Summer vacation is still a week away for many kids, but they can start having fun with family-friendly festivals this weekend. There will be local bike rides, jazz music, carnivals, and even classic cars and cows to see near Capitol Square in early June. Our team will be at the Parks & Trails Unite Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, so be sure to stop by next to the “Science is Fun” booth.
Festa Italia When: June 1-3 (4:30-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday) Where: McKee Farms Park, 2930 Chapel Valley Road, Fitchburg Admission: $3 per day (kids under 12 are free) Activities: Pasta dinner and spaghetti-eating contests, bocce tournament, Italian dancers and musicians, raffle, face painting, balloon sculptures, magic show, cooking demo, Greenbush videos and stories.
Verona Hometown Days When: June 1-3 (5 p.m. to midnight Friday, 8 a.m. to midnight Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday) Where: Hometown USA Festival Park, 451 E. Verona Ave., Verona Admission: Free Activities: Carnival, live music, petting farm, magic show, Friday night fireworks, Saturday car show and pancake breakfast, Sunday fun run and parade.
Isthmus Jazz Festival When: June 1-10 Where: Memorial Union Terrace and downtown Madison Admission: Varies Activities: 10-day festival with multiple shows throughout the city; June 2 and 9 will feature Jazz on the Terrace; evening of June 8 is Strollin' State Street.
Cows on the Concourse When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 2 Where: 100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Madison Admission: Free Activities: Kicks off June Dairy Month with two cows petting areas, grilled cheese and milk, scavenger hunt, athletic stations, education zone.
Cars on State Classic Car Show When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 2 Where: State Street, Madison Admission: Free Activities: Classic car enthusiasts share history and characteristics of their models along six blocks downtown.
Parks & Trails Unite Festival When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 2 Where: Lake Farm County Park, Madison, and McDaniel Park, McFarland Admission: Free Activities: Pontoon and kayak rides, nature walks, meet animals, rock climbing wall, disc golf, bouncy house, circus activities and games, bike safety, live music, food carts, biergarten, raffle.
Ride the Drive When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 3 Where: Law Park, Olin Park, Brittingham Park, Madison Admission: Free Activities: Part of John Nolen Drive closed to traffic; walk or bike to parks for food, fun, entertainment, vendors.
The Pursuit of Happiness Session When: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 3 Where: McPike Park (Central Park), 202 S. Ingersoll St., Madison Admission: Free Activities: Live music, dance, comedy shows; food and drink vendors; prelude to the six Central Park Sessions that will be held the first three Wednesday and Thursday evenings of August.