Festival Foods Shake the Lake This Saturday

website_ImageMadison, Wis.  The Madison Mallards announced additional details about Festival Foods Shake the Lake at a press conference on the Monona Terrace Rooftop, Wednesday afternoon. Festival Foods Shake the Lake is Saturday, June 25th, starting at 4:00 pm.


The event will take place on John Nolen Drive in downtown Madison. The street will be closed from Broom St. to Blair St. from 6:00 am Saturday morning until 6:00 am Sunday morning. The public that wishes to access other events downtown can still do so using John Nolen Drive. There will be signage indicating how to route to downtown. Entrances for the event will be located on John Nolen Dr. at the intersections of Broom St. on the west side of the event zone, and Blair St. on the east side. Attendees can also access the event zone by entering via the parking helixes on the Monona Terrace, using Wilson St.

Festival Foods Fireworks

The fireworks show will start at 10:00 pm and will be launched from 8 barges, compared to 6 in 2015, which will be placed on Lake Monona directly in front of the Monona Terrace. The attached map shows the best places to watch the fireworks show that night along with additional general information about the event. If the fireworks were unable to occur on Saturday due to inclement weather, the rain date for the fireworks show is Sunday, June 26th. The rest of the event is rain or shine.


Guster will headline the Festival Foods/Isthmus Stage on the West side of the Monona Terrace and is expected to take the stage at 8:30 pm. The 96.3 Star Country Stage on the East side of the Monona Terrace will be headlined by Jon Pardi, who will begin at approximately 8:00 pm. Each stage will also feature three opening acts. 

The event will also feature a Kids Zone complete with two inflatable ziplines and an inflatable obstacle course, sponsored by Meriter and Physicians Plus, as well as a petting zoo. The Human Cannonball, David “The Bullet” Smith, will launch himself 150 feet in the air, landing in Lake Monona at 7:30 PM.  


The Mallards have arranged with downtown parking ramps to have attendees pay upon entry of the ramps for parking. There are well over 7,300 parking spaces available in downtown Madison streets and ramps. A parking map is attached to this press release. Shake the Lake attendees are encouraged to ride their bikes to the event. Complimentary secure bike parking will be available under both ends of the Monona Terrace. 

Boat Access

The boat ramps at Olin Park and Law Park will be closed for the duration of the event. There will be no access to the event from a boat.


Festival Foods Shake the Lake will feature over 25 food vendors throughout the event zone. The Madison Mallards will be operating food stands throughout the event zone featuring BBQ, cheese curds and ice cream. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase. Also, new to the event this year is the Shake the Lake Market, which will feature local small businesses selling their products. A complete list of food and market vendors, along with a map of the event is attached.  


The Madison Mallards are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 23rd season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 150 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store and set the Mallards as your favorite team.