UW-Madison Crest

University of Wisconsin–Madison

Madison, WI

View from across a lake of fireworks erupting over the Madison, WI skyline at night

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The sight of fireworks. The smells of barbecue. The sounds of smooth jazz. From county fairs to neighborhood festivals, you’ll find that summer weekends in Madison are a great way to get to know your neighbors, sample the latest food carts, and take in some music along with the ubiquitous display of fireworks.

Long view of crowds of people and vendor tents at Art Fair on the Square, while State Street and the Orpheum Theater sign can be seen in the background

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Art Fair on the Square

The Capitol Square offers up its grand and shaded streets for one of the midwest’s most renowned celebrations of art: Art Fair on the Square. Hundreds of exhibitors showcase their diverse works of art, including paintings, photographs, sculptures and jewelry. You’ll also be treated to an amazing selection of grilled foods and live music.

Art Fair on the Square

View of colorful vendor tents, rides and fairgoers from underneath an awning hung with stuffed animal prizes

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Dane County Fair

Go for the pulled-pork sandwiches and cream puffs, stay for the long-eared rabbits and colorful roosters. Watch as Wisconsin’s youth expertly care for farm animals of all sizes, exemplifying  the state’s values of education, leadership, and agriculture. Then indulge in some good old-fashioned carnival rides and games.

Visit Dane County Fair

Aerial view of crowds and food tents in grassy area at Yum Yum Fest

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Yum Yum Fest

The aptly named Yum Yum Fest is the best way to sample Madison’s diverse culinary offerings from some of the most talented food experts in the industry. The outdoor venue features a full musical lineup, so you can satisfy your appetite for food and fun under the sun, all on the city’s lovable East Side neighborhood.

Yum Yum Fest