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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.


  • 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.


  • Art Fair On the Square (Sep. 25 – 26)

    Madison, WI

    Nearly 500 artists from around the nation will be selling on Capitol Square and 140 Wisconsin artists around Monona Terrace, attracting more than 200,000 people.


  • Wisconsin Book Festival (Oct. 21 – 24)

    Madison, WI

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


  • 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.


  • Beer & Cheese Fest (Jan. 22)

    Madison, WI

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


  • Canoecopia (Mar. 11 – 13)

    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. 


  • 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.