It's going to be a big week for people who love Halloween and/or learning stuff.
What are you looking forward to this week? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to hear about it.
A suggestion for you: The Wisconsin Science Festival and the Wisconsin Book Festival are hosting dozens of events throughout the area this week. Click through to see their full schedules.
Have a good week!
- Wisconsin Leadership Summit hosted by Madison365. Monday through Friday. Virtual. Nonprofit/government tickets $29, students $19, full registration $49.
- Wisconsin Book Festival. Thursday through Sunday. Author talks, used books sale, poetry reading, and more.
- Wisconsin Science Festival. Thursday through Sunday. Science-related events for both adults and kids throughout the area.
- Beakers & Broomsticks Week at Madison Children’s Museum. Thursday through Sunday. Mashup of science and Halloween activities.
Monday, Oct. 18
- Prayers for the Planet, a multifaith demonstration for climate action, at the Capitol. 12 p.m.
- Bike tune up event at Lussier Community Education Center. 4-6 p.m. Free.
- Virtual Conversation With Toufah Jallow, author of “Toufah: The Woman Who Inspired an African #MeToo Movement” and Saikou Camara, an international motivational speaker. Hosted by a Room of One’s Own. 6 p.m. Free.
- The Madison Moth StorySlam: LEGENDS at High Noon Saloon. Performers share a five-minute story about lore. Doors 6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. $15.
Tuesday, Oct. 19
- Sustainable Breakfast Series: Youth in the Sustainability Movement with Sustain Dane. 8:30 a.m. Virtual. Free for Sustain Dane members, $20 for nonmembers.
- Cap Times Talk: Surveillance Capitalism in the Digital Age with former FTC chair Jon Leibowitz. 7 p.m. Virtual. Free.
- Beer and Chocolate pairing event with Wm. Chocolate at Giant Jones Brewing Company. 7 p.m. $25.
- In-person screening of “Waiting for Spinal Wind" at Bos Meadery. Show is a virtual puppet variety show produced in February that features music and vignettes from mockumentary films. 7 p.m.
- Organ player Greg Zelek at Overture Center. 7:30 p.m. $20.
Wednesday, Oct. 20
- Social Media Breakfast Madison: “The 4 Elements of Great Storytelling.” 8 a.m. Virtual. Free.
- Clean Lakes 101: A New Compact for Cleaner Lakes. Learn about ongoing efforts to improve the condition and usability of local lakes and beaches. 8 a.m. Free.
- The basics of business banking class with StartingBlock Madison and Monona Bank at the Spark Building. 12 p.m. Free.
- Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner at Monona Terrace. $125 members, $200 non-members. 4:30-8:30 p.m.
- Concert: Frank Turner with Matt Nasir and Nathan Gray at Majestic Theatre. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $27.50 in advance, $30 at door.
Thursday, Oct. 21
- Virtual class about Owls. Hosted by the UW Arboretum. Learn about Wisconsin’s 12 owl species, focusing on the three that nest in Madison. Habitat, calls, courtship, hunting, and eating will be discussed. 9 a.m. $20.
- Cooking with the Cap Times: Chef Francesco Mangano. Register in advance to get the recipe and cook along. 6 p.m. Virtual. Free.
- Author talk: Jeff Kannel, author of “Make Way for Liberty: Wisconsin African Americans in the Civil War.” Hosted by the Wisconsin Historical Society. 6 p.m. Virtual. Free.
- Doggie Costume Contest at The Boneyard dog park bar. Prizes awarded. Sign up by 6:30 p.m.
- Landon Conrath with michella at The Bur Oak. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $12 advance, $15 at door.
- Hubert Lenoir with Jenny 123 Music at Memorial Union Terrace. 8-11 p.m. Free.
Friday, Oct. 22
- “Animal Grossology” Zoo Mini Camp at Henry Vilas Zoo. Mini Zoo Camp events coincide with the days that Madison schools are off during the fall. $70.
- Madison Night Market. Local art, live music, artists, special visiting food carts and pop-up restaurant experiences. The market runs along State Street and Gilman Street. 4-9 p.m.
- Wicked Brew Bash at Delta Beer Lab. Family friendly Halloween party. Pumpkin carving, costume contest, games, food trucks, and Hocus Pocus screening. 4-9:30 p.m. Free.
- Fall festivals hosted by three local YMCA locations (East, West, and Sun Prairie). Activities vary by site. 5:30-7 p.m. Free.
- Horseshoes & Hand Grenades with Keller Williams at the Sylvee. Doors 6 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25.
- “The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz” screening with UW Cinematheque at Vilas Hall. IMDb: “The delirious journey of a mental disordered man, who is obsessed in making the perfect crime.” 7 p.m. Free.
- “Unscripted!” comedy show at Bos Meadery. Comedians make up material on the spot. 8 p.m. $10.
Saturday, Oct. 23
- Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale at Garver Feed Mill. Pre-ordering strongly encouraged. 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
- Panel: “Magic Mushrooms? New Research on Fungus-Derived Hallucinogens at UW-Madison and Beyond. In-person and virtual options. 12:30 p.m. Free.
- DIY Fermentation Class hosted by Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Must register by Monday. 1-4 p.m. Virtual. $26 members, $32 nonmembers.
- Madison Makers Halloween Market at Delta Beer Lab. Local crafters and a few food trucks. 3-8 p.m.
- Halloween at the Farm at Schumacher Farm Park. Games, hayride, music, food. $10 per person or $30 per family. Kids 3 and under free.
- Halloween Bar Crawl in Downtown Madison. Costume contest, waived cover fees, special food and drinks specials. 4 p.m.-12 a.m. $25, which includes 2 drinks.
- Caamp with Sam Filiatreau at the Sylvee. Doors at 6:30 pm, show at 8 p.m. $30 and up.
- Comedian Randy Rainbow at The Orpheum. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39.50.
- “A Dim Valley” screening with UW Cinematheque at Vilas Hall. IMDb: “A curmudgeonly biologist and his stoner graduate students encounter a group of mysterious backpackers who disrupt their lives in beautiful and surprising ways.” 7 p.m. Free.
- Comedy & Poetry Jam at Yahara Distillery. 9:30 p.m. $20 tickets in advance.
Sunday, Oct. 24
- Garden Stroll at UW Arboretum. 1 p.m. “Gently paced stroll through the gardens is well-suited for a multi-generational outing.” Free.
- Monthly networking social for Black women entrepreneurs at the Progress Center for Black Women. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free.
- Legends In Harmony: A Tribute To Dolly, Linda, and Emmylou at High Noon Saloon. Doors at 1:30 p.m., show at 2:30 p.m. $12 advance, $15 at door.
- The MOSLEY STOREY PROJECT at Cafe Coda. 7 p.m. $20.
- MC Lars, Mega Ran, MC Frontalot, and Schaffer the Darklord concert at The Bur Oak. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $17 advance, $20 at door.