There's a lot going on in and around Madison this March -- take your pick from the events below and get out and have some fun!
Through March 7
The Turn of the Screw
“The Turn of the Screw” is an English chamber opera composed by Benjamin Britten, based on the novella by Henry James, and performed by UW-Madison University Opera. Held downtown at the Carol Rennebohm Auditorium (925 Bascom Mall), you can purchase your tickets online, here.
March 10, 11, 17 and 18 and 31
Madison Capitols Hockey
You’ll have several chances to catch live hockey action this month as the Madison Capitols take on the Sioux City Musketeers on March 5 and then the Tri-City Storm on the 11th. Get tickets for the former here and the latter here. Or, you can spend St. Patrick’s Day with the Capitols as they go up against the Waterloo Blackhawks. Purchase tickets for that game, here. Finally, on the 18th, it’s the Capitols vs. Sioux Falls Stampede and on the 31st, they take on the Green Bay Gamblers.
March 10 – 12
Madison Symphony Orchestra: Peak Performance
If you attended programs in 2005, 2007 or 2012 you may remember Madison Symphony Orchestra’s guest conductor Carl St. Clair. She’ll be leading the program again for three days this month. You’ll enjoy Beethoven’s “Egmont Overture,” Strauss’ “Alpine Symphony,” and more. Learn more about the program online at madisonsymphony.org.
Yup, we’re ever closer to outdoor season here in Madison and Canoecopia is out to prove it. Billed as “the largest paddlesports consumer event in the world,” you’ll see kayaks, canoes, outdoor equipment and clothing. Attend the show at Alliant Energy Center from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Get details online by clicking here.
Midwest Bicycle Show and Sale
Alliant Energy Center is also host to the Midwest Bicycle Show and Sale, held over the same weekend as Canoecopia. Instead of canoes and kayaks, however, you can shop and even test ride 2017 bicycles. Admission is free and you can learn more at bikeorama.com.
Through March 11
Shakespeare’s Richard the Second
The story, in five acts, of King Richard II of England’s final two years of life, Shakespeare’s Richard the Second is a must-see for true fans of The Bard. Written more than 420 years ago, the play is produced by Madison Shakespeare Company in cooperation with Broom Street Theater and directed by Christopher William Wolter. Buy tickets for any Thursday, Friday or Saturday show online here.
Through March 12
Can’t get enough of that Shakespeare stuff? Catch Twelfth Night, one of his most popular comedies, at the Gilvert V. Hemsley Theatre (downtown at 821 University Ave.) The curtain rises Sundays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Be forewarned: “The UW-Madison Department of Theatre and Drama production will be an “East meets West” experience — setting the play in the Hawaiian kingdom at the beginning of the previous century and focusing on multi-ethnic and multi-cultural casting.” Learn more online, here.
Local parents are always looking for things to do with the kids and this month, we’ve found the perfect one: Seussical at Children's Theater of Madison (downtown at the Overture Center for the Arts, 228 State St.). The entire family will enjoy The Cat in the Hat as he hosts “Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and all the Whos of Whoville” coming together in a charming and imaginative show. Get our tickets now at ctmtheater.org.
Natural Family Expo
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center is the site for this year’s Natural Family Expo, the place to learn all about community, wellness and parenting. Learn more online at naturalfamilyexpo.com.
2017 Madison Shamrock Shuffle
If you feel as we do, that the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County is a very worthy cause, you’ll want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Madison Shamrock Shuffle. Be one of the 5,000 runners and help raise money for the cause. Learn more online at shamrock-shuffle.squarespace.com.
NAMI Dane County Annual Banquet and Gala
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center is having a busy month and this is one of the events being held there that you can’t miss, especially if empowering our youth is a cause you care about. In fact, this year’s theme is “Empowering Youth to Build a Movement: Creating an Open Dialogue about Mental Health”. Your ticket allows you to dine, participate in the silent auction, listen to Elizabeth Hudson, the keynote speaker and watch the awards ceremony. Oh, there’s also dancing to live music as well. The perfect evening!
Buy tickets online at namidanecounty.org or by phone at 608-249-7188.
There’s so much more than the wearin’ of the green and raucous parades when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day. In fact, did you know that Ireland didn’t actually hold St. Patrick’s Day parades until 1995? One thing that is a tradition in Ireland is a festival with Irish food, dancing and, naturally, music. So, if you have the Celtic spirit and want to do it up right, get to the Barrymore Theater (2090 Atwood Ave.) for Gaelic Storm. You may have heard their music if you viewed the motion picture “Titanic,” and you can also get a preview of the infectious sounds here and then hurry and buy your tickets online at barrymorelive.com.
March 21 – 26
You know how classic Broadway shows come to town and you put off seeing them for one reason or another? Please don’t do that this time. If you’ve never seen the hit “Cabaret,” make it a point to do so between March 21 and March 26. And who better to stage this true masterpiece and Tony Award®-winning production of Cabaret than the award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company? Catch it at the Overture Center for the Arts. Buy tickets online here.
March 30 to April 6
2017 Wisconsin Film Festival
Madison film buffs have much to be thankful for – living in Madison gives them access to the largest university-produced film festival in the nation. With more than 150 film screenings over eight days every spring, it’s a film-a-palooza! Tickets go on sale on March 11 at noon. Buy yours online at wifilmfest.org.
It’s time to say goodbye to ballet season and what better way to do so than with Madison Ballet’s Primavera, “a joyous spring celebration of dance and music?” You’ll witness two new ballets in this program, from artistic director W. Earle Smith. Buy tickets online at overture.org.