Downtown Madison

Vibrant and unexpected. Where tradition meets innovation. Free thinking and free speech. Bucky the Badger and bucking the trends. Downtown Madison is a complex and wonderful part of our community. Always evolving and never boring. Set on an isthmus between two scenic lakes and centered around the Wisconsin State Capitol, there’s always something to do.

Come explore what downtown means to us who live here and see how to make it part of your Madison experience.

Downtown Events

Fun events happening across the isthmus daily.

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FAQ

Plan your trip and get the lay of the land, all in one place.

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Annual Events

Make plans to visit downtown Madison for one of these annual events.

See What Happens Yearly

Restaurants

What’ll you have? Get to know our city through delicious food.

Find Some Fare

Attractions

Kid-friendly activities, only-in-Madison experiences and iconic sites to see.

Find Your Fun

Bars & Nightlife

Live music and local brews. Plus seasonal sips and comedy too.

Start the Party

Shopping

Boutiques and shops filled with gifts and treats to take home.

Hit the Shops

Hotels

Stay in style downtown. Rooms with views and in the heart of the action.

Rest Your Head

Downtown Story

Downtown’s vibe and personality is shaped by important events and people.

Walk Through Time

Getting Around

Tips for traveling and navigating on foot, by car, bus or bike.

Get Downtown
A list of the top 10 local favorites to try in Madison, WI

Read Our Visitors Guide

Get inspired with a complete guide of things to do and places to see during your visit.

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Reopening

How are we reopening to visitors? Check out our reopening page for full details.

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Our Downtown Partners

Downtown Madison Inc logo

Visit Downtown Madison logo

City of Madison logo