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An EXQUIsite Dinner & Evening

This historically themed evening will be an experience expertly crafted by Event Essentials.

With Picnic in the Park, Event Essentials strives to create more than an event, but rather an experience.  Picnic in the Park has taken us from Tenney Park its inaugural year, to Hoyt Park, to Olbrich Park, and this year to Vilas Park as we step another decade forward into the 1930s.

October 19th, 2019 in Vilas Park



We are excited and thankful to partner again with local celebrity chefs Jonny Hunter (Forequarter/Underground Food Collective), Tommy Gering (Casetta), Dan Smith and Allie Christian (The Heights) for an era-inspired feast paired with wine and cocktails. 


Live music will include a performance from singer Gerri DiMaggio singing songs from the era.


Learn about the work Madison Parks Foundation has done this year to conserve, promote and enhance our parks. Hear from a family that has directly benefited from fully accessable play gounds about why they are so important in Madison.


Unlike other benefit events there will be no silent auction, no pressure, only one simple ask, that you help us continue the legacy Madison Parks Foundation was built on through the purchase of your ticket and additional donations. Parks Are a Gift! This is your chance to pass it on.

A celebration of Madison parks history that supports our parks’ future