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An impressive number of food vendors at the Madison Street Festival will serve some of the South’s best choices. Barbecue, Greek, hot dogs, hamburgers, comfort food, tamales, tacos, funnel cakes, ice cream, shaved ice, Philly cheese steak, vegan options, popcorn, cookies and cakes, specialty coffee and lemonade . . . the Madison Street Festival has your taste buds covered.

The 41st annual Madison Street Festival will be held Saturday in Madison’s historic downtown

Madison Street Festival map. Scan the QR code at the lower right to access an app with an interactive version of the map. Created by Steve Gordan (www.cartagram.com)

MADISON – On Saturday, Oct. 7, find your niche for thrills, laughter, local musicians, visual artists, craftsmanship and entrepreneurs at Madison Street Festival (MSF).

This year marks the festival’s 41st anniversary. Many people define the day as a street party, a shopping venue for one-of-a-kind designs, or a homecoming for family and friends.

The MSF Steering Committee has worked “the last eight months with over 40 volunteers. The MSF 501(c)3 organization has been working diligently and passionately behind the scenes to create another magical festival for the community to enjoy on Oct. 7, opening at 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.,” MSF President Crystal McBrayer said.

The 2023 festival is attracting more participants than ever before. Madison Street Festival attracts children, teenagers, adults and senior citizens to Madison’s historic downtown streets for the community’s largest signature event. In recent years, the Madison Police Department has estimated the crowd at 40,000. The festival has even claimed distinction as one of Alabama’s top 20 fall festivals.

It all starts with a parade at 9 a.m. on the first Saturday in October. From that moment until the fun ends at 4 p.m., it is a loaded array of fun and excitement. Throughout the downtown streets lies an assortment of attractions from Artist Alley and Crafter’s Cove to some of the area’s top entertainers performing and fun activities for the whole family.

Of course, what would a festival be without mouth-watering food? Well, the Madison Street Festival has just about any kind of delicious delight you could want at a festival.

The best part about the Madison Street Festival is that it is free to attend. Businesses that sponsor the festival each year make it possible for the festival organizers not to charge admission.

“The MSF organization is beyond grateful for the support that our community has shown for our 41st festival. We cannot wait to see everyone enjoying all that we have planned for the day,” McBrayer said.

For more information, check out the MSF’s website at www.madisonstreetfestival.org.

Check out our 2023 Madison Street Festival Guide by clicking here.

 

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