January 2 through January 7


It’s the 20th anniversary tour of this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning musical and it’s heading for the Overture Center’s stage. If you haven’t seen it yet, this event is a must-attend. Get the details and buy tickets online at overture.org.


January 5, 2018 to January 7, 2018

Madison Home Expo

If 2018 is the year you plan on sprucing up the old homestead, get to the Madison Home Expo for ideas, advice and inspiration. Enjoy roofing, home security, flooring, insulation, landscaping tips and bathroom and kitchen remodeling topics. It’s happening at the Monona Terrace Convention Center - Exhibition Hall and Ballroom. Admission for adults is $5 and kids under 18 get in free. Check homeshowcenter.com for times.


January 12

Warner Family Fun Night

This month’s Warner Family Fun Night happens on January 12 and offers bouncy houses, sports, games, fitness classes for the family, movies, art and potter projects a game room and child care room. Held at the Warner Park Community Recreation Center, the event starts at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per family. Get the details online at cityofmadison.com.


January 12, 13, 26, 27

UW Men’s Hockey

It’s Badger hockey! Get out to a home game and cheer them on. Get ticket information online at uwbadgers.com.


January 12, 13, 18, 26, 27

Madison Capitols Hockey

Enjoy even more hockey action by attending a Capitols home game. See the schedule and buy tickets online at madcapshockey.com.


January 13

Brazen Dropouts Bike Swap

Get bargains on all your bike accessories at the one-day Brazen Dropouts Bike Swap, at Alliant Energy Center. If you get there early (at 8:30 a.m.) you’ll pay $15 for admission. Wait until 9 a.m. and pay only $5 and after 11 a.m. you get in free. Kids younger than 13 get in free all day. Learn more online, here.



January 13, 14, 27, 28

UW Women’s Hockey

Cheer on the UW women at a home game:

  •          January 13 and 14: The women take on Minnesota State. Sunday is kids’ day.
  •          January 27 and 28: Badgers vs. St. Cloud State

Learn more online at uwbadgers.com.


January 14

Criss Angel Raw – The Mindfreak Uplugged

If you miss him on your last visit to Vegas, have no fear. Criss Angel brings his mentalism, street magic and his most popular illusions to the Overture Center stage. Head to overture.org to buy tickets before they sell out.


January 19 through January 21

Madison Symphony Orchestra – Gil Shaham Plays Tchaikovsky

Named by Newsweek as “the outstanding American violinist of his generation,” Violinist Gil Shaham makes his Madison debut. Performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, it’s a must-attend event. Get your tickets online at overture.org.

2018 Mad City Pond Hockey Championships

Esser Pond in Middleton is the site of this year’s Mad City Pond Hockey Championships. Get rain dates and additional details online, here.


January 20

Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest 2018

What a way to warm up winter! Alliant Energy Center will be the site of brews and cheese for you to sample. The premiere tickets are sold out but general admission tickets will get you some goodies as well. Check out the details online at isthmusbeerandcheese.com.


January 21 through January 26

Madison Magazine Restaurant Week

Madison’s winter Restaurant Week event promises to be a stunner. A three course meal starting at $25 is still on the agenda and some restaurants are offering a reduced menu option for a $15 lunch. New this year: some are also offering $30 and $35 dinner options. Reservations at your restaurants of choice are recommended. To learn more, visit Madison Magazine online.


January 27

Frostiball 2018

Need an excuse to don your finest? Head to Frostiball, at the Overture Center for the Arts. Enjoy yummy appetizers and desserts, craft cocktails and dancing to live music. Then, the afterparty gets going (11 p.m.) with music from DJ Pain 1. Get tickets online at overture.org.



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