Soak up the rest of summer with these 32 events in August

Summer isn’t over yet, especially with all these local events to try.
Three steins of beer in shades of amber sitting on a bar
Photo courtesy of The Biergarten at Olbrich Park.
Sip brews or find other fun events in Madison this August.

While back-to-school displays may be hitting the shelves across stores, summer isn’t over yet. There are still plenty of ways to enjoy and explore Madison this summer, from beer gardens to festivals to concertsso make the most of the season with these August events.

Vinyl Night at Delta Beer Lab
Show off your taste in music by bringing your records to a brewery. Delta Beer Lab hosts Vinyl Night every Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. Bring a record and impress everyone with your music taste if they opt to spin yours. Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30,  6-8 p.m., Delta Beer Lab, delta.beer/events

YOUR Lunch Time LIVE
YOUR Lunch Time LIVE continues through August. Madison’s Central Business Improvement District sponsors free concerts from noon to 1 p.m. every Tuesday on the lawn near South Hamilton Walkway on Capitol Square. Bands scheduled to perform include Yid Vicious and Marcus Porter. Aug 2, 9 & 16, noon-1 p.m., Capitol Square, more information available here

Family Night on Lake Mendota
Take a paddle out on Lake Mendota before summer ends. The Memorial Union Terrace hosts Family Night on Lake Mendota throughout August. Paddle and play games on a warm summer evening, with instructors to guide you and your family on sightseeing tours on the lake. It’s $16 for adults and $13 for youth. Aug. 2, 9, 16 & 30, 4-6 p.m., Memorial Union Terrace, more information available here

Pints 4 Parks at Olbrich Park
Help benefit the city’s parks through beer. Titletown Brewing Co. will be serving beer at the Biergarten at Olbrich Park on Aug. 4. Proceeds from the day will go to the Madison Parks Foundation. Don’t drink beer? No problem, you can donate directly to the foundation that day. Aug. 4, 4-10 p.m., Olbrich Park, more information available here.

Motel Breakfast at High Noon Saloon
Motel Breakfast is a truly Midwestern band that plays at the High Noon on Aug. 4. Motel Breakfast formed as an indie rock group in 2017 and began playing at college campuses. The band released their self-titled album in 2020. Tickets start at $10 and are available here. Doors for the show open at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 8 p.m. Social Cig and Blue County Pistol are also on the bill. Aug. 4, 7 p.m., High Noon Saloon, high-noon.com/event/motel-breakfast/

Thursday’s Happier Hour at High Noon Saloon
Unwind with Happier Hour at High Noon Saloon. Every Thursday evening beginning at 5 p.m., a different band will perform on the patio at the High Noon for a concert that’s free and open to the public. Grab a cold beer and listen to bands like Ben Majeska & Friends and Wild Horses. The event will continue through September. Aug. 4, 11, 18 & 25, 5-7 p.m., High Noon Saloon, high-noon.com/event

Movies on the Water at the Edgewater
Catch a flick on Thursday nights with Movies on the Water. Each Thursday night showing at the Edgewater is a double feature with the first movie starting at 5:30 p.m. and the second kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Movies include family friendly films like “The Mighty Ducks,” “Miracle” and “The Secret Garden.” Other movies include “The Big Lebowski” and “The Godfather.” Aug. 4, 11, 18 & 25, 5:30-9 p.m., The Edgewater, theedgewater.com/events

Eagle Park Brewing Co. at The Biergarten at Olbrich Park
Milwaukee-based brewery Eagle Park Brewing Co. will make its way down to Madison for one night only. The brewery takes over the taps at The Biergarten at Olbrich Park on Aug. 5. Enjoy a Tropical Berliner on a summer evening. Aug. 5, 3-10 p.m., Olbrich Park, more information available here

Brewgrass Fridays
Catch some tunes with your fish fry at The Edgewater every Friday. The hotel hosts a bluegrass band every Friday throughout August. Bands to see this month include Feeding Leroy, Tray Wellington Band and Taylor Scott Band. Sit back, eat some fish and start your weekend with some bluegrass. Aug. 5, 12, 19 & 26, 5-9 p.m., The Edgewater Madison, more information available here

Steve Earle & The Dukes at the Barrymore Theatre
Country musician and singer-songwriter Steve Earle will play at the Barrymore Aug. 6. Earle has made more than 20 studio albums over the decades. If you enjoy storytelling through song, you’ll want to check out Earle. Tickets start at $45. Aug. 6, 8 p.m., The Barrymore Theatre, barrymorelive.com/event/steve-earle-the-dukes

Pizza Night on the Farm
Sprouting Acres is inviting you for wood-fired pizza at their organic farm. Pizza on the Farm continues on the first and third Sundays of August, so head over to Cambridge and try homemade pizzas and enjoy the greenery of the farm. Aug. 7 & 21, 2:30-8 p.m., Sprouting Acres Farm, sproutingacres.com/pizza-nights

Hidden History Walking Tour
The Wisconsin Historical Society will host a Hidden History of the Capitol Square walking tour focused on Aug. 9. Stroll through the early years of Madison and learn how the Square was the center of politics in Wisconsin throughout the state’s history. Tickets are $20. Aug. 9, 6-7:30 p.m., Wisconsin Historical Museum, more information available here

Hamilton at the Overture Center
The hit musical “Hamilton” is making its way to Madison. The Broadway show runs at the Overture Center for the Arts from Aug. 9 to Aug. 21 and tickets start at $49. The musical combines American political history with modern music styles. Aug. 9-21, Overture Center for the Performing Arts, overture.org/tickets-events 

Madison Night Market
Head downtown for a night of local artists, vendors, entertainment and food with the Madison Night Market. The market returns to State and Gilman Streets where you can peruse local stores like The Soap Opera and Anthology or check out one of the local artists or crafters. There will also be live music in Lisa Link Peace Park. Aug. 11, 4-8 p.m., Downtown Madison, visitdowntownmadison/Madison-night-market

Biergarten at San Damiano Friary
The San Damiano Friary will host its August biergarten Aug. 11. The event will have beer, food trucks, live music and house tours. It’s cash only, and organizers recommend bringing lawn chairs to the event. Aug. 11, 5-8 p.m., San Damiano Friary, more information available here

Delta Beer Lab’s Patio Series
August is still patio season and Delta Beer Lab is offering live music on select Thursdays. The brewery’s patio series features two August performances from LT’s Aloha Wagon and Noah Hittner on Aug. 11 and Fiddle & the Foragers on Aug. 25. Performances last from 6 to 8 p.m. and a food cart is available from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 11 & 25, 5-8 p.m., Delta Beer Lab, delta.beer/events

New Glarus Brewing Co. at Breese Stevens Field
Head to Breese Stevens Field for the New Glarus Brewing Co. Pre-Taste Pre-Party to sample a variety of the Wisconsin brewery’s beers. You can purchase $30 VIP tickets for early entry at 5 p.m., which include a beer tasting paired with food. You can purchase VIP tickets here. General admission for the event is open at 6 p.m. Aug. 12, 5-8 p.m., Breese Stevens Field, breesestevens.com/festivals

Lakefront Brewery at Olbrich Park
Milwaukee’s Lakefront Brewery will take over the taps at the Biergarten at Olbrich Park on Aug. 12. You can sample beers like New Grist and the Hazy Rabbit IPA. So grab a beer and enjoy an evening in the park. Aug. 12, 4-10 p.m., Olbrich Park, olbrichbiergarten.com/events

Great Taste of the Midwest at Olin Park
They do brew beer outside of Wisconsin, and at the 2022 Great Taste of the Midwest you can check out some of what the rest of the region has to offer. The beer festival is on Aug. 13 at Olin Park and features more than 190 brews. Aug. 13, 1-6 p.m., Olin Park, more information available here

Madison Makers Fitchburg Mini Market at Delta Beer Lab
Head to Delta Beer Lab to check out a variety of local crafters and artists while enjoying a pint. The Madison Makers Fitchburg Mini Market will feature art, prints, jewelry and even plants on Aug. 13. A full list of vendors is available here. Aug. 13, 3-8 p.m., Delta Beer Lab, more information available here

Hanson at the Sylvee
Take it back to the ’90s with the boy band Hanson. The band of brothers comes to the Sylvee Aug. 14, where you’ll be sure to hear the hit song MMMBop. Tickets start at $39.50 and are available here. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Aug. 14, 6:30 p.m., The Sylvee, thesylvee.com/events/hanson

Built To Spill at the Majestic Theatre
Build To Spill will play the Majestic on Aug. 17. The indie rock band has released eight albums since they formed in 1992 in Boise, including songs like “Carry the Zero” and “Fool’s Gold.” General admission tickets start at $32.50 and are available here. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m. Aug. 17, 7 p.m., The Majestic Theatre, majesticmadison.com/event/built-to-spill

Brews for Books at Wisconsin Brewing Co.
Support the Madison Reading Project with Brews for Books on Aug. 19 at Wisconsin Brewing Co. The brewery will donate a portion of its sales to the nonprofit, which recently surpassed 300,000 books given away to kids. People can also directly donate books at the brewery. Here’s to beers and literacy. Aug. 19, 6 p.m., Wisconsin Brewing Co., madisonreadingproject.com/brewsforbooks

Sweet Corn Festival in Angell Park
Celebrate one of summer’s best vegetables with a festival in Sun Prairie. The Sweet Corn Festival kicks off Aug. 17 with a parade and live music. The event continues until Aug. 21 with attractions including carnival rides on Aug. 18 and 19 in addition to a beer tent and food vendors in the park beginning Aug. 19. Aug. 17-21, Sun Prairie, sunprairiechamber.com/sweet-corn-festival

Seltzer & Cider Fest 2022 at Breese Stevens
If you’re a fan of seltzer and ciders looking to try more options, don’t miss this festival. Seltzer & Cider Fest returns Aug. 20 to Breese Stevens Field, where you can cool down on a summer evening by tasting cold ciders and seltzers. General admission tickets are $35 and include a keepsake 5-oz. glass, while designated driver tickets are $10 — both let you into the event at 5 p.m. If you really love seltzers, there are also Very Important Drinker, or VID, tickets for $65 that include early admission at 4 p.m. in addition to a commemorative glass, a fanny pack and a beverage bucket. Tickets are on sale now and available here. Aug. 20, 4-8 p.m., Breese Stevens Field, breesestevensfield.com/festivals

Fitchburg Agora Art Fair
Head out to Fitchburg to discover local artists. The Fitchburg Agora Art Fair returns Aug. 20 with more than 100 regional and local artists. The Saturday event will also feature live music, beer, wine and local food vendors. The event is family friendly with the option to check out the Children’s Art Tent. Aug. 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fitchburg Agora, agoraartfair.com

Biergarten at the Beach
Make a visit to Schluter Beach before summer is over with Biergarten at the Beach. Enjoy a pint on the beach with yard games and food trucks on Aug. 25. The event is cash only, so be sure to hit the ATM beforehand. Aug. 25, 5-8:30 p.m., Schluter Beach, more information available here

Orton Park Festival
The Orton Park Festival returns for its 57th year of music and food on Madison’s east-side. The festival will feature live music in addition to food and craft vendors for a three-day event beginning Aug. 25. Musicians include Jane Hobson and Good Morning Bedlam. Aug. 25-28, Orton Park, more information available here

Michelle Wolf at Comedy on State
Looking for a laugh? Then check out Michelle Wolf at Comedy on State who’s offering multiple shows Aug. 25-27. Wolf is best known as a writer for “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” in addition to on-air appearances, plus hosting the 2018 White House Correspondents Dinner. She also has an hour-long comedy special on HBO called “Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady.” Tickets start at $40. Aug. 25-27, Comedy on State, more information available here.

Snail Mail at the Majestic
Following the success of her second album, “Valentine,” Snail Mail is on tour and coming to the Majestic Aug. 31. Hopefully attendees will also hear songs like “Pristine” and “Heat Wave” from the musician’s first album, “Lush.” Tickets start at $20 and are available here. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Snail Mail is requiring proof of vaccination for the concert, so be sure to bring your vaccination card or a photo of it. Aug. 31, 7 p.m., The Majestic Theatre, majesticmadison.com/event/snail-mail 

Live Music at the Terrace
Just because school is out, doesn’t mean the fun stops at Memorial Union Terrace. The Terrace will have free live music from local artists throughout evenings in August. The patio also hosts outdoor movie nights after dark, including Moana on Aug. 1. A full schedule of events is available here. Memorial Union Terrace, union.wisc.edu/visit/terrace-at-the-memorial-union

UW Arboretum Events
Learn about Madison’s natural world at the UW Arboretum, which hosts educational events and hikes for the whole family throughout August. There are sessions on native grasses and prairie animals, plus daytime nature hikes. There are also classes on the natural prairie environment and bumblebees and butterflies. A full list of events is available hereUW Arboretum, arboretum.wisc.edu

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