Frequently Asked Questions:

Yes, admission to the event is free! Fabulous food and a huge selection of beer and wines are available for purchase with all proceeds benefiting the programs and services of the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center.

We encourage attendees to consider alternative transportation options such as bus, bike, or cab. Please be mindful of residential areas and drive cautiously.

Avoid parking in areas marked with “Reserved Parking” cones to prevent ticketing and towing.

We are honored to introduce the Ron Seibert Motorcycle Corral at Fête de Marquette, dedicated in memory of Ron Seibert, a passionate motorcycle enthusiast and devoted supporter of our festival. Motorcycle parking will be available in this special corral, located off the Few St. entrance into McPike Park. Look for the signs designating the exact location.

Welcome! Here are some tips for a great experience:
    1. Plan your transportation ahead of time.
    2. Consider supporting local by riding with Union Cab.
    3. Bike racks are available near the Brearly St. and Few St. entrance.
    4. Sunscreen, hats, and water bottles are recommended.
    5. Beer and wine are CASH ONLY, but cards are accepted at many vendor booths.

Coolers, tents, and carry-ins are not allowed at Fête.

Lawn Chairs, blankets, wagons, and handheld umbrellas are allowed. We do ask patrons to be mindful of the limited space and large crowds where some of these items will be difficult to maintain.

Sorry, we love dogs but they are not allowed on the Fête grounds. This is to protect your pet and our patrons. Thanks for your understanding.

The Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center is a community center on the near-east side of Madison (504 S. Brearly 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!

We love summer, building community, and raising funds for our vital programs and services all while creating incredible memories! We build community through Fête 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. 

Wil-Mar’s “What’s Not to Love?” campaign can be found here!

The Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center provides vital year-round youth programs and emergency food services to thousands thanks to support from people like you. 

Your contributions also keep Fête de Marquette, Madison’s premier free admission event, open and accessible to all. 

We invite you to continue or begin your support through Wil-Mar’s What’s Not to Love campaign.

In gratitude, we extend our heartfelt thanks and offer exclusive Fête de Marquette VIP acknowledgements further outlined in through the link above.

Gather your friends, family, framily and click HERE to select a shift (or several!) We are forever grateful for folks like you in our community that help make Fête possible!

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