April 1, 7, 8, 15, 22, 28, 29
UW-Madison Arboretum Walks
Put some spring in your step, quite literally, at any of the upcoming walks at the Madison Arboretum. Each walk features a different theme and last for 90 minutes. Daytime walks begin at 1 p.m. and there are two evening walks this month on the 7th (beginning at 7 p.m.) and on the 28th (beginning at 6:30 p.m.). Entrance is free, there’s no need to pre-register, and you can find complete information at arboretum.wisc.edu.
April 3 through 8
You don’t want to miss this musical when it’s in town! It’s a story of love and passion, dreams and sacrifice, all set in 19th-century France. Not only is it a Tony Award winner, but after 32 years, it’s still the world’s most popular musical. Shows are mostly sold out, though there are a few limited-view box seats available. Call (608) 258-4141 to check availability and price or visit overture.org to learn more about this production.
April 5 through 12
2018 Wisconsin Film Festival
Believe it or not, but the country’s largest university-produced film festival happens right here in Madison. Every year, roughly 150 films are screened, and this year’s offering is superb, featuring independent, local, and international films. There’s also a special selection of children’s films with $6 admission. Shows and times are too numerous to list here, but you can check out the full list at wifilmfest.org.
April 6, 7, 11, 13
Madison Capitols Hockey
It’s the end of the season for the Mad Caps, but you can catch one last game against four different teams this April. That’s the Green Bay Gamblers on the 6th, the Muskegon Lumberjacks on the 7th, the Central Illinois Flying Aces on the 11th, and the Waterloo Black Hawks on the 13th. Check out madcapshockey.com for game times and ticket prices - and don’t forget about the all-you-can-eat Eagle’s Nest option!
April 6 through 8
Deer & Turkey Expo
Hunters - and anyone wanting to learn more about hunting in the area shouldn’t miss this year’s Deer and Turkey Expo at the Exhibition Hall at Alliant Energy Center. This event is packed with seminars, exhibitors, and special displays alongside an archery trick shot show and shooting ranges. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door - and adults will receive a complimentary subscription to Field & Stream or Outdoor Life with their entrance. Check for prices and the full line-up at deerinfo.com.
Story Saturday: "Boom! Boom! Boom!"
If you’re looking for a fun and interactive way to spend time with your kids, give Story Saturday at the Wisconsin Historical Museum a try. This month’s book, Boom! Boom! Boom! tells the story of a brave kid as he’s frightened by thunder showers. The reading and related activities are totally free and the event begins at 11 a.m. Get full information at wisconsinhistory.org.
Duck Soup Cinema - Three Ages
This month’s Duck Soup Cinema feature is the first film Buster Keaton wrote, directed, produced and starred in - and it’s a must-see for cinema lovers. Though the film, which is set in three different time periods (prehistoric, Ancient Rome, and the 1920s) is only 45 minutes long, you’ll love the Vaudeville performance that goes with it. Shows begin at 2 or 7 p.m. and adult tickets are $7. Book your seats now overture.org.
2018 Mad City 100K
Hoping to participate in the next 100K World Champion race? Your time for this Mad City event could qualify you to participate in Team USA. Of course, you could also choose the 50K solo or relay races. Register to run or volunteer at madcityultras.com.
April 7, 28
Mad Rollin' Dolls Roller Derby
What’s not to love about a full contact sport played by gals on skates with plenty of eye makeup? At the very least, you should check it out before you rule it out. You’ll have two opportunities to do just that. Bouts begin at 5 p.m. at Alliant Energy Center. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door, so you may want to head over to madrollindolls.com to book your seats today.
Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain
You might think this performance sounds a little far out, but it’s been wowing audiences since the orchestra formed in 1985. They’ve played with some impressive names and in some amazing spaces and you really don’t want to miss out. There are still a few seats left for the 8 p.m. show. Tickets range in price and can be booked at union.wisc.edu.
DANEPEX '18 - Postage Stamp Show
Interested in stamp collecting? Already have a booming collection? You’ll want to head over to the Crown Plaza Hotel between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for free admission to this year’s DANEPEX, featuring 14 dealers as well as collection appraisals and free stamps for new collectors. Find out more at wfscstamps.org.
Dancing is definitely encouraged at the all-ages, free-entrance Mad City Sessions at the Capitol Theater. Yep, it’s free entry to catch both Kyle Megna & the Monsoons and the Lucas Cates Band. Both sets feature amazing folksy rock and you can pull in anytime between 7:30 and 10 p.m. Learn more at overture.org.
Beginning April 12 (every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday)
Dinner Theater: 42nd Street
It’s dinner and a show featuring plenty of Broadway hits at The Fireside dinner theater. Whether you’re a fan of musicals or just great dining, you’re going to have a great time at any of the dinner, midday, or matinee showings of this performance. Tickets are $82.24 (including taxes and fees) and you can book yours now at firesidetheatre.com.
April 13 through 15
Driftless Wisconsin Wine And Cheese Trail
Local wines and cheeses are showcased in this tasting trail between Madison and La Crosse. Sure, you can check out any of the 14 included wineries and creameries any time of the year, but you’ll be tempted with special spreads and savings between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. during these days. Start planning your trip by visiting driftlesswinecheesetrail.com.
Reduced Shakespeare Company: William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (Abridged)
This is Shakespeare like you’ve never known it before. Just imagine a mish-mash of his classics all pushed into one, hilarious play. And, you can stay after the show to meet the artists (you’ll definitely want to). The show begins at 8 p.m. at the Capitol Theater and tickets range between $30 and $40. Get yours at overture.org.
The King's Singers
Founded at King’s College in Cambridge, this award-winning singing group is celebrating its 50th anniversary. And now they’re coming to Madison to perform a wildly wonderful mix of songs from jazz to pop and everything in between. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show at the Union Theater range in price and you can book them through union.wisc.edu.
Taste Traditions Of Wisconsin: Swedish Pancakes For Breakfast?
Fancy some Norwegian Kjottkaker Meatballs with Ligonberry Sauce? How about Swedish Pancakes with Berry Cardamom Topping and Nutella? You’ll find both on the buffet before a presentation on Nordic-American life in the Upper Midwest at the Wisconsin Historical Museum. The feasting begins at 6 p.m. and you’ll need to book with wisconsinhistory.org before April 12th to reserve your seat.
April 20 through 22
Midwest Horse Fair
The largest 3-day horse fair in the US features more than 500 commercial exhibitors and hundreds of horses, plus plenty of action-packed events, clinics, and seminars. Don’t miss out! Tickets are $13 in advance or $17 at the Alliant Energy Center on the day. Parking is free and there are discounted weekend passes available as well. Get yours now at midwesthorsefair.com.
Let the kids have a ball at the Madison Children’s Museum - including mess-free tummy painting. There’s even a dance party to get everyone moving. It’s open to the public from 9:30 to 11 a.m. for an $8 entrance fee. Members get in free - and have early access. Learn more at madisonchildrensmuseum.org.
Springtime Mom & Me Tea
Treat mom (or anyone special) to tea at the Statehouse. It’s a proper English style afternoon tea with cakes, finger sandwiches, and the delightful sounds of The Ben Ferris Duo. Tickets are $32 or $40 with a glass of champagne. Children between the ages of 5 and 12 get in for $18, but you’ll need to reserve your seats as soon as possible. Do so at theedgewater.com.
Scrap Arts Music: Children Of Metropolis
If you’ve ever drummed a tune on an upside-down pot or created a guitar with rubber bands, then you’re going to fall head over heels for this performance using newly invented instruments made from bits and pieces of scrap. This super compelling show at the Capitol Theater has two start times: 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. and tickets range between $35 and $45. Book now at overture.org.
37th Annual Crazylegs Classic 8K Run / 2 Mile Walk
Start at Capital Square on State Street and wind your way through the UW campus whether you participate in the 2-mile walk or the 8K run. The race begins at 10 a.m. and ends with live entertainment - and proceeds support UW Athletics. Check out pricing and register to participate at crazylegsclassic.com.