Fun things to do in Madison in November 2017

Posted by Jolenta Averill on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 at 10:52am

 

November 1

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.

 

November 3

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.

 

November 4

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.

 

November 5

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.

 

November 12

Madison Marathon

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.

 

Harvest Gala

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.

 

November 17

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.

 

November 18

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.

 
 

 

 

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