50th Annual World Dairy Expo

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The international trade show for dairy producers includes 2,500 head of cattle, commercial exhibitors, educational seminars and youth judging contests. No dairy event in the world compares to this event. It is consistently Madison’s largest convention, the Expo draws almost 67,000 attendees each year.

Oct 4-8, 2016
Alliant Energy Center
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Daily

Visit www.worlddairyexpo.com for more information.

Biking, Hiking Trails City of Madison

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trails-pastpeak-728x411Thousands of acres in our parks offer everything from easy strolls to hilltop climbs, meandering walks through woodsy trails and open fields.  You can hike through many of our conservation parks that feature natural areas that focus on the restoration of native plant and animal communities.  While our neighborhood parks provide a series of paths and trails of varying lengths and features great for walking.




Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, Wagon Rides

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33333Treinen Farms invites you and your family to enjoy the Autumn season with fun stuff for all ages.

Enjoy our corn maze of twisty turns, a real family farm providing Belgian draft horses that pull our hay wagon, pumpkin patch, games, playground and concessions are open from the last weekend in September thru the end of October.




Madison Symphony Orchestra Season Opener

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Lose yourself in the music, the passion, and the moment….and find yourself at the Symphony!  The Overture Center for the Arts, Madison


Sept 23-25 The Planets: An HD Odyssey

Oct 21-23 Beethoven’s Pastorale

Nov 11 Paired to Perfection

Dec. 2-4  A Madison Symphony Christmas

Jan 14 & 15 2017  Beyond the Score  Scheherazade


Festivals For Autumn

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Autumn in Wisconsin is rich with fall festivals, fairs and events providing plenty of family fun!  Celebrate apples, Octoberfest, wine and harvest festivals and more through out Wisconsin!


Quilt Expo, Madison Now through Sat. Sept. 10th

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Quilt Expo, Alliant Energy Center

Quilters can learn and draw inspiration from quilting masters!  Workshops with Sewing with Nancy Ziemanlogo

Quilt contest, classes, teachers, vendors



Ironman of Madison- Triathlon

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g255538_u96773_S_1Join cheering fans lining the course to cheer on the Ironman

Swim– the one loop mass swim start takes place in Lake Monona downtown Madison.  Spectators will have a panoramic view of the swim from the Monona Terrace, water temp is typically around 70F.

Bike–  the bike course takes riders 16 miles out of the town before beginning two 40-mile loops in rural Dane County.  These loops are extremely hilly, with many tough climbs and turns on each lap.

Run– spectator support on this run course is unparalleled.  Athletes will complete two loops throughout the city and along Lake Mendota.  The run course is quite challenging with multiple hills on each loop.


Middleton Family Safety Day! Sat., Sept. 10th

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When it comes to keeping kids safe, education is prevention!

This event held at the Middleton Fire Department is packet with educational fun for kids and safety information for parental local companies and organizations will be available to give their expertise on keeping families safe.  Interactive presentations and demonstrations on safety will be offered throughout the day!

Middleton Fire Department from 10-2pm, free admission





Strings and the Wild Things

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Friday, September 9, 2016  from 5:30pm-8:00pm

Grab your picnic blanket or chair and join us at the Henry Vilas Zoo for a night of music and nature.  Enjoy the summer evening and fabulous music fromt he Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Concert will start around 6:30pm.

Music from the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Free Train and Carousel Rides, Up Close Animal Encounters.  Food available from Madison’s Food Carts and Zoo’s Glacier Grille.  Cash Bar


Tickets $3 children, $7adults.


Explore Family Interactive, Hands On Science

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tile3[1]Visit the Discovery Building Town Center, Madison first floor for hands-on learning, vibrant study spaces and more.  Open Monday-Saturday.   Explore.  Engage.  Discover.  Immerse yourself in science and creativity.  www.discovery.wisc.edu