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 union.wisc.edu.
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 cleanlakesalliance.org.
February 2, 3, 7, 18 and 21
Madison Capitols Hockey
Enjoy exciting hockey action by attending a Capitols home game. The Capitols take on Team USA on February 2 and 3 and then they face Dubuque on the 7th. They take on Cedar Rapids on the 18th and then Sioux City on the 21st. Buy tickets online at madcapshockey.com.
February 3 and 4
2018 Madison Winter Festival
Ok, so pretty much the rest of the country thinks we’re crazy for celebrating winter – but we love it. And the Madison Winter Festival is your chance to enjoy activities for the whole family. That includes the dog! There will be a free kids fun run, a snowshoe run, a free learn-to-ski clinic and more. Also, the national snow sculpting champions will be there to show off how they do it. Get all the details online at winter-fest.com
GOBSMACKED! The Amazing A Cappella And Beatboxing Show
They sold out in Hong Kong, London and Edinburgh and now they take on Madison! The a cappella hit stretches the “limits of the human voice,” in ways you must hear to appreciate. Get all the details online at overture.org.
Warner Family Fun Night
This month’s Warner Family Fun Night happens on February 9 and offers bouncy houses, sports, games, fitness classes for the family, movies, art and potter projects a game room and child care room. Held at the Warner Park Community Recreation Center, the event starts at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per family. Get the details online at cityofmadison.com.
February 9 through 11
25th Annual Wisconsin Garden Expo
If that green thumb of yours is suffering from cabin fever, head to Wisconsin Public Television’s Garden Expo at Alliant Energy Center. Learn the latest gardening trends (how to grow an edible garden is one topic). You can also purchase tools, seeds and fresh produce from the farmers market on Sunday. Get the details online at wigardenexpo.com.
February 9 through February 19
Food Fight Foodie Week
It’s Madison Hotel Week and you’re invited to choose from among the 17 Food Fight restaurants that will be offering special 3-course menus. Priced from $15 to $35, here’s your chance to hit out that one eatery you’ve been meaning to try. See the list of restaurants online at foodfightinc.com.
The Valentine’s 5K race begins and ends at the UW-Natatorium. So, even if you won’t be running, be there to cheer others on or congratulate them at the finish line. Learn more at runningclubuw.com.
Billed as “Madison’s Hottest 21 and Up Event,” Bounce invites you to channel the kid in you. Enjoy games, giant inflatables, music and a cash bar. It happens from 7p.m. until 11 p.m. at Monona Terrace Exhibition Hall. Buy your tickets online at eventbrite.com.
Kids’ Art Adventures: Big
The Kids’ Art Adventures program at MMoCA brings families together to create art. Perfect for kids between the ages of 6 and 10 (and their parent or guardian). Today (from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.), they can enjoy “Big,” an exhibition that allows them to experience scale, both large and small. Learn more online at mmoca.org.
Duck Soup Cinema – “Mantrap”
Silent movie classics continue this month at Overture Center for the Arts. Tonight, view “Mantrap,” based on the Sinclair Lewis novel and starring Clara Bow. Choose from one of two screenings today, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Learn more online at overture.org.
February 17 and 18
Mad City Model Railroad Show & Sale
Check out the very cool model trains at the Mad City Model Railroad Show & Sale at the Alliant Energy Center. There will be exhibits, clinics and more than 300 vendor tables. Learn more at the Midwest Region National Model Railroad Association website.
February 23 through February 25
Wisconsin Fishing Expo
The Alliant Energy Center’s Expo Hall will be the scene of this year’s fishing expo. Check out everything fishing-related, from kayaks and “other silent watercraft” to the latest tech gadgets. Get all the details online at wifishingexpo.com.
Enjoy an evening that includes guest violinist Giora Schmidt performing Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2. The evening also showcases Gounod’s Petite Symphony and the Tchaikovsky Serenade. Tickets for this Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra performance are available online at overture.org.