Culture

Overture Center for the Arts

Overture Center; photo by Eric Oxendorf.

If you can't find something entertaining, relaxing or stimulating to do in Madison, then check your pulse. The region has something for everyone.

Madison has the culture of a much bigger city but the close-knit feel of a smaller community, which results in a unique experience for those who live and visit the region. On Saturdays, there is the Dane County Farmers' Market, which is the largest producer-only farmers' market in the country. In the fall months, Saturdays also may feature festivities surrounding the Wisconsin Badgers football team taking on Big Ten rivals at Camp Randall Stadium.

The Madison area is also home to a number of museums, galleries and theatres for arts enthusiasts to enjoy.

  • Overture Center for the Arts - Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Cesar Pelli, the Overture Center lies in the heart of Madison's thriving cultural arts district. It houses 10 resident organizations and presents more than 200 performances, art exhibitions and educational and community events each year.
  • World Dairy Expo - Each October, 65,000-plus dairy industry enthusiasts make the trip to World Dairy Expo in Madison. The five-day event showcases the finest in dairy genetics and the newest technologies available to the dairy industry. The 2013 event is scheduled for Oct. 1-5.
  • Monona Terrace - The Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center was designed by internationally renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright¬†and Wright apprentice and Taliesin architect Tony Puttnam. In addition to conventions and conferences, the venue holds public events, like Dane Dances, and attracts local, regional, state and international events.
  • Madison Children's Museum - Founded by a group of early childhood specialists, the Children's Museum is a destination for fun family activities, hands-on learning and creative play.
  • Madison Museums

Other museums around Madison include:

  • Chazen Museum of Art, UW-Madison
  • Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Mustard Museum
  • UW Geology Museum
  • Wisconsin Historical Museum
  • Wisconsin Veterans Museum

Please contact us for more information on the different ways you can enjoy the Madison area.