6 Madison Events to Check Out in March

By Lily Mihelich | Pictured: Toto’s Gala, Photography by Sarah Paige Studios

Spring is almost in bloom — make your March blossom with spectacular events and music.


March 7-10, Cafe Coda

This four-day jazz showcase features 12 artists and groups in the lineup. Attendees can enjoy tunes from the Madison Jazz Orchestra’s 19-piece ensemble on March 7; The Eddie Henderson Quartet featuring Sharp Radway on March 9; and Isaiah Collier & the Chosen Few on March 10, amongst others. Café Coda’s celebrated owner, Hanah Jon Taylor, will also perform along with Reggie Workman on March 8. https://bravamagazine.com/event/mar-7-codafest-brennan-connors-stray-passage-5-pm/ &


Joywave: The Magnificent Midwest Tour

March 9, Majestic Theatre

The Billboard chart-making band Joywave is making a Madison stop during its Magnificent Midwest Tour. The New York-based alternative indie rock band released their latest single, “Brain Damage,” earlier this year. majesticmadison.com/event/joywave-2

The Wisconsin Book Festival’s “Tough Broad”

March 13, Madison Public Library Central Library

New York-Times bestselling author Caroline Paul will discuss her nonfiction book, “Tough Broad: From Boogie Boarding to Wing Walking — How Outdoor Adventure Improves Our Lives as We Age.” Paul will chat with Wisconsin Public Radio’s Jill Nadeau at this free event. wisconsinbookfestival.org/events/tough-broad

2024 Annual ATHENA Award Celebration

March 14, Monona Terrace

These annual awards are hosted by The Business Forum (TBF), a community of professional women that hosts networking and philanthropic events. This year’s celebration will honor 13 Madison community leaders and business owners who have dedicated their efforts to “achieving excellence in their work, devoting time to their communities and helping women realize their full potential.” Attendance raises funds toward the TBF’s scholarship program, which to date has awarded over $464,000 to women’s higher education. thebusinessforum.org/event-5518996

Toto’s Gala

March 15, Monona Terrace

The Dane County Humane Society brings over 400 individuals together for this philanthropic evening. Enjoy a cocktail hour, dinner, auction, after-party and special guests featured in the Madison Firefighters Charity Calendar. bravamagazine.com/event/totos-gala

 Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Favorites of Mine & Your Choice!

March 15-17, Overture Center

Subscribers to the Madison Symphony Orchestra had a voice in the making of this three-day concert series. This past summer, they voted Dvořák’s New World Symphony as a crowd favorite. That work will play in the second half of the concert, alongside music by Jennifer Higdon and cellist Steven Isserlis, who will play Kabalevsky’s second cello concerto for the first time with the MSO. overture.org/tickets-events/2023-24-season/madison-symphony-orchestra-favorites-of-mine-your-choice

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