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Marquette Waterfront Festival 2018 (free, through June 10)


  • Yahara Place Park 1800 Yahara Place Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)

This year's Waterfront Fest features an array of local and touring acts across two stages. Info

  Barbacoa.

Barbacoa.

The 19 artists assembled for this year's Watefront Fest stretch from the absurdist rock of Madison's Cribshitter to the electronic pop of fellow local Anna Wang, along with some nationally touring acts. The first day features locally based Latin-funk outfit Barbacoa opening the main stage, and the gritty Chicago-based folk musician Michael McDermott headlining. On the smaller Cottonwood stage, Madison musician Spencer Bible's electronic pop project Tippy headlines, with the great cover band Low Czars kicking off the day. During round two on Sunday, Philadelphia's neo-psychedelic Chris Forsyth And The Solar Motel Band and twee-pop band Gentle Brontosaurus headline the main and Cottonwood stages, respectively. (Full disclosure: Tone Madison editor Scott Gordon is part of the music-booking team for this year's festival.)

If you're into early morning exercise, the traditional Dandelion Dash (which is only for kids now)  is back on the first day, followed up by the Fools' Flotilla on day two, supported by the freshwater-defending River Alliance. You can wake up early to meet at the Tenney Park boat launch, and then paddle your kayak to make a "grand entrance" into the festival, while doing something wacky with a bunch of other goofballs, making for a very east-side adventure. —Reid Kurkerewicz