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The McFarland Family Festival's goal is to provide top quality entertainment that the entire family can enjoy together. There is something for everyone to enjoy!

The Big Top Stage sponsored by: McFarland State Bank

  • Mads - Singer (5:00 -6:15 PM)
  • Mal-o-Dua - Musicians (6:30-7:30 PM)
  • MHS High School Night - Karaoke & Ice Cream Sundae Bar (8:00-10:00 PM)


  • Car Show 'n Shine (9:00 -3:00 PM)  
  • Kids Zone - Kids play area (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
  • Yoga (free) with Leslie - Rise Up Yoga (8:30 AM)
  • David Landau - Children's entertainer (10:00 AM)
  • Miller and Mike - Magicians (11:00 AM)
  • Tom Waselchuk & Ruthie McQuinn - Musicians (Noon)
  • Miller and Mike - Balloon Animals, Off Stage (Noon)
  • Yid Vicious - Musicians (1:00 PM)
  • MHS Dance Team (2:15 PM)
  • Badger Game (2:30 PM)
  • Cris Plata Trio - Musicians (5:00 PM)
  • Family Movie Night - Monster's University - Free Popcorn, Ice Cream (7:00 PM)
  • Becki Arellano - Poi Spinner, Roaming Artist (9:15 PM)


  • Parade (Noon)
  • Packer Game (Noon)
  • Mads - Singer (12:45 PM)
  • Kids Zone - Kids play area (1:00 - 4:00 PM)
  • Drum Power - Youth drumming group (2:00 - 3:00 PM)



Mal-O-Dua pulls from a wide range of sources including Gypsy Jazz, traditional Hawaiian music, Kentucky thumb picking, vintage French pop, Eastern European Folk, early Parisian "Bal Musette" waltz style, and the American standard songbook to name a few. These styles are artfully blended together to create a fresh new sound! Mal-O-Dua presents a high energy eclectic show that ranges broadly through various acoustic genres. They pepper in historical anecdotes about the music they present to give it context. Their unique blend of "Hot Hawaiian and French Guitar Sorcery" is always met with rave reviews!
  • Friday: Free show 6:30-7:30 PM on the Main StageMal-O-Dua

Dave Landau

"Music and Laughter for Kids" - Dave Landau is a former first grade teacher, an award-winning musician and entertainer, and he is very funny. David's personal appearances are upbeat music programs that keep children engaged and constantly thinking. The kids sing some, move some, act some, dance some, shout just a little bit, and laugh a bunch. The adults just sit back and enjoy the show.
  • Saturday: Free show at 10:00 AM on the Main Stage
    Dave Landau

Tom Waselchuk & Ruthie McQuinn

Tom Waselchuk is a versatile Madison musician best known as leader and front man for The Dang-Its, a roots-oriented Americana band. Now starting their 20th year of regional performance, The Dang-Its were named 2013 Country/Bluegrass Performer of the Year by the Madison Area Music Awards. Their fourth and latest CD, titled A Lick of Sense, was named 2014 Country/Bluegrass Album of the Year by the MAMAs.

Ruthie McQuinn is a frequent guest player with The Dang-Its and also performs regularly with her retro western swing band The Radio Wranglers. Ruthie has performed for many years with family member in The Krause Family Band, a group that features stunning harmony vocals and which has made two appearances on A Prairie Home Companion radio show.
  • Saturday: Free show at Noon on the Main Stage
    Tom Waselchuk & Ruthie McQuinn

Yid Vicious

Put on your dancing shoes and turn up your freylekhs fever! Yid Vicious brings the festival stage to life with Yiddish dance music spanning generations from the old world to our world. With a musical arsenal of fiddle, clarinets, accordion, horn, tuba, guitar, vocals, and drums, Yid Vicious will have you hopping out of your seats in no time.
  • Saturday: Free show at 1:00 PM on the Main StageYid Vicious

McFarland High School Dance Team

McFarland High School Dance Team will bring their spirit to the stage. Come enjoy their energetic dance routines. Go Spartans.

  • Saturday: Free show at 2:15 PM on the Main Stage

Cris Plata Trio

Cris Plata was born in South Texas, the son of migrant workers. Those early days of living in different migrant camps and following the harvest from region to region, exposed Cris to a wide range of musical experiences. His music spanned the Americas, capturing the feel and emotion of both sides of the border. Tex-Mex, Country, Folk and Island music are present in his original songs. Ann Plata on Bass and Ernie Conner on guitar round out the trio and make for an intimate show.
  • Saturday: Free show at 5:00 PM on the Main Stage
    Cris Plata

Becki Arellano

Becki Arellano is a native Madisonian and a proud member of the Madison Circus Space. She has enjoyed exploring many circus arts over the past five years and loves to express herself through poi spinning and dance.
  • Saturday: Roaming Artist at 9:15 PM
    Becki Arellano


  • Sunday:  Free show 12:45 PM on the Main Stage

Drum Power

Drum Power is a youth leadership program that provides young people with an opportunity to learn West African Traditional, Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian drumming and their cultural/historical significance in order to build self-esteem and self-confidence through discovering the rewards of discipline, teamwork, creativity, responsibility and self-respect. These elements are the foundations out of which come respect for others, leadership, and ultimately, positive contributions to the world.

  • Sunday: Free show 2:00 PM on the Main Stage



Blue Line

McFarland Family Festival, Inc.
P.O. Box 110
5915 Milwaukee Street
McFarland, WI 53558
(608) 843-1740

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