Mark your calendar: La Fête de Marquette this weekend

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The seventh annual Fête de Marquette hits Madison’s east side this weekend. Offering food, free music, the Willy Steet Co-op annual meeting and party (only in Madison can you celebrate Bastille Day with a food co-op meeting!), and much more, there’s lots going on. As the event listing at Isthmus describes,

A truly stellar group of performers who span the globe from Madagascar to Paris will be arrayed for your enjoyment at the intersection of East Washington Ave and South Dickinson Street. In its seventh year, the free music event—which attracts thousands, celebrates French culture and is produced by and benefits the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center—will be staged from July 12th through the 15th.

Musicians from throughout the French-speaking world including Africa, Quebec, Europe, and an Algerian fronting a South American band will perform throughout the weekend. Artists with roots in the New Orleans, Cajun and Zydeco traditions will also be spread out throughout the weekend, but primarily on Sunday, Le Jour de Louisiane….

[N]ew this year, is Friday night’s Hooray for Heartland Happy Hour. Guests arriving between 4:30 and 6:30 will be treated to FREE hors d’oeuvres prepared by Fete de Marquette Food Vendors, All Beers and Wines specially priced at $2, Vintage Era Ferris Wheel Rides ($2)….

For more info, head to the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center website, which offers details like a list of food vendors, the event schedule, and performer bios. Vive le 14 juillet!

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