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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Madison, WI

Restaurant table outdoors at nighttime with lantern and wine and water glasses in foreground, bus stop and people on sidewalk can be seen in background

Photo credit: Chris Collins

Nightlife

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.

People seated at tables at the Terrace watching movie on outdoor screen at dusk

Photo credit: Jeff Miller

TERRACE AFTER DARK

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.

Terrace After Dark

Long view of stage and performers at outdoor concert with crowd of concert-goers in foreground

Photo credit: Mike DeVries, Capital Times

LIVE ON KING STREET

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.

Live on King Street

View overlooking crowd in the stands at nighttime baseball game

Photo credit: David Brown

MALLARDS BASEBALL

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.

Take me out to a ballgame