2018 is off to a great start in Madison, and it shows no signs of slowing down. This year, visitors and locals alike can look forward to new and notable attractions in Madison, including a brand new public art event, restaurant openings, and international competitions. Be sure to add these Madison must-dos to the itinerary as you plan your visit!
Madison Craft Beer Week
Only in Madison does craft beer week last 10 days. Recently named one of the top beer destinations to visit, Madison’s Craft Beer Week is a great opportunity to experience our brewery scene first hand.
Also in 2018, be on the lookout for new openings including Flix Brewery, Giant Jones Brewing Company and Working Draft Beer Company.
Garden Tours at Taliesin
Save the date for the brand new Garden Tours at Taliesin. These two hour tours are dedicated to the gardens and natural landscape of Taliesin – the home of renowned architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. Guests will learn about Wright’s connection to nature as they tour the grounds and enjoy views of the beautiful Driftless Area.
Bucky on Parade
Attention Bucky fans! This summer, dozens of Bucky Badger statues will adorn the streets of Greater Madison in a new public art event called Bucky on Parade. The statues will be designed by local artists and placed throughout Greater Madison, including popular areas like the Capitol and State Street. We challenge you to find them all!
The CrossFit Games
Athletes from around the globe will return to Madison this August for the 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games. The international competition takes place at Alliant Energy Center and will consist of competitions that will determine the fittest men and women on earth. Look for tickets to go on sale this spring.
Art Fair on the Square
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s popular event, Art Fair on the Square returns in summer 2018 for its 60th anniversary! Regarded as one of the best art festivals in the Midwest, Art Fair takes place over two days and features nearly 500 artists and vendors, circling the entire Capitol Square.
Madison’s East Washington corridor continues to grow and develop, and this year, visitors will be able to enjoy a new live music venue called The Sylvee. The theater will have a capacity of 2,500 and is expected to be completed in late 2018.
An array of new restaurants will be opening in 2018 – here’s just a few that are on our radar:
• Longtable Beer Cafe: A gastropub featuring communal tables and a six foot wall of bottled beer
• Mint Mark: An east side eatery focusing on fresh, creative small plates and craft cocktails.
• Boar & Barrel: A Capitol Square spot with a wine, whiskey and tapas bar and pork-centric menu.
• Mijo Frozen Treats: A new mobile food option, bringing locally-sourced ice creams, vegan ice creams, sorbets and paletas to Madison.
• Chen’s Dumpling House: A State Street eatery featuring Chinese dumplings and steamed buns.
• Sweet Home Wisconsin: A Wisconsin sports bar with a Chicago twist – serving Chicago style hot dogs, Italian beef and deep dish pizza.
Head to visitmadison.com to find more activities and events to enjoy this year.