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.
Make plans to visit downtown Madison for one of these annual events.See What Happens Yearly
Explore Downtown Attractions
Kid-friendly activities, only-in-Madison experiences and iconic sites to see.Find Your Fun
Downtown Bars & Nightlife
Live music and local brews. Plus seasonal sips and comedy too.Start the Party
Downtown’s vibe and personality is shaped by important events and people.Walk Through Time
Check Out Our Visitors Guide
Get inspired with a complete guide of things to do and places to see during your visit.Learn More
Top 10 Things to do Downtown
Madison Local, Sarah Davidson shares her favorite downtown spots. From food and drink, to museums and getting on the lakes.Learn More