Around Town: Summer in Madison

Posted on Jun 2, 2011 by Miron Construction

With the warm weather finally here, and summer underway, we thought we would share some of the wonderful summer activities that are taking place in some of the communities that Miron Construction helps to build.  In Madison, our state capital, there are numerous opportunities for fantastic outdoor civic and cultural events.

Here are some of our favorites, and we encourage you to join us out on the town:

Dane County Farmers’ Market
Every Saturday: Apr. 16 – Nov. 5, 2011
Capitol Square (map)
6 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Free Admission

The Dane County Farmers’ Market on the Capitol Square is a Saturday tradition in downtown Madison.  Visitors can sample some of the best vegetables, flowers, and specialty products from some of the top local vendors who attend every Saturday.  All of the agricultural items are produced in Wisconsin and there are approximately 300 vendors who participate throughout the season, with about 150 present each Saturday.  The Dane County Farmers’ Market is reported to be the largest producer-only farmers’ market in the country.

Concert on the Square
Wednesdays: June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3
King Street Corner of the Capitol Square (map)
7 p.m.
Free Admission

Another great Madison tradition, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra‘s Concerts on the Square kicks off on June 29.  This series of Wednesday evening events features a great mix of orchestral favorites and includes a mix of musical genres – from bluegrass to ragtime to Spanish dances – over the course of six performances throughout the summer.

Rhythm and Booms
Saturday, July 2, 2011 (Rain date: Sunday, July 3, 2011)
Warner Park (map)
8 p.m.
Free Admission

Rhythm & Booms is Madison’s official Independence Day event.  Billed as the “largest fireworks display in the Midwest,” it is larger than the fireworks events in Chicago, Minneapolis and Milwaukee because of the length of the show (approximately 35 minutes) and the number of shells fired (15,000).

It’s estimated that close to 300,000 people – primarily families – attend the event at Warner Park on Madison’s north side, taking part in festivities that include a decorated bicycle parade, 20-ride carnival, bingo tent, Oldies and Blues music stages, a baseball game, marching bands, skydivers, and Wisconsin Army National Guard and Wisconsin Air National Guard military demonstrations and F-16 fly-overs.  The fireworks begin at dusk and are choreographed to music, which is broadcast over WOLX-94.9 FM.

Opera in the Park
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Garner Park (map)
8 p.m.
Free Admission

Madison Opera will present its 10th annual Opera in the Park concert on Saturday, July 16, 2011. This free summer concert has become a favorite as people gather on the West side of Madison to hear familiar opera hits, the best of Broadway, and musical highlights from the upcoming Madison Opera season.  The performance includes the outstanding talents of the Madison Opera Chorus, the Madison Symphony Orchestra and some of opera’s brightest stars.  Garner Park opens at 7 a.m. the day of the concert.  Blankets, chairs, food and beverages are allowed.

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