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12-20-2014

Special Event

'Twas the Brass Before Christmas

December 20, 2014
2 E. Main St., Madison, WI 53702
Wisconsin State Capitol
From: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Special Event
Come see The Impact of Brass - 33rd Annual Children’s Holiday Program in the Capitol Rotunda. This is our 33rd Annual Children’s Holiday Program in the Capitol. We will present a jazzy program of family holida... more >

Children's Theater Of Madison Presents: A Christmas Carol

Recurring daily until December 23, 2014
201 State St., Madison, WI 53703-2214
Overture Center for the Arts
Special Event
As Madison’s finest holiday tradition, this is much more than a play. It’s an event the whole family can enjoy. A mark-it-on-the-calendar and get-a-little-dressed-up kind of day. Step back in time to Victori... more >

Country Roads Brewery Bus Tour

December 20, 2014
674 S. Whitney Way, Madison, WI 53711
Vintage Brewing Co.
From: 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Special Event
Photo courtesy Hop Head Beer Tours. Departs the Vintage Brewing Co. 674 Whitney Way Transportation: 14 passenger shuttle bus. Join us for a brewery bus tour visiting three of Wisconsin's finest breweries! Itiner... more >

Ecological Restoration Work Party: Grady Tract

December 20, 2014
SE corner of Seminole Hwy & Beltlne frontage road, Madison, WI 53711
From: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Special Event
Photo credit Jeff Miller/UW Communications. Volunteer for restoration activities at the UW Arboretum and learn about prairies and savannas. Tools and training are provided; groups are welcome with advance not... more >

FAMILY EVENT - Holiday Crafting & Pictures with Santa

December 20, 2014
One N. Pinckney, Madison, WI 53703
DreamBank
From: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Special Event
Hop the Downtown Holiday Trolley and head to DreamBank with the family for free hot cocoa, a holiday craft workshop and photos with Santa! Crafting and cocoa are available all day, with Santa’s visit from 10 am &nda... more >

Kids in the Rotunda

Every Saturday until April 25, 2015
201 State St., Madison, WI 53703-2214
9:30am, 11am, 1pm
Special Event
Each Saturday from the end of September through April at 9:30 AM, 11 AM and 1 PM, Overture Center presents Kids in the Rotunda, a series of FREE artistic programs designed for children and families. This popular performin... more >

Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know? Show

December 20, 2014
One John Nolen Dr., Madison, WI 53703
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
Starting: 9:30 AM
Special Event
Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know? - a nationally-syndicated, comedy/quiz/interview show distributed by PRI, Public Radio International. Broadcast live from the Monona Terrace in Madison, WI. Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know?... more >

UW Women's Basketball vs. Oral Roberts

December 20, 2014
1450 Monroe St, Madison, WI 53703
Starting: 7:00 PM
Special Event
Photo credit Michael Forster Rothbart/UW Communications. Come take in some great basketball and cheer on the Badgers at the UW Field House! more >

Ongoing Events

'tis the Season: Winterful Wisconsin

Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until January 10, 2015
30 N. Carroll St., Madison, WI 53703
Wisconsin Historical Museum
Tuesday-Saturday 9 am-4 pm, Sunday 11 am-4 pm, closed Monday
Ongoing Events
Generally Wisconsin residents have the right attitude about winter. Not only do we know how to survive the cold and snow, we also embrace the season with outdoor activities such as skating, sledding, skiing and more. See ... more >

Artisan Gallery Presents Three New Shows

Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until December 31, 2014
6858 Paoli Rd., Paoli, WI 53508
Artisan Gallery
From: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Ongoing Events
Three new exhibits are coming to the Artisan Gallery. We present S.V. Medaris: New Work, Small Works Show, and In the Cooler: Ted Lott – Temporary Residence. An opening reception will be held November 7th from 5-9pm... more >

Dueling Pianos

Every Friday, Saturday until March 28, 2015
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 >

Holiday Fantasy in Lights

Recurring daily until January 04, 2015
1156 Olin-Turville Ct, Madison, WI 53715
Ongoing Events
Photo credit Madison Parks. Get in the holiday spirit with the annual Holiday Fantasy in Lights display at Olin Park near downtown Madison. Gather your family and take a drive through the holiday-themed LED display... more >

Ice Skating Rink

Recurring daily until April 01, 2015
1001 Wisconsin Pl., Madison, WI 53703
The Edgewater
Ongoing Events
Come and have some fun on The Edgewater Ice Skating Rink this winter. This outdoor rink is real ice that stays the perfect temperature all season thanks to a unique plumbed cooling system. The rink officially opens on Nov... more >

Live German Music at Essen Haus

Every Friday, Saturday until March 28, 2015
514 E. Wilson St., Madison, WI 53703
Essen Haus German Restaurant
Starting: 8:30 PM
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 March 28, 2015
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 March 28, 2015
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 March 28, 2015
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 >

StoryBook: Narrative in Contemporary Art

Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until July 15, 2015
227 State St., Madison, WI 53703
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Tuesday-Thursdays 12-5 pm, Friday 12-8 pm, Saturday 10 am-8 pm, Sunday 12-5 pm
Ongoing Events
The current exhibitions on view at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art are Storybook: Narrative in Contemporary Art, and From Here to There: Alec Soth's America. For more information about each exhibition, please vis... more >

12-21-2014

Special Event

Arboretum Night Walk: Winter Solstice

December 21, 2014
1207 Seminole Hwy., Madison, WI 53711
UW-Madison Arboretum
From: 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Special Event
Photo credit Jeff Miller/UW Communications. Free naturalist-led hike. Join us for sunset on the shortest day of the year. Dress for the weather. more >

Arboretum Walk: Conifers

December 21, 2014
1207 Seminole Hwy., Madison, WI 53711
UW-Madison Arboretum
From: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Special Event
Photo credit Jeff Miller/UW Communications. Free naturalist-led hike. The Arboretum is home to many species of conifers. This tour visits pines, spruces, firs, and more. Dress for the weather. more >
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