Welcome autumn with these 33 events in September

As the new school year and season begins, fill up your calendar with these local happenings.
the capitol building with crowds of people walking by
Photo courtesy of Taste of Madison
Last year's Taste of Madison festival

“Mean Girls”
The hit Broadway musical from writer Tina Fey is on stage at The Overture Center For the Arts for six days as a part of a national tour. Sept. 1-4, matinee and evening showings, Overture Center for the Arts, overture.org/tickets-events/2021-22-season/mean-girls/

El Mercadito de Centro
After two years off due to the pandemic, El Mercadito is back at Centro Hispano of Dane County. The mercadito offers music, handicrafts and food and provides an “open and healthy place where community can share their cultural heritage and culinary traditions.” Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 4-7 p.m., Centro Hispano, micentro.org/mercadito.html

Party in the Park
WSUM, Madison’s student-ran radio station, will put on Party in the Park, a day-long music event at James Madison Park. The event will feature a lineup of nine musical acts and eight DJs. Headliners include Interlay, Deryk G and Diet Lite. Sept. 2, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., James Madison Park, event information here

Forward Madison FC Watch Party
Join FMFC and “The Flock” for a watch party for the team’s game against Greenville Triumph SC. Sept. 3, 5-8:30 p.m., The Forward Club at Breese Stevens Field, event information here

Taste of Madison
This Labor Day weekend, the Taste of Madison celebrates its 40th year with food vendors, beverage options and live music all day. Sept. 3: 2:30-8:30 p.m., Sept. 4: 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Capitol Square, tasteofmadison.com/

Terrace Takeover 2022
Kick off the school year at Memorial Union for a day of rock climbing, an open mic, group painting, kayaking, dining deals and Lakeside Cinema. Sept. 5, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Memorial Union Terrace, event information here

LaborFest 2022
Hosted by the Southern Central Federation of Labor, LaborFest celebrates the working community, labor activists and unions. There will be live music, a donation collection and the chance to meet local elected officials. Sept. 5, 12-5:30 p.m., Madison Labor Temple Grounds, event information here

National Geographic Live: How to Clone a Mammoth
Evolutionary biologist and DNA researcher Beth Shapiro explores the question: Could extinct species be brought back to life? Shapiro calls on her travels and research to consider the challenges and opportunities of this technology. Sept. 6, 7:30 p.m., Overture Center for the Arts, event information here.

Madison Night Market
The Madison Night Market is back for its last event of 2022. The market celebrates “Madison’s unique and inspiring creative culture” and will feature many local artists, vendors, musicians and food carts. Sept. 8, 4-8 p.m., State Street, event information here

The Grammy-winning alternative rock band stops in Madison as a part of its Cruel Country Tour with The Cactus Blossoms, a Minneapolis indie rock duo, opening the show. Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m., The Sylvee, thesylvee.com/events/wilco-2/

Yahara Riverfest
Deforest’s Riverfest celebrates the “community’s largest natural asset,” the upper Yahara River. The day will include food carts, wagon rides, pumpkin decorating, live music and other family activities. Sept. 10, 12-4 p.m., Conservancy Commons Park, event information here

UW Arboretum Full Moon Night Walk
Take in the sky views, nature ambience and moonlight in this free, naturalist-led walk. Sept. 10, 8:30-10 p.m., UW Arboretum, arboretum.wisc.edu/visit/events/

Ironman Wisconsin 2022
The famed triathlon returns to Madison. Though it might be a little late in the game to start training now, there are plenty of volunteer and involvement opportunities for supporters and spectators. Sept. 11, 7am, downtown Madison, ironman.com/im-wisconsin

Madison Good Neighbors Gathering
Madison’s Good Neighbor Gathering committee is planning a festival that “puts children and families first.” Celebrate community and friendship with food carts, bike parades, art activities, music and dance. Sept. 11, 12-5 p.m., Brittingham Park, dmna.org/GNG2022

Hidden History of the Capitol Square Walking Tour
Join this guided walking tour presented by the Wisconsin Historical Museum to discover how downtown has changed to become the Madison we know today. Sept. 13, 6-7:30 p.m., Wisconsin Historical Museum, event information here

Putts for Pups Golf Outing
This second annual golf outing that benefits the Dane County Humane Society features a pre-party at Wisconsin Brewing Co. on Thursday, Sept. 15 ahead of 18 holes of golf, a silent auction and heavy hors d’oeuvres at the after-golf ceremony. The event — which raised more than $29,000 in its first year in 2021 — is presented by Bruner Realty & Management and ESPN Madison. Sept. 16, shotgun start at 10 a.m., Blackhawk Country Club, giveshelter.org

Matteo Lane
Comedian Matteo Lane, who has appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” and Netflix’s “The Comedy Lineup,” will have a two-night stop at Comedy on State. Sept. 16-17, 7:30 & 10 p.m., Comedy on State, event information here

Dane Arts Buy Local Market
In partnership with Arts+ Literature Laboratory and the Willy Street Fair, Dane Arts will have its 8th annual market with more than 35 visual artists. The market allows visitors to support and connect with local artists, in addition to a “Business of Art” conference to highlight the cultural and economic benefits of the arts. Sept 16-17, 200 S Brearly St., dablmarket.com/dabl-2022

Schuster’s Farm Fall Fun
Schuster’s Farm in Deerfield reopens for the fall season on Sept. 17. Family activities include eight acres of a corn maze, pumpkin patches, an apple cannon, hayrides and fall treats such as apple cider, pumpkin cake and caramel apples. Opens Sept. 17, open weekdays and weekends, Shuster’s Farm, schustersfarm.com/fall-fun/

The Rigby Rooftop Drag Brunch
Join drag queens Michael Lynn and Kendra Banxs for a drag show and brunch buffet on The Rigby’s rooftop. Sept. 17, 10:30 a.m., The Rigby, therigbypub.com/events/calendar/

Northside Festival
The Madison Mallards and Willy Street Co-op are hosting the first ever Northside Festival to celebrate vendors and nonprofits exclusively from Madison’s northside. The free event will feature food trucks, drink options, a movie showing and games on the ballpark. Sept. 17, 1-7 p.m., Madison Mallards field, event information here

Willy Street Fair
The Willy Street Fair celebrates community and the iconic Madison street. The fair will feature local artists, food vendors and a parade for the benefit of the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center and Commonwealth Development. Sept. 17: 2-10 p.m., Sept. 18: 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., 900 and 1000 blocks of Williamson Street and the 300 block of Brearly Street, event information here

MasterChef Junior Live!
The contestants of MasterChef Junior Season 8 bring the television show to life in high-energy, interactive cooking demonstrations and challenges. Sept. 18, 7 p.m., Overture Center for the Arts, overture.org/tickets-events/2022-23-season/masterchef-junior-live/

Horizon High School Fall Festival & Fundraiser
Horizon High School is having a festival and fundraiser in celebration of its 18th anniversary. The school is “looking to raise community awareness and urge lawmakers and local donors to help our school keep its doors open” during September – National Recovery Month. Sept. 21, 5-7 p.m., Goodman Community Center, horizonhs.org/events

Death Cab for Cutie
The alternative indie rock veterans will take The Sylvee stage as a part of the tour for its forthcoming 10th studio album, “Asphalt Meadows.” Midwest-based rock band Low will open the show. Sept. 22, 8 p.m., The Sylvee, thesylvee.com/events/death-cab-for-cutie/.

David Lynch screening event and art exhibit
Tandem Press is hosting an outdoor viewing of the documentary “David Lynch: The Art Life” in conjunction with a reception for its gallery exhibit, “Enigma: The Prints of David Lynch,” to celebrate the work and creativity of the filmmaker and artist. The exhibit runs from Sept. 6-Oct. 28. Screening: Sept. 23, 5-8:30 p.m., Tandem Press, event information here

Opera on the Point
Fresco Opera is bringing back opera at Picnic Point after a pandemic hiatus. Join for spooky songs and tales told around a bonfire. Sept 23-24, 7 p.m., frescoopera.com/

Madison Ballet’s Next Steps
Madison Ballet returns to Promenade Hall in this program of “world premiers,” featuring work from new artistic directors. “Continuing a commitment to celebrate and present female-identifying choreographers,” Madison Ballet will debut Marika Brussel’s first new work. Sept. 23-30, matinee and evening shows, The Overture Center for the Arts, overture.org/tickets-events/2022-23-season/madison-ballet-next-steps/

Monroe Street Festival
Head to Monroe Street for the 44th annual community celebration promoting new and existing businesses and enhancing “the positive and vibrant image of Monroe Street.” Expect sidewalk sales, outdoor entertainment and food and drink specials. Sept. 24, all day, 1500-3600 block of Monroe Street, event information here

Emerson String Quartet
After performing together for over four decades, the Grammy-winning ensemble stops in Madison as a part of a final tour. Virtual tickets are also available. Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m., Wisconsin Union Theater, event information here

Lucinda Williams
Grammy-winning blues singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams is bringing her show to the Barrymore Theater as a part of the tour for her 2020 album, “Good Souls Better Angels.” Sept. 24, 8 p.m., The Barrymore Theater, barrymorelive.com/event/lucinda-williams-2/.

Donut Fest Madison
At the “sweetest festival in town” guests can enjoy sampling donuts, beer and coffee, and name the city’s “Favorite Donut.” Sept. 26, 1-5 p.m., TBA, event information here

“Pete Souza: The West Wing and Beyond” presentation and Q&A
Pete Souza, author of “The West Wing and Beyond: What I Saw Inside the Presidency,” will share stories and unseen photos regarding his time as the former Chief Official White House Photographer, followed by a Q&A . Sept. 27, 7 p.m., The Orpheum Theater, event information here

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