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Events for "Madison, WI"

January

  • Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest (Jan. 19)

    Madison, WI

    A celebration of Wisconsin's greatest products at Alliant Energy Center, with plenty to sample. Tickets sell out, so buy early.


February

  • Madison Winter Festival (Feb. 2 – 3)

    Madison, WI

    The annual festival in Elver Park features cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing plus music, family games and ice and snow sculptures.


  • International Festival (Feb. 23)

    Madison, WI

    Dancers, musicians, storytellers and puppeteers representing traditions from around the world converge on the Overture Center for the Arts on State Street for this free festival. There's also food and a global bazaar.


March

  • Canoecopia (Mar. 8 – 10)

    Madison, WI

    It's the world's largest paddlesports expo, according to host Rutabaga, with dozens of demonstrations, workshops and presentations plus discounts on boats and gear. Bike-O-Rama, with discounts on bicycles and gear, is next door. At Alliant Energy Center.


  • St. Patrick's Day parade (Mar. 17)

    Madison, WI

    The parade is at 1:30 p.m. and runs from Capitol Square.


April

  • Wisconsin Film Festival (Apr. 4 – 11)

    Madison, WI

    See 150 independent films from Wisconsin and around the world in seven theaters in and around State Street.


  • Midwest Horse Fair (Apr. 12 – 14)

    Madison, WI

    There's a Friday-night rodeo, blacksmith championships, stagecoach rides, Texas trick riders, music and performances, including the Wisconsin Mounted Police Team. At Alliant Energy Center.


May

  • World's Largest Brat Fest (May 24 – 26)

    Madison, WI

    There's music on four stages, plus kids' games, a sports zone, carnival rides and Sunday fireworks. Headliners include Smash Mouth. Admission is free. Outside the Alliant Energy Center.


June

  • Ride the Drive (Jun 2)

    Madison, WI

    Ride, walk or skate a car-free, four-mile route along Lake Monona to stops in three parks, with activities, food and music.


  • Waterfront Festival (Jun 8 – 9)

    Madison, WI

    This festival in Yahara Place Park on Lake Monona features music on two stages, children's games and the popular Fools Flotilla canoe tour.


  • Shake the Lake (Jun 29)

    Madison, WI

    This pre-Fourth festival on the shores of Lake Monona includes live bands, a human cannonball, a roller-derby exhibition, kids' activities and fireworks.


July

August

  • Taste of Madison (Aug. 31 – Sep 1)

    Madison, WI

    This free benefit festival on Capitol Square includes 200 menu items from more than 80 restaurants, all priced at $1-$4. There's also music on three stages.

     


October

  • Wisconsin Book Festival (Oct. 17 – 20)

    Madison, WI

    This big fest features readings, lectures, book discussions, writing workshops, live interviews and children's events.


November

  • Winter Art Fair Off the Square (Nov. 9 – 10)

    Madison, WI

    Art Fair Off the Square presents its winter edition in Monona Terrace, with 140 fine artists from around Wisconsin.


  • Wisconsin Dog Fair (Nov. 10)

    Madison, WI

    Attend demonstrations and seminars on more than 150 breeds at Alliant Energy Center.


  • Art & Gift Fair (Nov. 16 – 17)

    Madison, WI

    This event at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Overture Center features fine art, music, treats and the Rediscovered Art & Treasures Sale.