Hey, welcome to August, 2016! There’s a lot going on in Mad City this month – so much that it was a bit challenging to narrow it down. Check out just some of the fun August events in Madison.

August 1

Million Dollar Shootout

It’s time for the 20th Annual Million Dollar Shootout Charity Golf Outing, held at Maple Bluff Country Club (500 Kensington Dr. in Madison). A benefit for the Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin, the 18-hole scramble offers all a chance to win $1 million! Register your foursome online here. Registration is at 10:30 a.m. and the shot gun start an hour later. After, stay for the awards dinner and raffle. Questions? Call 608-232-3410

August 1 to August 29


The Friends of Monona Library are holding their first Annual Scavenger Hunt to benefit the library. And, don’t assume this will be like any other scavenger hunt you’ve attended because the organizers are planning plenty of entertaining ways to make it a whole new thing.

While the actual event doesn’t take place until next month, you need to sign up for it in August, between the 1st and the 29th. The hunt takes place from September 9 to 19. Get details online, here.

Terrace After Dark: Lakeside Family Films

Free, family-friendly movies! It’s bonding time at the Terrace (Wisconsin Union Downtown 800 Langdon St.). Check out the schedule below. Movies start at 8:30 p.m. and you can learn more online by clicking here.

  • August 1: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (Rated PG-13)
  • August 7: “Zootopia” (Rated PG)
  • August 8: “Space Jam” (Rated PG)
  • August 15: “Clueless” (Rated PG-13)
  • August 22: “Spiderman” (Rated PG-13)
  • August 29: “Creed” (Rated PG-13)

August 5 and 12

Live on King Street

Don’t miss the two amazing free concerts as the Live on King Street free outdoor concert series continues this month. On August 5 you can catch Horseshoes and Hand Grenades and on August 12 it’s Rodd Tuffcurls and the Bench Press. It starts at 6 p.m. downtown on King Street.

August 5, 12, 19 26

Dane Dances!

Music, dancing, food, vendors and a chance to get to know your neighbors – every Friday in August at Monona Terrace Rooftop. Find out more online at danedances.org.

August 6

Def Leppard with REO Speedwagon and Tesla

Alliant Energy Center (1919 Alliant Energy Center Wy. In Madison) is the setting for a blast into the Brit heavy metal music past with Def Leppard on its summer 2016 tour. Madison is just one of 55 stops for the guys as they storm across the country. With two albums on on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, expect this to be one packed concert. Opening for Def Leppard is REO Speedwagon and Tesla. Buy tickets online at Ticketmaster.com.

August 7,14,21,28

Mad City Ski Team

If you haven’t yet caught the Mad City Ski Team this season, what are you waiting for? The season ends early next month so you still have a chance to get out and watch the 10-time National Champions do their thing at Law Park in Madison. Juniors start their show at 5:30 p.m. and the main event follows at around 6 p.m. Law Park is located at 410 S. Blair St. in Downtown Madison. Learn more about the team online at its website.

August 10, 17, 24, 31

Jazz at Five

Yet more outdoor music for your summer enjoyment happens every Wednesday in August. With shows at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6:30, you’re sure to find artists to please your jazz palate. Best of all, you can bring a picnic dinner because you can see the concerts from the State Capitol lawn. Get the schedule of appearances here.

August 20

Madison Mini

Judged one of the country’s best half-marathons in the U.S. by Runner’s World, this is your chance to run through downtown Madison, with aid stations along the way and entertainment to wrap things up. The party happens on Union Terrace and, aside from live music you can enjoy (if you’re age 21 or older) free beer from Wisconsin Brewing Company. Get the details here.

August 21

Yum Yum Fest

The third annual Yum Yum Fest is your chance to taste culinary delights from the Madison Area Chefs Network and drinks from 24 of Dane County’s most popular restaurants. It’s a benefit for Madison Parks Foundation to boot! It all starts at 3 p.m. at Madison’s Central Park (202 S. Ingersoll St.). Buy tickets online, here.



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