The Porchlight 2017 Annual Recognition Dinner
If you’re looking for a way to give back to Madison, consider attending the annual Recognition Dinner. You’ll enjoy a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and touching stories from Porchlight clients. This event runs from 5;30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and you can learn more online at porchlightinc.org.
November 1 through November 5
Wisconsin Science Festival
Science Festival events will be held in various locations across the state, but the kickoff party is happening November 1, right here in Madison at the Madison Children’s Museum. Kids can enjoy free science-related activities and more. The museum is located at 100 N Hamilton St. in Madison and you can find the full schedule of events online at wisconsinsciencefest.org.
November 2 – 5
Wisconsin Book Festival
Madison Public Library is host to the Wisconsin Book Festival with free admission. Over the course of the four-day festival, you can meet authors, get your books signed and purchase books. The festival schedule is located online at wiconsinbookfestival.org.
Luminescence: A Spectacle of Fire and Light
Suitable for kids and adults, Luminescence features fire, dance, amazing costumes and stunning choreography. Chicagoans, it’s their first Madison performance and it happens at Monona Terrace. Get details online at mononaterrace.com.
November 3 through November 5
Madison Opera Presents “Carmen”
First performed in Paris in 1875, “Carmen” was considered scandalous for the time but by the end of the decade it had achieved international acclaim. Now you can witness the passion, jealousy and seduction for yourself at Overture Center. Get more information at madisonopera.org and buy your tickets online at overture.org.
Madison Club Charitable Foundation Gala
Treat yourself to a sumptuous evening to benefit Centro Hispano of Dane County. Enjoy a gourmet dinner prepared by Madison’s club chefs, live and silent auctions and more. Buy tickets online at madisonclub.org.
Duck Soup Cinema - The Flying Ace
Silent movie classics continue this month at Overture Center for the Arts. Tonight, view “The Flying Ace,” released in 1926 and featuring an all-African American cast, which was groundbreaking for the time. Starring Laurence Criner and Kathryn Boyd, you can buy tickets online at overture.org.
35th Annual Herb Faire
Herbs for the Holidays is the theme of this year’s Herb Faire at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Learning opportunities abound with demonstrations, lectures and workshops. Or, shop among the many vendors. This event runs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The gardens are located at 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. Get details online at madisonherbsociety.org.
Birthday Bash For Box Of Balloons
The kids will love this one! In fact, the entire family will enjoy solar system sensory play, a balloon artist, DIY moon rock-making, planetarium shows and more. Get the details online at boxofballoons.org. Then, head to the Madison Metropolitan School District Planetarium.
Wisconsin Dog Fair
There’s lots for dog lovers to do at the Wisconsin Dog Fair. On hand you’ll find pet supply vendors and folks with specific breed knowledge just waiting for you to pick their brains. Organizers are asking that you leave your dog at home. Held at the Exhibition Hall Downtown (1919 Alliant Energy Center Way), the event runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Learn more online at badgerkennelclub.com.
November 11 and 12
Winter Art Fair Off the Square
Formerly known as the Winter Art Festival, Winter Art Fair Off the Square features more than 135 Wisconsin artists exhibiting a selection of photography, glass, pottery, graphics and more. It’s being held at the Exhibition Hall of the Monona Terrace Convention and Community Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 11 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 12. Learn more online at artcraftwis.org.
Even if you aren’t running, show up and cheer on those who are participating in the Madison Marathon. Races start and finish Capitol Square. The post-race party will feature live music and lots of fun. Get the details at madisonmarathon.org.
A Night with Janis Joplin
Yet another amazing Overture Center show this month, A Night with Janis Joplin. You won’t believe it’s not her voice as you enjoy “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Summertime” and others. Get tickets now by heading over to overture.org.
Enjoy a spectacular five-course dinner comprised of local ingredients and prepared tableside by a local chef. It’s this year’s Harvest Gala and proceeds support REAP. Get details online at reapfoodgroup.org.
Kansas in Concert
Carry on my wayward Madisonian to the Capitol Theater at Overture Centre for the Arts for Kansas in concert. Buy your tickets online here.
Madison Night Market Winter Carnival
Music, food booths, demonstrations, more than 40 vendors and a tree-lighting ceremony all wrapped into one event! Head to State Street for all the fun, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Get details online at cityofmadison.com.
November 18 and 19
Madison Women’s Expo
What a fun way to spend a day -- The Madison Women's Expo features a place for women to meet with local business folks, take classes and attend seminars on women’s topics. Learn more and buy your tickets online at madisonwomensexpo.com.
November 18 to December 16
Holiday Dane County Farmer's Market
Grab your Christmas produce from the Holiday Dane County Farmer’s Market at Monona Terrace. Open from 7:30 a.m. until noon, you can shop from among more than 50 vendors. Learn more online, here.
November 18 to January 2
Holiday Fantasy in Lights
It’s back for its 29th year! Holiday Fantasy in Lights opens at 4:30 p.m. every day through January 2, in Olin Park. Get the details online at fantasyinlights.com.
November 21 to November 26
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
Bundle up the family and get them to the Overture for a night in Whoville. Based on the book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” Seuss’ story is set to music. Buy tickets online at overture.org.
November 24 to December 31
Zoo Lights at the Henry Vilas Zoo
Imagine strolling Candy Cane Lane with a warm beverage in-hand, oohing and aahing at the holiday lights and music. Aside from December 24 and 25, the attraction will be open every night during winter break. See the entire schedule online at vilaszoo.org.