The summer season is always jam-packed with fun events, especially those including food, music and art. What better place to enjoy these things than in Madison? Along with warm weather and the absence of school work, look forward to some of these fun arts events here in Madtown.
Isthmus Food Cart Fest
Are you tired of getting “whatever works for you” or “I don’t care” as answers for when you ask someone where they want to eat? Have no fear, Isthmus Food Cart Fest is here! It takes place Sunday, May 21, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Central Park. There’s going to be food (lots of it), musical entertainment and, of course, craft beer. General admission is $30 and it includes entry and sampling from more than 30 local food carts. You can expect to see the beloved Banzo cart, fare from Cali Fresh, scrumptious Saigon Sandwiches and many more. This event will cater to everyone’s cravings, even if they claim “I’m good with anything.” Get ready for a little taste of it all.
Art Fair on the Square
Out of all the wonderful events that take place around the Capitol, this one has got to be the most artsy! It’s the 59th Annual Art Fair on the Square. Head to the State Capitol square Saturday, July 8 through Sunday, July 9 to see work from nearly 500 artists. Works include paintings, photography, prints, pottery, handmade clothing and jewelry. You can also expect live music and entertainment, as well as many outdoor dining options. Come see the art and culture this one-of-a-kind event has to offer.
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Hidden History: a Walk on Madison’s Weird Side
Looking for something a little offbeat to do this summer? Aug. 8 and Sept.12, the Wisconsin Historical Museum offers the tour “Hidden History: a Walk on Madison’s Weird Side.” The tour spans from the Capitol square to Monona Terrace and back again, roughly 1.4 miles. Along the way, you will learn about oddities from Madison including “creepy creatures,” bizarre locals and infamous murder trials. These stories will give you an inside look into how weird this wonderful city is (as if you didn’t already know that).
BOSTON — Hyper Space Tour
Attention “oldies, but goodies” music-lovers: Boston is coming to Madison Friday, May 26 with their Hyper Space Tour. Get ready to jam to some classic rock at Breese Stevens Field. Opening for these rock legends is special guest SIMO. We have “More Than a Feeling” that you will be “Feeling Satisfied” after attending this fun event. Young, old or somewhere in-between, all ages are welcome to rock. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30 p.m.
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Open Mic Nights at the Terrace
Ready to put the spotlight on those musical skills of yours? Or maybe you just like laid-back entertainment? Either way, The Terrace After Dark is offering open mic nights every Wednesday, this summer. It’s part of the Terrace After Dark Music + Film series, beginning May 12 with a limited music lineup. The series will be in full swing in June. Come see local Madison musicians on stage, or try out a song or two yourself— yes, “Wonderwall” is allowed. The pressure is low, but there’s no lack of fun! This summer, grab some friends and a couple of pitchers to fully enjoy Wednesdays at the Terrace.
Mad City Vegan Fest
Unless you’re a carnivore — in which case, get your cholesterol checked — Mad City Vegan Fest has delicious vegan food options for everyone. On Saturday, June 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., you can enjoy a variety of fully vegan dishes, moving speakers and vegan-centered exhibitors. Did we mention free samples? This event is taking place at the Alliant Energy Center’s Exhibition Hall. Come with an empty stomach and an open mind.