The Livingston Inn | Madison, Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast

Madison, WI Events Calendar: Fall 2017

 

There is so much to do in Madison year-round.  There are perennial favorites like the Dane County Farmers’ Market, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, the State Capitol building, the Chazen Museum of Art, Taliesin, and a multitude of theater, music, sports, festivals, and much more.  Below are some recommended events in the coming months — some are well-known and some might be a little off the beaten path.  As always, please ask during your stay if you have any questions or need assistance.

October

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays all month – UW Cinematheque, 4070 Vilas Hall, UW-Madison campus, FREE ADMISSION. The Cinematheque represents UW-Madison academic departments and student film groups and is dedicated to showcasing the best in international cinema history and fine films which would otherwise never reach Madison screens. http://cinema.wisc.edu/calendar

Saturdays all month – Grown Up Comedy Show, Monkey Business Institute, 8pm, Glass Nickel Pizza. A hilarious home-grown improv group performing regularly on Madison’s near east side. Also check out some of their specialty shows like Yes Ma’am and The Merge. https://monkeybusinessinstitute.com/

10/4, 10/11, 10/13, and 10/28 – UW-Madison Women’s Volleyball, UW Field House, 7pm.  Always one of the top teams in the country, October is the heart of the season with games against Minnesota, Nebraska, Indiana, and Northwestern. http://www.uwbadgers.com/index.aspx?path=wvball

10/5 – Arlo Guthrie, Wisconsin Union Theater, 8pm. Enjoy a evening with Woodstock veteran and one of the world’s most esteemed folk singers. https://union.wisc.edu/events-and-activities/event-calendar/event/arlo-guthrie/

10/13 – Ex Libris Vol. VII: Beer and Bites, Madison Central Library, 7-10pm.  A great opportunity to check out our cool downtown library and support them at this fundraiser — enjoy live music, beer samples from local breweries, and food from local restaurants and food artisans. http://mplfoundation.org/events/view/ex-libris-volume-vii-beer-bites

10/20 and 21 – Push, Madison Ballet, Bartell Theater, 8pm with 2pm matinee on Saturday. ‘Push’ takes ballet to the edge of the art form, pairing the drama and precision of ballet with contemporary choreography and music. https://www.madisonballet.org/program1/

10/25 – An Evening with David Sedaris, Capitol Theater, Overture Center for the Arts, 7:30pm. Join David Sedaris for an evening featuring all-new stories and observations. With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, Mr. Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. http://www.overture.org/events/david-sedaris

November

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through 11/19 – UW Cinematheque, 4070 Vilas Hall, UW-Madison campus, FREE ADMISSION. The Cinematheque represents UW-Madison academic departments and student film groups and is dedicated to showcasing the best in international cinema history and fine films which would otherwise never reach Madison screens. http://cinema.wisc.edu/calendar

11/3 and 5 – Carmen, Madison Opera, Overture Center for the Arts.  Evening and matinee performances of Bizet’s masterpiece that blends passion, seduction, jealousy, dance, and even a little law-breaking, all set to one of the most famous scores ever composed. http://www.overture.org/events/carmen

11/3, 11/4, 11/24, and 11/25 – UW-Madison Women’s Volleyball, UW Field House, 7pm.  Always one of the top teams in the country, November wraps up the regular season for these amazing college athletes with games against Ohio State, Maryland, Penn State, and Rutgers. http://www.uwbadgers.com/index.aspx?path=wvball

11/4 and 5 – US Quidditch Midwest Regional Championships, Breese Stevens Field.  Muggles have created their own version of this sport inspired by the Harry Potter series.  Enjoy the games at Madison’s historic ballpark just blocks from The Livingston Inn.  https://www.usquidditch.org/events/special/Midwest-Spectator

11/4 and 5 – UW-Madison Women’s Hockey, LeBahn Arena.  Cheer on the No. 1 team in the nation with an impressive record each year and the best players in the country.  Games against Ohio State. http://www.uwbadgers.com/index.aspx?path=whockey

11/11 – Dane County Farmers’ Market, Capitol Square, 6:15am-1:45pm.  A popular weekly event for guests of The Livingston Inn, this will be the last outdoor market of the season to enjoy before it moves indoors for the winter.   http://www.dcfm.org/markets/saturday-on-the-square

11/12 – A Night with Janis Joplin, Overture Center for the Arts, 7pm.  Straight from Broadway after a Tony nomination in 2014, share in an evening with the woman and her influences. The show is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences—icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith. http://www.overture.org/events/janis-joplin

11/17 to 19 – Troubadour: Two Faces of the Classical Guitar, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Overture Center of the Arts. Classical Guitarist Sharon Isbin delights with Chris Brubeck’s jazz-influenced Affinity: Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra and Rodrigo’s successful Concierto de Aranjuez, infused with nature sounds. Conductor John DeMain will also lead the Madison Symphony Orchestra in Copland’s pioneer West-inspired Billy the Kid Suite and Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat, written for ballet. https://www.madisonsymphony.org/isbin

December

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through 12/17 – UW Cinematheque, 4070 Vilas Hall, UW-Madison campus, FREE ADMISSION. The Cinematheque represents UW-Madison academic departments and student film groups and is dedicated to showcasing the best in international cinema history and fine films which would otherwise never reach Madison screens. http://cinema.wisc.edu/calendar

Saturdays all month – Grown Up Comedy Show, Monkey Business Institute, 8pm, Glass Nickel Pizza. A hilarious home-grown improv group performing regularly on Madison’s near east side. Also check out some of their specialty shows like Yes Ma’am and The Merge. https://monkeybusinessinstitute.com/

12/1 to 3 – A Madison Symphony Christmas, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Overture Center for the Arts.  Always a very popular event but well-worth putting it on your list this weekend.  It’ll definitely put you in the holiday spirit!  https://www.madisonsymphony.org/christmas

12/1, 12/2, 12/8 and 12/9 – UW-Madison Women’s Hockey, LeBahn Arena.  Cheer on the No. 1 team in the nation with an impressive record each year and the best players in the country.  Games against Minnesota-Duluth and St. Cloud State. http://www.uwbadgers.com/index.aspx?path=whockey.

12/2 – Fair Trade Holiday Festival, Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, 9am to 4pm.  Seeking unique, socially responsible and fashionable Fair Trade Gifts that your friends and family will love? Choose from thousands of fairly traded international products. With featured items from SlaveFree Madison’s Fashion Show: “Saving the World, One Accessory at a Time”. http://www.fairtrademadison.org/

12/2, 12/9, 12/13, 12/23, 12/27 and 12/30 – UW-Madison Men’s Basketball, Kohl Center.  Catch some early season Badger action before the season really heats up.  Games against Ohio State, Marquette, Western Kentucky, Green Bay, Chicago State, and UMass-Lowell.  http://www.uwbadgers.com/index.aspx?path=mbball

12/15 to 30 – Harry Potter and the Pet Rock, Mercury Players Theatre, Bartell Theater.  Located at a greaty little downtown theater, this show is loaded with slapstick humor, corny jokes, and silly song parodies, this original twist on the beloved tales of the boy wizard will delight kids and adults alike.  http://www.mercuryplayerstheatre.com/2017-2018-season/