Festivals

Were you with us in 2017 for the Waterfront and Orton Park Festivals? Our neighborhood festivals delivered on a long-held tradition of bringing people together over fabulous food, fun and music.

Year after year, these events bookend the summer by treating us to some of the very best local bands and national touring acts. You know you’ll discover a new favorite as you dance among friends and neighbors under Yahara Park’s cottonwoods and Orton’s old oaks.

But they’re not just about the music. Free and open to the public, Waterfront and Orton each draw 3-4,000 neighbors and visitors to the east side to take part in the fun. They allow the neighborhood to showcase our beautiful parks, connect people to our terrific restaurants, businesses and organizations, and shine a spotlight on our distinct local culture.

Funding MNA’s many community initiatives, Orton and Waterfront remain free and fabulous thanks to dozens of local sponsoring businesses and supporters. Want to be part of the fun? Learn about festival sponsorship opportunities here.

Great thanks go out to our 2017 sponsors:

UW Survey Center, Fisher King Winery, Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream, RP’s Pasta, Lauer Realty Group, TDS Custom Construction

Restoration Cider, Star Liquor, United Way of Dane County, Glass Nickel Pizza, Weary Traveler Freehouse, Research Products, Next Door Brewing, Herrick & Kasdorf Law, The Bock Corporation, SRO Artists, Mickey’s Tavern, Madison Greenhouse Store, Lazy’s Jane’s, Heitke & Vu. DDS, Harmony Bar, Barrymore Theatre, Tip Top Tavern, Tinnen Family Chiropractic, Alchemy, MadCat, Mad Gael Productions, Prime Urban Properties, Robert Sawicki, Kathman/Queen Family, Jatinder Cheema


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