This year’s Madison Street Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever as it returns for the first time since 2019 to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Every area of the festival has been combed through to ensure that this year’s festival exceeds expectations. You don’t want to miss it!
Here are five things to know about the Madison Street Festival before you head to Historic Downtown Madison this Saturday, October 1st.
MADISON STREET FESTIVAL IN MADISON, ALABAMA
1. Don’t stress about parking.
Parking has never been more simple than it will be this year. Plan to park at either CrossPointe church on Hughes Road or the Madison City School stadium. Both locations will have non-stop shuttle service all day long, including handicap buses as well.
If you do not want to take the shuttle, I would strongly recommend parking at the stadium and walking. This walk is shorter than a walk across the Toyota Field parking lot now that Shorter Street (by The Avenue and Home Place Park) is now open.
Again, don’t stress about parking or let that keep you from attending the festival. As long as you consider parking in one of those huge parking lots, you’ll be good to go!
CrossPointe Church: 78 Hughes Road
Madison City Schools stadium: 311 Celtic Road
2. Use the brand new app.
If you’ve been to Disney World, Universal Studios, etc. in the last few years and used their app to navigate the parks, then you know how handy it is! The Madison Street Festival is so proud to unveil its brand new interactive app which will guide users all around the festival. Simply download the app using the QR code below, pull it up once you’re downtown, and then follow the little blue dot around (which symbolizes where you are!) to discover each and every area of the festival.
I’ve attended the festival in the past and missed out on exploring some great areas simply because they were out of sight and I didn’t know to go find them. The festival grounds encompass all of downtown (plus some!), so I encourage you to use the app to explore it all.
Scan this QR code which will take you directly to downloading the app!
3. Come hungry.
The food truck scene is going to be HOT! Linger at the festival as long as you’d like because a rumbling stomach should be the least of your concerns! The following food trucks will be at the festival all day long ready to whip up something just for you and your crew. (I don’t know about you, but I’ve never seen an all-star food truck line-up at one location quite like this one!)
Kona Ice South Huntsville
Brown Sugar Baking HSV
Rita’s Italian Ice
Piper and Leaf Tea Co.
The Licorice Guy
Dan’s Ole Fashion Concessions
Black Dog Grounds & Sounds
Tropical Sno Meridianville
Nothing Bundt Cakes
C&P Dipping Dots
Iceworks Shaved Ice
Hattie Maes Food LLC
Forever Grateful, LLC
The Potato Factory
Mac & Snacks
Trvl Love Koffee LLc,
New South Hot Dog & Sushi Food Truck
Greek Flame Foods
Tennessee Kettle Corn
4. Plan to take your time.
As aforementioned, the app is designed to be a fabulous resource to guide you around the festival. Because the app will help you easily discover every area, plan to spend at least 2-3 hours at the festival soaking up the entertainment, exhibits, and more.
The following is a list of areas to explore before you leave the festival grounds.
- The parade begins at 9 a.m. sharp, so grab your spot along Church Street and prepare to catch candy and wave to all the community parade participants!
- This adorable area is packed with balloon animals, a petting zoo, face painting, crafts, vendors, and much more!
- ALL handmade items including hair bows, wreaths, jewelry, items made from wooden pallets, yard art, ceramics, cigar box guitars, dog clothing & collars, candles, wooden toys, up-cycled items, knitted & crocheted items, and clothing for children, dolls, & women
Community Showcase Line-Up
– 10:15 BalloonMasterz Entertainment Inc
– 10:45 Athens Renaissance School
– 11:00 Rocket City Twirlers
– 11:30 Southern Irish Dance Tennessee
– 12:00 Rocket City HEMA
– 12:30 Madison Senior Center Line Dancers
– 1:00 BREAK
– 1:30 Okinawan Karate Center
– 2:00 Adonai School of Ballet and Fine Arts
– 2:30 Impulse Performing Arts Studios
- Don’t miss this in the parking lot behind Old Black Bear! Check out the quality cars, trucks, and motorcycles which are all competing for various awards. The car show runs from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Student Art Area
- Art will be displayed by students throughout Madison’s private and public schools.
Sit back and watch the fantastic line-up of acts!
Around 9:45 AFTER the parade we will have our OPENING ceremony on the stage.
– 10:30-11:30 JED Eye
– 12:00-1:00 Calypso Vision
– 1:30-2:30 Unleash The Pterodactyls
– 3:00-4:00 Kelly Abraham Joyner
- Admire and shop for items made by local artists! Items include pottery, raku, photography, glass, woodworking, literature, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and metal smith.
- Play chess, learn about robotics, STEM activities, and more! This area is very interactive and designed for teens ages 12-18.
- Discover more than 50 local businesses along Front Street that will be set up and excited to meet with you! Enter giveaways, play games, and do some shopping with them!
Food & Food Trucks
- Don’t miss the aforementioned list of food trucks as well as the food vendors who will be set up and whipping together their creations for you to sample and/or purchase!
– US Space And Rocket Center, Huntsville, AL
– Huntsville Gem & Mineral Society
– Tennessee Valley Lego Club
– North Alabama Zoological Society
– North AL Archeological Society
– U.S. National Weather Service (NWS)
– Von Braun Astronomical Society Inc
– Madison Station Quilters
-American Legion (they’ll have a helicopter at Veteran’s Park!)
- Don’t miss chatting with city representatives such as Mayor Finley, our City Council Members, Madison Chamber of Commerce, Madison Fire and Rescue, Madison, Alabama Police Department, Madison Police Citizens Advisory Committee (MPCAC), and Madison Public Works Department.
5. Downtown businesses are open.
As you’re strolling along Main Street, don’t forget to pop into the storefronts along Downtown Madison. They’ll be operating their regular Saturday hours and hope you’ll swing in to browse!
MADISON STREET FESTIVAL
Saturday, October 1st, 2022
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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