Madison’s love for the outdoors is exemplified through the city’s calendar of events, which is booked solid in summer. One of our most well-known is Paddle and Portage, a treat for participants and spectators. Paddlers dress in costume, go across lakes Mendota and Monona and portage (carry their boat) past the Capitol and Dane County Farmers’ Market. Another favorite is Shake the Lake, a day filled with live music, food, family activities and Wisconsin’s largest fireworks display. In August, witness elite athletes from around the globe compete for the title of Fittest on Earth™ at the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games.