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Makeshift Festival 2018 (free)

  • Tenney Park 300 North Thornton Avenue Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)

The one-day festival of food and art installations returns for its second year. Info


The Makeshift Festival launched in 2017 with an ambitious day of temporary art installations and food from regional chefs in Olbrich Park. It's the one summer festival in Madison that seems to make a point of not having music—there's plenty of outdoor music to go around, and anyone starting a new festival might as well make a deliberate effort to do something a bit different. This year, Makeshift moves over to another idyllic east-side location, Tenney Park, setting up on the fanciful island in the park's lagoon. Restaurants represented this year include Madison standouts like transcendent sandwich shop Casetta and the popular El Grito taco cart, but branches out across the region too, with out-of-town participants like Martha's Daughter, one of the newer restaurants blowing up Duluth's food scene.

The 14 artists and artistic collaboratives represented are just as varied. Eric Adjetey Anang, a native of Ghana, is known for making elaborate coffins, and Stoughton-based Actual Size Artworks specializes in site-specific installations. More performance-oriented participants include Swing State Aerial and Clean Lakes Circus, and in between there's everything from Pennsylvania sculptor/painter Jeff Repko to the Madison multimedia duo Anti Alpha. How all of this comes together in a public park in the daytime is a big question mark, but Makeshift seems well-equipped to once again transform a familiar space. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: August 11
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Later Event: August 12
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