Follow your nose! Just kidding- The main entrance to Brat Fest is off of John Nolen drive. There will be plenty of signs and volunteers helping direct traffic to get you there. Check out the Official Brat Fest Map (PDF) for entrance locations.
There’s plenty of FREE parking at Brat Fest – don’t worry – we’ll have plenty of room. Click here for more parking details.
Take Your Brat to Work Day – 6am to 9am
Friday – 10am to 10 pm
Saturday – 10 am to 10 pm
Sunday – 10 am to 10 pm
Monday – 10 am to 6 pm
Brats Served Hours:
Friday – 10am to 9 pm
Saturday – 10 am to 9 pm
Sunday – 10 am to 9 pm
Monday – 10 am to 6 pm
Nope! this is a FREE festival, with FREE live music!
Nope! All the music stages and concerts are FREE and the seating is first come first served.
Check out our Volunteer Map (PDF) to see where volunteers & celebrity cashiers are able to enter the island, park, and check in!
Check out The Band Map (PDF) to see where bands are able to enter the island, park, and check in!
The Brat Tent, Corn Tent, and Brat Gear Tent all accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and cash (no checks please). The Carnival also accepts credit cards. However, it is up to the individual vendors throughout the festival as to whether or not they accept cards or cash only. If you forgot to get cash out prior to making it to Brat Fest- have no fear- there are 6 ATM’s located throughout the festival grounds. Check out the Official Brat Fest Map (PDF) for ATM locations.
Madison Metro has regular bus stops along John Nolen Drive, Olin Avenue, and Rimrock Road adjacent to the Alliant Energy Center; you can get to these by routes 11, 12 & 13. Visit www.mymetrobus.com for more details.
For a complete listing of taxi and limousine services in Madison, check out visitmadison.com
You Betcha! It is a fun, easy, and healthy way to travel to Brat Fest with an estimated 5,000 people biking to the Fest each year. There are two major bike path systems that provide connections to Brat Fest: The Wingra Creek Bike Path to the north follows Wingra Creek through and connects to the Park Street and Fish Hatchery Road area. The Lake Monona bike path system runs along Lake Monona on the east side of John Nolen Drive.
Bike Parking is located by the Quann-Olin entrance. Saris is proud to provide parking for over 200 bikes.
Your one-of-a-kind ancient Roman Pugio dagger may be the perfect accessory for your gladiator sandals – but don’t show up with it at Brat Fest. It really doesn’t match your outfit and we won’t let you bring it in. Please have a look over our Carry in Policy & Code of Conduct for a detailed list of allowed and prohibited items. If you have questions, please contact us.
We’re sorry, losing stuff is never fun! Please contact our Lost & Found
Please visit our Volunteering Page for more information
Unfortunately, there are not. Everything you bring with you needs to be able to stay with you.