FREAK-UENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
\\WHAT IS FREAKFEST?
Freakfest is the region’s largest annual Halloween party and music festival that occurs on the Saturday closest to Halloween. Freakfest features over 15 local, regional, and national acts on 3 stages for over six hours of live entertainment.
\\WHY DOES FREAKFEST EXIST?
Prior to 2006, Halloween on State Street was not gated or ticketed and numerous arrests, fights, and property damage occurred. The event became a major source of strain on city resources. So, in 2006, in an effort to keep Halloween on State Street containable, positive, and organized, Freakfest was formed. In 2007 the city partnered with Frank Productions to bring live music to Freakfest.
Since becoming a gated and ticketed event, serious incidents on State Street at Halloween have diminished.
*2006: The city takes control of Halloween on State Street and begins to sponsor a ticketed event.
**2007: The city partners with Frank Productions to bring live music to Freakfest.
\\ WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE FOR THE EVENING?
Stage schedules will be released closer to the date of the festival (10/27). We recommend RSVPing to our Facebook Event Page to stay up to date on the most current information. Please note, this information is subject to change.
\\ WHERE CAN I BUY TICKETS?
All ticketing information HERE
\\WHY IS ADMISSION CHARGED FOR FREAKFEST?
A small fee is charged to help offset a portion of the costs for police, fire, and city operations. Charging also assists in bringing national talent, which allows the event to have a strong focus on entertainment.
\\HOW LONG IS FREAKFEST?
Freakfest runs from 7 PM to 1:30 AM. The event runs until 1:30 AM to coincide with bar time, which the Madison Police Department finds to be the best way to manage the crowd.
\\DO WE SERVE OR SELL ANY FOOD OR BEVERAGES AT FREAKFEST?
No. Patrons are encouraged to utilize the businesses on State Street.
\\HOW IS SECURITY HANDLED AT FREAKFEST?
Over 100 private security staff is hired to supplement Madison Police Department during the event.
\\WILL THE BARS BE OPEN?
Yes, the bars will be open for those 21 and older.
\\CAN YOU DRINK IN THE STREET?
Regular food and beverages are allowed. Glass and alcohol are not permitted.
\\WHAT AGES ARE ALLOWED?
Freakfest is an all ages event. Normal curfew rules still apply.
\\ARE DOGS ALLOWED?
Yes, dogs are allowed but not recommended. Please remember to clean up after your pet.
\\IS THERE FOOD?
The bars and restaurants on State Street are open during Freakfest.
No backpacks permitted in the event zone
No alcohol permitted
City of Madison Glass Free Zone (“Glass Ban”) will be in effect 9p on 10/26 until 5am on 10/27
No weapons or dangerous items will be allowed into the event zone
Only two re-entries permitted during the event. Event security will mark tickets with \ upon first entry and complete the “X” with any re-entry. Tickets will be confiscated on the second re-entry. Persons without a ticket will not be permitted in the event zone.
The lineup for 2019 is fully booked, but to submit your artist suggestion for future Freakfest consideration please fill out this form
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