A hypothetical situation is before you.
You pulled the short straw, and now you're the one responsible for making plans for a social gathering.
The pressure is on! You've got to impress!
But the weather is getting colder, and your summer go-to ideas might not work anymore.
What are you going to do?
Consider GLEAM, an outdoor light exhibit at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. It checks a lot of boxes – it's family-friendly, open late, and includes art made by local artists.
Of course, there's plenty of other options, too! Consider...
- 9 fall drink specials to warm you up in the Madison area (Madison Magazine)
- Fall Farms, Pumpkin Patches & Orchards (Madison Mom)
- Madison-area farmers stands, corn mazes, pumpkin patches and more (Madison Magazine)
- See the fall colors at one of these five Madison-area state parks (The Daily Cardinal)
Lake Monona Waterfront Design Challenge kick-Off presentation
Monday | Madison Central Library + virtual option | 6 p.m. | Free
Competing teams for the Lake Monona Waterfront Design Challenge will introduce themselves and share their approaches to the challenge.
Webinar: "Disinformation In Democracy: Identifying and Fighting It"
Monday | 6 p.m. | Virtual | Free
Topics of discussion will include disinformation, identifying trustworthy news sources, and fact-checking your friends and family. Presenter Dee Hall is the managing editor of Wisconsin Watch.
Goodman Community Center Open House for Ages 50+
Tuesday | Goodman Community Center | 4-6 p.m. | Free
Learn about the numerous programs provided by Goodman Community Center for people ages 50+.
Virtual Monkeypox Town Hall
Tuesday | Virtual | 4 p.m. | Free
Public Health Madison & Dane County hosts a panel of experts for a Q&A session about monkeypox.
Tatsuya Nakatani, Russell/Sexe 🟠
Tuesday | 7 p.m. | Arts + Literature Laboratory | $20
Tone Madison and Arts + Literature Laboratory are co-presenting this show from Tatsuya Nakatani, a tirelessly touring veteran of avant-garde percussion. Read more from Tone Madison →
An Evening with Captain Scott Kelly
Tuesday | 7 p.m. | Wisconsin Union Theater | Free
Former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly will discuss his time in space, including his record-breaking 340-day mission to the International Space Station in 2015.
Director's Conversation: Sifting & Reckoning: UW–Madison’s History of Exclusion and Resistance
Thursday | 6 p.m. | Chazen + virtual option | Free
Discussion about the process of creating Sifting & Reckoning: UW–Madison’s History of Exclusion and Resistance.
The Day After (with director Nicholas Meyer in person) 🟠
Friday | 7 p.m. | UW Cinematheque | Free
Director Nicholas Meyer appears in person to introduce his 1983 TV disaster drama. Read more from Tone Madison →
Mad Lit: Ted Park, Rob Dz, Sincere Life, Dash at 100 Block Of State Street 🟠
Friday | 8-11 p.m. | 100 block of State | Free
With this show, the Mad Lit concert series closes out a second year of making a proud, joyous space for hip-hop in downtown Madison. Read more from Tone Madison →
Moon Over Monona Terrace
Friday | Monona Terrace | 7-9:30 p.m. | Free
View the moon and other celestial objects through different telescopes provided by the Madison Astronomical Society. Activities include kid-friendly presentations about space. Free registration required.
Kids in the Rotunda: Angela Puerta
Saturday | Two shows: 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. | Overture Center | Free
Colombian singer-songwriter and guitarist Angela Puerta is based in Madison. This music series is designed for children ages nine and younger.
Saturday | Wisconsin Brewing Company/Lake Louie Brewing in Verona | 3-7 p.m. | Free
Chuck pumpkins from a 15' tall trebuchet! Or just hang out with a beer by the bonfire. Kids and dogs are welcome.
Saturday | Robinia Courtyard | 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. | Free
A local market with food, vintage and artisan vendors, live music, and craft beer & cocktails.
Sunday Cinematheque at the Chazen: Stuck (2007) 🟠
Sunday | Chazen | 2 p.m. | Free
Driving home drunk and high, nursing assistant Brandi Boski (Mena Suvari) hits a homeless man, Thomas Bardo (Stephen Rea). Instead of reporting the accident, Brandi goes home and parks the car in her garage, with Thomas stuck halfway through her windshield. Read more from Tone Madison →
Dane County Fire Truck Parade
Sunday | Downtown Madison | Parade starts at 1 p.m. | Free
In addition to the parade, downtown organizations will host special family activities and sales.