June 2016

Issue 06.02.2016

Oh Say, Can You See?

This Fourth of July, declare independence from the ordinary and spend time in Madison! The city is celebrating early with Shake the Lake on June 25, a downtown festival with live music, local food and Wisconsin’s largest fireworks display. This family-friendly event is located at the Monona Terrace® Community and Convention Center and features a farmers' market and artisans selling locally-sourced goods. The festival starts at 4p.m., but why not show up Saturday morning and explore the Capitol building, the Dane County Farmers’ Market and shops on State Street? Shake the Lake is free, but you can purchase tickets to the rooftop party, which includes the best views of the fireworks.

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A New Spin on Old Classics

Newly renovated venues and warmer weather are combining to boost Madison’s live music scene this summer. The recently restored Breese Stevens Field on Madison’s eastside is seeing a resurgence of musical acts, with the addition of Steve Miller band in July and Wilco in August. Plus, the iconic Memorial Union Terrace reopened in May after an extensive renovation project with an improved stage and sound system. Live bands play at the terrace Wednesday through Saturday nights—locals love to grab a sunburst chair, listen to music and take in some of the best views found in Madison.

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