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Gather the troops and get ready to have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend in Wisconsin. Here are five fun ways to celebrate this national holiday.
Spend some time exploring the World’s Largest Brat Fest. Now in its 35th year, the festival has served over 3 millions brats which has helped to raise over $1 million to benefit local charities. From 10am to 9pm you can enjoy $3 brats and if you’re a vegetarian or vegan don’t worry because there are options for you as well so you don’t have to miss out.
The event runs the entirety of Memorial Day Weekend (Fri-Mon), so you will have plenty of time to sample all the Brat Fest has to offer. The Brat Fest Bun Run on Saturday, headlining music from The Charlie Daniels Band, Aaron Lewis, Brett Michaels, and more all weekend long. EZOP will be sponsoring the Lifest Stage again this year where you can hear a wide variety of musical genres and watch magic come alive with AJ the Animated Illusionist. Make sure to stay for the free fireworks on Sunday night.
This year, the Brat Fest is also giving back to the local community by instating a Zero Waste Initiative, which means that the festival is going to attempt to have everything recycled, reused, or composted. Any waste will be converted into energy for local utilities in Wisconsin.
Monona Memorial Day Parade
Now in its 60th year, the Monona Memorial Day Parade is a long-standing tradition in Dane County. The parade has been held to show support and honor those who serve our country. The parade will be held on Monday May 25th and will begin on Monona Drive and then turns west on Owen Road. The route finishes up at Village Lanes. Get there early for a good spot because there have been over 20,000 viewers in attendance in years past.
The first feminist driven science fiction convention, WisCon has been delighting fans since 1977. Men, women, and children gather together to discuss feminist science fiction and fantasy with authors, editors, scholars, and artists. Make sure to purchase your tickets early because there is a strict attendance cap of 1,000 attendees. It’s not just panels; there is an auction, art show, and speeches. Event will be held Friday through Monday.
Madison Half Marathon & Twilight 5K/10K
On Sunday May 24th, get your running on at the Madison Half Marathon that starts and finishes at Capitol Square in Madison. If you’re not quite up to the challenge of the half marathon, take a look at the Twilight 5K or 10K which allows you to take a run through downtown Wisconsin after the sun sets. This year the Madison marathon is helping to support the local non-profit groups:Badger Honor Flight,My Team Triumph – Wisconsin, and Tri 4 Schools.
Feed the Goats at Henry Vilas Zoo
A long standing tradition at the Henry Vilas Zoo, on Memorial Day Weekend you and your family can head over to the zoo for the first time this year to feed the zoo’s resident goats. A tip from one professional is to bring change to purchase goat food because outside food is not allowed. While you’re there take some time to explore the brand new Arctic Passage. The biggest renovation in the zoo’s history, the Artic Passage will feature seals and polar bears.
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