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NYE 2017 in Madison

Saturday, December 23rd, 2017


Here’s a sampling of parties happening on New Year’s Eve in Madison:

  • Blue Agave: Grand opening will feature an “All White” party. No cover.
  • Bowl-a-VardLive performance by 5th Gear. Cover is $10.
  • Concourse Hotel: Dinner, comedy and dancing. Accommodation and dining packages range from $209-$479.
  • Crystal Corner: ’70s costume contest and live ’70s music. Cover is $10.
  • DLUXPremium open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $85.
  • Edgewater Hotel: Escape to Rio de Janeiro with Rio street food stations and Brazilian cocktails. Tickets are $110-$150.
  • Essen Haus and Come Back InAll-you-can eat and drink, plus live music. Tickets are $75-$80.
  • FIVE Nightclub: Line dancing and drag show. Cover is $10-$15.
  • High Noon Saloon: Several tribute bands, including for AC/DC. Tickets are $10.
  • HotelRED: A party called FANCY with all proceeds going to Reach a Child. Tickets are $105.
  • Ivory RoomA Masquerade party with a dessert bar. Tickets are $100-$400.
  • Liquid: $1,000 money shower, face painting and DJ. Tickets are $30-$140.
  • Lone Girl Brewing Co.: Bus trip to Drumlin Ridge Winery and J Henry Distillery, then party at Lone Girl. Tickets are $50-$85.
  • Lucille: Ice luge, pizza buffet and DJ. Tickets are $90-$150.
  • Majestic Theatre: DecaDance, featuring 100 years of dance music. Tickets are $25.
  • Red Rock Saloon: Appetizer buffet and live music, plus optional open bar package. Tickets are $10-$65.
  • Tavernakaya: Five-course prix fixe plus DJ. Dinner is $45 and the party is $10.

Keep in mind that many restaurants are having New Year’s Eve dinner specials, and many bars will have some sort of drink special to ring in 2018.

Holiday parties, shows, races and events 2017

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

We sure like to celebrate the holidays here in town. Following is a guide to some upcoming holiday parties, shows, races and events in Madison:




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Halloween in Madison 2017

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

halloween-costume-conceal-wine-stainsHere’s a list of major Halloween-related events taking place in and around Madison. Keep in mind that many bars will have their own parties and costume contests.

Wednesday, Oct. 25

Thursday, Oct. 26

  • Trick or TrEAT Halloween Bash ($15/$20): Come support the River Food Pantry at its party that will feature live music, a raffle and Ale Asylum beer.

Friday, Oct. 27

  • Downtown Trick or Treat (free): If the kiddos didn’t get enough trick-or-treating at State Street businesses on Wednesday, they can head to Middleton and do it all over again from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 34 locations.
  • Halloween Spooktacular (free): Yes, this is an egg hunt in October, and it starts at 5:45 p.m. at Winnequah Dream Park in Monona. Afterward, enjoy an outdoor movie with free popcorn.
  • Fall Fest (free): Stay in Monona and head to the Aldo Leopold Nature Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m.. Take part in family-friendly activities such as a costume parade and “sweet” science experiments.
  • A Freakin’ Halloweekend ($10): The High Noon Saloon hosts this two-day event in which local bands dress up as their favorite “mega-bands.” Examples include the Kissers as the Pogues on Friday and the Shabelles as U2 on Saturday. Shows start at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 28

  • Spook-tacular Halloween Bash (free): Design your own candy bag from 9:30 a.m. – noon at the DreamBank.
  • Freakfest ($10 advance/$15 at the gates): Madison’s official Halloween party takes place from 7 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. on State Street. This year’s headliners include DRAM and George Clinton. If you want to save a few bucks, head to the bars early, before the gates on State Street are erected.
  • 80s vs. 90s Halloween Costume Ball ($10): The almost-monthly 80s vs. 90s party is always popular, but the Halloween version is always really popular. Dress up as a TV/movie character or music icon to participate in the costume contest. Doors open at 8, and I recommend arriving soon after.

Sunday, Oct. 29

  • Halloween at the Zoo (free): Activities include face painting and a pumpkin-decorating contest from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the zoo.
  • Trick or Treat on Monroe Street (free): You’ll probably need to drive to hit all the shops that will hand out treats from noon-4 p.m. along a lengthy stretch of Monroe Street.

Tuesday, Oct. 31

  • Baby’s First Halloween (free with admission): Take the little ones to this costume contest and dance party from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Madison Children’s Museum.
  • Hilldale-o-Ween (free): Kids in costumes can trick-or-treat at participating retailers from 4-8 p.m.
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show ($8/$10): Let’s do the time warp again! The cult classic starts at 9 p.m. at the Majestic.
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