Frequently Asked Q's


What is this all about?
Makeshift is a new festival aimed at celebrating creativity in the visual and culinary arts and creating new memories in Madison’s world-class parks.

When is it?
Sunday August 20th, from 3-8 p.m. Rain or shine.

Where is it?
We’re going to change locations every year, but this year we’re going to be in Olbrich Park, nestled between the sledding hill & the lake. 

100% of the proceeds go to the Madison Parks Foundation, the non-profit organization that helps support Madison’s Parks. For more information on what we do, check out our main website.

How much is it?
It's free!

Really? I thought it cost money.

Our goal for next year and beyond was always to present a FREE festival: one that engages a public space in a new way while significantly increasing accessibility to art and food from the region. We reached that goal this year!!! Thanks to an outpouring of generous support from our sponsors and community partners, Makeshift Festival 2017 will be FREE and open to the public. 

What about the food?
We’re gathering some of the most exciting chefs & organizations from throughout the midwest to whip up $5-7 tasting dishes for you. You pay them, they give you delicious, delicious food.

And if I get thirsty?
We’ve got you covered there, too. We’ve got beer from Karben 4 & Hop Haus, and Spirited Women will be curating the bar with alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks. Also, the exceedingly awesome Water Wagon will be there from the Madison Water Utility.

Is it Cash Only? 
Yes, but there will be ATMs on site.

Can I Bring My Dog?
Unfortunately, Madison Parks Department Policy does not allow dogs in Olbrich Park. Service animals are always welcome.

Where should I park?
There’s a lot at the corner of Atwood & Walter that’s available, as well as street parking. Head’s up -- don’t park in the boat launch area, or you may get ticketed and/or towed.  

We’ll have bike parking, and we’d be pretty irresponsible if we didn’t tell you that there’s a bus stop less than a half-block from the festival entrance.