Local Events


  • Art Fair on the Square
    Madison, WI 53703*608-257-0158

    Description : CAPITOL SQUARE. Benefiting the Madison Museum of Contemporray Art, this venerated event is a summertime mainstay and is regularly attended by more than 200,000 visitors. The juried show features hundreds of artists, and a range of genres including sculpture, jewelry, woodworking, painting, ceramics, and photography. Live bands perform on two stages, and kids activities keep the little ones happy and occupied. Plus, there's plenty of food to munch on, and beer is available.
    Hours : Second weekend in Jul Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm

  • Concerts on the Square
    Madison, WI *608-257-0611

    Description : CAPITOL SQUARE. Bring a blanket and a picnic to the Capitol lawn for this popular performance series! Held for six Wednesdays during June and July, the well-attended concerts have been a tradition for more than two decades now, and folks can't say enough about them. Each year, more than 100,000 visitors enjoy classical concerts by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, guest performers, and opera companies. Selections range from patriotic marches to show tunes, waltzes, and symphonic movements ­ all of them eminently enjoyable. Although concerts begin at 7pm, space may be claimed beginning at 3pm.
    Hours : Late Jun-Jul Wed 7pm

  • Jazz at Five
    State St, Madison, WI 53703*608-231-0729

    Description : CAPITOL SQUARE. On Wednesdays for five weeks, this popular concert series floods upper State Street with the awesome strains of local jazz. Folks take advantage of the after-work opportunity, with crowds often numbering in the thousands. Sax and bass players, pianists, drummers, and guitarists mix up the styles, and the concerts are a popular way for folks to bridge the day from work into dinner and more. Many spectators enjoy the music from the Capitol lawn, but folding chairs can be rented for a nominal fee.
    Hours : Aug-early Sep Wed 5pm-8pm

  • Paddle and Portage
    James Madison Park (start), Madison, WI *608-255-1008 x322

    Description : Amateur and serious athletes test their physical mettle at this annual, summertime event. Especially suited to Madison, given its adjacent lakes, the competition begins at Lake Mendota with a mile-plus canoe paddle. Following that, participants shoulder their vessels for a mile-plus trek across the isthmus to Lake Monona, where they paddle the final leg to Olin Park. At the finish line, awards are bestowed and refreshments are distributed for celebration. Various classes include contests for men, women, mixed, and adult-child teams. Third Saturday in July.
    Hours : Jul Sat 10am

  • Rhythm & Booms
    1625 Northport Dr, Madison, WI 53704*608-833-6717

    Description: Annually pulling in more than 300,000 visitors, this huge Fourth of July celebration delivers family fun and the region's most spectacular fireworks display. Activities include events for children, carnival rides, bingo, musical performances, and skydiving exhibitions. Plus, there's plenty of food and drink to keep hungry appetites satisfied. Fireworks usually begin around 9:30pm, and last for about 35 minutes, accompanied by music. General admission to the park is free, but those wishing to attend the concerts or enjoy carnival rides will need to purchase tickets - expect concerts to be $5-15.
    Hours : Sat prior to 4th of July noon-10pm; Fireworks begin at dusk
    Payment Methods : Cash