Just when you thought summer was winding down in Madison, August brings so many fun things to do! From festivals to full moon paddles, if you’re feeling some late summer boredom, it might just be your own fault.

So don’t let summer get away just yet. Join in the festivities for summer’s last hurrah and make August a month to remember! And If you need a place to stay, we’d love to have you!

Without further ado, here are our top picks for fun things to do in Madison in August:

Schenk’s Corners Block Party

What’s better than a summer block party? On August 17th & 18th, head to Schenk’s Corners Block Party in the eccentric Atwood neighborhood. You’ll find local and regional bands performing all day, plus food and drinks from One Barrel Brewing, Alchemy, The Ideal Bar, Green Owl Cafe, Tex Tubb’s Taco Palace, and Mint Mark.

Pride Weekend

Bust out your rainbow gear! Pride 2018 is coming to Madison August 19th! Catch the parade marching up State Street to Capitol Square starting at 1 pm, followed by a rally and entertainment at the top of State at 2 pm. Don’t miss the drag show featuring the new Pride King and Queen!

Madison Mini-Marathon

Celebrating 10 years, the Madison Mini-Marathon & 5K is happening August 18th! The race route covers 13.1 miles through some of the best parts of Madison. Whether you register to run or cheer on the participants, it’s sure to be a good time!

Natty Nation at Terrace After Dark

Natty Nation, a Madison-based roots rock reggae group, will be performing at UW Memorial Union Terrace on August 18th! A favorite local band at a favorite local venue is the perfect combination you won’t want to miss.

Africa Fest

Join The African Association of Madison, Inc (AAM) in collaboration with Central Park Sessions and UW Madison African Studies Program for Africa Fest 2018! On August 18th, head to McPike Park for a community-based cultural and educational event. Enjoy foods, crafts, music, dance, and so much more.

Yum Yum Fest

Yum Yum Fest returns to Breese Stevens Field on August 19th. The Madison Area Chef’s Network is set to put on a celebration of artistry in food. So bring your appetite to enjoy the most delicious day of the summer.

Full Moon Paddle At Wingra Boats

There’s nothing like a paddle under the stars. On August 24th, bring a date or the family to Full Moon Paddle at Wingra Boats. There will be live music, light snacks, and the unique opportunity to enjoy the lake by moonlight.

Authentic Illusionist Jay Owenhouse At The Overture Center

Prepare to be amazed! Legendary escape artist and award-winning illusionist Jay Owenhouse will appear the The Overture Center on Friday, August 24th. Experience dangerous escapes, grand illusions, amazing magic, and more.

Gleam, Art In A New Light

See Olbrich Gardens in a whole new light! GLEAM, Art in a New Light, is a light-based outdoor art exhibit featuring local, national, and international artists. Opening night is Saturday, August 25th.

Steely Dan at Terrace After Dark

Steely Dan (yes, THAT Steely Dan!) will be performing at UW Memorial Union Terrace on August 25th. Enjoy listening to all your favorite tunes on the Terrace, for free, overlooking Lake Mendota. Does it get any better?

Full Sturgeon Moon Arboretum Night Walk

Named for the large Great Lakes fish caught in late summer, you won’t want to miss the Full Sturgeon Moon (also known as the Full Red Moon). Meet at the Visitor Center at the UW-Madison Arboretum for a walk beneath the moon’s reddish hue on Saturday August 25th.

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