Rock climbing, a petting zoo, four stages of music and a car show with a performance by a steel-bending strongman are in store.
There also will be a beer garden, plenty of food for sale, hundreds of vendors, and a Family Fun Zone with inflatables at Central Avenue School.
The festival is organized by Madison's Downtown Development Commission.
Here are 5 Things to Know About Bottle Hill Day:
- It's rain or shine, and the weather looks fine. National Weather Service forecast is mostly cloudy with a high near 78, calm wind. Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Light wind.
- There are things to see and do all day. A petting zoo at the Madison Presbyterian Church--new this year--is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Madison Mayor Bob Conley will compete against mascots from local colleges in a foot race at noon. The beer garden on Lincoln Place is open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. There's a frontier guard re-enactment planned at the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, and free rock climbing on Green Village Road. The Madison Car Show starts at 9 a.m. You can see a map of the festivities here.
- Get ready for some great music. There are four stages, including one for Madison students, with acts scheduled all day. You can see a full lineup of the performances here.
- Don't be surprised when you encounter closed roads or traffic delays. Vendors and organizations, of course, will be setting up before the event starts at 10 a.m. and still breaking down after 5 p.m. "Expect traffic delays in the business district," Madison police advise. Central Avenue, Lincoln Place and Waverly Place will be closed.
- Fireworks! Drew University plans to cap the day with a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. The seating area at Tilghman Field will open at 8:30 p.m. Madison community members should plan on walking to campus and entering via the Lancaster Road entrance.