Willy Street Fair and Common Wealth Development

Photo by Daniel Murach

2014 Willy Street Fair
September 13-14

Vendor Regulations

Vending Registration



 Thank you to everyone who visited the 2013 Willy Street Fair!

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 11:00am – 7:00pm 800-1000 blocks of Williamson Street

“Willy St. Warm-Up” Saturday, September 21 1:30pm – 9:00pm 900 and 1000 blocks of Williamson Street

 “There is something marvelous and dreamlike about the Willy Street Fair — for the make-believe seems real.” – Isthmus

“A hip dose of Madison.” – Chicago Tribune

“Children…traipse about happy, in an environment of camaraderie and splendor, removed from the digital grind of video games and the judgment of schoolyard bullies.  They can be who they want to be and indulge in the imagination.” – Isthmus


Willy Street Fair Raffle Drawing Sunday, 6:30pm, 944 Williamson Street (No Need to be Present to Win)

The Willy Street Fair Raffle tickets are available for purchase at Common Wealth, and during the Willy Street Fair.

raffle banner photo courtesy of willystblog.com Prices are 1 ticket for $2, 3 tickets for $5, and 10 tickets for $10. Stop by Common Wealth anytime between 9:00am and 3:00pm to buy tickets and help raise funds for Common Wealth’s Youth Programs department. Willy Street Fair Raffle Prize List


Parade:  Sunday 11:00 am

Willy Street Fair Parade Information




 Thirty-six great years of service to the City go hand-in-hand with 36 years of fantastic music, delicious food, and community celebration!

 The 36th annual Willy Street Fair is almost here! 

On September 21 and 22, Willy Street will once again become the city’s largest block (actually 3 blocks) party with seven music stages, a multitude of impromptu street performances, fantastic foods and drinks from across the globe, fabulous arts and crafts, a legendary parade and an irresistible community raffle with over 150 prizes.

Kicking things off will be the return of the Saturday Willy Warm-up from 1:30 pm to 9:00 pm on the 900 block of Williamson St.  This year, there will be 3 stages; the World Music Stage, the Folk Stage and the DJ Stage for those who like to look, listen, and most importantly, dance, dance, dance. All the great food and original crafts that visitors expect from the traditional Sunday event is on hand, just in smaller doses. 

Sunday’s festivities begin with the wild, wacky and colorful parade sponsored by the Greater Williamson Area Business Association at 11:00 am. After eight ½ hours of fun, great music, food, beverages and visiting, the Fair will end at 7:00 pm after the much anticipated raffle drawing. This year, there will be nearly 150 vendors lining the street and five fantastic music stages throughout the day. The music will include prominent artists from all over the world as well as hot local and regional bands. If you’re interested in a fantastic day of great music wherever you turn, meeting old friends, making new ones, enjoying great food and crafts from around the world, and having a beer or two, the Willy Street Fair is the place to be and be seen!  

The Willy Street Fair is a major fundraiser for Common Wealth and the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center. 


Vendor Regulations

The Willy Street Fair is also sponsored by Plan B, Madison Sourdough, Alvarado Real Estate Group, Wisconsin Distributors, Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream, Applied Tech Solutions, Just Coffee, Willy Street Pub, Crystal Corner Bar, Zimbrick MINI of Madison, Willy Street Co-op, Capital Brewery, TDS Metrocom, Wegner LLP CPA’s and Consultants, Weary Traveler Freehouse, Roman Candle, MadCat Pet Supplies, Bachmann Construction, Madison Folk Music Society, Mother Fools, Herrick & Kasdorf Law Office, CMI, Gordon Flesch, Ikens Hardwood Floors, Yahara Builders, Ground Zero Coffee, ADS Mechanical, Mennenga Financial, Wildwood Productions, MG&E, Research Products, The Creative Company, and Mother Nature’s Diaper Service.


History of the Willy Street Fair

Since 1977, the Willy Street Fair has grown from a small one-day, one-block gathering into a two-day, three-block, seven stage festival.

The "Bubblemobile"

Jim Wildeman’s Bubblemobile has been part of the parade since 1979.  He is the Grandmaster of the Parade and leads it with his 1964 Caddillac.

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