Wisconsin football looks a little different this year, but there are some creative ways to have four quarters of fun in Madison. Don your Badger red as you get out and enjoy a Saturday full of fall activities around the city. If you’re feeling adventurous, tackle everything in one day, or spread them out throughout the fall for several weekends of fun.
First Quarter: Farmers' Market
Start your Saturday at the Dane County Farmers’ Market. Pre-order jams, popcorn and fall produce to pick up at the Alliant Energy Center’s Willow Island, or mask-up to browse additional vendors in person.
Review the “Safe Shopper Code of Conduct” before heading to the market. The Saturday Market runs through October 31, with drive-thru pick-up for preorders from 7 – 9 a.m. and walk-ups from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Second Quarter: Tailgate Picnic
Choose one of Madison’s 270+ parks and create an intimate tailgate picnic with your farmers’ market finds. Seeking some unique additions to your meal? A stop at the National Mustard Museum or Fromagination will do the trick for specialty condiments and local treats — plus, the store owners offer expert pairing advice.
Third Quarter: Fun on the Farm
Feel like a kid again at one of these six Madison-area farms. Fall brings apple-picking, apple cider donuts and hayrides. Plus, corn mazes, pumpkin patches and cute farm animals. These farms have fall activities to appeal to the whole family.
Jump Around: Coffee Break
Fourth Quarter: Fall Colors
Pick a place to marvel at the magical fall colors. Take a peek at our Iconic Urban Adventures for a few new areas to explore. We suggest the UW-Madison Arboretum, Pheasant Branch Conservancy, Picnic Point or Lower Yahara River Trail for excellent leaf-peeping opportunities.
Fifth Quarter: Drive-In Date
The fun doesn’t stop after four quarters — this is Madison, after all. Grab a bucket of popcorn and cozy blankets for an outdoor movie at the Madison Mallards’ Duck Pond Drive-In. Upcoming showings include a mix of family favorites like Shrek, plus classics like Jurassic Park and Star Wars. Find the full movie line up here.
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