2015 Fall Activities & Events :: Greater Madison Area

It’s that time of year again (I CAN’T BELIEVE IT!)…everyone’s finished shopping for school supplies at Target and bubbles and squirt guns are on the clearance rack. Is it REALLY the end of August? Summer in Madison is SO amazing that it’s hard to let it go. The good news is…Fall is Madison is pretty darn great, too.

I’ve had the privilege of writing the Fall activity post in Madison in the past, and I just love researching all the fun things I want to do with my family. And trust me, this year there are TONS of cool events and activities (including a number of free things) that you’ll want to mark down on your calendar.

This list is by NO MEANS exhaustive, so please let me know if there is something I missed!

Here we go…Fall in Madison 2015!

(To view a list of Greater Madison Area Pumpkin Patches, Farms & Orchards – click here. Happy Fall!)


Madison Moms Blog 2nd Annual Family Fun Day
Date: August 29, 10am-Noon
Location: Meriter’s Monona Clinic
Price: $5/Family

A family friendly morning complete with face painting, kids yoga, Teddy Bear Clinic, Maynard the Mallard, kids activities, fire truck, build your own trail mix, story time, Sassy Cow Creamery ice cream & more!

Sauk City- Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw & Festival

Date: September 4-5
Location: Marion Park – Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Price: FREE

Taste of Madison
Date: September 5-6
Location: Capital Square
Price: No Admission Fee

Badgers Fan-demonium

Date: September 5, 10am-4pm
Location: DreamBank
Price: FREE

Half-Pint Resale

Date: September 11-13
Location: 4802 Marsh Road – McFarland

Badger Bash

Date: Before every home football game / 2.5 hours prior to kickoff
(September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 17, 31, November 21)
Location: Union South
Price: FREE

A family friendly tailgate offered before each home football game? Yes, please! Just steps from Camp Randall at Union South, Badger Bash features Mike Leckrone and the full UW Marching Band, great food and fun for the whole family. Admission is free and open to the public. View the full schedule here.

You can also tailgate prior to the games at the Engineering Mall (1415 Engineering Drive) on campus. This is also family friendly and features live entertainment, appearances by the UW Band and Bucky Badger, activities for kids and more. For more information, click here.

Trucks & Treasures

Date: Saturday, September 12 at 9:00am – Noon
Location: Warner Park, 2930 N. Sherman Ave.
Price: FREE

I have been wanting to take my son to this event for years – ever since I first heard of it. For whatever reason, we have never been able to go, but I swear I am going to get there this year! For those that don’t know, the Trucks & Treasures event showcases tons of trucks, service machines and equipment. Kids of all ages can climb on and explore a variety of “big rigs”. Vehicles include a fire engine, police car, construction equipment, dump trucks and more. YES!

Iron Kids Fun Run

Date: Saturday, September 12, 9:00am
Location: Starts on 100 block of Martin Luther King Blvd. and run goes around the Capitol Square
Price: $15

The Madison Area Sports Commission is hosting the Iron Kids Fun Run during the weekend of the Ironman Wisconsin. Kids can join in for a casual fun run around the Capitol Square. The entry price includes a race bib, finisher t-shirt or hat, medal and goodie bag.

DeForest – Yahara Riverfest 
Date: September 12
Location: 6822 Yellowwood Lane, DeForest

McFarland Family Festival

Date: September 18-20
Location: McFarland High School

Cambridge Fall Fest

Date: Saturday, September 19 at 10:00am-5:00pm
Location: 100 East Main Street, Cambridge, WI 53523

Fall in downtown Cambridge has unique activities that are fun for the whole family. Enjoy antique shopping, live music, craft beer tent, tractor hayrides, horse-drawn carriage rides, a bouncy house, face painting, family bingo, our petting zoo, a pie-baking contest and auction, caramel apple sundaes, apple cider and our bake sale. The Cambridge Community Activities Program will also be conducting its annual Fun Run and Family Wellness Fair in the morning at West Side Park.

Olbrich’s Crackle

Date: Friday, September 25 at 7:00pm-10:00pm.
Location: Olbrich Gardens
Price: $20 members/ $25 non-members

This event sounds like a blast for a date night or an evening out with friends. The Olbrich Gardens will host an event with bonfires, live music, food and beer. Obviously this isn’t meant to be kid friendly, but it sounded like a great night out!

Fall Mud Run (Tri 4 Schools)
Date: September 26, 8:00am-Noon
Location: 111 Lincoln Street – Verona
Price: varies

The Great Pumpkin Run
Date: September 26, 10am
Location: N 2767 Mountford Road – Poynette
Price: varies

Let’s Eat Out Food Cart Festival

Date: September 27 at 12:00pm-6:00pm
Location: Burr Jones Field – 1820 E. Washington Ave
Price: FREE

If you haven’t tried any of Madison’s delicious local food carts, you are seriously missing out. My family has a number of favorites but a ton we have never tried. That’s why I’m excited about this festival – a bunch of food carts in one place offering $4 sampler portions! There will also be live music and Capitol Brewery on tap.


Zoo Run Run

Date: September 27 – 9am
Location: Henry Vilas Zoo
Price: varies

People of all ages can participate in the zoo’s annual 5K Run/Walk or 10K Run. Whether you’re dressing up as a zoo animal and entering the costume contest, taking it easy with the 5k walk, or a serious runner wanting to end your great run with a refreshing brew, the Zoo Run run is for you. The 5K and 10K runs will be timed. Kids participating in the Roo Run Run can choose between a quarter mile, half mile, or a full mile run.

Kids in the Rotunda:

Date: Every Saturday from October through April at 9:30am, 11am and 1pm
Location: Overture Center
Price: FREE

You guys… I am totally embarrassed to admit that I have never taken my kids to a Kids in the Rotunda event. It looks like SO MUCH FUN! This year, I swear I am going to try it out. Some of the shows I have my eye on are:

  • The Gomers, rockstar kiddyoke on October 3
  • Tim Glander’s Magic show (a special Halloween performance) on October 28
  • Bubble Wonders on November 27

There are performances in tons of genres – ballet, rock music, even a zoo animal special event. For a full list of this year’s performances, visit their website.

Kid’s Day at the Farmer’s Market (Greenway Station)

Date: October 1 at 8:00am-5:00pm
Location: Greenway Station Farmer’s Market, Middleton
Price: FREE

On October 1, the first 200 kids at the farmer’s market in Greenway Station will receive a FREE pumpkin or gourd to decorate, as well as a cookie or donut. Who doesn’t love freebies?!

Madison Parks Hayrides

Date: Various
Location: Various, click here.
Price: $2 per person

Enjoy a crisp fall evening or afternoon with a hayride in Madison Parks. Madison Parks is offering hayrides in, Elver, Olin Parks and Cherokee Marsh at various special events this fall. For a list of dates and locations the hayride will be operating this Fall, click here.

Monroe Street Festival

Date: Saturday, October 10
Location: Monroe Street, Madison

The date has been announced, but no more details are available yet on their website. If it’s anything like last year, there’s a pretty great used book sale to check out!

Halloween at the Zoo

Date: October 25 – 9:30am-3pm
Location: Henry Vilas Zoo

Dress up as your favorite goblin, ghoul or witch and head to the Zoo for a safe alternative to trick or treating. Halloween at the Zoo is a celebration for the entire community that includes free trick-or-treating, a fun activity tent, and much more!


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One Response to 2015 Fall Activities & Events :: Greater Madison Area

  1. Kim of Persimon Dreams September 3, 2015 at 8:38 am #

    Lapacek’s Orchard is a great place for families Tuesday through Sunday! Stop on out for some FREE farm playing – including a boat to play on (half buried in the ground), tire playground, PYO raspberries, low key pick your own pumpkins, goats, friendly kitties, and lots of apples to taste in the shop (all pre-picked). http://www.lapaceksorchard.com

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