Special Historical Presentations

Special Historical Presentations

Part of the free summer event series, “Summer in YOUR City,” Madison’s Central BID in partnership with the Wisconsin Historical Museum presents a summer series of interactive events celebrating the unique history of Wisconsin in free evening presentations for appropriate for all ages.  

Series Dates:   Third Mondays, 5–6:30 p.m., June – September 2018 

  • June 18: American Folk Instruments
  • July 16: Wet Plate Photography with Dave Rambow
  • August 20: Fall Harvest Celebration

Location: The Forum 100 block of North Carroll Street
Cost to Attend: FREE*
Community Partner: Wisconsin Historical Museum
Questions? Email jsligh@visitdowntownmadison.com


Overture Rising Stars

Part of the free summer event series, “Summer in YOUR City,” Madison’s Central BID in partnership with the Overture Center for the Arts presents as showcase concert of Overture’s Rising Stars, a local talent search aimed at highlighting and celebrating amazing members of our local communities during Madison Night Market in June 2018.

Series Dates: Thursday, June 14 6-7 p.m.

Location: Lisa Link Peace Park, 452 State Street

Cost to Attend: FREE*

Community Partners: Overture Center for the Arts
Questions? Email jsligh@visitdowntownmadison.com

Check out 2015 Rising Stars winner Roderquita Moore singing Total Praise by Richard Smallwood.

LIVE & Local

Enjoy a free summer music series in the heart of downtown Madison at Lisa Link Peace Park located on State Street. Every Thursday evening, from 5:30–7:30 p.m., the concerts will feature a variety of local musicians, of all genres, and will fill the park with music in an all-ages-all-community event. Performers are offered a cash stipend for their performance.

Series Dates: Thursdays, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, May 17, 2018 through September 27, 2018

Location: Lisa Link Peace Park, 452 State Street

Cost to Attend: FREE*


  • May 17: Coyote
  • May 24: WrenClaw
  • May 31: The Jeffrey James Show!
  • June 7: Ace Jones
  • June 14: LIVE and Local at the MADISON NIGHT MARKET
  • June 21: Cooper Run and LIVE & Local at Make Music Madison
  • June 28: Gin Mill Hollow
  • July 5: Lost Highway Allstars
  • July 12: Pine Travelers
  • July 19: West of Mars
  • July 26: Nester Music
  • August 2: The Fancy Pears
  • August 9: LIVE and Local at the MADISON NIGHT MARKET
  • August 16: Sunspot
  • August 23: Gentle Brontosaurus
  • August 30: Mudroom
  • September 6: Krause Family Band
  • September 13: LIVE and Local at the MADISON NIGHT MARKET
  • September 20: Dogs of War
  • September 27: Sleepy Gouchos

Questions? Email jsligh@visitdowntownmadison.com.

Kids Create at the Top of State

Madison’s Central BID presents a children’s art and activity series to take place on Fridays from 10am-1pm in The Grove. The BID will partner with various local organizations to provide an afternoon of themed art and learning projects for children. This event will provide children and downtown families with an afternoon of fun and educational projects.This summer’s theme is Music and Movement.

Series Dates: Fridays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., June 1, 2018 through August 31, 2018

Location: The Grove, located at the top of State Street at the intersection of State and West Mifflin streets

Cost to Attend: FREE*

Community Partners Include: Madison Reading ProjectWisconsin Historical MuseumMadison School & Community Recreation – FIT2GO, Chazen Museum of Art, Ian’s Pizza on State

*Please let email us ahead of time if you plan to bring a group of 3 or more… it’s still free, we just need to plan for you!  Email jsligh@visitdowntownmadison.com.