48 suggestions for the week ahead
We get questions from time to time about how we choose events for these posts, so I wanted to share a little bit about the process.
- Every week, I check the websites of 46 primary sources (mostly event venues and local organizations). I also look at a few aggregators, Facebook, and other community calendars to make sure we didn’t miss anything.
- I add in events that you shared via our events submission form.
- Hayley edits things for me, checking for errors before we send this off to you.
From start to finish, this post alone took 11 hours of work.
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Have a good week!
- Erik Griffin at Comedy on State. Shows Thursday through Saturday. Tickets start at $18.
- Baby’s First Halloween Week at Madison Children’s Museum. Thursday through Sunday. Halloween-themed crafts and activities. Free with admission.
- Art Works Art Show at Klein's Floral & Greenhouses. Saturday and Sunday. Ceramics, paintings, fiber, jewelry, photography, sculpture, wood and more.
Monday, Oct. 11
- Indigenous People's Day, which has been officially recognized by the state government since 2019. This year is the first time that the federal government has officially recognized the day. PBS Wisconsin has a series that explores the tribal histories of Wisconsin.
- Lecture: The Funny Story Behind Funny Stories with Scott Dikkers, co-founder of The Onion at Memorial Union. 7:30 p.m. Free.
- Blvck Hippie, Kat and The Hurricane, Algo Más at the Bur Oak. Doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m. $12 advance, $15 at door.
- Pundamonium at High Noon Saloon. Performers make puns based on prompts and are judged by members of the audience. Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. $7.
Tuesday, Oct. 12
- “Drive In. Camp Out. Build On.” breakfast fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. 8 a.m. Free.
- Webinar: "When Bad Thinking Happens to Good People" with UW philosophy professors who “argue that the best antidote for the current epidemic of bad thinking is the wisdom, insights, and practical skills of philosophy.” 12 p.m. Free.
- Lecture: "As Women Rise, so Does the Nation" with Dr. Sakena Yacoobi of the Afghan Institute of Learning at the Pyle Center. 4 p.m. Free.
- South Madison Plan Feedback Session at Goodman South Library. Listening session on plans to absorb the town of Madison into the city (read more about that here). 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free.
- Pokey LaFarge with Esther Rose concert at Majestic Madison. Doors 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $20.
- Carbon Leaf concert at High Noon Saloon. $20 advance, $25 at door. Doors 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. This is an 18+ event.
- Virtual talk: Advancing Climate Justice to Protect People and Create a Prosperous Planet. Organized by UW Arboretum. 7 p.m. Free.
Wednesday, Oct. 13
- Verona Area Chamber of Commerce networking lunch at North & South Seafood & Smokehouse. 11:30 a.m. $8 advance, $10 at door.
- Meet The Brewer: Tumbled Rock Brewery at Garth’s Brew Bar. Brewmaster offering samples and answering questions. 5-9 p.m.
- A virtual conversation with authors Eleanor Whitney, Raechel Anne Jolie, and L Torres. Hosted by Room of One’s Own. 7 p.m. Free.
- Comedy at The Rigby. "Goodbye Summer" and "90's Baby" theme. $5. 7 p.m.
- Lecture: “Animal Research: Why We Need It and Who It Helps” with UW psychology professor Allyson Bennett. 7 p.m. Virtual and in-person options.
- Beer Bible Book Tour: Meet Author Jeff Alworth at Giant Jones Brewing. Doors at 7 p.m., discussion will begin at 7:30 p.m. Free.
- Drag queen bingo at Shamrock Bar and Grille. Reservations strongly recommended, $20 reserves a table for you and up to six friends and two bingo cards. 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 14
- Virtual class about Bluebirds. Organized by UW Arboretum. “Learn about the fascinating life of bluebirds, bluebird behavior, the reasons for bluebird decline, and restoration efforts.” 9 a.m. $20.
- “Mapped Out” listening event with Wisconsin Public Radio. Journalists discuss redistricting and the podcast they made about the process in the state. 12 p.m. Virtual. Free.
- Cheese Camp, “a one-night-only summer adventure celebrating Wisconsin’s best cheeses.” Organized by Madison Eats Food Tours and Camp Trippalindee. 5 p.m. $90.
- Webinar: Learn about BRT Westside East-West Line Route & Stations with Metro Transit. 6 p.m. Free.
- Gary Gulman comedy show at the Majestic. 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show. $25. All ages.
- Virtual Lecture: Shipwrecks of Wisconsin. Discussing some of Wisconsin’s 750 Great Lakes shipwrecks. 7 p.m. Free.
- Update on the Stop the F-35 in Wisconsin Campaign with Safe Skies Clean Water Wisconsin and Peace Action Wisconsin. 7 p.m. Virtual. Free.
- Friends! The Musical Parody at the Barrymore Theater. Musical “lovingly lampoons TV’s Friends.” 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $33.
Friday, Oct. 15
- Black Pumas concert at The Sylvee. 6:30 p.m., show 8 p.m. Tickets start at $49.50.
- Jackie Hayes concert at Memorial Union. 8-11 p.m. Free.
- Comedy Night at Harmony Bar & Grill. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m. $7.
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Crucible featuring the cast of Madison's Velvet. Doors at 11:30 p.m., show at 12 a.m. $8.
Saturday, Oct. 16
- Monona's Fall Festival at Winnequah Park. Races, live music, bake sale, chili tasting competition, and more. $10 gets you unlimited sampling.
- Palestinian crafts and olive oil fall sidewalk sale on East Dayton hosted by Palestine Partners and Madison for Palestine. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Youth Arts Festival hosted by Briarpatch Youth Services. Artwork and performances by youth artists. Food trucks. 12 p.m.
- “Barnburner” outdoor concert in Sun Prairie. Acts: Groove Roulette, Joe and the Band, The Earthlings, The Civil Engineers, and Ramshackle Shakedown. Starts at 2 p.m. Free.
- “Cane Fire” film screening with UW Cinematheque at Vilas Hall. From IMDB: Film “creates a kaleidoscopic portrait of the economic and cultural forces that have cast indigenous and working-class residents as "extras" in their own story.” 4 p.m. Free.
- Bark and Wine event benefiting Dane County Humane Society. “Your chance to make a big difference while sipping a glass of wine and cuddling a puppy.” 5-9 p.m.
- Full Moon Night Walk at the UW Arboretum. “We will walk under the waxing moon (full moon is October 20), looking and listening for animal life and sky shadows.” 6:30 p.m. Free.
- UW football vs Army at Camp Randall. Kickoff at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $50.
- Mad Laughs: Stand-Up Comedy at Bos Mead Hall. 7:30 p.m. $10.
- LUXYZ/Miradores Del Sol with Mission Trip concert at Memorial Union. 8-11 p.m. Free.
Sunday, Oct. 17
- Family Day at the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor’s Center in Spring Green. Beer tent, live music, games and free admission. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Family Nature Walk at UW Arboretum. 1-2:30 p.m. Free.
- No F-35 Caravan and Creative Celebration. Caravan, live music, organizing to stop F-35s. Celebration will be emceed by Madison's 6th District Ald. Brian Benford. Activities start at 12:30 p.m.
- October Pints for Pups at Karben4 Brewing benefiting Underdog Pet Rescue. Adorable dogs and raffle. Karben4 will donate $1 per pint of beer sold and 10% of packaged to-go beer sales.
- Liily concert at High Noon Saloon. Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $12 advance, $15 at door.