, Saturday, May 28, 10 am – 3 pm. Events include: Cake contest featuring area bakers, education animal talks, Ken Lonnquist and the Kenland Band, Facepainting, Bounce House, and more!

Between Memorial and Labor Days, the zoo will present 100 days of celebration to reward visitors and recognize the Zoo’s centennial with some fun, entertaining and educational happenings. See the event listings categorized by month in the left column of the website.

Children’s Day Celebration “Fun”raiser for Japan, Saturday, May 28, 11:30 am – 4:30 pm at Happy Bambino. Happy Bambino is partnering with Tao Sangha Madison’s Global Uni Community to celebrate Children’s Day, a national holiday in Japan dedicated to celebrating children.

Come make simple dolls and write notes to send to Japanese families, enjoy “the spirit of Japan” slideshow, make your own Japanese fish kite ($3 donation) and enjoy Shiatsu (for grown-ups, $10 and kiddos, $3-$5).

100% of donations will go directly to assist Japanese people in need.

The People’s Bratfest, Saturday, May 28 at 10:00 am – May 29 at 6:00pm, MLK, Capitol Square. The 1st Annual People’s Bratfest is intended to show the great local variety offered by the people of the Farmers’ Market, Madison and the whole of Wisconsin can put on together. All products are purchased from local WI businesses. The event is staffed completely by volunteers. The profits all go to charities who aren’t required to do anything beyond continuing their wonderful charitable missions.

Alt-Bratfest, Sunday, May 29, 11 am – 6 pm at Orton Park. Alt-Bratfest will feature sausage and other yummy stuffs from local farms, charcutiers, and chefs…. Jordandal Farms, Black Earth Meats, Goose Chaser Farms, Underground Food Collective, Alchemy, Natt Spil, Weary Traveler Freehouse, and many more!

Live music by DJ Jeremy Thomas, Josh Harty, Taki Allstars, Chick Singer, and Screamin’ Cyn Cyn and the Pons.

Tickets can be purchased on www.BrownPaperTickets.com

For a $10 donation, you will get 2 food items and one beverage
For a $15 donation, you will get 3 food items and two beverages

Proceeds to this event will be donated to local charities.

The Madison Marathon is Sunday, May 29. The Wheelchair/Handcycle Marathon begins at 6:55 am; and the full, half, kids’ race and quarter marathon start shortly thereafter. (schedule)

Go here to download the pdf of course, parking and traffic maps along with FAQs.

Memorial Day Ceremony, Monday, May 30, 9:30 am, Capitol’s State Street steps. Concert followed by Memorial service. Sponsor: Madison Veterans Council

Memorial Day Parade, Monday, May 30 at 10 am. The 1.5 mile route begins at Monona Grove High School heading South down Monona Dr. and ending at Owen Rd. Everyone enjoys the thrill and pageantry of a parade! Join the Celebration of 56 years for Wisconsin’s largest and longest running Memorial Day Parades will consist of more than 100 units. For everone’s enjoyment there will be military color guards, clowns, marching bands, live animals, fire trucks, scouts, floats, antique autos, local elected officials, dance groups and much more. After the parade brief Memorial Ceremonies will be held at Blooming Grove, Roselawn Cemeteries, Highland Memory Gardens and the Madison Veterans Park. To honor those who have and are serving our country. There will also be a ceremony of rememberance at the Dane County Veterans Monument, Ahuska Park, Monona at 1 p.m. www.monona.com


2 thoughts on “Local Memorial Day Weekend Events

  1. Celebrate Memorial Day?

    Actually, me, my family and a whole lot of veterans will be Observing Memorial Day… but if you would tell us when your grandparents died, we would consider Celebrating their deaths…

    Do you get the nuance here?

    MAJ Faulkner

  2. Our apologizes for the previous post title. It was completely in error and we apologize for the offense it may have caused. (The “celebrate” was left over from when this post was only about the Zoo’s 100th birthday, and in my rush to finish before my daughter woke up from her nap, I didn’t proof it well enough.)

    Many of us at Raising Madison have family and friends who have served (or are still serving) our country and who have made great sacrifices in the process. We take Memorial Day very seriously, and we plan to be observe it with our families.

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