Spring is finally here. Even though this year’s winter wasn’t so harsh, it’s nice to see the sun stay out a little longer each day. You know it’s spring when there’s talk about Badgers Basketball and the Big 12 Conference Championship (or potentially a March Madness run. One can only hope.) There are many things big and small during spring that reminds me why I’m in love with Madison.
The Dalai Lama will be visiting Madison this month for a panel discussion put together by the Center for Healthy Minds
. It will focus on personal and global well being. As you may already know, I think it’s important for all of us to improve the well being of our neighbors and community
. It also allows us to show gratitude
towards the natural resources we’re so lucky to have.
For dog lovers, there is a dog park cleanup at all eight Madison dog parks on Saturday, April 2. Volunteers will help spread mulch, pick up litter, and trim weeds around fences. If you love bringing your pets to Madison’s beautiful dog parks, help contribute to the park’s well being.
For those of you who have high school students looking for something to do during spring break, I would recommend checking out the Break A Difference
program. This nationwide alternative spring break allows for students to travel to different places across America to help fight youth hunger or help with natural disaster aid. Some cities in this year’s program include Baltimore, New York City, New Orleans, and San Francisco.
For those chilly or rainy days that spring graces us with, there are still indoor activities that provide fun for the whole family. One of my favorite plays, Peter Pan, will be playing at The Fireside Dinner Theatre
in Fort Atkinson until April 10. There are both matinee and evening performances availableon Thursdays, Saturdays, & Sundays.
If you prefer Dorothy and Totoover Peter Pan and Tinker Bell, The Children’s Theatre of Madison
will put on their rendition of The Wizard of Oz at The Playhouse at Overture Center until March 26. This classic tale of friendship and courage comes to life on stage in this magical journey.
There’s also a free concert by the UW-Madison School of Music on March 8 by their Contemporary Chamber Ensemble.
For foodies like me, Madison has plenty of events for any palate. Like many other places within Wisconsin, Friday Fish Frys are a big deal here in Madison. There is even a whole blog called Madison Fish Fry that created a listof the top 25 fish frys
I’m personally looking forward to the Dane County Farmers Market opening on April 16. It’s great to purchase your groceries from local venders and to support other small businesses that are a part of Dane Buy Local.
is the “king of the food events” this spring. We’re a proud sponsor of this family-friendly event and have been planning for it since January. This year, we’re looking forward to having Aaron Lewis. We’ll also have acts from past years such as Family Force 5 returning. Only in Wisconsin would we have a whole festival dedicated to the bratwurst. Stop by on Memorial Weekend and say hi to your favorite EZOPeops, we’ll be there!
Spending Time Outdoors
After being cooped up inside with the family, I’m looking forward to spending some time outside exploring all that Madison has to offer. Madison was ranked the 10th most active city in America by WalletHub
, and for good reasons.
Canoecopia, the World’s largest kayak and canoe expo, comes to town every March. Over 250,000 feet of the Alliant Energy Center is dedicated to showcase the latest kayaks, canoes, stand up paddleboards, and other outdoor gear. There are also over 110 seminars to help you learn about the styles of gear, boost your skills, and discover some new places to kayak, canoe, or stand up paddleboard.
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