Waterfront Festival, June 10- 11 2017

The Waterfront Festival takes place in Yahara Place Park. Yahara Place Park is nestled on the northern shore of Lake Monona near where it meets the Yahara River just a couple of blocks from Williamson St., Schenk’s Corner, and the O’Keeffe/Marquette school complex. This is a very supportive residential area but please bus, walk or bike to the event if possible. There will be bike racks and a bike livery provided by the Bike Federation. We are very dependent on beverage sales to keep this event free. So please no carry-ins other than water. The event is handicapped-accessible and free to the general public. Also we would like you to leave your pets at home.

The Waterfront Festival is an MNA event. It raises funds through corporate sponsorship, donations and concessions. Funds enable MNA to achieve our goals and mission.

Have questions about vending, performing or attending the 2017 festival? Contact Bob Queen:

Saturday Events

Saturday Morning – The DANDELION DASHddash

The 100 yard Kids’ Dandelion Dash starts off the Waterfront Festival. This neighborhood event is a great way to kick off Waterfront Festival and enjoy a beautiful summer morning by Lake Monona at Yahara Park.

Registration: to be announced

For more information about the Dandelion Dash visit the event’s Facebook page.

Music at the Main Stage on Saturday, June 10th:

To be announced




Music at the acoustic Cottonwood Stage  Saturday, June 10th:

To be announced


Sunday Events

On Sunday, June 11th things get started with the Fool’s Flotilla, sponsored by the River Alliance of Wisconsin.

Costume up yourselves; dress up your boat, your kids and the dog too. Float from the lock at Lake Mendota to Yahara Place Park, site of the Waterfront Festival. Bring some instruments and play along with the floating bands! Prizes awarded for the most foolish of fools among you.

Meet at Tenney Park, parking lot along Thornton Avenue just below the Sherman Street bridge (not the ice skating parking lot). Arrive with your boats and bodies already decorated, or decorate on –site (you supply the supplies).

We’ll meet at 9:30 am to get decorated and set up. Then we’ll start putting in the water around 10:15 am. No cost and no registration required. Just show up! Hope to see you all there!

Music at the Main Stage Sunday, June 11th:
To be announced




Music at the acoustic Cottonwood Stage Sunday, June 11th:


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