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Date: August 28, 2020
Time: 6:00 am


MADISON, WI (May 12, 2020) – The World’s Largest Brat Fest announced today that its free annual community music festival that draws over 125,000 visitors will not be held this year.

“Brat Fest has always marked the beginning of summer here in Madison, with its free live music and raising money for hundreds of local charities and it’s with a heavy heart that we must cancel this year’s event,” said Tim Metcalfe, Brat Fest Organizer. Metcalfe continued, “Ultimately, preserving the health and safety of all is of our paramount concern.

With over 4,500 volunteers, thousands of musicians and draws over 125,000 festival-goers coming to the three day event, with the uncertainty of what healthy social distancing might look like in August, we decided it would be best for everyone to cancel this year’s event and begin looking forward to Memorial Day Weekend in 2021.”

“Brat Fest is still working to find ways to continue to help our local charities this summer,” said Jeff Schroeter, Brat Fest Sponsorships & Media Coordinator. Schroeter continued, “Please check our website for details about these efforts in the coming weeks.” Announcements will also be made on Brat Fest social media channels. “We want to thank our sponsors and entertainers for their continued support during these uncertain times,” added Schroeter.

The World’s Largest Brat Fest will be held May 28-30, 2021 on Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. Michael Alexander, Brat Fest Music Director, said, “We plan to announce our 2021 event headliners in January.”

As always, there will be plenty of family-friendly events including a carnival, fireworks, one of the state’s largest volleyball tournaments, mascot races, 5K/10K run, plus many more events and tributes, and of course lots of sizzling Johnsonville brats.

Please visit our for the latest news about event dates and opportunities to continue to help Brat Fest to support local charities. A complete, updated listing of band performances, events, and food will also be available there.

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