Jumping around at a UW-Madison Badger football game is an experience like no other, but it is just a slice of Madison's best things to do in Fall. Gameday is a great anchor for a weekend-long trip to the Capital City. Here's a list of experiences to include before and after your journey to Camp Randall.
First Quarter: Farmers' Market
Kick off your Saturday at the Dane County Farmers’ Market, the largest producer-only farmers' market in the country! The market offers a huge lineup of seasonal produce, dairy, home-baked goods and local favorites including Stella's Hot and Spicy Cheese Bread right on the historic Wisconsin State Capitol square.
The market is open from 6:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. April through November. Check the market's website for details on the first and last market days of the season.
Second Quarter: Tailgate Picnic
Did you know when you're in Madison, you're never more than a 10-minute walk from a park? Choose one of our 270+ parks to enjoy a tailgate picnic with your farmers’ market finds.
Third Quarter: Fun on the Farm
Pumpkin pickin', corn maze journeying and biting into fresh apple cider donuts are touchdowns for everyone at these Madison-area farms. Each with their own personality, the farms provide a sweet and cozy break from the hustle and bustle of Camp Randall gameday.
Pro tip: A picture in an apple orchard compliments nicely with a Badger gameday pic on your Instagram feed.
Jump Around: Coffee Break
Jump up and get down with your favorite seasonal drink. Pumpkin spice? Apple cider? Chaider (look it up it's seriously delish)? We've got it. You can find delicious drinks across the city but if you're looking for one close to Camp Randall, Colectivo, Barriques, Madison Chocolate Company and Bloom Bake Shop are all conveniently located on Monroe Street.
Fourth Quarter: Fall Colors
Planning your perfect Fall hike has never been easier. The color changes in Madison are stunning and you won't want to miss when they're at their peak. Use the Fall Color Report below to plan Fall-color-peaking weekend.
Fifth Quarter: Find what's on tap
Madison's craft beverage scene is like no other. Find beers, bubbles, bourbon and beyond created by makers who make Madison the community that it is. Sign up for Madison On Tap to find your new favorite breweries, cideries and distillers (and earn awesome prizes and discounts along the way).
Pro tip: Many of our breweries and distilleries offer non-alcoholic beverages too!