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State Street Performance Locations - Amplification Permit

State Street Amplification Permit

If you are looking for performance locations on State Street for your band, or speaker or artistic performance, there are FOUR locations along or near State Street. These reservable areas have electrical outlets. Permitted events have priority at these locations. By ordinance (MGO 24.04(3)(b)2),  amplification permits are strictly limited to the locations and times outlined below. State Street Performance Locations cannot be reserved more than 3 weeks in advance.

State Street Performance Locations are:

Podium - (PLEASE NOTE: Podium/State St. Mall will be under construction and not available for reservation May 19 – October 31, 2014)

concrete stage area in the State Street Mall, 700 - 800 State St.

           Available daily – 12:30-1:30 pm OR 5:00-7:00 pm

Peace (Elizabeth Link) Park - 452 State Street

           Mon. – Wed. 12:00-1:00 pm OR 5:00-7:00 pm

           Thu. – Sun. 12:00-1:00 pm, 1:30-2:30 pm, 4:30-5:30 pm OR 6:00-7:00 pm

30 On the Square - top of State St., next to Veteran's Museum

           Sun. – Fri. – 12:00-1:00 pm OR 5:00-7:00 pm

           Sat. – 9:30-11am, 11:30-1:00 pm OR 5:00-7:00 pm

Rotary Plaza - 100 N Hamilton St. - next to Children’s Museum

           Sun. – Fri. – 12:00-1:00 pm OR 5:00-7:00 pm

           Sat. – 9:30-11 am, 11:30-1:00 pm OR 5:00-7:00 pm

How to Reserve a State Street Performance Location:

1. Call the Madison Parks Administration office, Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:15 pm at (608) 266-4711 to check on time availability and make reservation. You must pay for the amplification permit at the time of the reservation.

2. Fill out the form, bring to the Madison Parks Administration office at 210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Suite 104. You must pay for the amplification permit at the time of the reservation.

Cost of Amplification Permit for the outlined times above:

$15/for permit PLUS $0.25/hour for electrical use.

Please note that the State Street Performance Locations and time frames were created in order to facilitate easy use of the performance areas. The times and locations were designed to allow Performers adequate space and time on State Street, while also being respectful to the surrounding businesses and residents. If the time frame of the event you are planning falls outside the times listed above, the process becomes more cumbersome and expensive for you, the Event Organizer. To have a performance outside the designated times, you are required to follow the STREET USE PERMIT process. Please be aware that the Street Use Permit application requires a minimum of 30 day advance submission, minimum $50 non-refundable application fee, considerable city staff review and event costs.


Phone (608) 266-6033 or email Madison Events

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