Summertime in Madison is the best time to be here! Personally, Gary and I celebrate our anniversary in July, and both of our birthdays in August, making it our favorite time of year. There’s also something for everyone going on throughout downtown. Here are some of our staff’s picks for the best things to do during the summer.Read More >>
Celebrate Summer in Madison, WI!
Eat Your Heart Out at Bratfest
Where: Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center
When: Memorial Day Weekend
It’s the “wurst” possible way to kickoff summer. We’ll once again be sponsoring the Lifest stage at Bratfest, the World’s Largest Brat Festival. This year, festival headliners include 90s rock band Everclear, country artist Joe Diffie, George Clinton of George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic, and many more! In addition to great music, there will be fireworks, a memorial bike ride, and “Take Your Brat to Work Day” on Friday, May 26. You can learn more about Brat Fest here.
Catch a Madison Mallards Game
Where: Warner Park, 2920 N. Sherman Ave.
When: May 30 – August 13, visit the Madison Mallards website for home game dates and times.
The Madison Mallards are a baseball team that’s part of the Northwoods League. You can enjoy a game from various perspectives, including “the backyard,” which offers a grass berm with room for 6,000 fans. The “Duck Blind” will also be redesigned for this season, and will offer three tiers to watch the game from. Opening day is on May 30 at 6:35 p.m., and features performances throughout the game by the ZOOperstars along with a fan giveaway! You can see a full list of promotions here.
Browse The Dane County Farmers Market
Where: Capitol Square, Downtown Madison & MLK Jr. Blvd,
When: Capitol Square: Every Saturday from 6:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
MLK Jr. Blvd: Every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
We love the Dane County Farmers Market. Bring your own reusable bags and enjoy a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with Wisconsin cheese, mushrooms, perennial plants and other products. If you want to know what you’ll find each week, sign up for their newsletter and you’ll receive a vendor list via email every Thursday.
Live on King StreetSource: Instagram (@majesticmadison)
Where: King Street Outside the Majestic Theater
When: Dates TBD
The street in front of the Majestic Theater turns into an outdoor concert venue on select Fridays throughout the summer. Last year brought bands such as Ra Ra Riot, Lewis Del Mar and The Kills. All of the concerts in this series are free to attend! Look out for an announcement soon to find out what bands will be playing in this years series!
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