What to Do in Downtown Madison This Summer

Hooray — downtown Madison’s events are back!
If you haven’t caught any of these yet this summer, there’s still plenty of time. For more information, check out visitdowntownmadison.com.

YOUR Lunch Time LIVE

Noon to 1 p.m., Tuesdays, now — August

Catch a free lunch-hour show in front of the Capitol building. Every Tuesday, live music acts play on the lawn near the North Hamilton walkway. Public health guidelines will be followed.

LIVE & Local

5 to 7 p.m., Thursdays, now — September

At Lisa Link Peace Park, located along State Street, live musicians will be playing free concerts every Thursday. As businesses are opening back up, attendees can shop, grab dinner and enjoy the downtown show.

Classical Guitar Concerts

7 to 9 p.m., July 9, July 23; Aug. 13, Aug. 27

Lisa Link Peace Park will also be bustling every other Friday night with free, live music by the Madison Classical Guitar Society.


8 p.m. to Midnight, July 16, 30; Aug. 13, 27; Sept. 10, 24; Oct. 8

New this year, you can experience a trifecta of music, art and pop-up shops at the top of State Street during eight Friday night events from now through October. The events are a collaboration between Madison’s Central Business Improvement District, the City of Madison and Greater Madison Music City (a network of local musicians and industry players).

Maxwell Street Days

July 15-18

If you’re a bargain hunter, be sure to visit Maxwell Street Days on State Street, a long-standing community tradition that has been expanded by two days this year. Peruse celebrated food vendors and discount clothing, jewelry, gifts, art, sporting goods, books and more.

Madison Night Market

Aug. 19, Sept. 16, Oct 21, Nov. 18, Dec. 16

The Madison Night Market is back! At this much-loved event, find handmade products, artisan gifts, food vendors and live music.

Photo courtesy Madison Central BID

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