Things to Do in Madison, WI
Fall is a fun time to be in Madison, whether you're fond of family events, festivals that focus on food, or you love to get your game on in the great outdoors.
Make Fall Memories in Madison
There's a reason why this season is a favorite for those who visit Madison: fall has it all!
For instance: football Saturdays. It's hard to miss UW-Madison and Badger fans when the sidewalks turn into a sea of red and residents roll out the red carpet for a day filled with music, food and fun! Try a tailgate or two before the game, such as Badgerville—the official UW-Madison pre-game event—or simply show up at Union South's Badger Bash where you can watch the game on the big screen (indoors and out!) if you don't happen to have tickets. If you love to polka and don't want the fun to end, stop back at Union South after the game to celebrate Sixth Quarter with the UW Marching band and other avid fans.
Have a quieter day in mind? Find fun at all of the area orchards and other events that celebrate seasonal offerings. Family favorites include Eplegaarden and the Dane County Farmers' Market where you can make your way home with perfect produce grown locally. From September through year-end, you'll find dozens of food festivals to attend including Madison Magazine's Festival of Food, the Isthmus Food & Wine Festival, as well as ones in the charming towns surrounding Madison, like Mt. Horeb's Thirsty Troll Brew Fest. If you missed a fest, don't despair: there are year-round tours and tastings at many venues including Madison's authentic German restaurant, Essen Haus.
As the weather winds into more wintry temperatures, there's even more to enjoy indoors! Madison's State Street was recently ranked in the Top 8 shopping districts in America by MSN, but there are tons of places to shop ‘til you drop, from Middleton's Greenway Station—which also hosts holiday events—to malls and more. Hosting your own holiday events? Don't forget to check out local grocers including Metcalfe's and Willy Street Co-op locations to find fresh and festive food and create your own Madison-inspired menus.
Any Time You Visit Madison
Year-round, you're encouraged to explore the many exceptional attractions in the Madison area, including the award-winning Madison Children's Museum, the free Henry Vilas Zoo, and the historic Cave of the Mounds. Enjoy the natural beauty of Olbrich Botanical Gardens and the University of Wisconsin Arboretum. If sports and recreation are more your speed, take in the excitement of a Badger game, or get active and discover the many trails the area has to offer for biking, hiking, running and more! Delight in endless shopping opportunities, from State Street boutiques to shopping malls; then kick back and relax with a day at the spa or a night out on the town.