Madison Magazine

7 festivals, fairs and fun this winter

Fun for all ages can be found at festivals, fairs and other winter-friendly events.

Madison Winter Festival
Feb. 13-14, 2017
Consider this the capstone event of all area winter festivals. The 2017 Madison Winter Festival, which moves from its previous home on the Capitol Square to Elver Park this year, is a jamboree of ice sculpting, sled hill rides, snowshoeing, 5K runs, the Cyclo Frost cyclocross race and much more. This free all-weekend event, now in its 12th year, draws more than 20,000 people to Madison to celebrate all the things we love about winter (even after Christmas and New Year's have passed). 1250 McKenna Blvd.

Hit the Ice
Madison Capitols Hockey

Through April 2017
The season is already underway, but you still have five full months to cheer on your local hockey team. Go with a group and rent a rink-side suite that has catering options to make it a party!

Treasure Chest
MMoCA's Holiday Art Fair

Nov. 18-20, 2016
Get a head start on Black Friday with the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art's Holiday Art Fair. The rediscovered treasures and art sale makes for a one-stop shop for aesthetically pleasing pieces. 2:30-7 p.m., Nov. 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Nov. 20; 227 State St.

Giddy Up, Let's Go
Winter Festival at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin

Dec. 3 and 10, 2016
Cinderella isn't the only person worthy of a horse-drawn carriage ride. Get your tickets for an hourlong horse-drawn wagon ride through Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin during the estate's Winter Festival held Dec. 3 and 10. Tan-y-Deri will be open for warm beverages by the fireside and kids' activities will be offered in the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center. 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Dec. 3 and Dec. 10; 5607 County Road C, Spring Green

Browse with a Beer
Good Day Market

Dec. 9-10, 2016
Visit this modern mercantile market curated by One-OneThousand, a Madison-based startup focused on creating a network and programming that supports professional and hobbyist handcrafters. About 40 Midwestern artists will showcase furniture, textiles, clothing, apothecary, jewelry, packaged food and more in an interesting venue—the Octopi Brewing facility in Waunakee. Open 5 to 10 p.m. on Dec. 9 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 10, browse a selection of handcrafted home and lifestyle goods. Bring friends, too—if they don't want to shop, they can wait in Octopi's taproom and enjoy a beer, far from visiting food carts and music. A shuttle service will be available from downtown Madison to the brewery. Visit for more info. 1131 Uniek Drive, Waunakee

Starry Night
Candlelight Snowshoe and Ski

Jan. 21, 2017
In snowshoes, take in winter's beauty as the soft glow of hundreds of candles light up the trails of Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Edna Taylor Conservancy and Woodland Park. 4:30 to 8 p.m., 330 Femrite Drive, Monona

Jan. 28, 2017
Tour the Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park on snowshoes by candlight, and enjoy hot cider by the fire after the hike. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., 6098 N. Sherman Ave.

Feb. 11, 2017
The scenic ski trail at Turville Point Conservation Park will be aglow for a candlelit ski event with s'mores afterward. 6 to 9 p.m., 1155 Olin-Turville Court

Worldly Wonders
International Festival

Feb. 25, 2017
With more than 30 free performances, Overture Center's annual International Festival gives attendees some unofficial stamps on their passports. Experience the unique foods, arts and crafts and performance of various countries and cultures through local artists in the form of traditional song and dance, costumes and cuisines. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 201 State St. 

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