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Badger Family Spring Visit

Event Details

Badger Family Spring Visit (BFSV) is an opportunity for you to visit your student(s) any weekend during the month of April and attend free or low-cost events in Madison that our team of local pros have compiled specifically for you. There is no fee to register— just come and enjoy time with your Badger. Some events may require tickets, which you can purchase directly through the event website (links provided below).

You can browse featured events for each weekend under the dropdown menus below, which will continue to be updated with additional events as we get closer to April.

That’s it?
That’s it! All you have to do is:

Connect with your student to pick a weekend during April to visit (make sure it’s not before any big exams or presentations),

  1. Pick a weekend in April to visit and browse the featured events happening, such as sporting events, musical and theater entertainment, educational opportunities, shopping, dining, and more.
  2. Register here to gain access to itinerary suggestions based on interest, our mobile app and schedule builder, and giveaways from our signature sponsors.
  3. Watch out for an email from us at parent@uwmad.wisc.edu with info on how to download our mobile event app and build your own schedule, we well as parking information and event updates.
  4. Enjoy your visit! While you’re here, pick up your free Badger family swag by stopping by our signature sponsor, The James (address and business hours here).
  5. Share moments from your visit with us on social using #BadgerFamily, and you will be entered to win a $25 gift card to the University Book Store!

Questions on where to park? Check out these guides for on campus and off campus parking!

Schedule of Events

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FRIDAY APRIL 1, 2022- SUNDAY APRIL 3, 2022

FRIDAY APRIL 1, 2022


Sofia Hagstrom Moller: Lineage
10:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery, Nancy Nicholas Hall
FREE

Sofia Hagström Møller: Lineage investigates the roots of Scandinavian textile design and celebrates the legacy that American weaving shares with these traditions. By translating her grandmother’s patterns through the digital technology available to her during a 2019 residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Hagström Møller’s work transcends language and travels through time and space. More Here. 

Spring Book Sale
10:30 AM -7:00 PM
Memorial Library, Room 113
FREE

This semi-annual sale is organized by the Friends of UW to help to support UW-Mad Libraries’  annual lecture series, special purchases for the library collections, preservation of library materials, and grants for the visiting scholar program. Come shop for some books! More Here.

Ponds, Pines and Birds- Finding Mary Oliver
10:30 AM- 12:30 PM
UW-Madison Arboretum– Visitor Center
$15 – Must Register Here by March 28.

An outdoor trail walking and poetry writing. While on the trail an instructor will read Mary Oliver poetry to inspire you to write your own! Outdoor class so come dressed for the weather. **Register by  March 28th** Register Here. 

Free Lunch with the Food Recovery Network
12:00 PM- 1:00 PM
The Crossing (1127 University Avenue)
FREE

Join the UW-Madison branch of FRN for a free meal from food recovered from the dining halls! Lunch is from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Crossing. Feel free to eat at the Crossing or bring your own containers and take food to-go as well! Check out our Instagram for information on COVID-guidelines. More Here. 

UW-Madison Arts Crawl in partnership with the Division of the Arts
2:00 PM- 4:00 PM
FREE

Arts Crawl highlights a collection of arts events held over several days in the arts departments and co-curricular arts units at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Arts Crawl is an opportunity to have creative arts experiences, which may take the form of demonstrations and workshops, as well as the chance to visit arts classes, lectures, talks, performances, exhibitions, and rehearsals. The Arts Crawl will run from Thursday, March 31 – Saturday, April 2, culminating in performances at the Line Breaks Festival More Here.

First Fridays on Monroe
4:00 – 7:00 PM
1400-3600 Monroe Street
FREE

Experience the magic of Monroe Street on the first Friday of each month from 4-7 p.m. Each month’s participating boutique shops and retail stores will be open later so you can enjoy all that our unique slice of Madison has to offer. From pop-ups to cold beverages to live music to Monroe Street’s wide selection of eateries, there’s a little something for everyone.

Because each First Friday will feature a little something different, check back to see the participating businesses, entertainment, and More Here.

Line Breaks Opening Reception in the Wisconsin Studio, Overture Center
5:00 PM- 7:00 PM
Overture Center for the Arts- Wisconsin Studio
FREE

In partnership with the Wisconsin Alumni Association, the Line Breaks Opening Reception will feature refreshments, light catering, bar, and sounds by DJ Pain 1! Throughout the space, we will install an exhibition of First Wave visual and design artists to present and discuss their work with guests.

The programme for the reception will take place 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., where we will host WAA’s Wisconsin Idea Spotlight Panel, featuring key First Wave alumni Danez Smith and Erika Dickerson-Despenza; Professor Chris Walker, founding Faculty Artistic Director of OMAI and Director of the Division of the Arts; and Dr. LaVar Charleston, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer at UW-Madison. Register here!

Tandem Press Friday Jazz Series
5:00 -7:00 PM
1743 Commercial Ave. (Also offered online)
FREE

UW-Madison Tandem Press and the UW-Madison Mead Witter School of Music’s Jazz Studies Program are pleased to present the Tandem Press Friday Jazz Series. Featuring students from the UW-Madison Mead Witter School of Music’s Jazz Studies Program under the leadership of Johannes Wallmann, the John and Carolyn Peterson Chair in Jazz Studies, along with Peter Dominguez, Arun Luthra, Chad McCullough, Nick Moran, and Les Thimming. More Here.

UW Badgers Softball vs. Indiana
5:00 PM
Goodman Softball Complex
FREE

Come watch the Badger women’s softball team compete against the Indiana Hoosiers. With 5 NCAA appearances in the last 7 years and 11 tournament wins, this team packs some serious punch. Before attending home games at Goodman Softball Complex, please review the Goodman Softball Complex Carry-In Policy.

Line Breaks Hip Hop Theater Festival Showcase in the Playhouse Theater, Overture Center
7:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Overture Center for the Arts- Playhouse Theater
FREE

This evening showcase will include performances by First Wave 14th Cohort Ensemble, FW 12th Cohort member Jackson Neal’s Glitch, First Wave Touring Ensemble, and conclude with a debut staging of summer, somewhere by First Wave alum Danez Smith, featuring a small ensemble of First Wave scholars directed by Professor Chris Walker. Register here!

UW Cinematheque: Hello Sister (Walking Down Broadway)
7:00 PM
4070 Vilas Hall
FREE

In this sometimes sordid and naturalistic pre-code gem, an idealistic young working class couple (Dunn and Mallory) find their love torn apart by jealous friends, roommates, and neighbors. Although no director is credited, Hello, Sister! was intended to be the first talkie directed by the legendary von Stroheim after he experienced enormous difficulties on his last two silent era movies, The Wedding March (1926) and Queen Kelly (1928). More Here. 

RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles
8:00 PM
Overture Center for the Arts
Cost: Tickets from $35+fees
Note: Ages 6 and up

In celebration of the anniversary of Abbey RoadRAIN will bring the greatest hits of this epic recording to life, in addition to all your early Beatles favorites. This mind-blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is “the next best thing to seeing the Beatles” (Associated Press). Experience the worlds’ most iconic band and come celebrate the best of Abbey Road with RAIN – A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES. Tickets Here.

SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE with Deeper
8:00 PM- 10:00 PM
Union South- The Sett
FREE

Enjoy the free concert presented by WUD Music Committee as a part of the 2022 Arts Crawl. More Here.

SATURDAY APRIL 2, 2022

Late Winter Farmer’s Market
8:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Garver Feed Mill
FREE

Get your market fix all year long. Enjoy a full array of fruits and vegetables, cheeses, hyper-local meats, honey, bakery items, and many specialty items. More Here.

Spring Book Sale
9:00 AM -1:00 PM
Memorial Library Room 113 

FREE

This semi-annual sale is organized by the Friends of UW to help to support UW-Mad Libraries. Bring your own grocery bag (or purchase one for $1) and fill up a bag of books for only $5.  More Here.

Souvenirs of Service: The Things They Kept
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 W. Mifflin St.
FREE

Wisconsin servicemembers have been collecting souvenirs since the Civil War. Learn the stories of the things they kept in this new exhibit.

The items, collected from the Civil War era to modern-day, range from artillery shells to Zippo with each is presented along with its captivating backstory. For example, you will find a WWI radio operator from Racine brought home a treasured handmade mandolin, crafted for him by a local French woman and designed with the insignia of his division, the famed 32nd Red Arrow Division; an Eau Claire native who served in World War II sent his wife the nylon parachute with instructions to make it into an evening gown for herself – she did and it is stunning; a WWII fighter pilot from Janesville credits his never being shot down during his 67 combat missions to a good luck doll a woman gave him while they sheltered during an air raid on London. He kept that doll in his sock drawer until he donated it to the Museum in 2007. These are just three of many fascinating items and stories the exhibit showcases. More Here.

Intercambios: Art, Stories, and Comunidad
12:00 PM- 4:00 PM
Ruth Davis Design Gallery, Nancy Nicholas Hall 

This exhibition presents collaborative works from artists in Madison, Wisconsin, and Oaxaca, Mexico. Featuring paintings, textiles, photography, printmaking, music, and video, the artists visually explore intersections of cultures, disciplines, concepts of art, belief systems, and community. Intercambios allows for conversation about what it means to cross worlds; life and death, art and craft, and the borders between countries, and languages. More Here. 

Sofia Hagstrom Moller: Lineage
12:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery, Nancy Nicholas Hall
FREE 

Sofia Hagström Møller: Lineage investigates the roots of Scandinavian textile design and celebrates the legacy that American weaving shares with these traditions. By translating her grandmother’s patterns through the digital technology available to her during a 2019 residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Hagström Møller’s work transcends language and travels through time and space. More Here.  

UW Badgers Softball vs. Indiana
1:00 PM
Goodman Softball Complex
FREE

Come watch the Badger women’s softball team compete against the Indiana Hoosiers. With 5 NCAA appearances in the last 7 years and 11 tournament wins, this team packs some serious punch. Before attending home games at Goodman Softball Complex, please review the Goodman Softball Complex Carry-In Policy.

Men’s Soccer vs. Lewis University
1:00 PM
McClimon Track/Soccer Complex
FREE

See Badger men’s soccer take on Lewis University at the beautiful, outdoor McClimon Memorial Soccer Complex. Before attending home games at McClimon, please review the McClimon Complex Carry-In Policy. For facility information regarding the McClimon Memorial Soccer & Track complex, please visit: http://www.UWBadgers.com/facilities

Line Breaks Hip Hop Theater Festival Showcase in the Playhouse Theater, Overture Center
6:00 PM- 8:00 PM
Overture Center for the Arts- Playhouse Theater
FREE 

This evening showcase will include performances by First Wave 14th Cohort Ensemble, 12th Cohort member Dawry Ruiz’s Speakeasy, and the JVN Project’s Fashion Show. Featuring special performances by musical trio Klassik, B~Free, and Quinten Farr. Register here!

Hello Sister (Walking Down Broadway)
7:00 PM
4070 Vilas Hall
FREE

In this sometimes sordid and naturalistic pre-code gem, an idealistic young working class couple (Dunn and Mallory) find their love torn apart by jealous friends, roommates, and neighbors. Although no director is credited, Hello, Sister! was intended to be the first talkie directed by the legendary von Stroheim after he experienced enormous difficulties on his last two silent era movies, The Wedding March (1926) and Queen Kelly (1928). More Here.

Spektral Quartet
7:30 PM
Collins Recital Hall , Hamel Music Center
General Admission= $13, Students= FREE (with Student ID)

Multi-Grammy nominees, the Spektral Quartet actively pursues a vivid conversation between exhilarating works of the traditional repertoire and those written this decade, this year, or this week. Since its inception in 2010, Spektral is known for creating seamless connections across centuries, drawing in the listener with charismatic deliveries, interactive concert formats, an up-close atmosphere, and bold, inquisitive programming. More Here.  

The Warriors Husband
8:15 PM
4070 Vilas Hall
FREE

In a comic role made famous on Broadway by Katharine Hepburn, Landi stars as Antiope, bold leader of the Amazon army in 800 B.C. Antiope is confounded by her first encounter with the Greek warrior, Theseus (Manners), whose strapping masculinity is something new to her: Antiope attacks him with a sword; Theseus conquers her with a kiss. More Here.

SUNDAY APRIL 3, 2022

Intercambios: Art, Stories, and Comunidad
12:00 PM- 4:00 PM
Ruth Davis Design Gallery, Nancy Nicholas Hall 

This exhibition presents collaborative works from artists in Madison, Wisconsin, and Oaxaca, Mexico. Featuring paintings, textiles, photography, printmaking, music, and video, the artists visually explore intersections of cultures, disciplines, concepts of art, belief systems, and community. Intercambios allows for conversation about what it means to cross worlds; life and death, art and craft, and the borders between countries, and languages. More Here. 

Women’s Soccer vs. Notre Dame
12:00 PM
McClimon Track/Soccer Complex
FREE

Watch Badger women’s soccer vs. Notre Dame at the beautiful, outdoor McClimon Memorial Soccer Complex. Before attending home games at McClimon, please review the McClimon Complex Carry-In Policy. For facility information regarding the McClimon Memorial Soccer & Track complex, please visit: http://www.UWBadgers.com/facilities/

Sofia Hagstrom Moller: Lineage
12:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery, Nancy Nicholas Hall
FREE 

Sofia Hagström Møller: Lineage investigates the roots of Scandinavian textile design and celebrates the legacy that American weaving shares with these traditions. By translating her grandmother’s patterns through the digital technology available to her during a 2019 residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Hagström Møller’s work transcends language and travels through time and space. More Here.  

UW Badgers Softball vs. Indiana
1:00 PM
Goodman Softball Complex
FREE

Come watch the Badger women’s softball team compete against the Indiana Hoosiers. With 5 NCAA appearances in the last 7 years and 11 tournament wins, this team packs some serious punch. Before attending home games at Goodman Softball Complex, please review the Goodman Softball Complex Carry-In Policy.

Nature Hike
1:00 PM- 2:30 PM
UW-Madison Arboretum Visitor Center
FREE

Learn about the land, plants, animals, fungi, phenology, and ecology. Geared for adults, these longer walks may cover some sloping terrain. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place rain or shine, except in unsafe weather. More Here.

FRIDAY APRIL 8, 2022- SUNDAY APRIL 10, 2022

FRIDAY APRIL 8, 2022

Wisconsin Film Festival
April 7-14
Specific times, ticket prices and locations TBA
More Here.  

Study Abroad 101
11:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Red Gym (3rd Floor)
FREE

Join us to learn the study abroad basics & how to plan ahead! We’ll cover: Academics abroad, Choosing a program, Funding tips (scholarships & financial aid), Internship, research & fieldwork opportunities, Planning with COVID-19 restrictions & MORE! More Here. 

Free Lunch with the Food Recovery Network
12:00 PM- 1:00 PM
The Crossing (1127 University Avenue)
FREE

Join the UW-Madison branch of FRN for a free meal from food recovered from the dining halls! Lunch is from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Crossing. Feel free to eat at the Crossing or bring your own containers and take food to-go as well! Check out our Instagram for information on COVID-guidelines. More Here. 

Women’s Tennis vs. Minnesota
12:00 PM
Nielsen Tennis Stadium
FREE

The Wisconsin tennis teams are afforded a competitive advantage by playing year-round at Nielsen Tennis Stadium, ranked by USTA as one of the finest tennis facilities in the country. The stadium features 20 tennis courts (12 indoor and eight outdoor), five singles squash courts, and one squash doubles court. Come enjoy this Big 10 match-up! More Here.

Collaborating Artists Across Borders
12:00 PM- 1:00 PM
VIRTUAL
FREE

Roberto Torres Mata, Dakota Mace, John Hitchcock, Carolyn Kallenborn, and Juan de Hoyos others will discuss their international interdisciplinary creative collaboration for Intercambios: Art, Stories, & Comunidad. More Here. 

Men’s Tennis vs. Northwestern
3:00 PM
Nielsen Tennis Stadium
FREE

The Wisconsin tennis teams are afforded a competitive advantage by playing year-round at Nielsen Tennis Stadium, ranked by USTA as one of the finest tennis facilities in the country. The stadium features 20 tennis courts (12 indoor and eight outdoor), five singles squash courts, and one squash doubles court. Come enjoy this Big 10 match-up! More Here.

Madison Symphony Orchestra: Missa Solemnis
7:30 PM
Overture Center for the Art

Cost: Tickets $20–$98

The Madison Symphony Orchestra presents Missa Solemnis! Concertmaster Naha Greenholtz performs the Violin Concerto in G major. A great work from the height of Beethoven’s composing career, the monumental Missa Solemnis is one of his supreme achievements and one of the most significant Latin Mass settings ever penned.  More Here. 

SATURDAY APRIL 9, 2022

Wisconsin Film Festival
April 7-14
Specific times, ticket prices and locations TBA
More Here.  

Souvenirs of Service: The Things They Kept
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 W. Mifflin St.
FREE

Wisconsin servicemembers have been collecting souvenirs since the Civil War. Learn the stories of the things they kept in this new exhibit.

The items, collected from the Civil War era to modern-day, range from artillery shells to Zippo with each is presented along with its captivating backstory. For example, you will find a WWI radio operator from Racine brought home a treasured handmade mandolin, crafted for him by a local French woman and designed with the insignia of his division, the famed 32nd Red Arrow Division; an Eau Claire native who served in World War II sent his wife the nylon parachute with instructions to make it into an evening gown for herself – she did and it is stunning; a WWII fighter pilot from Janesville credits his never being shot down during his 67 combat missions to a good luck doll a woman gave him while they sheltered during an air raid on London. He kept that doll in his sock drawer until he donated it to the Museum in 2007. These are just three of many fascinating items and stories the exhibit showcases. More Here.

Intercambios: Art, Stories, and Comunidad
12:00 PM- 4:00 PM
Ruth Davis Design Gallery, Nancy Nicholas Hall

This exhibition presents collaborative works from artists in Madison, Wisconsin, and Oaxaca, Mexico. Featuring paintings, textiles, photography, printmaking, music, and video, the artists visually explore intersections of cultures, disciplines, concepts of art, belief systems, and community. Intercambios allows for conversation about what it means to cross worlds; life and death, art and craft, and the borders between countries, and languages. More Here. 

Madison Symphony Orchestra: Missa Solemnis
8:00 PM
Overture Center for the Art

Cost: $20–$98

The Madison Symphony Orchestra presents Missa Solemnis! Concertmaster Naha Greenholtz performs the Violin Concerto in G major. A great work from the height of Beethoven’s composing career, the monumental Missa Solemnis is one of his supreme achievements and one of the most significant Latin Mass settings ever penned.  More Here. 

SUNDAY APRIL 10, 2022

Wisconsin Film Festival
April 7-14
Specific times, ticket prices and locations TBA
More Here.  

Women’s Soccer vs. Michigan State
11:00 AM
McClimon Track/Soccer Complex
FREE

Watch Badger women’s soccer vs. Michigan State at the beautiful, outdoor McClimon Memorial Soccer Complex. Before attending home games at McClimon, please review the McClimon Complex Carry-In Policy. For facility information regarding the McClimon Memorial Soccer & Track complex, please visit: http://www.UWBadgers.com/facilities/

Men’s Tennis vs. Illinois
12:00 PM
Nielsen Tennis Stadium

The Wisconsin tennis teams are afforded a competitive advantage by playing year-round at Nielsen Tennis Stadium, ranked by USTA as one of the finest tennis facilities in the country. The stadium features 20 tennis courts (12 indoor and eight outdoor), five singles squash courts, and one squash doubles court. Come enjoy this Big 10 match-up! More Here.

Intercambios: Art, Stories, and Comunidad
12:00 PM- 4:00 PM
Ruth Davis Design Gallery, Nancy Nicholas Hall 

This exhibition presents collaborative works from artists in Madison, Wisconsin, and Oaxaca, Mexico. Featuring paintings, textiles, photography, printmaking, music, and video, the artists visually explore intersections of cultures, disciplines, concepts of art, belief systems, and community. Intercambios allows for conversation about what it means to cross worlds; life and death, art and craft, and the borders between countries, and languages. More Here. 

Explore Science Outdoors
12:30 PM- 4:30 PM
UW-Madison Arboretum- Visitor Center
FREE 

This program is a fun, fascinating way for families to explore the natural world. Nature walk: 1–2 p.m., activities and nature play time: 12:30–4 p.m. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come seasonally prepared for the weather. Walks take place rain or shine, except in unsafe weather. Adults must attend. No registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. Presented in conjunction with UW–Madison Science Expeditions. More Here.

Nature Hike
1:00 PM- 2:30 PM
UW-Madison Arboretum Visitor Center
FREE

Learn about the land, plants, animals, fungi, phenology, and ecology. Geared for adults, these longer walks may cover some sloping terrain. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place rain or shine, except in unsafe weather. More Here.  

Madison Symphony Orchestra: Missa Solemnis
2:30 PM
Overture Center for the Art
Tickets $20–$98

The Madison Symphony Orchestra presents Missa Solemnis! Concertmaster Naha Greenholtz performs the Violin Concerto in G major. A great work from the height of Beethoven’s composing career, the monumental Missa Solemnis is one of his supreme achievements and one of the most significant Latin Mass settings ever penned. More Here.  

FRIDAY APRIL 15, 2022- SUNDAY APRIL 17, 2022

FRIDAY APRIL 15, 2022 

Free Lunch with the Food Recovery Network
12:00-1:00 PM
The Crossing
FREE

Join the UW-Madison branch of FRN for a free meal from food recovered from the dining halls! Lunch is from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Crossing (1127 University Avenue). Feel free to eat at the Crossing or bring your own containers and take food to-go as well! Check out our Instagram for information on COVID-guidelines. More Here.

Softball vs. Michigan State
5:00 PM
Goodman Softball Complex
FREE

Come watch the Badger women’s softball team compete against Michigan State. With 5 NCAA appearances in the last 7 years and 11 tournament wins, this team packs some serious punch. Before attending home games at Goodman Softball Complex, please review the Goodman Softball Complex Carry-In Policy.

Women’s Tennis vs. Penn State
5:00PM
Nielsen Tennis Stadium
FREE

The Wisconsin tennis teams are afforded a competitive advantage by playing year-round at Nielsen Tennis Stadium, ranked by USTA as one of the finest tennis facilities in the country. The stadium features 20 tennis courts (12 indoor and eight outdoor), five singles squash courts, and one squash doubles court. Come enjoy this Big 10 match-up!  More Here. 

Student Art Show
6:00 PM
Memorial Union
FREE

Mark your calendars for the 94th Annual Student Art Show opening on April first!

This year’s annual Student Art Show is composed of student artwork that has been selected by juror Faisal Abdu’Allah. Check out our gallery spaces this April for a closer look at UW-Madison student artwork! More Here.

UW Cinematheque Special Presentations and New Restorations: Johnny Guitar
7:00 PM
Vilas Hall
FREE

Join UW Cinematheque as they present the movie Johnny Guitar (1954). Strong-willed saloon-casino owner Vienna (Crawford) squares off against her nemesis: the shrieking Emma Small (McCambridge), who wrongly blames Vienna for her brother’s death. One of the most resonant of all westerns because of its Freudian, feminist, and anti-Red Scare hysteria themes, it’s also one of the most fun due to director Ray’s melodramatic flourishes and the incredible cast he assembled. More Here.

Heathers: The Musical
7:30- 10:00 PM
Vilas Hall
Tickets $10- $25

The darkly delicious story of Veronica, who is desperate to join the ruthless clique “The Heathers.” After falling for the new bad boy, JD, Veronica is kicked out of the clique and the pair resolve to rid Westerberg High School of the cruelly popular elite forever. A hilarious, heartfelt, and homicidal musical based on the cult classic film. More Here.  

House of Gucci (2021)
8:30- 11:15 PM
Union South
FREE

When Patrizia Reggiani, an outsider from humble beginnings, marries into the Gucci family, her unbridled ambition begins to unravel their legacy and triggers a reckless spiral of betrayal, decadence, revenge, and ultimately…murder. (IMDB) Trailer Here.

SATURDAY APRIL 16, 2022 

Dane County Farmers Market
Capitol Square– 6:45 AM- 1:45 PM
FREE 

The Saturday Dane County Farmers’ Market is conveniently located on the tree-lined grounds surrounding the Wisconsin State Capitol building — otherwise known as “the Square” — in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. The Market encircles the Square. ​​Grab your family, friends, and your reusable shopping bags and enjoy a Madison tradition! More Here.  

Souvenirs of Service: The Things They Kept
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 W. Mifflin St.
FREE

Wisconsin servicemembers have been collecting souvenirs since the Civil War. Learn the stories of the things they kept in this new exhibit.

The items, collected from the Civil War era to modern-day, range from artillery shells to Zippo with each is presented along with its captivating backstory. For example, you will find a WWI radio operator from Racine brought home a treasured handmade mandolin, crafted for him by a local French woman and designed with the insignia of his division, the famed 32nd Red Arrow Division; an Eau Claire native who served in World War II sent his wife the nylon parachute with instructions to make it into an evening gown for herself – she did and it is stunning; a WWII fighter pilot from Janesville credits his never being shot down during his 67 combat missions to a good luck doll a woman gave him while they sheltered during an air raid on London. He kept that doll in his sock drawer until he donated it to the Museum in 2007. These are just three of many fascinating items and stories the exhibit showcases. More Here.

Softball vs. Michigan State
1:00 PM
Goodman Softball Complex
FREE

Come watch the Badger women’s softball team compete against Michigan State. With 5 NCAA appearances in the last 7 years and 11 tournament wins, this team packs some serious punch. Before attending home games at Goodman Softball Complex, please review the Goodman Softball Complex Carry-In Policy.

APIDA Heritage Month Art Show
6:00 PM
Multicultural Student Center Lounge, Armory and Gymnasium (Red Gym)
FREE

The 2022 APIDA Heritage Month Art Show highlights art created by APIDA-identifying members of the UW-Madison community. Following this year’s theme, “Courage in Community,” the art show is a dual art gallery and magazine launch to display the unique ways artists are intertwined with their community. Featured artists in this event use a variety of mediums to reflect aesthetic, compositional, and thematic choices in their individual pieces that shed light on the diverse APIDA experience. More Here.

UW Cinematheque Special Presentations and New Restorations: Johnny Guitar
7:00 PM
Vilas Hall
FREE

Join UW Cinematheque as they present the movie Johnny Guitar (1954). Strong-willed saloon-casino owner Vienna (Crawford) squares off against her nemesis: the shrieking Emma Small (McCambridge), who wrongly blames Vienna for her brother’s death. One of the most resonant of all westerns because of its Freudian, feminist, and anti-Red Scare hysteria themes, it’s also one of the most fun due to director Ray’s melodramatic flourishes and the incredible cast he assembled. More Here.

Sky Dance Walk
7:00-8:30 PM
UW Arboretum
FREE

Listen for frogs and other night animals, like woodcocks. We can’t guarantee that wildlife will appear but if they do, we may see the woodcock’s fascinating mating ritual known as “sky dance.” Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come seasonally prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place except in unsafe weather. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. More Here.

Sunday April 17, 2022 

Women’s Tennis vs. Ohio State
12:00PM
Nielsen Tennis Stadium
FREE

The Wisconsin tennis teams are afforded a competitive advantage by playing year-round at Nielsen Tennis Stadium, ranked by USTA as one of the finest tennis facilities in the country. The stadium features 20 tennis courts (12 indoor and eight outdoor), five singles squash courts, and one squash doubles court. Come enjoy this Big 10 match-up!  More Here.

Nature Hike
1:00 PM- 2:30 PM
UW-Madison Arboretum Visitor Center 

Learn about the land, plants, animals, fungi, phenology, and ecology. Geared for adults, these longer walks may cover some sloping terrain. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place rain or shine, except in unsafe weather. More Here.  

Softball vs. Michigan State
1:00 PM
Goodman Softball Complex
FREE

Come watch the Badger women’s softball team compete against Michigan State. With 5 NCAA appearances in the last 7 years and 11 tournament wins, this team packs some serious punch. Before attending home games at Goodman Softball Complex, please review the Goodman Softball Complex Carry-In Policy.

FRIDAY APRIL 22, 2022- SUNDAY APRIL 24, 2022

FRIDAY APRIL 22, 2022

Study Abroad 101
11:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Red Gym (3rd Floor)
FREE

Join us to learn the study abroad basics & how to plan ahead! We’ll cover: Academics abroad, Choosing a program, Funding tips (scholarships & financial aid), Internship, research & fieldwork opportunities, Planning with COVID-19 restrictions & MORE! More Here. 

Free Lunch with the Food Recovery Network
12:00-1:00 PM
The Crossing
FREE

Join the UW-Madison branch of FRN for a free meal from food recovered from the dining halls! Lunch is from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Crossing (1127 University Avenue). Feel free to eat at the Crossing or bring your own containers and take food to-go as well! Check out our Instagram for information on COVID-guidelines. More Here.

Men’s Tennis vs. Ohio State
3:00 PM
Nielsen Tennis Stadium
FREE

The Wisconsin tennis teams are afforded a competitive advantage by playing year-round at Nielsen Tennis Stadium, ranked by USTA as one of the finest tennis facilities in the country. The stadium features 20 tennis courts (12 indoor and eight outdoor), five singles squash courts, and one squash doubles court. Come enjoy this Big 10 match-up!  More Here.

Softball vs. Nebraska
5:00 PM
Goodman Softball Complex
FREE

Come watch the Badger women’s softball team compete against Nebraska. With 5 NCAA appearances in the last 7 years and 11 tournament wins, this team packs some serious punch. Before attending home games at Goodman Softball Complex, please review the Goodman Softball Complex Carry-In Policy.

WUDstock Concert
6:00 PM
Union South
FREE

This year’s WUDStock festival will feature performances from amazing artists like Ginger Root, Alexander Kain, and the Gully Boys. In honor of Earth Day, WUDStock’s Friday concert will feature Alexander Kain, Mavi, and Due Saleh alongside a clothing swap in collaboration with Rewear-It Wisco to raise awareness about fossil fuel divestment and sustainable fashion! Stop by to pick up your FREE TOTE, first come first served while supplies last! More Here.

UW Cinematheque – Age of Cage: Valley Girl
7:00 PM
Vilas Hall
FREE

In conjunction with the publication of UW alum Keith Phipps’s illuminating book Age of Cage: Four Decades of Hollywood Through One Singular Career, the UW Cinematheque celebrates one of Hollywood’s truly singular talents: Nicolas Cage.  Whether he’s portraying an action hero, a conflicted headcase, or a romcom leading man, few performers have bent such a variety of major productions to accommodate their unique, uncompromising creative vision. Our tribute focuses on the first decade of Cage’s career, where he established his wholly unique persona in a series of bona fide knockouts. The first showing of the series is of the blown-out 80s comedy Valley Girl (1983), where a pretty and popular California high-schooler (Foreman) finds herself confronted with an impossible decision: her crush (hunky and hilarious Cage in his first leading role) or her clique. The script is outfitted with lines such as, “I like totally don’t love you anymore,” and the light and poppy soundtrack features Modern English, Bananarama, and Men at Work. More Here. 

The Emperor: John O’Conor Piano
7:30 PM-9:15 PM
Capitol Theater
Tickets from $15-$90

Join John O’Conor from the Madison Symphony Orchestra as he puts on a piano performance at the Capitol Theater. More Here.

Heathers: The Musical
7:30- 10:00 PM
Vilas Hall
Tickets $10- $25

The darkly delicious story of Veronica, who is desperate to join the ruthless clique “The Heathers.” After falling for the new bad boy, JD, Veronica is kicked out of the clique and the pair resolve to rid Westerberg High School of the cruelly popular elite forever. A hilarious, heartfelt, and homicidal musical based on the cult classic film. More Here. 

SATURDAY APRIL 23, 2022 

Dane County Farmers Market
6:45 AM- 1:45 PM
Capitol Square
FREE 

The Saturday Dane County Farmers’ Market is conveniently located on the tree-lined grounds surrounding the Wisconsin State Capitol building — otherwise known as “the Square” — in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. The Market encircles the Square. ​​Grab your family, friends, and your reusable shopping bags and enjoy a Madison tradition! More Here.  

Magnolia Tour
1:00-3:00 PM
UW Arboretum
FREE

Tour the Longenecker Horticultural Gardens’ extensive collection of more than 80 magnolia trees. Join David Stevens, garden curator, for a blast of dazzling spring color. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. More Here

Women’s Soccer vs. Marquette
1:00 PM
McClimon Memorial Soccer Complex
FREE

Watch Badger women’s soccer vs. Marquette at the beautiful, outdoor McClimon Memorial Soccer Complex. Before attending home games at McClimon, please review the McClimon Complex Carry-In Policy. For facility information regarding the McClimon Memorial Soccer & Track complex, please visit: http://www.UWBadgers.com/facilities/

Softball vs. Nebraska
1:00 PM
Goodman Softball Complex
FREE

Come watch the Badger women’s softball team compete against Nebraska. With 5 NCAA appearances in the last 7 years and 11 tournament wins, this team packs some serious punch. Before attending home games at Goodman Softball Complex, please review the Goodman Softball Complex Carry-In Policy.

UW Cinematheque- Stavisky (1974)
7:00 PM
Vilas Hall
FREE

UW Cinematheque presents the movie Stavisky (1974). From money laundering to influence-peddling, casino gambling to dabbling in controversial politics, the life of Serge Alexandre (Belmondo), aka Stavisky, reveals the making and unmaking of the theatrically charming con man in turn-of-the-century France. Belmondo’s only collaboration with nouvelle vague hero Resnais also features a rare original score from Stephen Sondheim! More Here.

Heathers: The Musical
7:30- 10:00 PM
Vilas Hall
Tickets $10- $25

The darkly delicious story of Veronica, who is desperate to join the ruthless clique “The Heathers.” After falling for the new bad boy, JD, Veronica is kicked out of the clique and the pair resolve to rid Westerberg High School of the cruelly popular elite forever. A hilarious, heartfelt, and homicidal musical based on the cult classic film. More Here.  

SUNDAY APRIL 24, 2022

Men’s Tennis vs. Penn State
12:00PM
Nielsen Tennis Stadium
FREE

The Wisconsin tennis teams are afforded a competitive advantage by playing year-round at Nielsen Tennis Stadium, ranked by USTA as one of the finest tennis facilities in the country. The stadium features 20 tennis courts (12 indoor and eight outdoor), five singles squash courts, and one squash doubles court. Come enjoy this Big 10 match-up!  More Here.

Nature Hike
1:00 PM- 2:30 PM
UW-Madison Arboretum Visitor Center
FREE

Learn about the land, plants, animals, fungi, phenology, and ecology. Geared for adults, these longer walks may cover some sloping terrain. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place rain or shine, except in unsafe weather. More Here. 

Garden Stroll
1:00-2:00 PM
UW Madison Arboretum

FREE

This gently paced stroll through the gardens is well-suited for a multi-generational outing. Learn about the land, plants, animals, fungi, phenology, and ecology. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place rain or shine, except in unsafe weather. Routes are wheelchair accessible when weather allows. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. More Here

UW Cinematheque: Stuart Gordon Retrospective
2:00 PM
Chazen Museum of Art
FREE

UW Cinematheque presents the movie Edmond (2005). Director Gordon’s adaptation of David Mamet’s one-act play follows everyman Edmond Burke (Macy) as he visits a tarot reader who tells him “You are not where you belong.” Walking out on his job and his family, Edmond immerses himself in a big city underworld of violence and prostitution, believing he’s found the answer to the most existential of questions. More Here

Softball vs. Nebraska
1:00 PM
Goodman Softball Complex
FREE

Come watch the Badger women’s softball team compete against Nebraska. With 5 NCAA appearances in the last 7 years and 11 tournament wins, this team packs some serious punch. Before attending home games at Goodman Softball Complex, please review the Goodman Softball Complex Carry-In Policy.

Heathers: The Musical
2:00 PM- 3:30 PM
Vilas Hall
Tickets $10- $25

The darkly delicious story of Veronica, who is desperate to join the ruthless clique “The Heathers.” After falling for the new bad boy, JD, Veronica is kicked out of the clique and the pair resolve to rid Westerberg High School of the cruelly popular elite forever. A hilarious, heartfelt, and homicidal musical based on the cult classic film. More Here.  

FRIDAY APRIL 29, 2022- SUNDAY MAY 1, 2022

FRIDAY APRIL 29, 2022

Men’s Tennis Big 10 Tournament
April 29- May 1
Specific Times and Ticket Prices TBA
Nielsen Tennis Stadium 

Check for the most updated times and match-ups look for more here.

Souvenirs of Service: The Things They Kept
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 W. Mifflin St.
FREE

Wisconsin servicemembers have been collecting souvenirs since the Civil War. Learn the stories of the things they kept in this new exhibit.

The items, collected from the Civil War era to modern-day, range from artillery shells to Zippo with each is presented along with its captivating backstory. For example, you will find a WWI radio operator from Racine brought home a treasured handmade mandolin, crafted for him by a local French woman and designed with the insignia of his division, the famed 32nd Red Arrow Division; an Eau Claire native who served in World War II sent his wife the nylon parachute with instructions to make it into an evening gown for herself – she did and it is stunning; a WWII fighter pilot from Janesville credits his never being shot down during his 67 combat missions to a good luck doll a woman gave him while they sheltered during an air raid on London. He kept that doll in his sock drawer until he donated it to the Museum in 2007. These are just three of many fascinating items and stories the exhibit showcases. More Here.

Free Lunch with the Food Recovery Network
12:00 PM- 1:00 PM
The Crossing (1127 University Avenue)
FREE

Join the UW-Madison branch of FRN for a free meal from food recovered from the dining halls! Lunch is from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Crossing. Feel free to eat at the Crossing or bring your own containers and take food to-go as well! Check out our Instagram for information on COVID-guidelines. More Here.

UW Cinematheque – Age of Cage
7:00 PM
4070 Vilas Hall
FREE

Cage and Hunter are indelible as Hi and Ed, a pair of dim-bulb newlyweds who kidnap a furniture magnate’s infant son to raise as their own. In one rip-roaring, hilarious setpiece after another, these good-hearted lovers on the run trip over their own dumbest instincts. Endlessly quotable and engineered with Looney Tunes precision, this bravura caper comedy more than made good on the promise of Joel and Ethan Coens’ debut Blood Simple, catapulting the brothers to the fore of American cinema. More Here. 

AFRIQUE EN CIRQUE
7:30 PM
Overture Center for the Arts

“Afrique en Cirque” is a highly colorful creation featuring a handful of amazing acrobats and musicians from Cirque Kalabanté, performing their authentic choreography to the frantic rhythms of djembes and other native instruments of Guinea. To the melodious sound of the kora, artistic director and company founder Yamoussa Bangoura takes us into an elsewhere that radiates the diversity of traditional African arts combined with the virtuosity of the North American modern circus performance. More Here.

SATURDAY APRIL 30, 2022 

Dane County Farmers Market
6:45 AM- 1:45 PM
Capitol Square
FREE 

The Saturday Dane County Farmers’ Market is conveniently located on the tree-lined grounds surrounding the Wisconsin State Capitol building — otherwise known as “the Square” — in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. The Market encircles the Square. ​​Grab your family, friends, and your reusable shopping bags and enjoy a Madison tradition! More Here.  

Crazy Legs Classic
9:50 AM
Capitol Square
PRICES VARY 

The last Saturday of April each spring, over 12,000 Badgers descend on the Capitol Square and State Street to kick off the Crazylegs Classic. You can choose to participate in the 8K run/walk or the 2 mile walk. Register soon! More Here.  

Souvenirs of Service: The Things They Kept
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 W. Mifflin St.
FREE

Wisconsin servicemembers have been collecting souvenirs since the Civil War. Learn the stories of the things they kept in this new exhibit.

The items, collected from the Civil War era to modern-day, range from artillery shells to Zippo with each is presented along with its captivating backstory. For example, you will find a WWI radio operator from Racine brought home a treasured handmade mandolin, crafted for him by a local French woman and designed with the insignia of his division, the famed 32nd Red Arrow Division; an Eau Claire native who served in World War II sent his wife the nylon parachute with instructions to make it into an evening gown for herself – she did and it is stunning; a WWII fighter pilot from Janesville credits his never being shot down during his 67 combat missions to a good luck doll a woman gave him while they sheltered during an air raid on London. He kept that doll in his sock drawer until he donated it to the Museum in 2007. These are just three of many fascinating items and stories the exhibit showcases. More Here.

Men’s Soccer vs. Milwaukee
1:00 PM
McClimon Track/Soccer Complex
FREE

Before attending home games at McClimon, please review the McClimon Complex Carry-In Policy. For facility information regarding the McClimon Memorial Soccer & Track complex, please visit: http://www.UWBadgers.com/facilities/

Early Signs of Spring
1:00 PM- 3:00 PM
UW-Madison Arboretum- Visitor Center

As trees begin to leaf out, Dutchman’s breeches, twin-leaf, and rue-anemones might be blooming in the woodland gardens, and prairie-smoke in the prairie gardens. Susan Carpenter, garden curator, will lead this tour of the Native Plant Garden. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. More Here.

UW Cinematheque – Special Presentations and New Restorations
4:00 PM
4070 Vilas Hall

Inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy, Godard has crafted a brilliant three-part examination of the contemporary war-ravaged world and its politics using both fictional and documentary footage. Beginning with a hellish montage of war images from 1940 to the present, the film moves into a section set at an artists’ conference in modern-day Sarajevo and concludes with a surreal final section set in an ambiguous paradise. Preceded by Stan Brakhage’s The Dante Quartet (1987, 35mm, 6 min.). More Here.

UW Cinematheque- Flesh For Frankenstein 3D
7:00 PM
4070 Vilas Hall 

In what is perhaps the most “out there” adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic, Baron von Frankenstein (Kier) creates a pair of male and female monsters from discarded and purloined body parts. His plan to have his zombies mate and create a master race is thwarted by farm hand Nicholas (Dallesandro), who is having an affair with the Baron’s wife (van Vooren). More Here. 

Renee Flening Concert
7:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Wisconsin Union Theater

Opera legend Renée Fleming beguiles audiences with her sumptuous voice and compelling stage presence. Doors open at 6:30 pm. More Here. 

SUNDAY MAY 1, 2022 

Nature Hike 
1:00 PM- 2:30 PM
UW-Madison Arboretum Visitor Center
FREE

Learn about the land, plants, animals, fungi, phenology, and ecology. Geared for adults, these longer walks may cover some sloping terrain. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place rain or shine, except in unsafe weather. More Here.

Sample Itineraries

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