What To Do in July and August

By Jessica Steinhoff

LA FÊTE DE MARQUETTE

July 13-16, McPike Park

Celebrate the French-speaking world with food, art, live music and more the week of Bastille Day. The Sun Stage delivers a diverse lineup of New Orleans sounds, from Tank and the Bangas’ show-stopping hip-hop to Hurray for the Riff Raff’s awe-inspiring Americana. The Moon Stage creates an outdoor dance club with sets by Detroit techno wizard DJ Bone and Japanese artist Powder, whose eclectic taste might inspire you to take up crate digging. wil-mar.org/fete

’80S DRAG BRUNCH

July 15, Camp Trippalindee

Break out the Aqua Net for this ode to ’80s excess featuring a buffet, a raffle and campy comedy by Bianca Lynn Breeze. The hotel’s kitschy rooftop, named after Rodney Dangerfield’s scene-stealing dive in 1986’s “Back to School,” will make you daydream in neon. graduatehotels.com/madison

OPERA IN THE PARK

July 22, Garner Park

Madison Opera soloists present their favorite musical numbers beneath the stars, supported by the Madison Symphony Orchestra. madisonopera.org

JASON MRAZ AND HIS SUPERBAND

July 28, Breese Stevens Field

We’ve all heard of a wild ride, but what about a Mystical Magical Rhythmical Radical Ride, the name of Mraz’s latest album and tour? I suspect it combines the whimsy of the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour with his talent for dance-friendly pop like that of his new single, “I Feel Like Dancing.” breesestevensfield.com

WISCONSIN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: “JOURNEY THROUGH TIME”

Aug. 2, Capitol Square, King Street corner

Harp goddess Bridget Kibbey solos in Rodrigo’s exquisite “Concierto de Aranjuez,” then Madison Ballet’s Artistic Director, Ja’ Malik, debuts new choreog- raphy to the tune of Oliver Davis’ “Dance Odyssey,” to conclude Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra’s 40th season of Concerts on the Square. wcoconcerts.org

BON IVER

Aug. 5, Breese Stevens Field

The indie folk band that put Eau Claire on the national radar visits Madison between gigs at Chicago’s Pitchfork Festival and Seattle’s Day in Day Out Festival. breesestevensfield.com

“ROMEO & JULIET”

Aug. 11-Oct. 7, American Players Theatre, Spring Green

Beautiful outdoor performances of Shakespearean classics are American Players Theatre’s bread and butter, and the Bard’s tale of star-crossed lovers is one of his most accessible. Seeking lighter fare in the fresh air? Try “The Liar,” David Ives’ tale about a master of deception and his honest-to-a-fault foil (through Sept. 29). americanplayers.org

THE SESSIONS AT MCPIKE PARK

Aug. 11-12 & Aug. 16-17, McPike Park

This summer’s second installment of Sessions features Chris Pierce’s soaring blues, which you may have heard on NBC’s “This Is Us” (Aug. 11), and Bon Bon Vivant’s rhythmic reminders to seize the day — and every glorious summer night (Aug. 17). sessionsatmcpike.org

CLIMATE-CONTROLLED CULTURE

Prefer to experience the arts in air conditioning, and maybe even a reserved seat? These events are just the ticket.

BIG THIEF

July 27, The Sylvee

“Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You,” this New York City band’s 2022 double album, takes their folk-infused indie rock to daring new places, with singer Adrianne Lenker’s lyrics exploring life’s smallest details and biggest emotions. thesylvee.com

DIANA KRALL

July 30, Orpheum Theater

Blessed with a rich, deep voice and impeccable timing, this jazz luminary has landed numerous albums on the Billboard 200 and attracted legendary collaborators such as Paul McCartney. madisonorpheum.com

“SIX THE MUSICAL”

Aug. 1-6, Overture Center

What if history books presented heart- break like Britney and Beyoncé do? Find out at this Tony-winning musical, which transforms Henry VIII’s wives into pop divas and their romantic traumas into hilarious yet thought-provoking hits. overture.org

THE CHICKS

August 26, Kohl Center

To celebrate “Gaslighter,” their first studio album in 14 years, the best-selling country trio is bringing their world tour to Madison, along with special guest Ben Harper. ticketmaster.com

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