JUNE HAPPENINGS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD!

Time you get your Mooooo on!  June 2ndCows on the Concourse will be happening at the Farmers Market….

Perhaps you want to get your Vroooom on too…   June 2nd also brings us Cars on State Street.

June 3 @ 11:00am- 3:00 –  some people walk the talk, well today you can “ride the drive”  Ride the Drive is a free, community event and continues to be a celebration of Madison’s commitment to a healthy, active lifestyle.

June 3rd – The Cap East District is the place to be for all the music and festivals – Check out The Pursuit of Happiness Festival at McPike Park (formerly Central Park) 202 S. Ingersoll St.  If you want to see me, the festivities will start right at 11:00 when Josh Harty takes the stage. We are lucky to have this musician call Madison home.

June 9 & 10 – Marquette Waterfront Festival, come by Boat, on foot, or any other method of transportation you like.  Located on the lake front at 1800 Yahara Place.  Folks, this is the 29th year! For crying out loud, any volunteer-run event that sticks around for 29 years has got to be good!

Spring is also bringing us new fruit trees to be planted at Reynolds Park. Don’t forget to attend Party in the Park at Reynolds Park on June 10th from 4 – 7 pm.  There will be horses to pet, food to eat, drums to bang and lots of other fun stuff!  Details can be found at www.Tenneylapham.org

June 14th – Night Market strikes again!    You had so much fun at May market, that you get to do it again!   What… you missed the May market, well here is what you missed…   – the Madison Night Market is a celebration of Madison’s unique and inspiring creative culture! Madison’s Central Business Improvement District hosts this wonderful evening. Vendors showcase handmade products, local art, artisan gifts, prepackaged foods and fresh produce. The event includes live music, artists, retail store specials, visiting food carts and pop-up restaurant experiences. Everyone is invited Downtown to celebrate all things Madison.

June 14th – Monona Terrance Roof Top Concert – (said in my best Brittish accent) “What would you do if I sang out of tune……”  Tonight performing for your enjoyment is BritBeat….. a Beatles Tribute Band.

June 15th – LIVE ON KING STREET!   Cracker w/ Susto & Christopher Gold will be taking the stage for the first concert of many on this street this summer If you have lived in Madison as long as I have, you will know this street has turned in to nothing but fun!  This music series, located On King Street right in front of the Majestic, will give you six FREE outdoor concerts on Friday nights featuring nationally touring artists. These concerts happen because live music, summer, and beer were meant to be together. And more importantly, because we love you, Madison.

June 16th Paddle and Portage  – Isthmus Paddle & Portage is back for its 39th year! – Again folks, this has been going on for 39 years.  Something that has been happening for this long has got to be a good time!  Isthmus will host hundreds of paddlers from across the country as they descend on Madison and its lakes. The race begins at James Madison Park with a 1-mile paddle on Lake Mendota, followed by a 1-mile portage past the Capitol and Dane County Farmers’ Market before heading to the final 2.5-mile paddle across Lake Monona. The finish line is at Olbrich Park with a party to follow. Watch for crazy costumes, paddling fanatics, and fun family teams to set oar.

Racers and spectators are invited to enjoy music from DJ Mike Carlson, delicious food, refreshing craft brews, and an awards ceremony at Olbrich Park for the post race party and annual costume contest!

 

These are repeating events throughout the summer.

Festival Foods is now hosting a Senior Meal Site every Thursday from 11a.m. – 1p.m. Adults age 60 and older may enjoy a meal from stores salad bar and hot soup selection for the discounted price of $4.00

Dane County Farmers Market is outside around the Capital Square every Saturday

Eastside Farmers Market has opened for the season every Tuesday from 4:00 – 7:00 at  McPike Park (formerly Central Park) 202 S. Ingersoll St.

UPCOMING EVENTS

May 19th – Sip. Sample. Pair. Isthmus is excited to introduce Isthmus Uncorked, Madison’s first annual wine and food cart festival. On May 19, we’re bringing 30 local and national wineries to McPike Park (formerly Central Park). Tickets to the fest include a sampling glass for 2-ounce pours of whites, reds and more from any of the wineries present.

No Crap on Tap at the 21st Annual WORT Block Party!    music is in air….. and on the airwaves, come celebrate Madison’s Community Radio Station!  Sunday, May 20th 11:00 – 7:00 pm.  Located on the 200 Block of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Enjoy a beer garden and live music. There will also be children’s activities, food from around the world, art and craft vendors, info tables, WORT boutique, and a raffle with fabulous prizes donated by area businesses.

May 22nd, Flintstones meet the Flintstones… oops wrong theme song… Queens of the Stone Age will kick off the summer concert series at Breese Stevens Field at 6:30 p.m.

Spring weather is just around the corner and so is the first Bodega of the year, which will be May 24th at Breese Stevens Field! You ask what is the Bodega?  It can easily be described as A Market by Madison for Madison, there is a stage with free music, food carts, dining area, and vendors willing to sell you their wares.

May 26th Join us for a beautiful running tour of Madison. Races start and finish on Madison’s Capitol Square and run through several iconic areas of the city often rated #1.  And PERK ALERT:   FREE Digital Race Photos, 1 complimentary Michelob ULTRA post-race (for those 21+) and don’t forget the coveted Awesome Finisher Medal.

SPIT IN MY SHOE??

I remember being a kid and telling my folks “I’m bored, there is nothing to do” and the response would be “Nothing to do? Spit in your Shoe” not sure what kind of advice that was!

But we live in Madison and we can no longer say… There is nothing to do.  Look at a few of the events our community has to offer.   Some are repeating events and some are annual events, lets take a look at a few happening in the next couple weeks…. Check back here often for more things to do!

I have not reached the adult age of 60 yet, but for those of you who have, Festival Foods is now hosting a Senior Meal Site every Thursday from 11a.m. – 1p.m. Adults age 60 and older may enjoy a meal from stores salad bar and hot soup selection for the discounted price of $4.00

Dane County Farmers Market is again outside around the Capital Square every Saturday, more at http://www.dcfm.org/

Eastside Farmers Market has opened for the season every Tuesday from 4:00 – 7:00 at  McPike Park (formerly Central Park) 202 S. Ingersoll St.

May Day, May Day…  On May 1st, check out  “Joyce Westerman, Baseball Hero.” Kenosha native, Joyce Westerman, played for eight years in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League depicted in the movie, “A League of Their Own.” Author Bob Kann shares Joyce’s stories of growing up during the Great Depression, working at American Motors, playing professional baseball and much more from his biography, “Joyce Westerman: Baseball Hero.” A book signing will follow the presentation. Wisconsin Historical Museum 30 N Carroll St.

Starry Starry Night….On May 4th from 5:00 – 9:00pm, Gallery Night will showcase the city’s vibrant arts community.  Gallery Night is a long-time Madison tradition organized each spring and fall by MMoCA, Gallery Night offers art lovers and art novices alike an opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of exhibitions, opening receptions, special events, and demonstrations at venues throughout the city.

Need a little music to sit back and relax to?  On May 5th the Madison Folk Music Society will be hosting a CD release concert with John Gorka at the Brink Lounge at 7:00 pm.

How about a little music to dance to?  Every Thursday in the Robinia Courtyard, is a Latin Jazz Jam with Latin Dance Class –  Located directly across the street from Galaxie at 829 E Washington Ave.

I Love a Parade…  On May 7th, Madison’s Central BID opens the Summer and welcomes Bucky on Parade to Downtown Madison come downtown from 11:00 – 1:00 to celebrate the unveiling of all 85 Bucky statues for Bucky on Parade! Come to the Top of State Street at 11am for a live unveil of two of the 85 statues or join us immediately afterward to enjoy live music, special offers from area businesses and FREE samples of Calliope Ice Cream. Plus, catch a special performance from the UW-Madison Marching Band at 11:30 am.

The Madison Night Market, a celebration of Madison’s unique and inspiring creative culture, returns for its second year on May 10th! Madison’s Central Business Improvement District hosts this wonderful evening. Vendors showcase handmade products, local art, artisan gifts, prepackaged foods and fresh produce. The event includes live music, artists, retail store specials, visiting food carts and pop-up restaurant experiences. Everyone is invited Downtown to celebrate all things Madison.

What goes good with adult kick ball?   Adult beverages!   Breese Stevens field will host a kick ball league this year.