If winter has left you stir crazy and you are looking for activities that will get you out of the house, you are in luck because April is a month full of unique events. Check out one of the events highlighted below or take a look at the full events calendar.
The Maple Syrup Festival is held the first Saturday in April annually in Poynette. The day begins with a pancake breakfast in the main lodge of the Mackenzie Environmental Education Center. Once your tummy is full, enjoy a guided tour of the sugarbush and learn how maple syrup is made, from tapping the trees to when it is ready to be served. Other activities include live music, interpretative displays, and horse-drawn wagon rides. The live wildlife exhibit, as well as the museums, will be open so there's plenty to keep you busy all day!
The Festival of Arts will be held on the UW-Washington County campus and will feature a variety of different types of entertainment as well as great food. Admission to all events is free. The Juried Arts and Crafts Show will include over 50 exhibitors selling all different types of arts and crafts. The theatre will feature different entertainment throughout the afternoon, and garden and art seminars will be held throughout the day as well. Art enthusiasts will enjoy browsing the entries in the student art contest as well as the photo contest. Additionally, the Farmer’s Market will feature locally grown or homemade goods.
UW-Madison’s Arts Institute and the Communication Arts Film Studies Program present 150 films in seven theaters. The festival is an eight-day exploration of new American independent dramatic and documentary films, animation, experimental restorations and revivals. A complete film guide and tickets are available here.
The Greater Prairie Chicken is one of the species of grouse found in Wisconsin’s grasslands. The Prairie Chicken Festival began in 2006 to bring awareness to the species and the need for conservation, as their numbers have rapidly declined as their habitat has been developed or converted to land use for other purposes. Greater Prairie Chicken viewing, birding tours, children's crafts, wildlife talks and demonstrations, local vendors, nature art and literature, book sales, and more can be found at the festival.
Amateurs and professionals compete for the title of the best grilled cheese sandwich. There are four different sandwich categories and all sandwiches must use Wisconsin cheese, of course! Enjoy live music and a fun competition featuring classic comfort food - this is one featival that will leave everyone full and happy!
This three day festival features headliners on the Main Stage as well as six other venues for live music in the area. Other activities at the festival include free fiddle, banjo mandolin and uklele workshops, open jams and mics and local eateries serving special Bluegrass Brunches.