Things to do in Madison

No matter the time of year, there are plenty of things to keep you entertained in and around Madison.

Fun on the water:
Boat rentals on Lake Monona – Canoe, kayak and paddle boat rentals available. Concessions, lessons and special events throughout the summer.
Boat rentals on Lake Wingra – Canoe, kayak and paddle boat rentals available. Concessions, lessons and special events throughout the summer.

Leagues and sports to play:
MSCR – Madison School and Community Recreation, offering adult leagues throughout the year for softball, baseball, basketball, kickball, volleyball and other sports.
MUFA -The Madison Ultimate Frisbee Association (MUFA) is an official not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for people to play Ultimate. MUFA is responsible for 4 leagues, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. Our leagues are co-ed with a 4/3 gender ratio and open to players of all ages.
Keva Sports Center – Indoor sports center with soccer, futsal, basketball and volleyball leagues.
Breakway Sports – Offering indoor soccer leagues
Disc golf – Madison has numerous disc golf courses in and around town for all skill levels as well as competitive and casual leagues throughout the week.
The Sett – Indoor climbing, bowling, pool tables, play games, and hang out at.
Boulders Climbing Gym – 8,000-sq.-ft. indoor/outdoor training routes for rock climbers of all experience levels.

Sports to watch:
In addition to the UW sports
Madison Radicals ultimate – Professional Ultimate Frisbee, Madison hosts one of the best teams in the nation.
Madison Mallards baseball – The Madison Mallards are a collegiate summer baseball team based in Madison, Wisconsin that plays in the Northwoods League.
Madison Capitals hockey – Part of the United States Hockey League.
Mad Rollin Dolls – Flat track roller derby

Winter fun:
Ice skating – Madison has numerous areas around town to ice skate or play hockey when it gets cold, skate rentals available at some sites
Cross country skiing – Over 22 miles of signed and groomed trails await cross-country skiers at 8 Madison Parks locations. Trail difficulties range from easy to advanced. Ski rentals available at some parks.

Museums:
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art – The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is an independent organization that exhibits, collects, and preserves modern and contemporary art to provide transformative experiences that educate, reflect, and inspire us as individuals and a community.
Wisconsin Historical Museum –  Learn the stories of native people, settlement days, immigrants‘ experiences and lively politics of Wisconsin.
Madison Children’s Museum – Madison Children’s Museum connects children with their families, their communities, and the world beyond through discovery learning and creative play. Adult Swim at the MCM for those without kids.
Chazen Museum of Art – The Chazen is home to the second-largest collection of art in Wisconsin: more than 20,000 works include paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, and decorative arts.
UW–Madison Geology Museum – Geology and paleontology museum housed in Weeks Hall, in the southwest part of the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus.

Festivals:
Great Taste of the Midwest – The event is one of the premier beer festivals in the United States and features more than 150 of the Midwest’s finest craft brewers at Olin Park, overlooking Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin.
Waterfront Festival – Two stages of music and food over two day in Yahara Place Park next to Lake Monona.
Central Park Sessions – A summer concert series that takes place in Madison’s Central Park.
Art Fair on the Square – One of the Midwest’s most popular and highly regarded outdoor celebrations of the arts.
Orton Park Festival – Marquette Neighborhood Association’s longest-running free music festival in Madison, WI. Featuring local, regional, and national music entertainment.
Wisconsin Film Fest – The annual film festival presents 150 films in seven theaters over eight days in April.
Brat Fest – The ‘Worlds Largest Brat Fest’  Brat Fest features four music stages with 100 bands performing over Memorial Day weekend.
The Taste of Madison – Held each year over Labor Day weekend, the event showcases more than 80 local restaurants, 20 beverage stands and three entertainment stages.
Concerts on the Square – The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra’s  outdoor concert series held on the lawn of the Wisconsin State Capitol each summer.
Yum Yum Fest – Yum Yum Fest is an annual end of summer celebration organized by the Madison Area Chefs Network (MACN) to benefit food-related programming for children in Madison Central Park. The festival features dishes and drinks from twenty-four of the most celebrated restaurants in the Madison Area with exciting regional and national music acts.
Opera in the Park – Opera in the Park, Madison Opera’s gift to the community, is a night like no other. In beautiful Garner Park, the stars come out in the sky, the light sticks glow in the audience, and singers from our main stage season share their favorite opera and Broadway numbers.
La Fete de Marquette – A mainstay of the Madison’s summer festival season, bringing in artists from all over the world and happy Francophiles from all over the city.

Music:
The Orpheum – Weekly local, region and national acts.
The Majestic –  A 600-capacity live music venue in downtown.
The Frequency – Small, funky venue with local, national & global acts performing nightly.
The High Noon Saloon – Large rustic venue offering nightly live music in a variety of genres
Alliant Energy Center – Large touring acts, a top choice for expositions, conventions, meetings, concerts, sporting events and much more.

Outside Madison:
Devils Lake – The most popular of Wisconsin’s state parks, Devil’s Lake is about an hour northwest of Madison, south of Baraboo. It includes miles of hiking trails, some of them on bluffs of moraine overlooking the lake, created 10,000 years ago by the leading edge of the Wisconsin glacier. The park has two pleasant beaches, and you can hike, bike, boat, swim, climb, hunt, or fish.
Dr. Evermore’s Forevertron – An impressive junkyard sculpture garden, about 20 miles north of town. Fantastical animals, futuristic devices and creepy bugs all made out of rusting scrap metal.
Tyrol Basin Ski Hill – Tyrol Basin is a ski and snowboard area located in the Town of Vermont, Dane County, near Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. It has both an equal mix of beginner and intermediate runs as well as a mix of advanced and expert runs.
Cascade Mountain – Cascade Mountain is located in Portage, Wisconsin. It has 36 trails, 4 terrain parks, and an 800-foot-long chute for snow tubing.
Cave of the Mounds – A natural limestone cave located near Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, USA, is named for two nearby hills called the Blue Mounds.
Wisconsin Dells – A city north of Madison on the Wisconsin River in a region of glacier-carved sandstone formations. Its numerous theme parks and entertainment centers and is know as the ‘Waterpark Capital of the World’.