The 41st Madison Street Festival is situated to have another incredibly strong year with more vendors, food, and fun at every turn. 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 on Saturday, October 7th.
Parking has never been more simple than it will be this year. Plan to park at either CROSSEPOINT CHURCH on Hughes Road or MADISON CITY STADIUM. Both locations will have non-stop shuttle service all day long, including handicap buses as well.
MADISON CITY STADIUM (211 Celtic Drive)
Shuttle #1 (School Bus) – Starts at 5:45am
Shuttle #2 (MARS Bus/handicap accessible) – Starts at 7:00am
CROSSPOINTE CHURCH (78 Hughes Rd)
Shuttle #3 (School Bus) – Starts at 5:45am
Shuttle #4 (MARS Bus/handicap accessible) – Starts at 7:00am
Shuttle #5 (School Bus) – Starts at 8:00am
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 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!
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 proud to share its handy, interactive app that will guide users all around the festival.
Simply download the app using the QR code at the bottom of the article or by searching for the AVENZA MAPS app in the app store. Search for the Madison Street Festival, and then save the map! Easy peasy. Once you arrive on festival day, simply pull up the map 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.
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!)
Brown Sugar Baking
Capital Cookie Co, LLC
Dan’s Ole Fashion Concessions
El Dorado Food Truck LLC
Greek Flame Foods
Hustle’ N Pop LLC
Jeremiah’s Italian Ice
Level Up Burgers Food Truck
Louise’s Sweets & Treats
Nana Bakes LLC
New South Hot Dog & Sushi
Nicas Grill & Café
Nomads Road Dogs
Niyah’s Southern Cuisine Soul Food Truck
O Taste & See BBQ
Park and Perk LLC
Tennessee Kettle Corn
The Lunch Wagon LLC
Tropical Sno Meridianville
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.
Community Showcase Line-Up
10:00 – Balloonmasterz
10:30 – Adonai School of Ballet
11:00 – Rocket City Twirlers
11:30 – Huntsville Community Drumline
12:00 – Southern Irish Dance
12:30 – Huntsville Belly Dance Community
1:00 – Rocket City HEMA
1:30 – Every Body Dance Crew
2:00 – Rocket City Chorus
2:30 – Madison Clarinet Choir
3:00 – Tiger Rock Martial Arts
Student Art Area
Sit back and watch the fantastic line-up of acts!
The Band Silhouette 10:30-11:30
Flying on Instruments 12:00-1:00
The Zooks 1:30-2:30
Zoe Imperium 3:00-4:00
Food & Food Trucks
Other Noteworthy Areas to Explore
Discover an impressive quilters group at the Roundhouse (located on Front Street), take a stroll through Veterans Park, take a seat and donate blood at the Albert Balch Memorial Mobile Blood Drive), and more!
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!
Psst: Have you read about this Madison Street Festival grant program which strives to give back thousands of dollars after each festival to area educational programs? This is the “why” for this festival! Click here to read about this incredible mission.
Downtown Madison, Alabama
Saturday, October 7th, 2023
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Group photo by Captured by Cristie LLC