Capitol Skyline at Sunset
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Summer in Madison

This summer, discover why Madison ranks as one of the Top 10 Happiest Cities in the World! With more than 15,000 acres of lakes, the nation's largest producer-only Farmers' Market and unparalleled outdoor concerts, Madison is your destination for summer excursions. 

16 Weeks of Summer Contest

Musical High Notes 
Madison's music scene offers summer-long opportunities to combine the outdoors with amazing views of lakes and the Capitol. Bring your own blanket for Concerts on the Square for music from the Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra and sample from local food carts. Join locals at the Memorial Union Terrace for unparalleled views of Lake Mendota, coupled with music, beer, and ice cream. Visit Concerts on the Rooftop at Monona Terrace for an evening of dancing in the moonlight, with the reflection gleaming on Lake Monona. Learn more

Natural Excursions
From access to green spaces to water activities on our sparkling lakes, Madisonians live life outdoors. Bring your own boat for Paddle and Portage, a canoe race where participants portage across the Capitol in crazy outfits (others attend just for the after-party at Olin Park). Take a hike or bike on one of our trails—Madison is continuously ranked for our more than 200 miles of biking and hiking trails and healthy lifestyle. Learn more.

Sunnyside Up
Rated as one of the 10 Best Cities for Food Trucks and a great Road Trip for Food Lovers, Madison will satisfy any palate! Bring your own basket to the Dane County Farmers' Market for produce and talk to local vendors—around 150 attend every Saturday. You'll likely spot area chefs visiting the market to purchase items for their summer menus. Our farm-to-table restaurants make the most of this time of year, and so should you. Summer also marks the unofficial start of food festivals, beginning with the world's largest BratFest, to the Isthmus Food Cart Fest, to YumYum Fest in August. All are a chance to try many of Madison's food experiences at one time. Learn more.  

Click to Win a Slice of Summer!
Enter for your chance to win our 16 Weeks of Summer contest! Each week is a new prize, such as VIP passes to food and music festivals, watercraft rentals, or baskets filled with local fare.