Madison Living - Events - Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Madison is famous for its college life, but is home to diverse events year-round
  • Listings: Connect to online calendars and databases; show what's going on and where
    • Daily Pg: from the Isthmus; listings and reviews of local movies, music, eats, and events
    • Madtown Lounge: Events section; shows upcoming events related to live music; Madtown Lounge is an entertainment website listing venues, bands, and events
    • Rhythm: Madison.com's Rhythm section on entertainment and nightlife
    • Movie Listings: The BigScreen Cinema Guide; guide to movies; customizable so that you can see just local selections
    • MadStage: Theater and dance information for Madison and south central Wisconsin; provides schedules, listings of groups, news, and links
    • Footlights: Guide to theatre in Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago
    • UW Madison: Today @ The University of Wisconsin--Madison; a calendar provided by the university listing events, exhibits, and other activities on campus
    • Visitors: Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau; offers calendar of events as well as visitor information
  • Performing: Madison is home to performing arts and cultural groups
    • Ballet: Madison Ballet; a non-profit, professional performing arts organization; founded in 1981 as The Wisconsin Dance Ensemble
    • Broom St: Theater; experimental theater group
    • CCBA: Capitol City Band Association; Capitol City Band (CCB), The Madison Marimba Quartet (MMQ), The VFW Volunteer Community Band (VFW or winter band), Jim Latimer and Friends
    • Festival Choir: Festival Choir of Madison
    • Opera: Madison Opera; regional opera company offering professionally-staged concert opera and music theater
    • Savoyards: Gilbert and Sullivan performances
    • Symphony: Madison Symphony Orchestra; professional orchestra established 1926; performs September to May in Overture Hall
    • WCO: Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra; a professional chamber orchestra
  • Periodic: Annual festivals, special events, and ongoing events throughout the year
    • Art Fair on the Square: organized by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art; features music, entertainment, outdoor dining, artists exhibiting mixed media, ceramics, drawings, graphics, prints, fiber, leather, furniture, glass, jewelry, metal works, paintings, photographs, sculpture, 3D mixed media, and wood
    • Bock Fest: Capital Brewery's celebration of beer
    • Book Fest: Wisconsin Book Festival; annual October celebration of reading, writing, and the written word; events in Madison, Milwaukee, and throughout the state; a year-round, statewide series of public programs about reading, writing, and literacy
    • Brat: World's Largest Brat Fest; eat one of Wisconsin's signature foods; particpants consumed over 28 km of brats, over 85 metric tons, in a past fest
    • Celebrating Youth: youth stage performances
    • Community: Monona Community Festival
    • Crazy Legs Classic: run/walk fundraiser; University of Wisconsin Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
    • Dane County Fair: celebration of agriculture and industry
    • Dances: Dane Dances; music, dancing, and fun to help break down barriers of race
    • Dairy Expo: World Dairy Expo; a dairy industry tradeshow held in Madison
    • Fair: Dane County Fair; youth exhibits, barns, animals, carnival rides, live music, and entertainment
    • Farmer's Mkt: Dane County Farmer's Market on the Square; an open-air food, produce, and flower market held at The Square, the area round the Capitol dome in downtown Madison on Saturdays and Wednesdays; this counter-clockwise walking ritual is one of Madison's most noted features
    • Festivals: events
    • Film Fest: Wisconsin Film Festival; an annual film series program by the University of Wisconsin--Madison Arts Institute
    • Fireworks: Rhythm & Booms; an Independence-day celebration highlighted by fireworks in Warner Park in Madison
    • Fishing: Madison Fishing Expo; fishing tackle, equipment, boats, leading manufacturers, and dealers
    • Garden Expo: presented by Wisconsin Public Television
    • Great Taste: Great Taste of the Midwest; fermented malt beverages
    • Homecoming: University of Wisconsin Alumni Association
    • Horse Fair: Midwest Horse Fair
    • International Fest: Overture Center for the Arts International Festival; Dane County artists. Featurng arts, crafts, food, and performances
    • Jazz @ 5: Summer weekly Jazz concert series at State Street and the Capitol Square
    • Jazzfest: Capital City Jazz Fest
    • Jazz Isthmus: Isthmus Jazz Festival; celebration of America's homegrown art form; at the Memorial Union Terrace
    • Marathon: Madison Marathon; foot race that snakes through the isthmus; also half marathon, 10 km, and 5 km races
    • Sprints: Capitol Square Sprints; foot races throughout town
    • St Pat's Parade: St. Patrick's Day parade
    • Taste: Taste of Madison; an annual food festival with live music on Capitol Square
    • Whad'Ya Know: Michael Feldman's public radio show; taped live in Madison as well as occasionally at some remote locations
    • Willy St: Willy Street Fair
    • Winter Fest: on Madison's Capitol Square
    • WisCon: Annual feminist science fiction convention held in Madison
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