Summer is in full swing and nobody does this season better than Madisonites! Gear up, if you haven’t already, and have some fun in July.

Every Tuesday

Movies on the Water

You’re invited to the Edgewater every Tuesday this month for Movies on the Water. View “Rocky” on July 5; “Jaws” on July 12; “Best in Show” on July 19th and, on July 26, laugh yourself silly with Caddyshack. Movies begin at sunset. Learn more by calling The Edgewater at 608-535-8200.

Every Wednesday

Concerts on the Square®

If it’s summer it must be Concerts on the Square time in Madison. Every Wednesday for six weeks you can park your hiney on a blanket on the grass and enjoy live music at Capitol Square in Downtown Madison. Concerts start at 7 p.m. Check out the schedule here.

July 4

Monona Community Festival

What a weekend this will be! The annual Monona Community Festival is a tradition for thousands of Madisonites and for good reason. Here you can enjoy the carnival (opens at noon on Saturday, July 2), lots of live music, great food and fun competitions (keg toss, the Wisconsin Wife Carrying Championship and more). There will be fireworks starting shortly after 9 p.m. on the 4th. The fun takes place at Winnequah Park (1055 Nichols Rd. in Monona). Check out the complete schedule by clicking here.

Maple Bluff Fest on the 4th

One of our favorite fireworks displays is the one lit off every year at Maple Bluff’s Fest on the 4th celebration. Leading up to that grand finale you can enjoy a parade, a 5k fun run, softball game and a festival. Learn more online here.

July 9 and 10

Art Fair on the Square

Wow – attendance at Art Fair on the Square is that of some of America’s small towns – upwards of 200,000 people each year. Known as one of the top ten art fairs in the U.S., if you haven’t been, this is your year to check it out.

Sure, you can just browse if you like but we think you’ll pull out the pocketbook a couple of times while shopping the artwork and enjoying yummy food and awesome live entertainment. The fun happens from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday and opens again on Sunday at 10 a.m and closes at 5 p.m.

July 20 to 24

Dane County Fair

After more than 160 years of putting on the county fair it's safe to say that Dane County knows what it's doing. And, this year's fair is proof. Come for the entertainment, the food and, naturally the carnival rides. Find the schedule of events online at

July 23

Opera in the Park

Near West Side's Garner Park is the site of this year's Opera in the Park, hosted by Madison Opera. Sit under the stars with 15,000 of your neighbors and enjoy various artists from Madison Opera's singers from the mainstage season, Madison Opera Chorus and the Madison Symphony Orchestra, This event is free to the public, it starts at 8 p.m. and you can learn more about it online here. Garner Park is located at 333 S Rosa Rd. in Madison.



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