19 things to do this week in Madison
Wine + candy. Succulents. The Office trivia.
Guess what I just found out?
Flix Brewhouse is playing classic Halloween movies throughout this month, including Dracula (1931) and Beetlejuice (1988).
Adult Halloween! Wine Tasting with Candy Pairings
Monday | 6 and 7 p.m. | Leopold's Books Bar Caffè | $25
Wined paired with Halloween candy.
Orpheum Open House
Monday | 5:30 p.m. | Free
Come explore the newly renovated Orpheum Theater, which first opened its doors in 1927. Explore on your own or join the tours at 5:45 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.
The Office themed trivia
Monday | 7 p.m. | High Noon Saloon | Free
What is the name of Angela’s favorite cat? I literally don't know! But if you're the kind of person that does, this event's for you!
Plant & Sip | Succulent Bar
Tuesday | Giant Jones Brewing | 6 p.m. | $60
A twist on the classic paint & sip event. First drink & arrangement included with ticket.
Cooking with the Cap Times: Chef Gil Altschul
Thursday | 6 p.m. | In-person + virtual | Free
Live cooking demonstration featuring Bandit Tacos & Coffee and Grampa's Pizzeria chef Gil Altschul. Some in-person tickets are available to Cap Times members.
Words with Nerds
Thursday | 7 p.m. | Crucible | $10 advance, $15 doors
Funny (and often R-rated) educational lectures mixed with stand-up comedy. Topics this month will include the sex lives of fish, the fact vs. fiction surrounding transhuman technologies, and the history of pre-film animation.
Lesbian Pop Up Bar
Thursday | Gib's | 6 p.m.
This series of popup bars exists to address the lack of lesbian bars in Madison.
A Circus Spooktacular Halloween show
Friday and Saturday | Madison Circus Space | $12+
An all-ages Halloween show full of ghouls, ghosts, glitter and glam.
UW Homecoming Parade and Block Party/Pep Rally
Friday | Alumni Park | 6-9 p.m. | Free
Parade, fireworks, pep rally, Badger pride.
Adult Swim: Halloweird
Friday | Madison Children's Museum | 5:30 p.m. | $20 advance, $25 doors
Adult Swim honors the public pool tradition of kicking the kids out so adults can have the space to themselves (without the water or need for a swimsuit). 21+ event.
Distant (2002) screening 🟠
Friday | 7 p.m. | UW Cinematheque | Free
Distant (2002) unfolds in a seamless succession of long takes that throws into sharp relief the immense divide between the two individuals. Read more from Tone Madison →
The Knocks and CANNONS
Friday | Show at 8 p.m. | The Sylvee | $28.50
The Knocks have been hailed worldwide for a carefree electronic sound that freely draws from soul, funk, disco, hip hop, house, and pop. CANNONS ebb and flow between otherworldly electro-soundscapes and evocative vocal transmissions, layering breezy pop atop cinematic sonic architecture.
Mr. Chair, Darren Sterud’s Gate Check 🟠
Friday | Show at 8 p.m. | The Bur Oak | $15 advance, $20 doors
On their new record Better Days, every core member of Mr. Chair seizes the opportunity to flex their compositional chops. Read more from Tone Madison →
Madison Jewish Film Festival
Saturday and Sunday | Marcus Point Cinema | $10 per film, $36 all movies
Four films over two days in a variety of genres. There will be talkbacks with the directors and actors after the screenings.
No Question, Disease, L.I.B., Infernal Trench 🟠
Saturday | Mickey’s Tavern | 10 p.m. | Free
Local hardcore standouts No Question play their final show. Read more from Tone Madison →
Hayrides & Hikes
Saturday | 1-3:30 p.m. | Cherokee Marsh
Tour Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park aboard a tractor-pulled hay wagon, take a short guided hike, or do both! Hayrides are $3/person (free for children 2 and under).
Cribshitter, Heavy Looks 🟠
Saturday | Crystal Corner Bar | 9 p.m. | $10
Two enduring Madison bands celebrate new albums. Read more from Tone Madison →
Dagon (2001) screening 🟠
Sunday | 2 p.m. | Chazen | Free
Combining two short stories by H.P. Lovecraft, Dagon (2001) is an atmospheric, fast-paced piece of gothic horror. Read more from Tone Madison →
The Rock and Roll Playhouse Plays Music of Talking Heads for Kids + More
Sunday | 12 p.m. | High Noon Saloon | $15
Raise a little rocker with this reduced-volume concert designed for children age ten and under.
🎃 Upcoming Halloween-y Events
- Brew 'N View: Twilight on Oct. 24.
- Downtown Madison Family Halloween on Oct. 26.
- Dog Halloween with Puppers to Love at State Line Distillery on Oct. 26.
- Schlock and Awe: Halloween Resurrection (2002) on Oct. 27
- Emo Halloween: A Night of Live Emo Tributes on Oct. 28
- Hall-I/O-Ween II: Dead by Dawn at I/O Arcade Bar on Oct. 29
- Skalloween at Harmony Bar and Grill on Oct. 29.
- Claudio Simonetti's Goblin Performing Suspiria on Oct. 29
- Willy Wonka Halloween Party at State Line Distillery on Oct. 29.
- Trick or Treat on Monroe Street on Oct. 29 and 30
🍂 Fall fun resources
- 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)
- Take a fall drive: 8 day trip adventures (Madison Magazine)
📆 Still looking?
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