May 22 - 25 - Brat Fest

When: Friday, May 22nd - Monday, May 25th
Where: Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center
What: So, what is Brat Fest? Obviously, it's about eating brats and enjoying good food at great prices while celebrating Wisconsin's heritage and the people who make Madison a great place to live, but more importantly, it's about giving back to the community. The World's Largest Brat Fest is held every Memorial Day weekend - rain or shine - with proceeds benefiting the local charities that help to staff the event. 

Brat Fest Headliners at the Grand Stand
Friday: Bret Michaels from 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Saturday: Charlie Daniels Band from 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: Madison County from 7:00pm - 9:05pm
Sunday: Fireworks begin at 9:05pm
Monday: Aaron Lewis from 4:30pm - 6:30pm 

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May 26 - 31 - Dirty Dancing

When: Tuesday, May 26th- Sunday, May 31st
Where: Overture Hall
What: DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE is a record-breaking live theatre sensation, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. London’s Sunday Express says “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!” Featuring the hit songs, “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do you Love Me?” and the heart stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” You’ll have the time of your life! Attending the Thu, May 28 performance? Stay after the show for a Meet the Artist Q&A with the cast in Overture Hall!

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June 5 - Free Ice Cream

When: Friday, June 5th while supplies last
Where: All Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream's retail locations (listed below)
What: On Friday, June 5th, the first 60 SCOOPS of Chocoalte Shoppe Ice Cream's Create-A-Flavor winning flavor are free! Be one of the first 60 people in the door and get it while it's cold! 

Atwood Avenue
2302 Atwood Ave. | Madison, WI 53704
(608) 204-2702
Store Hours: Opening April 10, Thursday-Sunday 12pm-9pm

Camelot Square
1726 Fordem Ave. | Madison, WI 53704
(608) 241-2747
Store Hours: Sunday-Thursday 12pm-9pm, Friday-Saturday 12pm-10pm

Sequoya Commons
555 South Midvale Blvd. | Madison, WI 53711
(608) 441-5248
Store Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm

State Street
468 State Street | Madison, WI 53703
(608) 255-5454
Store Hours: Monday-Saturday 9am-10pm, Sunday 10am-10

June 13 - Sun Prairie's Taste of the Arts Fair

When: Saturday, June 13th from 9am - 4p
Where: Sheehan Park in Sun Prairie (1351 Linnerud Drive)
What: Join us for the 33rd annual Taste of the Arts Fair on June 13th at Sheehan Park! Bring your appetite for speciality foods, crafts, garden art, and fine art! Vendors vary greatly and include quilts, woodworks, florals, jewelry, photography, oil and water color paintings, ceramics and much more! Over 100 vendors with a variety of crafts, fine art, garden art, jewelry, specialty foods and more!

June 21 - Make Music Madison

When: Sunday, June 21, 2015
Where: Citywide, all over Madison
What: Make Music Madison is an annual one-day citywide, free, outdoor music festival to be held on the Summer Solstice, June 21. The goal is to generate a continuous wall of music as people walk around participating spaces. "Music" is whatever live sound an individual or group wishes to produce, and whatever the hosting space accepts. The festival will be inclusionary in terms of genres, ethnicities, styles of music, skill levels of musicians, and in the use of public and private spaces throughout our community. There are now over 700 communities around the world celebrating the Summer Solstice with a music festival.

What is Make Music Madison?
  • Performed  by anyone, enjoyed by everyone
  • A way for all Madisonians to celebrate the summer solstice, enjoying the longest day of the year, while sampling a buffet of music merriment.
  • A DIY city-wide celebration when almost any way to make music can and will happen. 
  • Make Music Madison is open to music makers of all ages, skill levels, and musical persuasions.
When and where will Make Music Madison take place?
  • Make Music Madison will take place on the summer solstice, Sunday, June 21
  • Some performances may start early or go late, or take advantage of natural commuter times, but public spaces throughout Madison - sidewalks, parks, and more - become impromptu musical stages, dance floors, and social meeting points. Last year we saw oodles of amateur musicians and every ilk of professional musician pop up all over Madison to perform for new audiences and neighbors alike, and we're sure this year will only be better!