Dane County Farmers’ Market: 6:15 a.m.–1:45 p.m. (FREE) Capitol Square
The largest producer-only farmers’ market in the country is held on Madison’s Capitol Square and features an assortment of products, including flowers, seasonal vegetables, home-baked goods, jam, cheese, and meat. The Farmers’ Market is held rain or shine.
Kids in the Rotunda- Davey Doodle and the Red Hots: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. (FREE) Overture Center for the Arts
Davey Doodle and the Red Hots will get your toes tapping and bodies moving to their own unique interactive family fun music. Real life characters will come to life with songs about his dog Truffle Doodle, scoot scooting daughter April, and a stuffed brown bear named BB.
Animal Feeding: 9:45 a.m. (FREE) Madison Children’s Museum
Help us feed the rooftop animals as we learn about life sciences and gain a better understanding of animal habitats, diets, behaviors and what it takes to survive.
UW Sibs Day: 10 a.m.–7 p.m. ($) Various Locations
UW–Madison students are encouraged to invite their brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, cousins, or family friends to experience a day in the life of a Badger. Sibs Day involves a packed schedule of events and activities for students and their siblings to spend quality time with one another and share in the Badger school spirit.
*Please note that this event requires pre-registration at firstname.lastname@example.org and will be limited to the first 200 participants.
On Wisconsin Spring Powwow 2018: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (FREE, Paid Parking) Alliant Energy Center
This powwow helps bridge the boundaries of the university and all of Wisconsin’s 12 Tribal Nations. The powwow will be a fluid event including dancing, cultural demonstrations and performances. The Grand Entry, which occurs at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday will feature the Ho-Chunk Nation and Menominee Nation Color Guards, who will lead the opening dance followed by the Head Staff.
Terrace Town: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (FREE) Monona Terrace
View 10,000 square feet of green space, where local Madison schools have designed model cities out of recycled materials! Create your own building out of recycled materials and add it to our model city of Madison.
Driftless Wisconsin Wine and Cheese Trail: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (FREE) Wollersheim Winery & Distillery
“Visitors will have the chance to see vineyards and talk to the winemakers. They can watch cheese being made from local milk while talking to the cheesemakers. This is more than simply a chance to taste and purchase wine and cheese. It’s a chance to learn what it takes to grow and produce award-winning products while meeting the families you support when you shop local.”
The Wonders of Magic with Isaiah Foster: 10 a.m., 11 a.m. (FREE) DreamBank
Gather the kids and prepare to be amazed with this show for the whole family! For years Isaiah Foster has been providing quality entertainment through magic, comedy and mystery. Bring the kids to one of two 45-minute magic shows from 10-10:45 and 11-11:45.
Cool Science Images: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. (FREE) Overture Center for the Arts
The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s annual Cool Science Image Contest celebrates the beautiful and informative images captured by the university’s faculty, staff and students during their research. The Cool Science Images Contest features science-themed pictures created using powerful and exotic equipment.
Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (FREE) Chazen Museum of Art
This exhibit explores the dramatic revolution that began in the mid-twentieth century, when artists from numerous aboriginal cultural groups began to adapt traditional artistic practices for audiences outside their families or communities.
Art Werger: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (FREE) Garver Gallery
The images in Art Werger’s intaglio prints are anchored in his New Jersey childhood. His suburban scenes are lyrical and evocative of boyhood summer evenings. His city scenes are fraught with tension and isolation. Through realistic portrayals of scenes viewed from unusual angles, he creates a dream-like detachment from the events taking place.
The Tile Club: Camaraderie and American Plein-Air Painting: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (FREE) Chazen Museum of Art
See the early works of artists such as Francis Dave Millet and Charles Stanley Reinhart in this exhibit that explores the first plein-air painting organization in the nation, the Tile Club, which was founded in 1877.
Special Tour of Alumni Park for Parents: 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (FREE) Alumni Park
Experience this gift to the University of Wisconsin–Madison from alumni and friends around the world: a park to call home and a place where alumni stories are created and shared. Alumni, students, parents, community, and all Badgers are invited to enjoy this new campus landmark. **A special tour hosted for parents!
DIY Message Boards: 1 p.m.-3 p.m. (FREE) DreamBank
In this DIY workshop you’ll build your very own homemade dry erase board – a gorgeous piece of home décor perfect for leaving messages of adoration, making lists, or practicing gratitude! We’ll provide the supplies, you bring your craftiness.
Perlman Trio: 3:30 p.m. (FREE) Morphy Recital Hall
Watch this student ensemble consisting of a pianist, violinist and cellist perform.
Low Brass Ensemble: 4 p.m. (FREE) Mills Concert Hall
A student ensemble of low brass instrumentalists performs a selection of pieces.
Radiance (Dance Performance): 5 p.m., 8 p.m. ($) Overture Center for the Arts
Celebrate 50 years of extraordinary, radiant choreography created by Lonny Joseph Gordon, including his piece “Radiant Shaman” and a new work devised in collaboration for Kanopy Dance called “Bench, Benches, Benchmark.” Enjoy Winifred Haun & Dancers performing “Trashed.” Then bask in the glowing work of the Kanopy family, with original pieces by Company members, and local guest artists Kiro Kopulos and Georgia Corner.
Madison Symphony Orchestra–String Fever: 7:30 p.m. ($) Overture Center for the Arts
There is no better time of year to catch the spirit of music, than when John DeMain captures the essence of the budding season with Schumann’s Spring Symphony. Joining him is Grammy Award-winner Augustin Hadelich in a scintillating performance of the Dvořák Violin Concerto, long overdue for a hearing at these concerts.
The King’s Singers: 7:30 p.m. ($) Shannon Hall, Wisconsin Union Theater
The King’s Singers are widely acclaimed for their charm and diverse repertoire which includes over 200 commissioned works from the world’s leading composers. Additionally, The King’s Singers have commissioned arrangements from a breadth of musical genres: jazz standards to pop chart hits, medieval motets to Renaissance madrigals, even encouraging young composers to write new scores.
Working the Musical: 7:30 p.m. ($) Bartell Theater
“Working” is a musical exploration of the hopes, dreams, joys and concerns of the average working American. A day in the life of 40 workers and their sacrifices and accomplishments for their careers. Featuring updated songs by “Hamilton’s” Lin-Manuel Miranda.
William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged): 8 p.m. ($) Overture Center for the Arts
Madison favorite Reduced Shakespeare Company returns with a strangely familiar, yet excitingly new, comic misadventure. In this “tale told by idiots,” a brand new Shakespearean smorgasbord erupts when Puck & Ariel hijack the plot of Comedy of Errors, creating such new and strange bedfellows as Kate and Beatrice, Hamlet and master motivator Lady Macbeth, Dromio and Juliet, as well as King Lear and his three daughters who turn out to be the three weird sisters from Macbeth.