September 2, 2017 to September 3, 2017

Taste of Madison

If it’s Labor Day Weekend, it’s time for A Taste of Madison. Now in its 34th year, it’s your chance to enjoy bargain-priced menu items from more than 80 local caterers and restaurants. The two-date fete also offers three live-music stages all weekend. Who needs to travel on Labor Day Weekend? Apparently, more than 250,000 Madisonites prefer to stay home and head to A Taste of Madison. It’s open on Saturday from 2 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., in Downtown Madison. Find details online at tasteofmadison.com.

 

September 7, 2017 to September 9, 2017

Quilt Expo

Who knew that quilts were such a big deal? Those in the know are heading to Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall to learn, enter their quilts in the contests and go ga-ga over those on display. The Expos is open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and until 5 p.m. on Saturday. Get all the details online at wiquiltexpo.com.

 

September 9

Marquette Bungalows Historic Architecture Walking Tour: What's A Jerkinhead?

Architecture fans will LOVE this Madison walking tour, featuring the bungalows of Marquette. The one-hour tour begins at 11 a.m. and includes two blocks in the Marquette neighborhood where you’ll view representatives of Craftsman-style bungalows, one of the most popular residential styles in the 1920s. Join the tour by showing up at Marquette Elementary School (in the small parking lot). Visit the website for more information.

September 10

IRONMAN® Wisconsin 2017

Originating in Waikiki in 1970, with the world championship held in gorgeous and historic Kailua-Kona since 1981, the IRONMAN Triathlon qualifier is one of Madison’s most popular athletic events. Ours offers 40 qualifying slots for the 2018 IRONMAN World Championship in Kona. Even if you don’t plan on participating, witnessing the finish, in Downtown Madison, is an experience in itself. Get the spectator guide online at ironman.com.

 

September 16

Isthmus OktoBEERfest

If the OktoBEERfest is the event you wait all year for, you’ll love this year’s! New this year is the Wisconsin Wine Tent (sip the wares of Wisconsin wineries). Admission also gets you an authentic Oktoberfest lunch. Dance, imbibe and play at Breese Stevens Field. Buy tickets online, here and get more information here.

 

September 16 and 17

40th Annual Willy Street Fair

One of our favorite annual events, this year’s Willy Street Fair entertainment lineup is amazing. You can find the schedule and hours online, here. The parade is Sunday from 11 a.m. until noon, down Williamson Street. All proceeds from the fair benefit Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center’s summer day camps and Common Wealth.

 

September 17

Bike the Barns

Tune up the bike and join the recreational ride that tours CSA farms in southern Wisconsin. At each farm stop you’ll get to rest and explore, taste, enjoy live music and have fun. The route starts and ends at Lake Farm Park here in Madison and you’ll have a choice of routes, from 28.5 miles to 57.5 miles and the long route, which includes 78 miles. Get all the details, including route maps, at csacoalition.org.

 

September 22

Who's Bad- The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience

The New York Daily News calls them “The world’s top Michael Jackson tribute band.” Jackson’s friend and manager, Frank Dileo says that “Michael would have been proud.” It’s so close to seeing Michael Jackson in the flesh, it’s eerie and now you have a chance to experience it in Madison, at the Orpheum Theater. Details and tickets are available online at madisonorpheum.com.

 

September 22 and 23

An Evening of Dreaming - Fall Art & Food Pop-Up

It’s a celebration of the upcoming transformation of Centro’s space. Enjoy food, music art and more in this “visual, edible, audible four-course experience.” Your ticket includes a welcome beverage, 3 to 5 course meal, live music, film screenings and admission to the Evening of Dreaming art exhibit.

Get the details online at micentro.org.

 

September 22 to September 24

2017 Wizard World Madison Comic-Con

What an amazing lineup of celebs at this year’s Wizard World Comic-Con. See The Walking Dead’s Lennie James (Morgan on the show), Lou Ferrigno, Rachel Skarsten and more at Alliant Energy Center. Comic-Con hours are Friday from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m until 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Learn more online at wizardworld.com.

 

September 23

Wynton Marsalis & Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Jazz fans need no introduction to Wynton Marsalis, one of the most gifted trumpeters alive. You’ll have a one-night-only chance to see him live at the Overture Center for the Arts. Learn more and buy tickets online at overture.org.

 
 

 

 

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