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Upcoming August Events Around Madison, WI

August is a month full of great events before the summer starts to turn to fall. Many of the top festivals near Madison, WI will be held throughout August. Here's a look at some of the top choices to add to your calendar.

Arlington Fireman's Festival - August 3rd to 5th

Celebrating the summer in style, the Arlington Fire department will bring plenty of fun to the area early in August. This event will include a softball tournament, a volleyball tournament, truck & tractor pulls and live music on both Friday and Saturday. The parade will be held on Sunday.

National Mustard Day - August 5th

An annual event held at the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, National Mustardy Day will include plenty of free fun for the entire family. Enjoy free hot dogs, plenty of games, music, free mustard sampling and so much more. This event has been held in Middleton since 1991.

Great Taste of the Midwest - August 12th

One of the top events in Madison for the summer, the Great Taste of the Midwest is a huge beer festival. In fact, it's one of the best beer festivals in the entire country with more than 100 microbreweries and brewpubs from all over the Midwest on hand. It will be held at Olin-Turville Park from 1pm to 6pm.

This festival is the perfect choice for beer lovers with all kinds of beer options. Sassy Cow Creamery will be on hand with beer ice cream, along with plenty of special releases and unique beers. You must get your tickets early, however, as no onsite tickets will be sold.

Sweet Corn Festival - August 17th to 20th

Another rather large festival, the Sweet Corn Festival is held in Sun Prairie every single year. This event will include carnival rides, plenty of crafts, a family stage, beer tent, live bands, petting zoo, plenty of sweet...

Top Madison Area Festivals for July 2017

Festivals throughout the summer are a huge social gathering in Madison, Wisconsin. With so many choices, it can be hard to decide which ones to go to and which ones to skip. Here's a look at some of the top choices for July 2017.

Lodi Agricultural Fair - July 6th to 9th

Held at the Fairgrounds in Lodi, Wisconsin, this fun event will include softball, music, raffles, a demolition derby, horse pulls, carnival rides and so much more. It's a great choice for the entire family.

Art Fair Off the Square - July 8th and 9th

The Monona Terrace Community and Convention center in Madison will host the Art Fair Off the Square event. This two-day event will show off about 140 different Wisconsin artists with plenty of food and fun. Check out the art and enjoy the unexpected at this popular event.

Mount Horeb Art Fair - July 15th and 16th

Another art event found in Downtown Mount Horeb, the Mount Horeb Art Fair provides all types of beautiful art along the historic Main Street. It will include plenty of food, a silent auction, music, raffles and plenty of fun for everybody.

Dane County Fair - July 19th to 23rd

One of the premier events of the summer, the Dane County Fair will be held at the Alliant Energy Center. This family-friendly event includes plenty of fun rides, nightly concerts, animals, excellent food and so much more. It's the place to go this July and one event you won't want to miss.

Midwest Fire Fest - July 22nd and 23rd

A unique event held in Cambridge, Wisconsin, the Midwest Fire Fest will include plenty of art forged in fire....

Top Madison, Wisconsin Area Place for Fireworks

The 4th of July is nearly here and that means it's time for fireworks! Finding the best place to go for fireworks isn't always easy, but there are some great events throughout Dane County you can enjoy this year. All of the events listed below include fireworks, which will start around 9:20pm.

Monona Community Festival - July 3rd and 4th

This annual event helps to celebrate Independence Day the right way. It will include plenty of fun with great food, live music and all kinds of activities. The festival includes a Car Show, Keg Toss Tournament, Art Fair, Hole-in-One Contest, Wisconsin Wife Carrying Championship Race and even a Carnival.

Of course, fireworks will be a part of the event on the 4th of July. They will be held on Tuesday night and will start right around 9:20pm. This event will be held at Winnequah Park in Monona, Wisconsin.

Shorewood Hills 4th of July Celebration - July 3rd and 4th

Another huge event happening near Madison, the Shorewood Hills 4th of July Celebration will start on July 3rd at 8:30pm with the Independence Day Dance. This event will include DJs laying great music with refreshments and it is family-friendly. On Tuesday, the celebration will continue with the "Tri-It" Triathlon, a Softball Game, a Bake Sale, the Village Art Fair, a Parade, plenty of games, Waterfights and a Family Picnic. Of course, the event will also close with fireworks beginning at dusk. This celebration will be held at the Blackhawk Country Club.

WaunaBoom!! - July 4th

Held in Waunakee, Wisconsin, this event will provide plenty of fun for the 4th of July. It will be...

5 Great Ways to Honor Dad for Father's Day

Father's Day is coming up very quickly. If you're looking for some great ideas for dad this year, here are five in Madison to honor dad on his special day.

Fishing with Dad

If you and your dad love to fish, head to Lake Mendota, Lake Monona or one of the other area lakes. You'll find plenty of great places to enjoy the fresh air, get some sunshine and catch some great fish. Rent a boat or fish form the land and you're sure to find the time to catch up with dad and have plenty of fun.

Historic Tours

If your dad loves history, head to the Wisconsin Historical Museum or one of the many other area museums. Touring one of the Madison area museums will allow you and dad time to talk, discover something new and learn about the history of the area.

Brewery Tours

There are several great breweries found around Madison, WI. If you and dad love to share a beer together, enjoy one of the Hop Head Tours or head to the Capital Brewery for a tour. The Hop Head Tours are held on Sundays and will let you discover a few great breweries as you take the time to learn about the process of brewing beer. Of course, you'll get to enjoy some samples, too.

Take Dad Golfing

Choose one of the many great golf courses throughout Madison and hit the links. Vitense Golfland provides...

Upcoming Summer Festivals Near Madison, WI

Plenty of festivals happen every year throughout the Madison area. In fact, for many residents, the summer is their favorite time of year because of the many events. While the abundance of outdoor fun may have you excited, the upcoming festivals near Madison, Wisconsin might just put you over the edge.

If you're looking for something fun, you have plenty of great options. Parades, festivals, food, live entertainment and more are on deck this summer. Here's a quick look at some of the top upcoming summer festivals near Madison.

Waterfront Festival - June 10th & 11th

Coming up right around the corner, the Waterfront Festival is a great way to get your summer started. It will be held at Yahara Place Park on the northern shore of Lake Monona. This festival will include plenty of fun with a goal of raising funds for MNA through sponsorship, concessions and donations.

4th Annual Bacon, Brew & BBQ Fest – June 24th

An adult event for those 21 and older, the Bacon, Brew & BBQ Fest is a huge event with plenty of fun. It will feature Jones Dairy Farm serving up Bacon-infused appetizers, entrees, drinks, desserts, soups and dips. Along with the bacon, there will be hundreds of craft beers on hand and so much more. The festival covers about eight acres of space with activities, such as Ladder Ball, Bag Toss, Volleyball and more.

Oregon Summer Fest – June 22nd to 25th

Held at Kiser Firemen's Park in Oregon, WI, this festival will help to raise money for the Oregon area Chamber of Commerce. It's a fun filled event with plenty of activities all centered around the community with a focus on four areas: Promote, Inform, Connect and Advocate.

WaunaFest 2017 - July 27th to 29th

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A Quick Guide to the Madison Bike Share Program

The bicycle share program in Madison is known as B-Cycle. This program allows you to choose from 40 different stations found throughout the city. You get to select a bike and hit the road with greener, healthier transportation.

What is Madison B-Cycle?

A bikeshare program helping revolutionize the city of Madison, B-Cycle provides bikes for members and non-members to use to get around town. You can ride wherever you want to go after you've checked out a bike. Memberships allow you to check out one bike at a time and you get unlimited checkouts during your membership timeframe.

The goal of B-Cycle is to encourage residents to use bikes for short trips. Some memberships allow for longer trips, but most are for 30 to 60 minute trips. However, you can always dock your B-Cycle bike and check it out again.

How Does B-Cycle Work?

It all starts with purchasing a membership online. You can choose a day, month or year-long membership. If you don't want to purchase a membership, B-Cycle offers walk-up pricing at all B-station Kiosks.

After you have a membership, you will check out a bike. Those with a month or year-long membership will receive a B-card in the mail, which allows for faster unlocking of bikes. Until you receive your card, you can sign in at the kiosk to get your bike and use the same credit card you used for your membership.

Once you've checked out your bike, you can head out for a ride for up to 30 minutes. If you need longer, it does cost extra. This helps to encourage cyclists to return bikes keeping plenty available for all members.

After you've gone for your ride or arrived at your destination, simply return the bike and...

Upcoming Event: 2017 Parade of Homes

Every year, the Madison Area Builders Association holds the Parade of Homes event. This event helps to shine the spotlight on many new home communities throughout the Madison area. Whether you're looking for inspiration for your own home or you're considering a new construction home, this event is for you.

Neighborhoods

This year, seven different neighborhoods will be a part of the Parade of Homes event including:

  • Heritage Gardens
  • Kilkenny Farms
  • Savannah Brooks
  • Nordic Ridge
  • The Legend at Bergamont
  • Westbridge
  • Windsor Gardens

The Legends at Bergamont in Oregon is one of the featured neighborhoods. This luxury community covers about 523 acres and offers incredible amenities throughout. It's built around an 18-hole championship golf course with a clubhouse, swimming pools, fitness center and more.

Another great choice for luxury and unique amenities, Westbridge in Waunakee will be featured during the event. This neighborhood provides access to a popular zipline park and many other great amenities.

All of the featured neighborhoods show off some of the best new communities found throughout the Madison, Wisconsin area.

Parade of Homes Builders

Those attending the event will have the opportunity to see some of the work from top area builders. Participating builders for the event include:

  • Acker Builders
  • Alterra Homes
  • Bowers Construction
  • Classic Homes of Madison
  • Craftsman Construction
  • DK Design Build
  • F&F Home Construction
  • HLW Builders
  • Landmark Builders
  • Midwest Homes, Inc.
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Monona Terrace Fun Summer Events

Monona Terrace is one of the hottest places for events in the summer. With concerts, dance events and so much more, this section of Madison provides plenty to enjoy. In addition, it's one of the best places for great views of Lake Monona.

As Madison's premier convention center, Monona Terrace often holds conferences and meetings. However, there are many special events held here throughout the year. The facility was also designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and offers guided tours and a rooftop terrace for dining and drinking throughout the summer.

Upcoming Events at Monona Terrace

From Yoga to design events, there's always something going on at Monona Terrace. Below is a quick look at some of the best events coming this summer.

Go Red for Women Luncheon - May 5th from 10:30am to 1:30pm  

A noble event helping to support living a healthier lifestyle, the Go Red for Women luncheon will help unite the community. It's just one of the Many Go Red for Women events held throughout Madison, Wisconsin each year.

Pokémon Regional Competition & Ohana-Con - June 2nd to 4th from 3pm to 9pm

If you love Pokémon, this family-friendly cosplay event is perfect for you. It's one of the largest annual Pokémon Regional Championships in the country with all types of gaming enthusiasts on hand.

Shake The Lake Rooftop Party - June 24th...

Summer Concert Series: Concerts on the Square

The Concerts on the Square series provides a popular choice with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. It's one of the largest outdoor concerts held in Madison. More than 120,000 people attend this series every summer and enjoy plenty of great music.

The concert series will be held on the Capitol Lawn again this summer with six different dates. All concerts within the Concerts on the Square series will be held on Wednesdays at 7pm. Here's what you can expect this year.

Performance Dates and Information

Six Wednesdays in a row will provide performances on the Capitol Lawn. Dates for the Concert on the Square events include:

  • June 28th, 2017
  • July 5th, 2017
  • July 12th, 2017
  • July 19th, 2017
  • July 26th, 2017
  • August 2nd, 2017

Each show will begin at 7pm. You can start placing blanked to save your spot at 3pm. Any blankets placed before 3pm will be removed. At 5pm before the show, the food and beverage booths will open, along with the kids' area.

Vendors

A number of vendors will be available providing food and beverage options. Vendors for this year's concert series include:

  • Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra - Providing Beer, Wine, Soda and other beverages
  • Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream - Providing ice cream, cheesecake, pie, cookies and cupcakes.
  • Curt's Popcorn - Providing gourmet popcorn in a variety of flavors.

Along with these three vendors, there will be several Box Supper Vendors. You can reserve your meal in advance of the show. Box Supper Vendors include:

  • Bandung
  • Cranberry Creek Cafe & Grill
  • Eldorado Grill
  • Five Star BBQ
  • Fromangination
  • Greek Street
  • Gristle
  • Jamerica
  • O.S.S.
  • Papa John's
  • The Rodeo Wagon...

Top 3 Farmers' Markets Found Near Madison, WI

Heading to a farmers' market provides plenty of fun, great food and a sign that spring is really here. In Madison, Wisconsin, the farmers’ markets become very busy as the weather warms up and the snow melts. Here's a quick look at three of the top farmers' markets you'll find near Madison.

Dane County Farmers' Market

As the original farmers' market in Madison, the Dane County Farmers' Market is one of the most popular. A number of vendors participate in the market providing quite the variety of goods. Plenty of baked goods, cheese, meat, dairy products, vegetables and specialty items are found throughout the market. Find a complete list of what's available by the season on their website here.

The Saturday Market is held on Capitol Square from 6:15am to 1:45am, starting April 15th and running through November 11th.

The Wednesday Market is held at the 200 Block of MLK, Jr. Boulevard from 8:30am to 1:45pm, starting on April 19th and running through November 8th.

Capitol View Farmers' Market

Held every Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm from May 31st to October 11th, the Capitol View Farmers' Market provides a great choice for those not willing to wake up early. It's an afternoon market in the Madison Far East neighborhood held at 5901 Sharpsburg Drive.

The market provides plenty of high quality and fresh food items including meat, dairy products, baked goods, local produce and more. Along with shopping, you can enjoy live music from 4pm to 6pm at this farmers' market.

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Dream Home Show 2017

Thinking of building or remodeling?  Then come check out this year's Dream Home Show at the Alliant Energy Center, January 27-29, 2017.

MABA dream home showcase

Come see the latest trends from builders, contractors, and the latest trends in new home construction.  We will be hosting a booth as well and hosting a seminar titled, "Do I need to remodel to sell my home?"  Come learn how to maximize your equity.

Looking for a deal?  Check out our coupon to buy one ticket and get one FREE! Click Here.

Dream Home Show Hours are:
Friday: 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Can't make it to the show?  Check out our page about "Trading up" your home.

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Best Holiday Lights in Madison

One of the best places to go view Holiday Lights in the Madison area is the Fantasy in Lights at Olin Park, just off John Nolan Drive.

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November 19th, 2016 to January 2, 2017 from Dusk till Dawn at Olin Park.  Admission is FREE!!!  This awesome display is sponsored by The Electric Group and numerous other sponsors.  Check it out!

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Keller Williams Red Day 2016

The second Thursday in May of every year has come to be known as RED Day at Keller Williams Realty. RED Day was introduced in 2009 as a way to give back to the communities we serve and stands for Renew, Energize and Donate. It's a way for us to take a step back from the daily grind of our lives and remember what's important.

This year we helped The Road Home Dane County by sprucing up a few of their rental and community buildings. It was an honor to assist such a wonderful cause to help prevent homelessness. The Road Home is dedicated to relieving families of homelessness and also to build skills, resources and relationships that set the stage for long term success.

Giving back really helps you remember how blessed you are and what you're thankful for. We had a great team working with us and we got a lot accomplished from deep cleaning, painting to landscaping. Challenge yourself to give back this year, a little goes a long way!

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House Hunters on HGTV in Madison Wisconsin

Wisconsin Couple Searches for a Spacious Family Home

Have you ever searched for a new home? House Hunters is a show that films home buyers as they look for a new house. On the show they will go through three different homes and you can guess which one they might pick. This show is really addicting and they recently visited Madison Wisconsin!

Watch Darren and Megan search for homes with Josh Lavik as they try to find a new home for their family. They have definitely outgrown their two bedroom apartment and have some specific home buying criteria. Some needed items include a two story home, close to their work, wood floors, and plenty of room for their big SUV in the garage.

Tune in to HGTV and watch House Hunters in Madison - May 13, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Local stations for HGTV (Home and Garden Television).

Charter: Channel 39
DishTV: Channel 112
DirectTV: Channel 229

Watch House Hunters on HGTV in Madison on your own or join Josh Lavik and his team at the “Viewing Party”

Who: friends, family, and clients for Josh Lavik & Associates
What: Viewing party of House Hunters
When: May 13, 2013 at 9:00 pm
Where: the Parkside Pub in McFarland
Address: 5016 Erling Ave, McFarland, WI 53558 - Directions
Why: Because it's fun!

Appetizers will be provided. Please RSVP today.

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RED DAY- Renew, Energize, Donate

Another successful day of service.

Keller Williams Realty initiated a program to help those in need. It serves back to the community that molds us and helps us grow. Coming together towards one common goal is the main purpose of this activity. We hoped to help renew, energize and donate to our community. And give out to the community is always at its best when we shared every moment with you.
This is a joint effort between agents and other interested parties. A number of activities have been put in to make the action a huge success. First among the list is providing housing to young men who are ready for higher education, meaningful employment, and a healthy life. Another activity prepared is plant sale that would help raise money for the local KW agents in need. Donations were also accepted during the said program.
The success in every program lies behind the people who made everything possible. Thank you for sharing the day with us.

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Muscular Dystrophy Fundraiser - Labor Day in Madison

This Monday (Labor Day), September 6th, 2010 I will be joining the Keller Williams family in Madison for a fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy. The telethon will take place at the Madison Marriot West. Please call in and help support kids with muscular dystrophy. I will be there from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm taking calls. Channel 27 News - WKOW will be broadcasting the event.

Neuromuscular Disease is devastating to families and the Muscular Dystrophy Association is an organization that provides support to individuals with the disease, helps the families, and also provides monies for research. Jerry Lewis has been the “FACE” of MDA for about 40 years and has worked tirelessly to raise money to eliminate this deadly disease. I would guess this years donations will be $90 million.

Enjoy the holiday weekend!

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Polar Plunge Fundraiser for Special Olympics

2009 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Wisconsin

This winter I am taking the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Wisconsin. During this event, participants will raise pledges then plunge into Wisconsin's frozen bodies of water. All money raised from the event will provide funding for nearly 10,000 athletes with cognitive disabilities in Wisconsin so they can continue to reach for the gold.

This is my 3rd time doing the polar plunge. Please help me reach my fund raising goal of $1,500 by pledging to me online. Thank you for your support.

Josh Lavik's Plunge Team

* Team Name: Crazy Lavik and other Fun People

Madison Polar Plunge Information

* Where: Olin Turville Park, Madison
* When: Saturday, February 21, 2009
* Why: To raise money for Special Olympics Wisconsin
* Click here for more information about the Madison Polar Plunge
Posted by Josh Lavik at 9:16 AM

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Great Pumpkin Give Away in Fitchburg

The other day I went over to the Fitchburg city building and noticed a flyer for the "Great Pumpkin Giveaway". This will take place Saturday, October 18th from 10:00 am to 1 pm at Oak Bank. All cash donations are to benefit Family Connections of Wisconsin, Inc., which is a non-profit agency providing opportunities to maintain and strengthen family relationships of those affected by incarceration.

When you make a donation to Family Connections of Wisconsin you will get a pumpkin just in time for Halloween! (suggested donation $5). Families are welcome to come to Oak Bank's green space at 5951 McKee Rd in Fitchburg to enjoy kids activities, refreshments, prizes, a Fun Play Inflatable bouncer, and special guest appearances from Bucky Badger, The Oscar Mayer Mini Wienermobile, Maynard the Mallard, and Crash Helmet.

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Polar Plunge Jump...

It was a great day to jump into Lake Monona. I raised $435 for the Special Olympics and even had a nice swim. I teamed up with some other people from my church: Rae, Stephanie, Nick, Amy, and Jenna. As a team we raised over $1000. It was a beautiful sunny day for a swim in Lake Monona. Check out the video.

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Wisconsin Tradition - Jump into Lake Monona in February...

I know I must be crazy but this winter I will be Freezin' for a Reason when I take the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Wisconsin. The Polar Plunge is a cool event where supporters raise pledges and jump into frozen bodies of water. Money raised in the Polar Plunge provides funding for nearly 10,000 athletes with cognitive disabilities to reach for the gold.

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