As a hot summer day comes to an end, Madison’s nightlife can be as relaxed or as active as you like. There’s something to inspire around every corner: outdoor concerts on the lawns and streets of the State Capitol, bursting sunsets over the city’s lakes, intimate dining spots lining State Street, and the national pastime under the lights.
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With a backdrop of starry skies and a glistening Lake Mendota, the Memorial Union Terrace could easily be your go-to destination every night in the summertime. Terrace After Dark, the summer-long outdoor music and film series, provides the ultimate laid-back Madison experience with an opening act that never gets old: a spectacular sunset.
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Free music, under the stars, on a Friday night. Held in the shadow of the state capitol, the Majestic Theater books a full spate of national touring bands, creating an intimate space for listening to music on a hot summer night.
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Order up a bacon-maple funnel cake and find your seat. You’re in for a charming night of collegiate league baseball courtesy of the Madison Mallards, complete with zip-lining mascots, on-field contests, and bobblehead giveaways. Just beyond right field is the popular Duck Blind, a patio where you can eat, drink, and socialize under the stars.