Ah, spring is finally in the still-somewhat-nippy air and April’s Madison entertainment calendar proves it. Sure, we're headed for some April showers this month, but don't let that stop you from getting out and enjoying some of this month's amazing events.
We LOVE free events, especially when they’re family-oriented and this one is a must-attend. On April 1 (no fooling!) the Crowne Plaza (4402 E. Washington Ave. in Madison) hosts the Spring Fling, a day full of shopping for crafts from more than 50 vendors. You’ll find jewelry, makeup, body products and more. Parking is free too and you’ll receive a free carnation, be entered in free gift bag and spa/massage raffles too. This event happens from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and you can learn more online on Facebook.
Children’s Theater of Madison Springtacular Benefit
We also love benefits and this one is a must-attend, in our opinion. The Children's Theater of Madison is hosting its Springtacular Benefit with proceeds going to “help provide resources for continued excellence onstage and in the classroom.” This event is being held at the Orpheum Theater at 6 p.m. Cocktail hour kicks it off and then you’ll enjoy dinner, entertainment and lots of fun. Dress is “colorful cocktail casual.” Make your reservation now by clicking here.
Feed the Need Tasting Event
Madison Originals is hosting the Feed the Need Tasting Event to support The River Food Pantry. Enjoy yummy local cuisine at Madison College while quenching your thirst with Ale Asylum beer. Celebrity guest host Kyle Cherek of Wisconsin Foodie will ensure consistent fun. Buy tickets online at isthmustickets.com.
Through April 6
2017 Wisconsin Film Festival
Madison film buffs have much to be thankful for – living in Madison gives them access to the largest university-produced film festival in the nation. With more than 150 film screenings over eight days every spring, it’s a film-a-palooza! Tickets go on sale on March 11 at noon. Buy yours online at wifilmfest.org.
April 7 and 8
Catch a Hockey Game!
You’ll have two chances to catch our Madison Capitols in action this month. The first is Friday, April 7 when they take on the Dubuque Fighting Saints and then on Saturday, April 8 they meet Chicago Steel. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m., on both nights, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at Alliant Energy Center. Buy tickets online at madcapshockey.com.
Bellydancing UW’s 17th Annual Spring Show, featuring Aliyah
Middle Eastern food is a favorite of ours so when we read that we have a chance to become immersed in other parts of the various cultures, we jumped at it! The 17th Annual UW Spring Show, at Monona Terrace Lecture Hall, will feature performances by Aliyah and Bellydancing-UW. Not all belly dance styles are alike, so we’ll be exposed to a diverse selection. You can also enjoy a cash bar, a raffle and more. Navigate to bellydancinguw for details.
2017 Mad City 100K
Even if you don’t fancy yourself a runner, the 2017 Mad City 100K is worth spectating. Runners, however, will enjoy a scenic course along the shores of Lake Wingra, through the various neighborhoods and the UW Arboretum. Registration is still open so go sign up!
2017 COTTONTAIL CLASSIC
The Cottontail Classic in Fitchburg is the scene of the run/walk and the free Easter Egg Hunt for the kids. A pancake breakfast will be served as well! Learn more online at cottontailclassicrun.com.
Dane County Farmer’s Market
It’s opening day for the Dane County Farmer’s Market! Get your fresh produce, flowers and other products from the 160 vendors on hand throughout the season. The market opens at 6:15 a.m. and happens every Saturday through November 11, downtown at Capitol Square.
38th Annual Midwest Horse Fair
“Wonder Horse” is the theme of this year’s Midwest Horse Fair, at the Alliant Energy Center. Over the course of three days, you’ll have the opportunity to shop from among 500 commercial exhibitors, view the wonder horses at Stallion Avenue, watch blacksmiths compete to shape the best horseshoe and win the title of World Champion Blacksmith and more. Visit midwesthorsefair.com for details.
Rock the River
An event to highlight hunger and homelessness, Rock the River is an evening of education and entertainment. It happens at the River Food Pantry from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. and you can learn more online, here.
Moon over Monona Terrace
Telescopes galore is the name of the game at the Moon over Monona Terrace event. View the moon and other heavenly bodies through various telescopes. There will be lots fun activities for the little ones and Mom and Dad. Although a ticket is required for admission, the event is free. Learn more online by clicking here.
Itzhak Perlman with Pianist Rohan de Silva
A superstar comes to Madison and you must not miss it! Itzhak Perlman is the winner of 16 GRAMMY® Awards, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award , a Kennedy Center Honor, four Emmy Awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Now you can see him perform live with pianist Rohan De Silva at the Overture Center. Details are online at overture.org.