During the first weekend of October each year, the streets of historic downtown Madison are flooded with families, friends, and even pets that are busy exploring the annual Madison Street Festival. Now in its 39th year, this party is one of the longest-running festivals around.
Crunkleton Commercial Real Estate will be there for the second year in a row offering sponsorship support and welcoming guests to its tent on Sponsor Row! We will be sharing the latest updates on developments and new/coming businesses in the Madison area. There’s also going to be giveaway goodies, games, and activities for the kids. So be sure to come and say hello. We’d love to meet you!
2019 Madison Street Festival
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Keegan Mumaw, Sponsorship Chair, says the event has a lot of qualities that make it special.
“Every year we are excited to bring a free, family-friendly event to the City of Madison,” she shared. “It offers many things that Madison residents find special, like activities for all ages, hometown vibes, entertainment, and excellent food. And proceeds from the event are funneled directly back to the City through our grant program, which means schools, libraries, and other educational institutions can benefit.”
This year, the team has set a goal of raising $15,000 to go back to the City.
What can you expect at the festival?
Although some things are brought back each year, the team behind Madison Street Festival makes sure to keep it fresh by welcoming new bands, vendors, entertainment, activities, and food offerings so people can experience exciting additions to the lineup.
Before the festivities officially begin, a fantastic parade takes place that starts at 9 a.m. on Skate Park Drive and ends at Madison Elementary School. Because this year is Madison’s 150th birthday, floats and groups have been asked to dress up in any decade attire that they choose to honor the occasion.
The Main Street Stage will feature performances by Cayla Williams, Groove Yard, Big Daddy Kingfish, and JED Eye. The Church Street Stage will have Rocket 5, WZYP Special Guests, The Zooks, and the Brandon Henson Band playing.
Children’s Area – Arts & Crafts
Anyone 12 and under can find tons of fun in the Children’s Tent! We’re talking about magic shows, balloon animals, face painting, arts and crafts, and much more that will entertain. There are even interactive games and prizes!
Student Art Tent – Showcasing Young Talent
Thanks to the Madison Arts Council, artwork from students around the City of Madison’s public and private schools will be on display in a designated area. Be sure to drop by and offer your support to these talented individuals.
Introduced to the festival 11 years ago, the annual Car Show hosted by Vets with Vettes and Corvette Owners car club has become a crowd favorite. This event features trucks, motorcycles, and quality vehicles from the surrounding area.
It’s free to view the cars and only $20 to showcase your own car. It takes place between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and will award trophies in several categories while raising money for local charities like Heroes Week, Survivors Outreach Services, Floyd Fann Veterans Home, Veteran’s Museum, and more.
Community Showcase Stage & Exhibitors
Our community has a lot to offer, and the Madison Street Festival gives everyone a chance to show off special talents, skills, services, and lessons that everyone can enjoy. 2019 will be the first year that the Community Showcase stage will move from the pavilion on Front Street to its own stage on Church Street, giving participants an even better venue to perform.
Presentations from the Huntsville Archaeological Society, Gem and Mineral Society, Space and Rocket Center, National Weather Service, and Wheeler Wildlife Refuge will be part of the lineup this year. You can also see a long list of community group performances like Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center, USA Dance of North Alabama, Okinawan Karate Center, and much more! Read the full list of performances HERE.
One of the newest areas of the festival, the Teen Zone will be attempting to break a world record for most people dressed up like a cow in one location. Sponsored by Chick-fil-A, the record will require 1,400 people to participate. There will also be a nugget catching contest and cookie eating contest throughout the day. It’s going to be a one-of-a-kind experience.
In addition to breaking a world record, the Teen Zone will also have several exciting groups and attractions like Rocket City Arcade, Madison Fire Department Virtual Reality Experience and Safe House, and others.
Original Art & Handcrafted Goods!
There’s no end to the beautiful, unique pieces of art, jewelry, dolls, clothing, pet supplies, candles, and other handmade items you can find at the festival.
Begin your excursion with a visit to Crafter’s Cove where makers from all over the South are featured. Artisans from Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Tennessee show off their talents and offer everything from cosplay accessories to children’s apparel, jewelry, furniture, and art for the garden. Read the full list of vendors HERE.
Then, make your way to Artist Alley where the best of the Tennessee Valley displays award-winning, all-original art. You are sure to find the perfect piece to adorn your home or office because there are styles to fit everyone’s tastes. See the list of artists HERE.
So Much To Eat!
What festival is complete without a plethora of food to choose from? Everything from seafood to Cuban, Greek, Italian, barbecue, and dessert is available. Be sure to come hungry and save room for Italian ice and custards.
One of the best parts of having several food options in a single area is being able to satisfy every member of the family! Some booths even have treats for dogs, so no one is left out of the fun.
Luxury living and new retail is making its way to the Madison area, and we have been following along as two projects take shape. This week, we are sharing the latest updates for The Avenue Madison and Hughes Plaza!