13 events to enjoy in the final days of August

Don’t let August slip away — check out these performances, dance parties, concerts and more.
Wild Phlox blooming in the Spring by Ho-nee-um Pond in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum.
Photo Courtesy of Richard Hurd/Creative Commons.
Internationally-renowned monarch butterfly expert Dr. Karen Oberhauser plans to lead a hike and give a talk on monarchs at the end of this month.

August is wrapping up, but there is still time to enjoy a whole host of fun events around Madison in this last weekend. Relax, listen to music, dine out, learn from an expert or dance around — the opportunities to relish the summer are endless.

Daniel Simmons Band Performance
Kicking off the weekend with some free, live music is always a win. Stop by Cafe CODA for a cocktail and listen to the Daniel Simmons Band. The space has a warm ambience to listen to bass and vocalist Daniel Simmons along with Murphy, Jack Peterson, Andy Gray and Micah Buffat. Free, 6-9 p.m., Aug. 27, Cafe CODA

Friday Night Fuego: Salsa & Latin Dance Party Ft. Orquesta SalSoul Del mad
After a long week, it’s time to get moving! Take the edge off at Majestic Theatre for a fun Friday night for “the best of two cultural worlds:” salsa and soul. Dance the night away as you listen to a blend of Cuban, Puerto Rican and African diaspora grooves. Presented by Orquesta SalSoul Del mad, this event be led by dance instructor Daniel Balderas along with the Rebulu Group, Maury Martinez Bachat y Más and DJ Chamo. All those in attendance must either show proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test. $15, Doors open at 7 p.m., Aug. 27, Majestic Theatre

Night Vision Presents: Relativity Lounge + Impasta
For an eye-opening audio and visual experience, head to Robinia Courtyard. Relativity Lounge and Impasta will play bass music, and you can enjoy live visuals by ZspaceTree, a laser light, bass music and painting by @thebenbrooksart. $20, 10 p.m., Aug. 27, Robinia Courtyard

“In Transit” Exhibition
Check out this collaborative, multimedia exhibition, where artists explore ways young people use art to travel through and across space and time. Curated by Sophia Abrams and Elizabeth Parker, the collection of intersectional stories addresses class, race, sexuality and gender, focusing on the transition from pre-pandemic times to 2021. Free, 8 a.m., Aug. 28 and available for viewing until Sept. 10, Gallery 1308 at Union South

Hilldale Sweat – Fitness Series
Head to Hilldale for a free, family-friendly yoga class. Breathe through any stress in your life and enjoy the outdoors. Pre-registration is required and walk-ins will only be accepted if capacity allows. Free, 9-9:45 a.m., Aug. 28, Hilldale Shopping Center

Farmers’ Market Organ Concert
The Overture Center for the Arts is hosting a free event Saturday. Listen to the principal organist and award-winning recital soloist Greg Zelek, along with Madison Symphony Orchestra musicians. Zelek says he is excited to give a sneak peek of his performance for the upcoming 2021-22 Organ Series in October. Free, 11 a.m., Aug. 28, Overture Hall

Curd Fest
Say cheese (curd)! Tomorrow at Breese Stevens Field is a “cheese extravaganza.” Gates will open at 4 p.m. for visitors, who can try yummy cheese curd variations. The options include African Suya spice curds, Cajun curds with hot bread and honey, Michelada curds with tajín & bloody mary dipping sauce. Free, 4-8 p.m., Aug. 28, Breese Stevens Field

Live Music at the Cider Farm
The Glacial Drifters will perform live at The Cider Farm tomorrow evening in the Greenhouse. Blending instrumentals, three-part harmonies and their mix of styles in rock, reggae, Cajun, jazz, classical and bluegrass, they have been described as upbeat. Free, 6-8:30 p.m., Aug. 28, The Cider Farm Cidery & Tasting Room

Date Night: L.O.V.E.
Wine & Design says, “Sign up, Show up, Sip up, paint!” It’s that simple. Buy tickets for two for a fun date night painting two canvases that join together to say “LOVE.” While other drinks and sweets are not included in the ticket, you can purchase add-ons including a charcuterie board or a take-home paint kit. Pre-registration is required. $76 per ticket, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Aug. 28, Wine & Design

In honor of Paul Natzke, Paul’s Party aims “to fund fun” for children with physical disabilities. Head over to The Hop Garden for a full day of live music, food and beer at the PaulPalooza event. With opportunities to play cornhole, cruise down the Sugar River and connect with local vendors, this jam-packed day is full of entertainment. Along with other planned performances throughout the day, Musician Raine Stern, who recently made an appearance on The Voice, will be on one of the two stages from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. All proceeds will also go toward Paul’s Party. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 29, The Hop Garden in Paoli

Mighty Con Event – Madison Comic Con
Madison Comic Con has returned, with artists, vendors and special guests. Mike Baron, the creator of Badger and co-creator of Nexus, will be making a special appearance. Award-winning Comic Book Colorist Jeff Balke is also a featured guest. People who order a ticket online can stop by Monona Terrace to get early entry and everyone who attends can score a free comic book. $8 for adults and free for kids 12 and under, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Aug. 29, Monona Terrace Exhibit Hall

Sally de Broux & Laurie Lang Band
After a year-long hiatus, Allen Centennial Garden is bringing its Sunday free concert series back to life. Closing out the season is the Sally de Broux & Laurie Lang Band, and bassist Laurie Lang will play some of her own original music. While there is no seating or beverages offered at the garden, visitors are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs and drinks. Free, 5-6:15 p.m., Aug. 29, Allen Centennial Park on the Great Lawn

Magnificent Monarchs
Learn from internationally-renowned monarch butterfly expert Dr. Karen Oberhauser as she leads a short walk through the UW Arboretum. There, she will discuss the monarch butterfly, its lifecycle and migration to and from Mexico. Attendees are welcome to join for a light lunch afterward. $75, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Aug. 30 (rain date Aug. 31), UW Arboretum Visitor’s Center

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