Play Downtown Madison

Madison’s best cultural and arts organizations are downtown. Visit Madison Children’s Museum, Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Wisconsin Historical Museum, or Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Ten resident arts groups perform regularly at the Overture Center for the Arts, there's music at The Orpheum or the Majestic, shows at The Bartell Theater or laughs at the Comedy Club.

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Your Holiday Traditions Start Downtown

Start your season of celebration in Downtown Madison, WI. Holiday Lights, A Winter Night Market, A Holiday Open House and a Cookie Walk...
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Perfect Fall Day

Here, three individuals with roots in Downtown Madison share what’s on their respective itineraries for a perfect fall day in downtown.
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Take a family-friendly foray in Downtown Madison

Downtown Madison isn’t just for college students and office workers. It’s a welcoming atmosphere for all, children and families included.
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BID Renewed for 5 MORE Years!

The property owners in Madison's Central BID have voted to renew the district for 5 more years.
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8 Tips to Make the Most of Madison’s Maxwell Street Days 2019

Slated for July 19-21 this year, this annual shopping event is not only a massive draw for State Street and adjoining streets, it’s the OG of Madison festivals.
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Use the Business Directory to get acquainted




BarleyPop Live
121 W Main

Located just off of the capitol square featuring fifty taps of craft beer and cider, live music, pinball, and a selection of bottles and cans to-go along with crowlers and growlers poured from our taps!

Bartell Theatre
113 E Mifflin
(608) 661-9696
Certificates accepted here

Community playhouse and collaboration between five theatre companies.

Chazen Museum of Art
750 University

Home to the second-largest collection of art in Wisconsin, with permanent collections, temporary exhibitions, education programs and events.

City of Madison Parks
210 Martin Luther King Jr.

City of Madison Parks offices. Offering parks information, lake access, golf courses, events, shelter rentals, and more.

Featuring comedic headliners and weekly shows, including open mic night.

Produces shows performed in Madison's Overture Center, offers theater classes and experiences for young people.

Der Rathskeller
800 Langdon

Der Rathskeller is a favorite gathering place for students, staff, and community members. With a German beer hall feel, this Wisconsin Union icon hosts music sponsored by the Wisconsin Union Directorate's Music Committee, game watches for the Badgers, Packers, and Brewers, and provides a place to socialize.

Destination Madison
22 E Mifflin

Destination Madison is dedicated to creating economic impact through tourism. The effects of our “invisible industry” benefit everyone living in Dane County in key areas including jobs, community services and quality of life.

Open from May into October, the Downtown Madison Info Booth is located where State St. meets the Capitol Square. Offering visitor information, brochures, and answering questions regarding downtown shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Downtown maps, directions, event information, and shopping and dining suggestions. Two locations: Year-round Downtown Visitor Center in Peace Park at 452 State St., and the seasonal Downtown Information Booth (May-Oct.) where State Street meets the Capitol Square.

Escape This
120 E Wilson

Escape games are real-life, interactive experiences. They're challenging, entertaining and a great way to spend time with family and friends. Your group will have 60 minutes to work as a team to find clues, solve puzzles and crack codes in order to escape the room in time. Wit, creativity and a willingness to have fun are all you need!

Contemporary Wisconsin artists, Wisconsin art and craft history, and works owned by Wisconsin collectors. Free and open to the public. Located on the third floor of the Overture Center for the Arts.

A resident dance company at the Overture Center for the Arts. Includes the Kanopy School for Contemporary Dance and Choreography.

624 University

International DJs pin at this spacious nightclub with dance floor, 4 bars, & VIP area.

Madison Children's Museum
100 N Hamilton

A welcoming, imaginative, joyful learning environment that nurtures children’s creativity and curiosity through hands-on exhibits, creative projects and special events.

An independent organization that exhibits, collects, and preserves modern and contemporary art to provide transformative experiences that educate, reflect, and inspire us as individuals and a community.

The recently renovated Central Library offers expanded facilities plus art exhibits, events, films and hands-on activities for all ages including a designated kids area.

The Wisconsin Union is home to a variety of art exhibits, both permanent and temporary, throughout the year.

The Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD) Art Committee plans and programs all gallery spaces at Memorial Union and Union South. The students from this committee select, curate, install and maintain the exhibitions and program other visual art events.

Majestic Theatre
115 King

Live music with an eclectic mix of national and local talent, stand-up comedy and themed parties in a historic venue. Hosts of the Live on King St. concerts.

Orpheum Theater
216 State

Theater offering live performance, music, comedy shows, weddings and corporate events, one block from the State Capitol.

Overture Center
201 State

A performing arts center with ten resident organizations, presenting Broadway, music, theater, comedy, art exhibitions and educational and community events.

107 N Hamilton
(608) 286-1369
Certificates accepted here

Drop-in Craft Bar and creative workshop space located just off the Capitol Square. Choose from over 20 Pinterest-worthy crafts, order a drink, then spend time creating in our inspiring space! Full project list and Calendar of hours available via the website.

Roll Play
449 State

Roll Play is Madison's most awesome board game cafe! We aim to provide a comfortable and welcoming space for your board game enjoyment.

Ruby Lounge
1 Hawthorne

Fast service, hip, cozy.

VR Galaxy
449 State

Our state of the art equipment will amaze your friends, and our multiplayer games will keep you coming back for more.

Wheelhouse Studios
800 Langdon

Wheelhouse Studios is an open arts studio located in the lower level of Memorial Union. With three versatile work spaces, flexible studio designs, drop-in art opportunities, and classes for enthusiasts and first-time artists alike, it’s easy to engage in the arts at Wheelhouse.

Classes include drawing, painting, ceramics, glass art, jewelry, dance, cooking, music, print making and fabric arts, Wheelhouse Studios is your creativity outlet in the heart of campus.

Explore four floors of exhibits highlighting Wisconsin's distinctive heritage and a variety of other American history topics. On Madison's Capitol Square.

Society headquarters, library and archives with materials about the history of Wisconsin, the United States and Canada, plus collections of the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research.

Drop-in tours (45-55 min.) start at the Information Desk (inside the central rotunda). Mon.- Sat. at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 a.m. and 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 p.m. Sundays at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 p.m. A 4:00 p.m. tour is offered weekdays (Monday - Friday) Memorial Day through Labor Day. Reservations requested for groups of ten or more.

Wisconsin State Law Library
120 Martin Luther King Jr.

Serves the legal information needs of state officers and employees, attorneys and the public.

Located in the West Wing of Memorial Union. Performances, lectures, conferences, and other events. Includes several performance spaces and art galleries.

Offering instructive exhibits highlighting important events in Wisconsin military history from the Civil War to the present.

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Downtown Ambassadors

Stop by the Downtown Visitor Center at 452 State St. or our seasonal Downtown Information Booth located at the top of State Street for information, directions and a welcoming smile.