Things to do in Madison, WI: Nov. 29-Dec. 5

Things to do in Madison, WI: Nov. 29-Dec. 5

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Monday, Nov. 29

Tuesday, Nov. 30

Wednesday, Dec. 1

Thursday, Dec. 2

Friday, Dec. 3

Saturday, Dec. 4

  • Holiday Market by Dane County Farmers’ Market at Monona Terrace. 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Fair Trade Holiday Festival at Monona Terrace. All vendors have been vetted to ensure their products are ethically and humanely produced. 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • 22nd Annual HolidayFest Arts & Crafts Fair at Warner Park Community Recreation Center. Over 80 crafters from the Midwest will be selling their handmade goods. $1 entry fee. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Pawliday Photos at Petphoria. Receive free professional pet photos with any purchase in Petphoria. Santa will NOT be at the event. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Community Carol Sing with Madison Symphony Orchestra at Overture. 11 a.m. Free.
  • Badger Soles at Alliant Energy Center. Buy, sell, and trade sneakers, clothing, and more. From sneakers and designer clothing to sports cards and vintage. 150+ vendors. 1-6 p.m.
  • Christmas Bar Crawl. 4 p.m.-12 a.m. $20 includes 2 drinks and waived cover charges. Must bring a toy to donate for Toys For Tots.
  • Little Women (2019) screening at Union South. From IMDb: “Jo March reflects back and forth on her life, telling the beloved story of the March sisters - four young women, each determined to live life on her own terms.” 6 p.m. Free.
  • Charlie Berens at the Orpheum. Doors 6:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $150.
  • Watermelon Collie, MQBS, & Sex, Fear at Communication. Doors at 7:15 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. No alcohol served. $8.
  • Watershed Reading IRL with author Chris Stedman at Communication. Book “asks whether virtual spaces might offer new sites of experimentation and play and satisfy our longing for meaning and community.” 7 p.m. Free.
  • Billy Idol and Steve Stevens at the Barrymore. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $42.
  • Leather + Lace at Crucible. 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 5

Some things to look forward to…

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