Things to do in Madison

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March 5

Travel Adventure Film Series – “How to Travel the World for Free”

If you thought it was impossible to travel for free, comedian, Michael Wigge, is ready to prove you wrong. Watch his hilarious exploits at the Wisconsin Union Theater to find out how he ate, slept, and traveled to Antarctica without spending a dime of his own money.

Admission is $13 for the general public, with discounts available for students. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. with an optional buffet ($18) featuring dishes from Wigge’s travels beforehand. For more information, visit


March 6, 13, 20, 27

March Live Acoustic

Get your live music fix every Tuesday at the Radisson Hotel’s Twist restaurant. Between 5 and 7 p.m., local musicians

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February 2

Dublin Irish Dance – “Stepping Out”

You gotta love the fancy footwork of Irish dance and few do it better than Dublin Irish Dance.  "Stepping Out" takes you on a journey through pre-famine Ireland, “through the Great Hunger and crossing the Atlantic Ocean to arrive at Ellis Island.” The show starts at 8 p.m. at Wisconsin Union Theater. Get details and ticket information online at


February 2 through February 4

Frozen Assets Festival

It’s the fourth annual outdoor winter festival on Lake Mendota! You’re invited to participate in a weekend-long party, including sleigh rides, ice skating, pond hockey and more. Get the details online at


February 2, 3, 7, 18 and 21

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January 2 through January 7


It’s the 20th anniversary tour of this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning musical and it’s heading for the Overture Center’s stage. If you haven’t seen it yet, this event is a must-attend. Get the details and buy tickets online at


January 5, 2018 to January 7, 2018

Madison Home Expo

If 2018 is the year you plan on sprucing up the old homestead, get to the Madison Home Expo for ideas, advice and inspiration. Enjoy roofing, home security, flooring, insulation, landscaping tips and bathroom and kitchen remodeling topics. It’s happening at the Monona Terrace Convention Center - Exhibition Hall and Ballroom. Admission for adults is $5 and kids under 18 get in free. Check

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Do you realize that in just more than one week, the kids will be out of school for winter break? Yikes! What will you do with them this year? Time for a pre-holiday day trip to let off some steam? Or maybe just stick close to home. Read on for some ideas.

Get out of town

How about a day (or a stay) at Boulder Junction? The Winter Celebration is happening on December 30, with even more fun things for the family to enjoy. These include a guided cross-country ski adventure (equipment will be available), sledding, ice skating, wagon rides, music, fireworks and, best of all, complimentary hot cocoa and chili.

If you want to stay for a night or two, check out these lodging ideas. Boulder Junction is about 3.5 hours north of Madison.

Eagle River

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Through December 31

Zoo Lights at the Henry Vilas Zoo

Head to the zoo on Thursdays through Sundays for a warm beverage and a stroll through a winter wonderland of lights and sounds. Zoo Lights is open from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. and is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Learn more online at


December 2 through December 31

Olbrich's Holiday Express

What a show! From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily (with restricted hours on Christmas Eve and closed Christmas day) you can view large-scale model trains in a holiday scene. And members of the Wisconsin Garden Railway Society will be on hand, showing off their trains as well. See the website for details.


Through January 2

Holiday Fantasy in Lights

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November 1

The Porchlight 2017 Annual Recognition Dinner

If you’re looking for a way to give back to Madison, consider attending the annual Recognition Dinner. You’ll enjoy a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and touching stories from Porchlight clients. This event runs from 5;30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and you can learn more online at


November 1 through November 5

Wisconsin Science Festival

Science Festival events will be held in various locations across the state, but the kickoff party is happening November 1, right here in Madison at the Madison Children’s Museum. Kids can enjoy free science-related activities and more. The museum is located at 100 N Hamilton St. in Madison and you can find the full

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As the department stores in Madison are reminding us, it’s never too early to start thinking of the winter holidays. Retail aside, it’s even more important to get an early start on holiday volunteer opportunities.

Of course, Toys for Tots can always use a new, unwrapped toy to distribute to Dane County’s kids during the holidays. But there are other ways to give back to the community as well.


Operation Christmas Spirit

The annual holiday project of Operation Help a Hero, Operation Christmas Spirit is celebrating 15 years of helping military families during the holidays. And, they offer several ways you can help:

  • Adopt a military family
  • Adopt a single service member
  • Make a monetary donation

See Operation Christmas

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October 4

Spotlight Cinema

This year’s Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) Spotlight Cinema series includes tonight’s “The Unknown Girl.” Released in 2016, this Belgian film stars Adèle Haenel as Jenny, a physician who receives a late-night caller at her office and refuses to open the door. The next morning, it is revealed that the caller was a girl, found dead outside Jenny’s office. The police are unable to identify the girl and Jenny, guilt-stricken, makes it her mission to learn who the girl was. If you’re a member of MMoCA you won’t pay for a seat, non-members will pay $7 and you can buy tickets in the lobby starting at 6:30 p.m. The film begins at 7. Get details online, here.


Farm to School Night Out

From 6 a.m.

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It’s amazing to think that yoga, which has been around for more than 5,000 years, has seen the number of Americans practicing the art increase more than 50 percent in the past five years.

What took them so long?

If you’re new to yoga or just looking for a new studio, we’ve rounded up five of the most popular in town. Plus, some places to buy yoga wear. It’s your one-stop Lake and City Homes yoga extravaganza!

Earthview Yoga

If you’re looking for a yoga studio where you can spread out, check out Earthview Yoga in Madison’s Tenney-Lapham neighborhood. The studio is huge – maybe the biggest we’ve ever seen.

Madison yogis also enjoy the variety of classes, the amazing teachers and the positive energy.

First-timers can take advantage of

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September 2, 2017 to September 3, 2017

Taste of Madison

If it’s Labor Day Weekend, it’s time for A Taste of Madison. Now in its 34th year, it’s your chance to enjoy bargain-priced menu items from more than 80 local caterers and restaurants. The two-date fete also offers three live-music stages all weekend. Who needs to travel on Labor Day Weekend? Apparently, more than 250,000 Madisonites prefer to stay home and head to A Taste of Madison. It’s open on Saturday from 2 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., in Downtown Madison. Find details online at


September 7, 2017 to September 9, 2017

Quilt Expo

Who knew that quilts were such a big deal? Those in the know are heading to Alliant Energy

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