August 18th – 31st

August 18, We start the weekend out with two smaller eastside neighborhood festivals: Ekin Park Festival is in its 2nd year located at 700 block of Mayer Ave, it runs from 11:30 – 8:00 and my recommendation is not to miss Chris Plata pay at 3:00 and we also have Schenk’s Corner Block Party, located at the corner of Atwood and Winnebago St. and it runs 2:00 – 10:00August 19, this festival is for the food lovers vs. the music lovers, we move to the near eastside to Breese Stevens with Yum-Yum fest, this will be the most delicious day of summer! It runs from 3:00 to 7:00

August 21, and if you missed La La Land, or want to see it again – The Edgewater is the place to be tonight at dusk for this movie viewing.

August 23 – 26 – Orton Park Festival – this will be at 1103 Spaight St So…. Much to do at this fine festival that is in its 53rd year! Thursday night is family night, Friday night starts out with a Neil Young Cover Band, Check out the website for all the happenings there day & night for this festival. http://marquette-neighborhood.org/festivals/orton-park-festival/

Aug 24 – Dane Dances – Groupo Candela/VO5… when you see VO5 (and we are not talking 80’s hair product) on the bill, you know you’re going to Celebrate and have a good time!

Aug 28 – Edgewater Movies – Sing…. See you at dusk… bring the popcorn and bug spray!

Aug 31 – Dane Dances – Clyde Stubblefield All Stars/The Voices…. We lost Clyde last year in Februar, but his memory and music lives on with the performers who have played with him over the years…. The band has 100% heart and you will hear and fell the love and respect they all had for Clyde.

Aug 31 – Brewgrass Fridays Edgewater (5 -9) – Charlie Parr… if you have not seen Charlie Parr, you owe it to yourself to check him out. He is the real deal. Other musicians play festivals just because Charlie Parr is there.

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. http://www.eastsidefarmersmarket.org

August 7th – 12th – Madison, we are rolling in fun things to do this week!
Aug 7 – Edgewater Movies – School of Rock
These outdoor movies are the bomb!  Skeeter spray optional
Aug 8 – Central Park Sessions – The Sadies will perform with Wheelhouse and Jigjam opening.
Show starts at 5 p.m. located at Milt McPike Park located at 202 S Ingersoll St.  Just a hop, skip, jump away from The Galaxie and The Constellation!
Aug 9 – Central Park Sessions – Justin Townes Earle with Mal O Dua and the Nick Brown Band performing as openers.
The show starts at 5:15 p.m.  Okay folks, Justin is son of Steve Earle and he is even better than his dad!   I have caught his shows both at the High Noon Saloon and The Barrymore Theatre and he is a smashing good time, I will be pulling out my JTE t-shirt for sure this week!
Aug 9 – Madison Night Market
The Market, located along Gilman Street in the heart of downtown Madison will be from 6pm – 11pm, this is the only one in August, and next month will be the last one for the season.
Aug 9 – Memorial Union – Terrace after Dark
Oak Street Ramblers 5:00 – 7:00
Rocket Paloman w/ Gentle Brontosaurus 9:00
Aug 10 – Dance Dances – BBI/NABORI (5:30 – 9:30)
On the Roof Top Garden
Aug 10 – Brewgrass Fridays Edgewater (5-9) – Them Coulee Boys
Saw these guys in Memphis in February, glad to get to see them in their home state, and the land of their accent.
Aug 10 – Memorial Union – Terrace after Dark
The goodie Two Shoes 5:00 – 7:00
The Earthlings w/ Bird’s Eye 9:00 – 11:55
Aug 11 – Memorial Union – Terrace after Dark
Panchromatic Steel 9:00 – 11:55

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. http://www.eastsidefarmersmarket.org

Happenings in the Area August 1st-7th

Aug 1 – Concert on the Square– Music of the New World, this is your last opportunity for Concerts on the Square for this season, so don’t be “square” go put your blanket on the capital lawn and listen to the music.

Aug 1st & 2nd– Central Park Sessions – you get to double your pleasure, not because you use doublemint gum, but because there will be two days of free music at Central Park Sessions.

Aug 2nd,  3rd, and 4th! – Memorial Union – and now you get to triple your pleasure as you can attend three nights in a row at the Terrace after Dark music series.

Aug 3 – Live on King Street – Margo Price 7:00- There are only a few more shows left for the season for Live on King Street Music Series, so try and stop by for more free music!

Every Friday in August at 5:30, the fine folks at the Monona Terrace brings us the FREE series – Dane Dances. Starting on August 3rd with – The Associates/Kinfolk

Aug 3 – Brewgrass Fridays Edgewater (5 -9) –Armchair Boogie is who you can see this week for free, a beautiful space on the lake to spend an evening socializing, grabbing a cocktail and listening to music.

And when you’re at the end of the first week on August…. Sit back and take in a free outdoor movie:

Aug 5 – Lakeside Sunday Films – High School Musical 2 – @ Memorial Union

Aug 7 – Edgewater Movies – School of Rock

JULY… BUT WE ARE NOT DOING XMAS IN JULY,

THERE ARE BETTER THINGS TO DO THAN THAT!

Festival season is upon in full blast….. there are live music events all over town, and many of them won’t cost you a penny!

July 11 – Concert on the Square – Skavic Dances – Just a few more weeks of these left, get your blankets out and on the lawn!

July 12 – 15 – La Fête De Marquette head on over to McPike Park – 202 S Ingersoll St. –  no charge to attend and see all this great music!  J’aime ce festival!

July 12 – Monona Terrace Roof Top Concert – 7:00-9:00 Totally Neon (80’s covers)

July 14 – 15 – Art Fair on the Square – (Remember that the usually scheduled farmer’s market moves off the square to Breese Stevens Field this week!)  Lots of people, and lots of great art.  Always bring an umbrella as it will keep off rain or heat. (It seems like we normally have both for this event!)

July 18 – Concerts on the Square – Don’t Stop Believin’ –   Journey released this song in 1981, and we are still singing it!  Put on your best 80’s outfit and sing along!

…… Just a small town girl, living in a lonely world, she took the midnight train going anywhere, Just a city boy, born and raised in South Detroit, He took the midnight train going anywhere……

July 19 – Monona Terrace Roof Top Concert 7:00-9:00  Madison County

July 20 -21 Maxwell St Days – Best deals in town will be found on State Street this weekend!  One of a kind, things you don’t need, things you did not know you needed…. It can all be found here! $$$

July 20 –  Live on King Street – Nikki Lane 7:00

July 22 – Adult Field Day– Join us at Breese Stevens Field between 12pm and 6pm for this throwback event to the field days of our youth.  Your $25 entry fee, available for advance purchase or at the door,  will include two drink tickets and access to all of the field day games.  All proceeds from this event benefit Gio’s Garden, a local respite care facility for children who have special needs

MORE JUNE HAPPENINGS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD!

FREE is the name of the game for the rest of the month…. There are MANY other events happening in June, but these are the FREE ones!

Bring the blankets and the popcorn!  Outdoor movies are plenty this summer.  You may watch at the Memorial Union and at the Edgewater!  So, this is the movie section for the whole month! Start time is dusk, but you already knew that, who watches movies in the daylight!

June 18 – Lakeside Cinema – Top Gun – @ Memorial Union
June 18 – Edgewater Movies -Almost Famous
June 24 – Lakeside Sunday Films – Spider man 2 – @ Memorial Union
June 25 – Lakeside Cinema – The Lion King – @ Memorial Union
June 24 – Lakeside Sunday Films – Spider man 2 – @ Memorial Union
June 25 – Lakeside Cinema – The Lion King – @ Memorial Union
June 26 – Edgewater Movies – High Fidelity

FREE, that word is Music to my ears!

The following is free outdoor music for the rest of June…..

June 21 – Memorial Union – Terrace after Dark (Zeroed hero W/Nester)
June 21 – Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps @ Breese Stevens 5 – 8
June 22 – Memorial Union – Terrace after Dark (Trapper Schoepp)
June 22 – Brewgrass Fridays Edgewater (5 -9) –Trout Steak Revival
June 23 – Memorial Union – Terrace after Dark
June 23 – Shake the Lake
June 27 – Concert on the Sq – Carnival
June 28 – Monona Terrace Roof Top Concert – 7:00-9:00 The Jimmys  (Blues/Funk)
June 28 – Memorial Union – Terrace after Dark (Trophy Dad)
June 29 – Memorial Union – Terrace after Dark (Redeye)
June 29 – Brewgrass Fridays Edgewater (5 -9) –  The Appleseed Collective
June 30 – Memorial Union – Terrace after Dark

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.