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Madison, WI Events Calendar: Summer and Early 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.

August

Sundays all month, Mad City Ski Team, ski show, Law Park.  Free ski show featuring our 10-time national champion team.  Junior show at 5:15, main show at 6:00pm (no show on 8/13). http://www.madcityskiteam.com

Thursdays and Saturdays all month, Madison Trust for Historic Preservation, walking tours, various locations.  Discover the many interesting and unique neighborhoods throughout Madison led by one of the many knowledgeable Madison Trust guides.  http://www.madisonpreservation.org/historic-architecture-tours

8/6 – Yum Yum Fest, Breese Stevens Field, 3-8pm.  Madison’s culinary renaissance comes together for a celebration of artistry in food at a festival organized by the Madison Area Chef’s Network.  Just a couple blocks from The Livingston Inn!  http://www.yumyumfest.org

8/12 – Madison Radicals, playoff game, 6pm, Breese Stevens Field.  Cheer on one of the region’s best ultimate frisbee teams at this historic ball park just blocks from The Livingston Inn.  http://radicalsultimate.com/

8/18 – The New Pornographers, Live on King Street.  Celebrate the 10-year anniversary of this music block party presented by the Majestic Theater.  Great views of the Capitol and always a fun crowd!  http://majesticmadison.com/live-on-king-street/

8/21 – Letterpress Printing Demonstration, Wisconsin Historical Museum, 5-6:30pm, free.  Learn about communication far before social media, texting, or the Internet.  Includes a commemorative postcard. http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/calendar/

8/25 and 8/26 – Mad Gael Music Festival, Breese Stephens Field.  A celebration of Irish and Scottish music at a historic ball park just a couple blocks from The Livingston Inn.  http://www.madgaelmusicfest.com

September

Saturdays all month, Madison Trust for Historic Preservation, walking tours, various locations.  Discover the many interesting and unique neighborhoods throughout Madison led by one of the many knowledgeable Madison Trust guides.  http://www.madisonpreservation.org/historic-architecture-tours

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/

9/1 – UW Football vs. Utah State, 100-year anniversary celebration, Camp Randall Stadium, 8:00pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to cheer on 100 years of history at UW-Madison’s Camp Randall Stadium. This non-conference game is ideal to watch the football team and recognize 100 people who have had an impact on the stadium and team. https://www.camprandall100.com/camp-randall-100/

9/3 – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Breese Stevens Field, doors open at 4pm, show begins at 5pm with two opening bands.  Fresh off their latest album, The Nashville sound, enjoy Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit’s Labor Day concert at Madison’s historic ballpark just two blocks from The Livingston Inn.  http://breesestevensfield.com/jason-isbell/

9/14 – Spoon, Orpheum Theater, 216 State Street, 8pm.  This outstanding Austin, TX, rock band performs at this exciting historic venue on Madison’s iconic State Street.  http://www.madisonorpheum.com

9/15 to 30 – A Delicate Balance, Strollers Theatre, performed at the Bartell Theatre. Edward Albee’s classic drama about two couples whose lives are upended by an encroaching, nameless “fear,” bring a firestorm of doubt, recrimination, and ultimately solace. This play won Albee the first of his three Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. http://bartelltheatre.org/2017/a-delicate-balance/

9/15 to 17 – Madison Symphony Orchestra, Overture Center for the Arts, Friday and Saturday evening, Sunday matinee.  MSO’s opening concert of the season with performances of Bach, Mendelssohn, and Berlioz. https://www.madisonsymphony.org/17-18

9/22 and 23 – UW-Madison Women’s Volleyball, UW Field House, 7pm.  Always one of the top teams in the country, the Big Ten season kicks off for women’s volleyball with games against Michigan State and Michigan. http://www.uwbadgers.com/index.aspx?path=wvball

9/22 to 10/1 – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Promenade Hall, Overture Center for the Arts, evening and matinee performances.  One of our favorite comedy musicals!

9/28 – Black Music Ensemble, UW-Madison Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St, 8:30pm.  This UW-Madison student organization exclusively performs the music of black artists from many time periods and styles, ranging from swing to funk to bebop to hip hop.  https://union.wisc.edu/events-and-activities/

October

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