Concerts on the Square
It’s the last of the Concerts on the Square for the season - and one you don’t want to miss. This installment plays to the tune of “Music of the New World” and features the singing of baritone, Jubilant Sykes. Blankets can be laid on the Capitol lawns from 3 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. The event is free and you can learn more at wisconsinchamberorchestra.org.
August 1 to 5
2018 Reebok CrossFit Games
Want to see what “fit” really means? You’ll definitely want to check out this year’s CrossFit Games, held over five days at Alliant Energy Center. This year’s event features 50 percent more seating than last year, but you’ll still want to book soon. Get your ticket and full schedule information at games.crossfit.com.
August 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11
Madison Mallards Matches
You don’t have long to catch a Madison Mallards this season; the last home match is on the 11th. Whether you love the game or just the park atmosphere, you’ll find it’s easy to have a good time - no matter what seats you choose. But maybe you’ll want to splurge this time around. Check out what’s available at mallardsbaseball.com.
August 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16
Central Park Sessions 2018
Head out to Central Park for a free concert on one evening - or for all six (different acts will perform every evening). Proceeds from food and drink sales go to support local charities, so you’ll want to come hungry and ready for a good time at 5 p.m. on any performance day. For the lineup and more information, check out the event’s Facebook page.
August 3 to 4
Sugar Maple Music Festival
Three stages host a wide variety of performances, including informal jam sessions and professional performances at the Sugar Maple Festival. It’s an impressive couple of days and a great way to spend an evening. Performances begin at 5 p.m. on Friday and at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Tickets range between $22 and $35, and anyone 17 and under gets in for free. Get all the details you need at sugarmaplefest.org.
Are you up for a 14-mile run this weekend? Head to Fort Atkinson to jog around the lake and countryside. There are plenty of aid stations to fuel your run and entry fees are $55 per individual and $65 for relay teams. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. and you’ll want to register now at runsignup.com.
August 11 to 12
Midwest GeekCraft Expo
Got a little geek in you? You need to make some time to head out to this expo. It’s filled with handcrafted geeky goods like superheroes and gaming icons. Entrance to the Madison Masonic Center is totally free and the expo begins at 10 a.m. on both days (running until 5 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday. Plus, cosplay is encouraged! Take a look at what’s on offer at geekcraftexpo.com.
This summer festival makes the best of all things local, from food to our parks. Head out to Tenney Park Island between 1 and 7 p.m. for delicious food and a look at impressive visual art. Entrance is free and plates are sold for $7 or less. Learn more at makeshiftfestival.com.
Madison Comic Con
Everyone knows about Comic Con and if you’re someone that waits eagerly for its arrival, you can rest assured that this year’s Madison event is going to be bigger and better than ever before. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., entrance is just $5 to anyone aged six and over. Before you head over to Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, get the full details at mightyconshows.com.
The Loop Pursuit Triathlon
You can really show what you’re worth with a 50-mile triathlon and Verona offers a stunning course. It’s split between a 0.8-mile swim, a 39.2-mile ride, and a 10-mile run. The event begins at 7 a.m. and registration for individuals is $189. Get prices for relay teams and full course details at thelooppursuittriathlon.com.
Can you believe it’s already the Madison Mini-Marathon’s 10th birthday? Maybe this is the year you’ll beat your best time with this 13.1-mile race. Or, perhaps you’ll start with a 5K run as the beginning of your training for next year. And don’t forget about the after party. Get all the info and register for the event at madisonminimarathon.com.
History On State: Fall Harvest Celebration
It’s just a short outing - only taking place between 5 and 6 p.m. - but you’ll love trying the flavors of some of Wisconsin’s kitchens. And you’ll get tips from the best for your garden. The event is free; all you need to do is head to Capitol Square. Learn more at wisconsinhistory.org.
August 23 to 26
Orton Park Festival
Yep, it’s time for four days of fun-filled days at the 53rd annual Orton Park Festival. Whether you’re after the music, the food, the drinks, or the family activities, you will find it all here. Entrance to this Marquette Neighborhood Association event is free (they make their money from drink sales), but they encourage you to walk, bike, or get dropped off rather than parking. Check out what’s on offer at marquette-neighborhood.org.
Tails & Cocktails
It’s an evening at the zoo, but it’s not for the whole family. This is a brand new event, which truly mixes tails and cocktails! Madison’s best bartenders are competing to see who makes the best drinks, and you get to taste them all. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and tickets are $45 in advance or $60 at the door. And, it’s only $20 for designated drivers, including unlimited non-alcoholic beverages. Get the full details at vilaszoo.org.
Houdini Workshop for Kids
Give your kids a chance to learn a little magic with one of the greats. At the Wisconsin Historical Museum, kids aged eight and over can learn how to escape from ropes as well as an array of card tricks. The one-hour class begins at 10:30 am and costs $30 per child. Register in advance at wisconsinhistory.org.
The fun isn’t all for the kids! RJ the Magician is also hosting an afternoon session for adults (children over 12 will be considered with advance notice). Only ten seats are available - and you’ll learn some incredible escape techniques between 2 and 4 p.m. for cost of $40 per person. Check it out at wisconsinhistory.org.
GLEAM: Art In A New Light Opening Night
Be among the first to check out this year’s light art exhibition at Olbrich Botanical Gardens between 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. The incredible displays, created by local, national, and international artists span the gardens and are open to spectators every Wednesday through Saturday until October 27th. But, it all starts tonight! Get a taste of what’s on offer at olbrich.org.