An Evening Benefiting

Madison Parks Foundation

October 19th, 2019 at Vilas Park


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.

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

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


Themed attire is certainly encouraged.


Saturday October 19th, 2019

at Vilas Park

4pm- 10:30PM

Attire: Semi-Formal, Period Inspired Encouraged

Tickets: $140 each or $1,100 for 8 person table

Tents will be heated but part of the venue will be on grass, plan footwear accordingly.

The event tents will be set up where the red star is on this map.

Parking is available in the Zoo parking lot at 1602 Vilas Park Drive and near the Vilas Park Shelter at 1501 Vilas Park Drive.  Additionally, there is street parking available on Drake and nearby streets.  


This is truly Madison’s most unique event, and we promise you a memorable evening in support of a great cause!

Thank you to our sponsors who make this event possible:

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Kennedy Communications- Realty4GooD - JH Findorff & Sons - ATC - Doug & Mark Peterson of P3Pro

Bob Timm of Opix Media - Veridian Homes

Photos of past Picnics