Stay cool this summer with these 38 events in July

July in Madison brings a lot of outdoor activities and festivals. Check out these events to make the most of the warm weather.
Art Fair Off The Square
Art Fair Off The Square

Catch fireworks with your family, listen to live music, enjoy a cold beer outside and more this July. Here’s what going on in the Madison area.

My Morning Jacket
American indie rock band My Morning Jacket will play at Breese Stevens Field with Indigo DeSouza opening. The band, which formed in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1998, released its ninth studio album “My Morning Jacket” last year. Tickets are on sale now. July 1, 5-10 p.m., Breese Stevens Field, mymorningjacket.com/events

Brewgrass Fridays
Catch a bluegrass band and fish fry at The Edgewater every Friday. The hotel is hosting a bluegrass band throughout July and into August. The July lineup includes Barbaro, Jacob Joliff Band, Hen House Prowlers, The Hackensaw Boys and Evan Murdoch and the Imperfect Strangers. July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 5-9 p.m., The Edgewater Madison, more information available here

Lights at the Isthmus
It wouldn’t be July without fireworks. Lights at the Isthmus will feature fireworks in addition to local acts, food, cold beer and fireworks at Breese Stevens Field. The doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m. July 2. Tickets are $10 and available here. July 2, 5-10 p.m., Breese Stevens Field, more information available here

The Monona Festival
The annual Monona Festival returns this year for the Fourth of July at Winnequah Park. The Festival officially kicks off July 2 with music, food, drinks, face-painting, a car show and, of course, fireworks. The fireworks show is scheduled to begin at dusk on July 4. There is also a carnival. July 2-4, Winnequah Park, mononafestival.com

Very Asian & Very American Panel Discussion
During Madison’s Very Asian Week, there will be an evening panel discussion presented by Madison Magazine and The Very Asian Foundation on July 7 at The Spark building (821 E. Washington Ave.). A networking hour featuring an appetizer dish by Chef Tory Miller will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by News 3 Now evening anchor Charlotte Deleste. Tickets are $25. July 7, 5-7:30 p.m., The Spark building channel3000.com/very-asian-week-panel-discussion-japchae-noodles-by-chef-tory-miller

The Zombies at the Barrymore Theatre
The classic ’60s rock band The Zombies is performing at Barrymore Theatre. The act will perform songs including “Time of the Season” and “This Will Be Our Year.” General admission tickets are $40.  July 3, 7:30 p.m., The Barrymore Theatre, barrymoretheatrelive.com/event

Very Asian Week
From July 3-8, Madison Magazine and Very Asian Foundation are putting a spotlight on Madison’s Asian community during the inaugural Very Asian Week. Thirteen restaurant and food businesses will be offering specials to raise money for the foundation to provide access to Asian American youth literature in libraries in Wisconsin. July 3-8, channel3000.com/madison-magazine/very-asian-week

Pizza Night at the Farm
Sprouting Acres Farm is whipping up wood-fired pizzas this month. On the first and third Sundays in July, you can head over to Cambridge and try homemade pizzas and enjoy the greenery of the farm. July 3 & 17, 2:30-8 p.m., Sprouting Acres Farm, sproutingacres.com/pizza-nights

Vinyl Night at Delta Beer Lab
Do you want to show off your vinyl collection to the public? Delta Beer Lab hosts vinyl night every Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. Bring a record and the deejay will spin it for the crowd. July 5, 12, 19, 26, 6-8 p.m., Delta Beer Lab, delta.beer/events

Lunch Time LIVE
Catch a concert on your lunch break with Lunch Time Live. Free concerts are put on from noon to 1 p.m. every Tuesday at the lawn near South Hamilton Walkway on Capitol Square. The lineup includes the Venus Furs and the Acoplados Duo. July 5, 12, 19 & 26, noon-1 p.m., Capital Square, more information available here

Verona’s Concerts in the Park
Concerts in the Park is a recurring event throughout the month of July that features live music in Harriet Park. Each Thursday in July will feature a different local performer at the summer concert series. Bring a lawn chair and grab some snacks and drinks and listen to music outdoors. July 7, 14, 21 & 28, 5:30-8 p.m., Harriet Park, more information available here

Movies on the Water
Throughout July, The Edgewater is hosting Movies on the Water every Thursday night. Each showing 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 ones like “Coco,” “Wall-E” and “The Land Before Time.” Other movies include classics like “Top Gun” and “Jurassic Park.” The movies are free and open to the public and will continue into August. July 7, 14, 21 & 28, The Edgewater Madison, more information available here  

Young Blood Beer Co. Tap Takeover
Young Blood Beer Co. will take over the Taps at the Biergarten at Olbrich Park this month. The microbrewery will be serving beer from 3 to 10 p.m. on July 8 with a variety of craft brews. July 8, 3-10 p.m., Olbrich Park, more information available here

Fitchburg Festival of Speed
Have a need for speed? Stop by the Fitchburg Festival of Speed on July 9. The all-day festival includes a 25-mile bike ride and 5K run. You can register for the events here. The festival will also have music, food and fireworks all day. July 9, The Fitchburg Agora, fitchburgfestivalofspeed.com

Madison Art Fair on the Square
Art Fair on the Square returns to downtown Madison this year. The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art hosts the event that features more than 500 artists on Capitol Square on July 9-10. Artists will be selling jewelry, paintings, sculptures, prints and photographs in addition to live music and outdoor dining options. July 9, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; July 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Capitol Square, mmoca.org/event/art-fair-on-the-square

Madison Makers Summer Market & Pub-Crawl
If you’re looking for a way to explore Madison, the Madison Makes Market & Pub Crawl is a good way to get to the know the city. Breweries, bars and distilleries in the Marquette and Williamson streets area will host artists and craftspeople in addition to serving up drinks. Stateline Distillery, Vintage Brewing, Working Draft Brewing Co., Giant Jones Brewing, Imaginary Factory and The Sylvee will host people selling clothes, arts, jewelry and candles. July 9, noon-5 p.m., madisonmakersmarket.com/summermarket 

Art Fair Off the Square
Art Fair Off the Square also returns to Madison this year to Martin Luther King Boulevard. The Wisconsin Alliance of Artists and Craftspeople will host the event July 9-10 that will feature dozens of artists selling photos, paintings, woodworking and much more. July 9, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; July 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, more information available here.

Madison Vegan Pop-Up Market
Looking for an afternoon of food and fun? Then you should check out the Madison Vegan Pop-Up Shop coming July 10 to the Goodman Community Center. Heirloom Bakery & Kitchen, Green Owl Cafe and Give Mac will be at the event in addition to Blush Moon Crystals, Agra Pottery and Just Goods. July 10, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Goodman Community Center, more information available here. 

Environmental Fun Fair
Dane County Parks is hosting a family-friendly afternoon all about nature education. The Environmental Fun Fair is a free event July 10 at the Lussier Family Heritage Center. The afternoon will feature prairie walks, education about native plants and pollinators and opportunities to learn about reptiles and amphibians. The Aldo Leopold Nature Center will also give you the chance to touch skins, scat and skulls.  July 10, 1-3 p.m., Lussier Family Heritage Center, more information available here

The Moth Madison at High Noon Saloon
Looking for an evening of storytelling? The Moth Madison returns July 11 to High Noon Saloon where people will get on stage and tell true stories live. Tickets are $15 and available here. The hit podcast The Moth began in 1997 as a nonprofit dedicated to storytelling, which now has bestselling books. July 11, 7:30 p.m., High Noon Saloon, high-noon.com/event

Hidden History Walking Tour
The Wisconsin Historical Society will host a Hidden History Walking Tour focused on Capitol Square on July 12. The tour will guide walkers through the early years of Madison and how the Square was the center of politics in Wisconsin. Tickets are $20 and available here. July 12, 6-7:30 p.m., Wisconsin Historical Museum, more information available here

Family Night on Lake Mendota
Get out on Lake Mendota with the whole family this summer. The Memorial Union Terrace hosts Family Night on Lake Mendota in July where you can paddle and play games. There are instructors to guide you and your family on sightseeing tours on the lake. It’s $16 for adults and $13 for youth. July 12, 19 & 26, 4-6 p.m., Memorial Union Terrace, more information available here

Biergarten at the Beach
Enjoy a brew on the beach since a biergarten is coming to Schluter Beach in July. The biergarten will feature live music and Pa Pa’s BBQ. The event is cash only, so be sure to hit an ATM before going to the event. July 14 & 28, 5-8:30 p.m., Schluter Beach, more information available here  

Biergarten at San Damiano Friary
The San Damiano Friary will host its first biergarten on July 15. 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. July 15, 5-8 p.m., San Damiano Friary, more information available here

Mount Horeb Art Fair
Head to Downtown Mount Horeb to see crafters and artists from around the region at the 51st annual Mount Horeb Art Fair on July 16 and 17. This year the event moves to Second Street from Main Street. There will also be food trucks and live music and people can visit shops and restaurants. There’s also a silent auction that will go toward a scholarship for a local high school senior interested in pursuing art. July 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Downtown Mount Horeb, mounthorebchamber.com/artfair

Ice Cream Boat Float by Wingra Boats
You can enjoy a Sunday from the seat of a boat with a float in hand. Wingra Boats is hosting an Ice Cream Boat Float July 20 where you can paddle to different boats on Lake Wingra and get ice cream and toppings. You can register for the event with Wingra Boats. July 20, 4-6 p.m., Wingra Boats, more information available here

Brews for Books
You can have a beer and promote literacy at the same time at this event. The Biergarten at Olbrich Park is partnering with the Madison Reading Project to collect books on July 21. Organizers with the reading project will be on The Big Red Reading Bus taking book donations. July 21, 5-8 p.m., Olbrich Park, more information available here

Tim Heidecker at the Barrymore
Comedian Tim Heidecker is bring a night of music and comedy to Barrymore Theatre. The first half of the show will feature standup comedy from Heidecker that you might recognize from his show “Tim and Eric Awesome Show.” In the second act, Heidecker will showcase is singing and songwriting talents with his Very Good Band. Tickets are available here. July 21,7 p.m., The Barrymore Theatre, barrymorelive.come/events

Dane County Fair
The Dane County fair returns July 21, so if you’ve been missing funnel cake, you’ll be able to get it here. In addition to fried food, the event will have live music, animals and carnival rides at the Alliant Energy Center. July 21-24, Alliant Energy Center, danecountyfair.com

The Bodega at Breese Stevens
The Bodgea returns to Breese Stevens for the sixth year. The event hosts a variety of vendors that sell maple syrups, hand-made jewelry, clothes and baked goods. There is something here for everyone. July 22, 5-9 p.m., Breese Stevens Field, breesestevensfield.com/bodega

Curd Fest
Celebrate one of the things Wisconsin is famous for at Curd Fest. The event returns to Breese Stevens on July 23 and will feature all things cheese. You don’t have to choose between fried or fresh cheese curds since both options will be available at the event in addition to food trucks, games and balloon-twisting. July 23, 4-8 p.m., Breese Stevens Field, more information available here

Opera in the Park
Experience culture this summer with Opera in the Park. The free event on July 23 will feature four  performers in addition to the Madison Opera Chorus and the Madison Symphony orchestra from the Madison Opera in Garner Park, who will perform numbers from opera and Broadway. The event is free and open to the public. July 23, 8 p.m., Garner Park, madisonopera.org

Rupaul’s Drag Race at The Sylvee
Drag queens are coming to The Sylvee. Performers from RuPaul’s Drag Race are stopping in Madison on their “Werq the World Tour.” Kameron Michaels, Rosé, Vanessa Vanjie, Yvie Oddly and all finalists from the upcoming 14th Season will grace the stage. Tickets start at $39.50 and are on sale now here. July 24, 8 p.m. The Sylvee, More information available here.

Summer Restaurant Week
Take advantage of Madison’s vibrant dining scene with Madison Magazine’s Summer Restaurant Week July 24-29. Restaurants will offer a prefixe, three-course meal starting at $30. Some are also offering $20 lunch features. Restaurants participating in the event include Buck & Honey’s, Eno Vino Wine Bar and Bistro and Tavernkaya. July 24-29, more information available here

First Date by the UW Theatre Department
See a play this summer about modern dating. The University of Wisconsin–Madison Theatre Department will put on “First Date,” where a couple’s outing to a New York restaurant takes some odd turns. Performances begin July 28 and last through Aug. 7 at the Ronald E. Mitchell Theatre. July 28-Aug. 7, Ronald E. Mitchell Theatre, theatre.wisc.edu/productions-and-tickets

Atwood Fest
Atwood Fest returns to its namesake avenue at the end of July for music and cold drinks. The two-day music festival will feature a variety of bands at places like Alchemy and Harmony Bar & Grill, in addition to the new Sugar Maple Stage in the United Way parking lot. Bands include the Mad City Jug Band, Kat & The Hurricane and Geology Club. Teenfest, which features teenage bands at the Sugar Maple Stage, will perform July 30 from noon to 3 p.m. A full schedule is available here. July 30-31, 12 p.m., Atwood Avenue, atwoodfest.com

Live Music at the Terrace
Just because the students are on summer break doesn’t mean the Memorial Union Terrace is closing down. The Terrace will have live music from local artists most nights throughout July that are free to attend. The patio will also have movie nights, including Mamma Mia on July 25. A full schedule of events is available here. Memorial Union Terrace

UW Arboretum Events
Spend some time learning about nature this summer at the UW Arboretum, which hosts educational events and hikes for the whole family throughout July. There’s a full moon night walk in addition to daytime nature hikes. There are also classes on the natural prairie environment and bumblebees and butterflies. A full list of events is available here. UW Arboretum, arboretum.wisc.edu

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