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Events for "Madison, WI"


  • Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest (Jan. 20)

    Madison, WI

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


  • Madison Winter Festival (Feb. 3 – 4)

    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. 24)

    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.


  • Canoecopia (Mar. 9 – 11)

    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.


  • Wisconsin Film Festival (Apr. 5 – 12)

    Madison, WI

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

  • Midwest Horse Fair (Apr. 20 – 22)

    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 25 – 28)

    Madison, WI

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


  • Ride the Drive (Jun 3)

    Madison, WI

    Ride, walk or skate a car-free five-mile loop along Lake Monona, around the State Capitol and through downtown. There are also activity villages, food and music.

  • Waterfront Festival (Jun 9 – 10)

    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 23)

    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.



  • Taste of Madison (Sep. 1 – 2)

    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.


  • World Music Festival (Sep. 13 – 15)

    Madison, WI

    This free festival features music and dance from around the world on the Memorial Union Terrace and, on Saturday, at the Willy Street Fair.


  • Wisconsin Book Festival (Oct. 11 – 14)

    Madison, WI

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

  • Freakfest (Oct. 27)

    Madison, WI

    This fest along State Street features music on three stages, outdoor horror movies, a costume contest with prizes and much sampling at bars. Headliners include George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. Advance tickets are $10.


  • Wisconsin Dog Fair (Nov. 4)

    Madison, WI

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

  • Winter Art Fair Off the Square (Nov. 10 – 11)

    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. 10 – Jan 1)

    Madison, WI

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

  • Art & Gift Fair (Nov. 17 – 18)

    Madison, WI

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