Wisconsin Fishing Expo

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The Wisconsin Fishing Expo was “spawned” from The Madison Fishing Expo, the largest consumer fishing show in the Midwest, which began over 30 years ago. Each year, 20,000 attendees pack the Alliant Energy Center Exposition Hall, to enjoy this annual fishing tradition. The Expo is, itself, an annual event that helps promote the sport of fishing to enthusiasts of all ages. And, while you will find hundreds of exhibits – including hard to find lures, leading brands in the industry, great deals on boats, and fishing trips of a lifetime- attendees will also have the chance to enjoy one-on-one time with members of the leading nonprofit fishing clubs from across the state, each one eager to help attendees improve their fishing skills for a lifetime.

Date: February 26-28, 2016
Location: Alliant Energy Center

Visit www.wifishingexpo.com for more information.

Zor Shrine Circus

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The Annual Zor Shrine Circus is always a big hit with the entire family! There are trapeze artists, acrobats and of course clowns galore to entertain and thrill the audience.

Date: February 19-21, 2016
Location: Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center

Visit www.shrinecircusinfo.com for more information.

Essen Haus Mardi Gras & Fat Tuesday Celebration!

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It’s time to dig out that green, gold & purple attire – Mardi Gras is right around the corner! The Essen Haus is celebrating with a Fat Tuesday Bash that you won’t soon forget. A special Mardi Gras menu will be featured from 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Not to mention live music, drink specials and tons of fun!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
3:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Essen Haus German Restaurant

Visit www.essen-haus.com/events/mardi-gras for more information.

Saturday Science at Discovery: Science of Badger Athletics

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Discover the science behind your favorite sports at this free family event! Learn what forces are hard at work while we play, test your sports skills, explore the physics of a perfect throw, examine equipment that keeps athletes safe, meet Bucky Badger and learn the science of sports alongside UW student athletes.

Location: Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard Street, Madison, WI 53715
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Visit www.discovery.wisc.edu/SaturdayScience for more information.

Frozen Assets Festival

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Join Clean Lakes Alliance for a weekend of FREE family fun! Activities will include ice skating, kids’ games, ice fishing, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, ice science labs, special performances on the ics skating rink, and much more. Tour luxury ice shanties entered in the first ever North American Ice Shanty Design Competition! Warm up with s’mores or FREE hot chocolate in the Icehouse.

February 5-7, 2016
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Visit www.cleanlakesalliance.com/frozenassets/ for more information.

Adult Swim: Maker Madness Event

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Get a sneak peak at local maker exhibits and demonstrations including:

3-D printing
Mega Sketch drawing robot demonstration
LED tape circuits: light-up valentines and paper craft creations
Recycled sweater stuffed animals
Knitting and crochet
Make your own Broadway magic: musical theater open mic with Meghan Rose
Glassblowing demonstration by Tracy Drier, Master Glassblower, UW Chemistry Department
Possible-opolis Press: print valentines
Plus, playtime in all the museum’s awesome exhibits!
Handmade pizza and craft beer will be available for purchase from the Roman Candle Pizzeria.
Ages 21 & up.

Friday, February 5, 2016
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Visit www.madisonchildrensmuseum.org/adult-swim-maker-madness/ for more information.

Little Women, Presented by Madison Opera

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Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel about four sisters in 1860s New England premiered as an opera in 1998 to instant acclaim. Come experience a truly American story!

Date: Friday, February 5 and Sunday, February 7, 2016
Location: Capitol Theater at the Overture Center

Visit www.overturecenter.org/events/little-women for more information.

Madison Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

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Freezin’ for a Reason. Participants of this annual fundraiser brave the cold Wisconsin winter waters to benefit the Special Olympics Wisconsin.

Date: Saturday, February 13, 2016
Location: Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center

Visit polarplungewi.org for more information.

Madison Winter Festival

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Each year, Madison Winter Festival attracts more than 20,000 spectators, winter enthusiasts, and athletes. Over ninety truckloads of snow transforms the Capitol Square into a race and recreational venue, wonderland.

February 13-14, 2016

Visit www.winter-fest.com for more information.

23rd Annual Wisconsin Garden Expo

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This three-day event celebrates the latest trends in gardening, landscaping and edibles, and attracts more than 20,000 people from across the Midwest. Join other gardening enthusiasts to share ideas, gain inspiration and create something new.

Date: Friday, February 12 – Sunday, February 14, 2016
Location: Exhibition Hall of the Alliant Energy Center

Visit www.wigardenexpo.com for more information.