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Shake the Lake - June 25

June 20, 2016 9:17 AM

Shake the Lake June 25, 2016

(Rain date June 26, 2016)

Shake the Lake's inaugural year was 2015, and approximately 70,000 attended this spectacular event.  This year, 90,000 are expected to partake in the afternoon/evening of music, food, activities and fun.  New for this year are a second music stage and the Lake Market which will feature local artisans and crafters.  The Human Cannonball will make a return visit, there will be an appearance by the UW marching band and the Mad Rollin' Dolls (roller derby team) will also be skating along John Nolen Drive.  There will be food and beverage vendors throughout the event zone, and a kids' area (featuring a petting zoo, arts and crafts and games) set up between Monona Terrace and Blair St.

For more information and up to date parking/event maps, check out the Shake the Lake website at:

Where do I park?
All of the downtown ramps will be open to the public including the Monona Terrace ramp. Event management will be addressing parking issues that arose in 2015 to better address an exit strategy. A detailed map from last year's lots is available now.

Is there a cost for the event?
The Festival Foods Shake the Lake event zone will be FREE OF CHARGE and open to the public.

Where is the Festival Foods Shake the Lake?
The Festival Foods Shake the Lake waterfront event zone will be between Broom and Blair Streets with live music stages located on the southwest side of the Monona Terrace tunnel.

What time does Festival Foods Shake the Lake start?
The Festival Foods Shake the Lake event zone opens at 4 pm and closes after the completion of the fireworks.

What time do the Festival Foods Fireworks start?
10 pm.

What time will food/beverage be available until?
Food and beverage will start at 4 pm and run until the end of the fireworks.

Where are bathrooms?
Portable restroom facilities will be available in the Festival Foods Shake the Lake event zone.

Can I bring a chair?
Yes, one chair per person and blankets will be allowed.

Will there be any seats there already? Benches, folding chairs, etc?
No, seating will not be provided. There will be a reserved event on the Monona Terrace Rooftop. Tickets will be $15 to gain access to the reserved event on the rooftop and available for purchase at

What can be brought into Festival Foods Shake the Lake?
One small bag per person. Strollers and chairs are allowed. No food and beverage will be allowed with the exception of one clear bottle of water per person (20 oz or less) will be allowed.

What bands are playing and what time?
Live music will start at 4 pm.

96.3 Star Country Stage:

5th Gear – 4pm

Drew Baldridge – 5:15pm

Lanco – 6:30pm

Jon Pardi – 8pm

Isthmus Stage:

The Mascot Theory – 4:30pm

Congregation – 6pm

Blitzen Trapper – 7pm

Guster – 8:30pm

Live music will conclude prior to the start of the Fireworks at 10 pm.

Are there other forms of entertainment at Festival Foods Shake the Lake?
There will be a kids event zone and other interactive experiences for all ages throughout the event.

Will there be road closures?
John Nolen Drive will be closed between Blair Street and Broom Street from 6 am on 6/25 until 6 am on 6/26. Times are subject to change.

What happens in the event of a rainout?
The rain date is Sunday, June 26.

What are other rules?
No grills, no fireworks of any kind, no carry in of food or beverage other than one clear bottle of water will be allowed into the event zone. Blankets and one chair per person will be allowed into the event zone. All patrons that plan to purchase beer at the event will be required to get a wristband indicating that their identification has been checked and that they are over 21. Lake Monona will have a strict slow no wake policy in force from 8:00pm until midnight the night of the fireworks.

Can I bring my pet to the event?
No, dogs and pets are not allowed in the event zone.

Is it handicapped accessible?

Yes, the event site will be accessible.


Have fun!

This blog was authored by the command staff in our Central District.


Posted by: Chief Koval

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