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  • Virtual International Festival (Feb. 27 – Mar 5)

    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. 

    This year, the festival is virtual.


  • Virtual Canoecopia (Mar. 12 – 14)

    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. 

    It's virtual this year.


  • Wisconsin Film Festival (May 13 – 20)

    Madison, WI

    See 150 independent films from Wisconsin and around the world.


  • Ride the Drive (Jun 6)

    Madison, WI

    This year, the car-free routes are spread out between Marlborough, Wingra, Kennedy and Warner parks, with stops for activities, food and music. You can ride, walk or skate.



  • Orton-Front Festival (Aug. 26 – 29)

    Madison, WI

    The Marquette Waterfront and Orton Park festivals combine this year, with aerial dance and family entertainment in Orton Park and, in Yahara Place Park on Lake Monona, music on two stages and children's games.


  • Taste of Madison (Sep. 4 – 5)

    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.



  • Winter Art Fair Off the Square (Nov. 13 – 14)

    Madison, WI

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

  • Holiday Fantasy in Lights (Nov. 13 – Jan 2)

    Madison, WI

    The free display in Olin Park is open from dusk to dawn.


  • Midwest Horse Fair (Apr. 22 – 24)

    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.


  • World's Largest Brat Fest (May 27 – 29)

    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.