11 Must Do Madison Summer Events

Joe Marks
Joe Marks
Published on May 14, 2018

Welcome to Madison where the beer and cheese are flowing and summer is hopping with awesome events for adults and families alike!  Summer is a great time to live in one of America’s Best Places to Live!  Take a look at just a few of the many Madison summer events taking place this year.  See you out there!

April 14 – November 10: Saturday Farmer’s Market Bring the family and walk the square to buy everything from locally grown vegetables, to kettle corn, to freshly baked spicy cheese bread at this nationally recognized Madison summer event! What a great way to get out and enjoy the beautiful Madison weather on a summer Saturday!

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May 25 – May 28: Brat Fest It doesn’t get more Wisconsin than this!  Enjoy the official kick off to summer in Madison at the World’s Largest Brat Fest.  This iconic Madison summer event is fun for the whole family complete with concerts, a kid zone, a carnival, and even doggie daycare!

June 9 – June 24: Parade of Homes Tour some of Madison’s most impressive homes at this annual Madison summer event, the Parade of Homes. Tickets can be purchased on the Madison Area Builders Association website

June 23: Shake the Lake Enjoy a day around Madison’s spectacular Lake Monona.  Live music featuring a rock and a country stage, an amazing daredevil act by David the Bullet Smith, and a wild Kid Zone are just a few of the highlights!  End the night by watching Madison’s 4th of July fireworks display above the lake.  What a fun day for the whole family!  Madison’s Shake the Lake has more information.

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June 27 – August 1: Concerts on the Square Bring your blanket and a picnic supper to enjoy on Madison’s capitol square for a night of relaxation listening to music featuring Wisconsin’s Chamber Orchestra.  A classic Madison summer event!  Just remember, get there early to scope out the best spots!

July 14 – July 15: Art Fair on the Square Get a taste of some local flavor at this popular Madison summer event, Art Fair on the Square.  Experience work from some of the Midwest’s most talented artists featuring paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, and much more!  Plus soak up the sun while enjoying an outdoor meal and listening to live music!

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July 23 – July 27: Summer Restaurant Week Sample the amazing flavors from some of Madison’s most delicious restaurants!  For just $25 a person, enjoy a three course meal at one of these nearly 50 Madison hot spots.  No tickets are required just remember to make a reservation in advance!

August 1- August 5: Crossfit Games Check out this new Madison summer event!  This year Madison has been selected as the sight for the exciting Crossfit Games!  Watch as competitors from all over the world show their strength in grueling games to determine who is the fittest person on earth.  Tickets can be purchased at the Crossfit Games website, but don’t wait long tickets are selling fast!

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August 11: Great Taste of the Midwest Come out and show your support for local brewers at the Great Taste of the Midwest, one of the largest and most prestigious beer festivals in the United States!  The event features more than 150 craft brewers from all over the Midwest and is sure to impress beer drinkers of all types!

September 1 – September 2: Taste of Madison on the Square Support local charities and non-profit organizations by attending the Taste of Madison, a huge festival featuring scrumptious food and live entertainment.  There is no fee to get in the door but bring your cash to try out food from all sorts of local Madison venues!

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September 9: Iron Man of Madison Want to get a look at some of the most amazing athletes in the world?  Stop over at the final Madison summer event, the Wisconsin IronMan race and witness amazing feats of strength and endurance.  Watch athletes compete in a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and as if that weren’t enough, finish by running a 26.2 mile marathon!  Wow!    

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