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From sunup to well after sunset, Madison, WI events will keep you engaged all summer long. Simply search by date, category, or keyword to discover your Madison "must-do!" 

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08-23-2014

Special Event

American Buffalo at American Players Theatre

August 23, 2014
5950 Golf Course Rd., Spring Green, WI 53588
American Players Theatre
Starting: 3:00 PM
Special Event
Photo credit Zane Williams. Even the bitterest of plans are fabricated with hope. Hope for luck. For trust. For better things to come. In Mamet's first trip to the Touchstone, he brings us Donnie, Teach and Bobby -... more >

Arboretum Class: Introduction to Rain Gardening

August 23, 2014
1207 Seminole Hwy., Madison, WI 53711
UW-Madison Arboretum
From: 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Special Event
This class will cover design, placement, plants, and planting of rain gardens. Instructor: Molly Fifield-Murray. Fee and registration required; to register, download a form at uwarboretum.org/education/classes.php, or c... more >

Arboretum Ecological Restoration Work Party: Core Area and Curtis Prairie

August 23, 2014
1207 Seminole Hwy., Madison, WI 53711
UW-Madison Arboretum
From: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Special Event
Volunteer for restoration activities and learn about our native ecosystems. Tools and training are provided, and groups are welcome with advance notice. Meet at the front steps of the Arboretum Visitor Center. Work par... more >

Boat Rentals on Madison Lakes

Recurring daily until October 01, 2014
5381 Westport Rd., Madison, WI 53708
SkipperBud's
From: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Special Event
Enjoy boating Madison on a Pontoon or Sport Boat from Skipper Buds. We offer Hourly, Half Day and Full Day boat rentals 7 days a week, April 15th through October 1st. Boats leave from our docks on Lake Mendota. We provi... more >

FAMILY EVENT - Kids Zumba

August 23, 2014
One N. Pinckney, Madison, WI 53703
DreamBank
From: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Special Event
Let your kiddos burn off their exuberant energy and learn something new at our fun Zumba party! Zumbatomic helps strengthen children’s balance, coordination, and mobility while encouraging their self-confidence, tea... more >

Madison Brewery Bus Tour

August 23, 2014
601 Williamson St., Madison, WI 53703
Machinery Row Bicycles
From: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Special Event
Madison Brewery Bike Tour Saturday, August 23rd 1:00-5:00 pm Departure location: Machinery Row Bicycles, 601 Williamson St. Madison, WI. 14 miles round trip, 90% on Bike Trails.Transportation: BICYCLES! Join us for ou... more >

Much Ado About Nothing at American Players Theatre

August 23, 2014
5950 Golf Course Rd., Spring Green, WI 53588
American Players Theatre
Starting: 8:00 PM
Special Event
Photo credit Carissa Dixon. There is no comedic couple quite as beguiling as Beatrice and Benedick. Wielding words as both weapon and armor (but always with a charming, effervescent glint), their banter is code for... more >

Potosi Brewfest Shuttle

August 23, 2014
674 S. Whitney Way, Madison, WI 53711
Vintage Brewing Co.
From: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Special Event
Depart from Vintage Brewing Co. 674 Whitney Way Transportation: 14 Passenger Shuttle Bus Join us for a shuttle bus to Potosi Brewfest We'll provide the safe ride for your craft beer experience. Itinerary: 11:00 am: De... more >

The Importance of Being Earnest at American Players Theatre

August 23, 2014
5950 Golf Course Rd., Spring Green, WI 53588
American Players Theatre
Starting: 3:00 PM
Special Event
Photo credit Carissa Dixon. Our very own brand of summer blockbuster: a bountiful crowd-pleaser, complete with mistaken identity, mad extravagance and people who know nothing about love hurtling headlong into it. I... more >

The Year of Magical Thinking at American Players Theatre

August 23, 2014
5950 Golf Course Rd., Spring Green, WI 53588
American Players Theatre
Starting: 8:00 PM
Special Event
Photo credit Zane Williams courtesy APT. When your rational mind is trying to tell you things you don't want to hear, even the toughest of us will go looking for the loophole. You know, the one that gives a fi... more >

University Heights: Historic Architecture Walking Tour

August 23, 2014
, Madison, WI 53726
From: 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM
Special Event
Photo credit Paul McMahon. Homes by Frank Lloyd Wright, his mentor Louis Sullivan, and local architects Claude & Starck and Alvan Small stand side-by-side. This early suburban neighborhood features styles from ... more >

Ongoing Events

Atlas Improv Co. TheatreSports Show

July 25, 2014
609 E. Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53703
8:00pm
Ongoing Events
Two teams of performers face off through fast-paced comedy improv. Audience members fuel the show by yelling out suggestions and participating onstage, so no two shows are alike. It's appropriate for all ages and is a sur... more >

Basic Stand Up Paddleboard Lesson

Every Saturday until August 30, 2014
1625 Yahara Pl., Madison, WI 53704
Urban Excursions
Starting: 10:00 AM
Ongoing Events
This two hour session covers the basics of SUP. We go over parts of the board and paddle, proper stroke technique, and maneuvering the board. Some off-water instruction, lots of on-water practice. more >

Daily 25-mile Sightseeing Tours of Isthmus

Every Sunday, Saturday until September 28, 2014
, Madison, WI 53703
Starting: 1:30 PM
Ongoing Events
Daily Highlights Tours of Madison, 2-Hour, 25-mile driving tours encompass the whole of Madison's downtown isthmus. We drive by all 3 lakes, showcase the Square, the best photo stops, Maple Bluff, Mansion Hill, the Univer... more >

Dueling Pianos

Every Friday, Saturday until September 27, 2014
116 W. Mifflin St. or 111 State Street, Madison, WI 53703
Starting: 8:00 PM
Ongoing Events
Dueling Pianos non-stop entertainment! Join us nightly request songs and sing along! Perfect for your special occasion or for just a night you won't forget! Dueling Pianos Thurs-Sat nights, solo all request shows Tues &am... more >

FREE Drop In Tours

Every Saturday until February 28, 2015
201 State St., Madison, WI 53703
Overture Center for the Arts
Starting: 11:00 AM
Ongoing Events
Come and take a free tour of the Overture Center for the Arts. Tours run Saturday mornings at 11AM. more >

Live German Music at Essen Haus

Every Friday, Saturday until September 27, 2014
514 E. Wilson St., Madison, WI 53703
Essen Haus German Restaurant
From: 8:30 PM to 12:30 AM
Ongoing Events
Photo credit Alex Lahti. Dance the night away to live bands performing spirited German drinking hall songs at the Essen Haus! Live music most Thursdays, and every Friday and Saturday. Check our website for performa... more >

Monkey Business Institute Improv Comedy Show (All-Ages)

Every Saturday until September 27, 2014
2916 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704
5:30pm (Seating starts at 4:45pm)
Ongoing Events
Photo by Amelia John. Madison’s award-winning professional improv group creates a unique comedy show based on audience suggestions. With no sets, props, scripts or line memorization, MBI creates spur-of-the-m... more >

Monkey Business Institute Improv Comedy Show (Grown-Up Show)

Every Saturday until September 27, 2014
2916 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704
8pm (Seating starts at 7pm)
Ongoing Events
Photo by Amelia John. Madison’s award-winning professional improv group creates a unique comedy show based on audience suggestions. With no sets, props, scripts or line memorization, MBI creates spur-of-the-m... more >

Old Sugar Distillery Free Tasting and Tour

Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday until September 27, 2014
931 E. Main St., Ste. 8, Madison, WI 53703
Old Sugar Distillery
Thursdays and Fridays 4-10pm, Saturdays noon-10pm
Ongoing Events
Come visit Old Sugar Distillery in downtown Madison. Less than a mile from the Capitol, Old Sugar Distillery produces world class spirits using many local ingredients. Tours are free and last about ten minutes. You can... more >

Smokey Joe's Cafe

Every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday until August 31, 2014
1131 Janesville Ave., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538
Fireside Dinner Theatre
Seven shows weekly Wednesday through Sunday
Ongoing Events
Photo courtesy of The Fireside. This critically acclaimed musical revue is a joyful celebration of the music of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. You may not know the names but we guarantee you know their music. Leibe... more >

Wisconsin in Watercolor: The Farmscapes of Paul Seifert

Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until August 30, 2014
30 N. Carroll St., Madison, WI 53703
Wisconsin Historical Museum
From: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Ongoing Events
German immigrant Paul Seifert came to Wisconsin and lived a varied and creative life on the edges of society but all the while deeply immersed in the Wisconsin River valley landscape of the Driftless Region he called home... more >
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