15 things to do in Madison in July

Posted by Jolenta Averill on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 at 10:20am

 

July 1

3rd Annual Fourth Fest

It’s a celebration of America and it’s happening at The Edgewater (1001 Wisconsin Place, downtown). Enjoy live music, grilled food, craft beer, fun for the kids and more. Admission and all shows are free. Get there by 2 p.m. and stay until 9. Get details online at theedgewater.com.

 

July 1 and 2

BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Experience

Fans of LEGO need to get to Monona Terrace on either Saturday or Sunday to participate in the amazing fan experience. You’ll enjoy LEGO attractions and hands-on activities. Check out the fabulous LEGO creations and build one of your own. Guest speakers will be on hand and vendors will be selling LEGO sets, figurines and more. The event runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on both days. Admission is $15 and you can learn more online at brickuniverse.com.

 

July 4

WAUNABOOM

It’s Waunakee’s Independence Day celebration and it happens at Ripp Park (213 Dorn Dr.). Free laser tag and a dazzling flyover by the Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing (9 p.m.). The fun starts at 2 p.m. and the fireworks take to the sky at dusk. Admission is free. See the entire lineup of events online at waunaboom.com.

 

July 5, 12, 19 and 26

Concerts on the Square

The tradition continues this month with four amazing concerts downtown, at Capitol Square. Bring a cooler and something to sit on. All shows start at 7 p.m. but you can save your spot with your blanket as early at 3 p.m. Here’s this month’s lineup:

July 5: Red, White & Boom, featuring Sarah Lawrence, soprano

July 12: American Potpourri, featuring Robert Bonfiglio, harmonica

July 19: Orchestral Fantasy, featuring WCO principal flute, Brandon LePage

July 26: Summer Thriller, Featuring Jeans 'n Classics, the music of Earth, Wind & Fire and Michael Jackson

 

July 6 to July 9

The 42nd National Women’s Music Festival

Four days of music and culture at Marriot Madison West Hotel and Conference Center! Attend workshops, enjoy concerts, comedy and theatre presentations, buy stuff and more. Check out the schedule online at wiaonline.org.

 

July 8 and 9

2017 Art Fair on the Square

Some Madisonites wait all year for this one – the Art Fair on the Square. Happening on Capitol Square, you’ll find music, outdoor dining, entertainment and almost 500 artists exhibiting everything from paintings and prints to scultpture, photography, jewelry and more. Be one of the expected 200,000 in attendance. Find details online at mmoca.org.

 

July 9

Mad Dash 5k for Music Education

It’s a nationwide 5K run/walk to benefit the music education programs of the Madison Scouts. Get details online at madisonscoutslive.com.

 

July 13

Concerts on the Rooftop: The Lovemonkeys

We love these concerts! Tonight, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. you can enjoy the crazy antics of The Lovemonkeys and their rock, reggae and pop sounds. The gates and the bars open at 5:30 p.m., so head on over to the William T. Evjue Rooftop Gardens, Monona Terrace after work. Tickets are free but you need to get yours in advance. Learn more online, here.

 

July 14 to July 15

Olbrich’s Home Garden Tour

“Enviable Eastside Gardens” is the theme of Olbrich’s 2017 Home Garden Tour. Tour seven gardens in eastside Madison, from tropical to park-like and prairie style. You’ll find some brilliant ideas to take home to put to work in your own garden. Learn more about the tour online at olbrich.org.

 

July 15

Bike for Boys & Girls Club

Bike through Dane County and help out the Boys & Girls Club at the same time. Hundreds of riders are expected and you can join them or, put together a team. After the ride, stick around for a summer party and enjoy local brews and amazing food. Music and dancing? Yup! Learn more online at bikeforbgc.com.

 

July 19 to 23

Dane County Fair

Billed as “where the country meets the Capital city, and the fun never ends!”, the Dane County Fair will fill the Alliant Energy Center with a massive amount of fun. For the price of admission, which costs $8 for everyone age 12 and older and $3 for kids ages 6 through 11, you’ll be able to enjoy the evening concerts, stunt shows by Team FMX Motorcycles and the Wild About Monkeys daily shows. In fact, there are many free exhibits within the fairgrounds. Get the schedule of events and more online at danecountyfair.com.

 

July 20

Zoovies: Jumanji

So, what’s a zoovie? It’s an outdoor movie experience at the zoo. Tonight, catch “Jumanji” on the 6-foot screen while relaxing on your lawn chair or blanket. Munch on the concessions up for sale and have an amazing summer night in Madison. The movie starts at dusk. Questions? Call Crystal Padley, special events coordinator, at 608-258-9490 or email her at crystal@vilaszoo.org.

 

Kids Fest at the Fitchburg Farmers Market

From 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. the Fitchburg Farmers Market is going all out for the little ones. They can get their little faces painted, enjoy fruit parfaits, balloons and live music. The market is located at Agora Pavilion, 5511 East Cheryl Pkwy. in Fitchburg.

 

July 29

Isthmus Paddle & Portage

Billed as “Madison’s favorite lake to land to lake race,” this is the 38th year for the Isthmus Paddle & Portage. Although participants can register right up until race day, it’s cheaper if you do so earlier and you can do so online until July 23. The fun happens at James Madison Park starting at 7 a.m.

 

Tesla at the Orpheum

Is it heavy metal or is it blues metal? Does it matter? It’s great music and you can see Tesla live at the Orpheum tonight. Buy tickets online, here.

 

 
 

 

 

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