Neighborhood News is a weekly round-up of some of the news and events happening in Madison’s neighborhoods.

Monroe Street Festival

Monroe Street is gearing up for its annual festival featuring sidewalk sales, musical performances and family activities. For its 40th year, the Monroe Street Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and stretch from the 1500 block to the 2600 block. The activities include face painting and a bouncy castle, and performers include Mad City Funk, Forward! Marching Band and Rainbow Fairy Stilts Walker. For a full schedule of activities, visit

Willy Street Fair

Willy Street Fair on the Near East Side is also in its 40th year. The two-day festival runs from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday on the 800 to 1000 blocks of Williamson Street. More than 30 musical acts will perform on five stages throughout the fair. Proceeds benefit the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center and Common Wealth Development. For a full schedule, visit

Last free golf instruction

It’s your last chance this summer to take part in a free, one-hour golf lesson from the Madison Parks Division. From noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at Yahara Hills Golf Course, 6701 Highway 12, the Parks Division along with Sue Shapcott of Change Golf Instruction will help teach golfers of all skill levels and ages improve their games. The lesson is free and doesn’t require prior registration. Participants will be provided golf clubs and balls to use during the class.

Learn to gaze

Take a look into the heavens with UW Space Place and learn to spot stars, planets and constellations. The free stargazing workshop is from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at James Madison Park, 614 E. Gorham St. Advanced registration is required at