Hey, Madison: Summer Isn’t Over!
September 5th, 2014
To all you people saying that summer is over simply because school started again – STOP IT!! It’s not over! Technically we have until September 22nd. That’s seventeen days, including three weekends. That gives us plenty of time between working, kids’ sporting events, chauffeuring, and so on to eke out some more summer fun. And Madison offers up multitudes of things to help you do just that in September. So if you’re not ready to relinquish summer just yet – don’t. Now quit looking at your screen and get out there and live up these gorgeous summer days to the fullest!
Here are just a few ideas:
1) Don't have a boat to enjoy? Rent one! Both SkipperBud’s and the UW Union rent on Lake Mendota – the former rents motor boats and pontoons, while the UW rents paddle boats. Brittingham Boats offers paddle boats on Lake Monona.
2) Eat and drink well while listening to good music outside: Most farmer’s markets go into October or beyond and it’s perfect grilling season! There are also several festivals that take place in September:
- Dilly Dally, Saturday, Sept. 6th at Karben4
- YumYum Fest, Sunday, Sept. 7th at the new Central Park
- Isthmus Wurst Oktoberfest, Friday, Sept. 12 at Central Park
- Willy Street Fair, Saturday, Sept. 13 – Sunday, Sept. 14 on Williamson Street
- Food for Thought Festival, Saturday, Sept. 20th at the downtown farmer’s market
- Monroe Street Festival, Saturday, Sept. 13th on Monroe Street
3) Play tourist in your own town and take one of these cool tours:
- Hop Head Beer Tours – multiple options
- Guided Garden Strolls at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Sundays through September
- Old Sugar Distillery Free Tastings/Tour, Thursdays & Fridays from 4pm – 10pm and Saturdays from 12pm – 10pm through Sept. 27th
- Self-guided walking tours of many city neighborhoods with historic districts; ongoing
- Capitol Square Ghost Walks, Sept – October, call to make reservations
- Madison Food Explorers, walking food tours of either Monroe St or Downtown Lake to Lake, through November
- Madison City Tours, ongoing, Frank Lloyd Wright tour, City Highlights Tour and seasonal tours
- State Capitol Building, ongoing
- Babcock Hall Dairy, come see how your favorite ice cream is made; ongoing
4) Get fit:
- Lunchtime Yoga at Monona Terrace, Mondays & Thursdays 12pm – 12:45pm at Monona Terrace
- Out of the Darkness Walk, Sunday, Sept. 14th at Vilas Park, benefitting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- Bike The Barns, Sunday, Sept. 14th, two routes 45 and 60 miles, start at Fireman’s Park, benefitting the FairShare CSA Coalition
- Red Doors Golf Tournament, Monday, Sept.15th at Nakoma Country Club, benefitting Gilda’s Club
- The Glo Run, Friday, Sept. 19th at Alliant Energy Center, benefitting United Cerebral Palsy of Dane County
- Alzheimer’s Run/Walk, Saturday, Sept. 27th at Warner Park
- Zoo Run Run & Kids Roo Run Run, Sept. 28th, at the Henry Vilas Zoo, a benefit for the zoo,
- Race Against the Odds, Sunday, Sept. 28th, at Keva Sports Center, a benefit for children with cancer
Many more opportunities to get fit for a cause can be found here.
5) Soak up some culture:
- The Summer Patio Series, live music on High Noon’s patio every Thursday through Sept.
- American Players Theatre, ongoing, Spring Green, rated one of the best classical theaters in the US this cultural phenomena never disappoints – visit the website for the calendar
- Bandaloop, an acrobatic dance troop appearing at the UW Union Theater Sept 12 – 13th
- Live on King Street, see the last one of the year featuring The Head and The Heart on Friday, Sept 19th
- Orchestral Splendor, Madison Symphony Orchestra’s season opener, Sept 19 – Sept 21
- Yakov Smirnoff, comedian at the Overture Center, Sept, 26
- Sh*tty Barn Sessions, ongoing through mid-October, Spring Green
- The Human Condition, Sept 5 – Nov. 30, ceramics at the Chazen
- Jason Yi Sculptures, through Nov. 9 at MMOCA
And, in my opinion, the best way to enjoy the remnants of summer is to go to the Memorial Union Terrace at least one more time. Gather your friends, drink a local beer or eat some Babcock’s ice cream and enjoy the sunset. Then hold on to that memory for dear life until next summer.