Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center

July 12-15
McPike Park

Free Admission! Please remember, no carry-ins and no dogs allowed. 


Volunteer At Fete!

More than 300 volunteers are essential to the success of Fete! Volunteers are needed in every area of the event—so grab some friends or co-workers, or volunteer as an individual and meet some new like-minded folks.

Most volunteer shifts are 3 hours and all volunteer shifts are fun! And, at the end of the summer, we throw a huge all-you-can-eat appreciation party with live music, plenty of drinks, and two after-parties at the finest of drinking establishments on the east side!

Sign-Up to be a Volunteer Beverage Pourer


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MUSIC AFTER DARK! Get your tickets to the after-party at the High Noon Saloon here!

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2018 FETE: 

THURSDAY, JULY 12 / 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm

BISTRO TENT: 5:30 Willy Street Co-op Membership Meeting


7:00 Don't Mess With Cupid

8:45 Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers


FRIDAY, JULY 13 / 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Hurray For HeartlanD Credit Union Happy Hour!
$2 Off All Beer, Wine & Big Eli's Ferris Wheel, 4-6 p.m.


4:15 Johnny Chimes 


5:00 The Jimmys

7:00 Feufollet 

9:15  GIVERS


4:00 Joshua Cohen

5:00 Angela Puerta Band

6:00 Tony Castaneda Latin Jazz Band  

7:00 Aaron Williams & the Hoodoo

8:00 Kids Parade with Musicians and Drummers 

8:30 Movie Under The Stars: Coco!

SATURDAY, JULY 14 / 11:00 am to 11:00 pm


12:30 Robin Pluer w Mrs. Fun

1:45 Robin Pluer w Mrs. Fun  


2:30 Sweet Crude

4:45 Gingkoa

7:00 Turkuaz



3:30, 6:00, & 8:15--Made Possible By The U.W. French House!

Overture's Kids in the Rotunda Special Summer Session! 

11:00 Miller & Mike

1:00  Boo Mullarky

2:15  Madison Circus Space

3:45 Drum Power 

With MSCR's Imagination Playgroup, hoops, bubbles, and more!


5:00 Carlos Souffront 

6:00 Soul Clap 

8:00 Mike Huckaby  


After-Party at the High Noon Saloon

SUNDAY, JULY 15 / 10:00 am to 10:00 pm


10:00 Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble 


1:30  Mama Digdown's Brass Band

3:15  Jourdan Thibodeaux

5:45  Making Movies

8:15   LOS LOBOS


12:00 Faux Fawn 

2:15   Dawn Landes

4:30  Cedryl Ballou & The Zydeco Trendsetters

6:00  Paint It Magnifique! Awards Ceremony





 Between the Sun Stage and the Moon Stage, the two acres of Central Park that make up Family Fete are transformed into a giant summer playground!
3 bounce houses, 2 ball parks, a climbing wall,
a vintage Ferris Wheel, an arts & crafts tent,
a misting tent, face painting, henna art, temporary airbrush tattoos,
and more!  



Family Movie Night: Friday, July 13th on the Star Patio!

A whole night of fun for the family! Enjoy special kids performances and activities. Relax on the Star Patio (just off Brearly Street, next to the Moon Stage tent)! 

8:30 Family Movie! BYOB--Bring Your Own Blankets!




Be Well At Fete!

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It's always hot during Fete! A few tips from our Official Wellness Sponsor, Group Health Cooperative of South Central WI, on how to stay cool, have fun, and make the most of Madison's favorite summer festival. 

1. Drink Lots of Water!

Water is available for sale at the Ferris Wheel Booth & The Prize Wheel Booth. You are also able to bring in your own. 

2. Take Breaks in the Shade!

Relax underneath the Moon Stage Tent, the Arts & Crafts tent, the shade tent next to the Ferris Wheel, or the Bistro Tent! Use the map above for directions. 

3. Enjoy The Misting Tent!

Do we really need to explain this one?! Find the misting tent near the Family Fete Arts & Crafts tent. 

4. Be Sure to Wear Sunscreen!

And reapply often! 

5. Know Where The First Aid Stations Are!

First Aid is available in the same places you'll find water--the Family Fete Ticket Booth & the north Ingersoll Street entrance. We have a licensed EMT on-site at all times. 



Frequently Asked Questions:



Is This a Free Event?

Yes, this event is Free Admission! Some activities will cost a few dollars, and of course there's delicious drinks and dishes to sample. All the proceeds benefit the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center's programs and services

Where Is Fete?

McPike Park is located in the heart of the East Isthmus, at 202 S. Ingersoll Street, between Brearly Street and Few Street, and E. Main Street and E. Wilson Street. 

Where Do I Park?

We strongly encourage folks to bus, bike and cab--we have a cab stand with Union Cab Cooperative! If you prefer to drive, please look for parking along the side streets surrounding the Park. Please drive slow and be patient! Lots of guests are coming on foot and bikes—and this is a residential neighborhood—so plan extra time and be patient!

Please note: you cannot park in the areas blocked off by Orange Cones that say “Reserved Parking”. You will be ticketed and towed!

Is There Handicap-Accessible Parking?

There are five handicap parking spots "coned off" by the Few Street Entrance of the park. 

Where's the ATM?

We offer three ATMs! One is located near the Grand Prize Wheel. The second is located next to the Ferris Wheel. The third is near the Moon Stage, on Brearly St.

I’m New to Fete. What Should I Know?

Welcome! There’s a lot to explore at Fete, but we suggest you consider the following first and foremost:

  • Plan how you’re going to get to Fete—and leave extra time to get here! Parking is limited, and a lot of folks are coming on foot or bike, so it will take time to find a spot.
  • Support local and ride Union Cab! Union’s cab stand is located at the intersection of Ingersoll St. and E. Wilson St.  Order online here
  • Bike racks are located near the Brearly St. and Few St. entrance. Plenty of bus routes are available: The 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7 will all get you to Fete! Plan your trip using Madison Metro’s Trip guide here.
  • Plan to pack sunscreen, hats, and a water bottle if you’d like!
  • We can’t take cards at the beer and wine stands—but we do take cards at the Fete Boutique, and many of the vendors accept cards as well.

Where’s the Water?

Find water in the Fete Merchandise Stand, at the Family Fete Ticket Booth (near the Ferris Wheel), and with Fuegos, on Brearly Street.

What Can My Kids Eat?

There is plenty that kids will love! Try:

  • Quesadillas from Smokin' Cantina
  • Hotdogs & hamburgers from Underground Butcher
  • Pizza slices from Roman Candle
  • Cheese curds from Curd Girl
  • Fresh, healthy, easy-to-handle food from Lao Laan Xang, Jamerica, Cafe Costa Rica, SoHo, and more!

What Else Is There To Drink?

Our food vendors will offer a variety of sodas, juices, and more at their individual stands. You can also enjoy local caffeinated products from Just Coffee and Johnson Public House.

What is the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center?

The Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center is a community center on the near-east side of Madison (953 Jenifer St.). Wil-Mar (that’s right, Wil-Mar, as in, Williamson-Marquette) has served the East Isthmus and beyond for 50 years, providing affordable childcare, welcoming event and meeting spaces, senior citizen services and activities, a range of health, well-being, fitness and cultural workshops, a food pantry, free community meals, and more!

Why does Wil-Mar host Fete every July?

We love summer, we love building community, and we love raising funds for our vital programs and services while creating incredible memories! We build community through Fete both at the event, and afterwards through the programs that support and connect thousands in the East Isthmus. Everyone is welcome at this free admission event, and we think our diverse musical line-up, activities, and vendor selections demonstrate our pride in being a part of a deeply connected and generous community. 

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A warm, heart-felt "MERCI!" to our generous event sponsors!

Our Giant Prize Wheel Sponsors:

And our Giant Prize Wheel Donors! Look for their prizes on the wheel...for every spin, a win!

Additional Support Provided By: Madison Sourdough, MG&E, Union Cab, UW French House, Wegner Asset Management, LLC, WORT 89.9 FM, & WVMO 88.7 FM