Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of July 24, 2023



  • Plan Commission: The Plan Commission meeting will take place on Monday, July 24, 2023, in virtual format at 5:30 PM. Agenda items include development related requests in Districts 4, 9, 15, and 16, zoning text amendments to add an exception to height and story minimum requirements, and more!
  • Common Council: The Common Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 25, 2023, in hybrid format at 6:30 PM. Agenda items include an update to land subdivision regulations, directing staff to take the steps necessary to conduct an experimental closure of the 400-600 blocks of State Street, authorizing the City of Madison to accept a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support the development of a Permanent Men's Shelter, encouraging employers to honor Juneteenth as a paid holiday, and more!

  • Street Use Staff Commission: The Street Use Staff Commission meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 26, 2023, in virtual format at 10:00 AM. Agenda items include the consideration, discussion, and vote of street use permits for events such as Africa Fest, apartment move-ins, Rockin' Brews Marathon, the UW Madison homecoming parade, and more!
  • Vending Oversight Committee: The Vending Oversight Committee meeting will take place on Wednesday, July 26, 2023, in virtual format at 5:00 PM. Agenda items include directing staff to take the steps necessary to conduct an experimental closure of the 400-600 blocks of State Street, a review of 2023 fall food carts, and more!
  • Joint Campus Area Committee: The Joint Campus Area Committee meeting will take place on Thursday, July 27, 2023, in virtual format at 4:45 PM. Agenda items include informational presentations on the Letters & Science Biology Building Study and the Engineering Academic/Research Building, project updates from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, UW Health, and the City of Madison, and more!
  • Lake Monona Waterfront - Master Plan Update - Monday, July 24, 2023The community is invited to join Madison Parks for an update on the Lake Monona Waterfront planning initiative. Join us at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, Lecture Hall, on Monday, July 24, as representatives from the Sasaki design team present proposed revisions to their plan for the lakeshore based on the community input received during the first phase of the design challenge. The team is working closely with the Lake Monona Waterfront Ad-hoc Committee to prepare an updated plan for Common Council consideration this fall.

Events: This Week

  • Parks Alive (Allied Park) - Monday, July 24, 2023Parks Alive builds stronger neighborhoods and connects neighbors to their parks through fun, family-friendly activities, music, and free food. Events are held in parks across the city and throughout the summer. Connect with your neighbors and engage with your community at a Parks Alive event near you!
  • Wild Rumpus: An Anji Play Experience - Monday, July 24, 2023Enjoy child-led play at A Wild Rumpus based on the educational approach of Anji Play. The library will provide special play equipment to spark your children's imagination at two parks this summer. Messy clothes and a water bottle are encouraged. Bring your own picnic dinner and make an evening of it! All ages and abilities are welcome. No registration needed.

Wild Rumpus Flyer

  • Urban League of Greater Madison: Financial Empowerment Workshop Series #1 - Tuesday, July 25, 2023: Do you have financial goals you are working to attain? Maybe you'd like to purchase a home, start your own business, or plan for retirement. The Urban League's free Financial Empowerment series of workshops can help you build the budget to achieve those goals, understand and build your credit score, learn about other community resources that can help support your goals, and much more!
  • Dane County Farmers' Market - Wednesday, July 26, 2023: The Wednesday Dane County Farmers' Market is located on the 200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, between the Madison Municipal Building and the City-County Building. While more intimate than the Saturday Market, you will still find many of your favorite Dane County Farmers' Market members, as well as a full array of fruits and vegetables, eggs, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, bakery items, cut flowers, plants, and many specialty items.
  • Parks Alive (Meadowood Park) - Wednesday, July 26, 2023Parks Alive builds stronger neighborhoods and connects neighbors to their parks through fun, family-friendly activities, music, and free food. Events are held in parks across the city and throughout the summer. Connect with your neighbors and engage with your community at a Parks Alive event near you!
  • Concerts on the Square - Wednesday, July 26, 2023: The Capitol Square comes alive for six consecutive Wednesdays during the summer months with music from the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. FREE and open to the public, grab a blanket, a picnic basket, and your family and friends for this Madison tradition!
  • Learn to Fish with WI DNR - Wednesday, July 26, 2023: Learn to Fish with Madison Parks and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources! There is no cost to attend (advanced registration is required); however, anglers ages 16 and older will need a Wisconsin fishing license, which can be purchased online at Go Wild. For first-time license buyers, the cost is just $5 for an annual permit. See license options. Wisconsin DNR's Fishmobile will be on site with all the fishing equipment needed to participate. This event is open to adults and children and is ideal for persons aged 7 years and older. Children must be supervised by a parent or adult guardian. Upon arrival, participants will be asked to sign a waiver for themselves and their children.
  • All-City Swim Meet - Thursday, July 27, 2023, through Saturday, July 29, 2023: Watch the Goodman Waves Swim Team compete at the All-City Swim Meet at the Goodman Pool! Spectators are welcome! The All-City Swim Meet is a three-day event hosting more than 2,000 swimmers and 6,000 spectators and is one of the nation's largest outdoor amateur swim meets. Each area pool in the Madison area league hosts the Meet once every 13 years, and this is Goodman Pool's first time hosting.

All-City Swim Meet

  • Capitol City Band Concerts in the Park - Thursday, July 27, 2023: Old-fashioned band concerts in the park, "as American as apple pie." Familiar toe-tapping tunes, songs, polkas, broadway tunes, and the marches of John Philip Sousa. Music for all ages and all cultures. Relax, enjoy the music. Bring a friend. Bring a chair for listening comfort.
  • Disability Summit: A Community-Led Movement for Disability Justice - Thursday, July 27, 2023, through Saturday, July 29, 2023This event is a platform for visioning and developing a city-wide agenda that will direct the work of the Disability Rights and Services Program and ensure all City programs include the voices and needs of the disability community. This event is open to the public, and City staff are encouraged to attend. Visit our upcoming events page for more information. 
  • Live at The Glen | Vince Sweeney - Friday, July 28, 2023: Live at The Glen featuring Vince Sweeny! Enjoy the relaxing music of acoustic guitarist and singer Vince Sweeney, a native Madisonian whose expansive song list spans decades. From Neil Young to The Beatles, from the Eagles to Dylan, Springsteen, Petty, and many more, Sweeney strings together great cover songs that add up to an enjoyable evening of free live music on the patio at The Glen Golf Park.
  • Summer Nights at Segoe - Friday, July 28, 2023: Carts in Parks: The City of Madison Carts in Parks program continues in 2022 and will be regularly featured at parks around Madison! Food carts are scheduled at a variety of parks and community events through the summer. Many of the food carts accept credit for payment, but not all. Please plan accordingly. The exact food cart(s) and the schedule are subject to change. Weather may impact or cancel vending activities.
  • Mad Lit: Where Arts and Culture Shine - Friday, July 28, 2023: Mad Lit is a free outdoor concert series featuring live music and highlighting local musicians, artists, and business owners of color. The series runs every other Friday from June through September from 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM at the top of State Street in Madison and includes live music, dance, pop-up shops, and visual exhibits.
  • Atwood Fest - Saturday, July 29, 2023, and Sunday, July 30, 2023Annual two-day music festival on the 2000 block of Atwood with three different stages, including a kid's stage.
  • Disability Pride Festival - Saturday, July 29, 2023: Art, music, exhibitors, pontoon boat rides, and more by people with disabilities for our friends and beloved community. Come join us in celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act and pushing for greater access for all.

Events: Save the Date

  • Birchwood-Oaks National Night Out - Tuesday, August 1, 2023: Mark your calendars for Birchwood-Oaks National Night Out: Tuesday, August 1, 2023, from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Thousand Oaks Park. Join us as we host a concert in the park with The Madison Ukes! Bring your blanket and chairs. Additional information to come in the next few weeks!! 

Birchwood-Oaks National Night Out

  • West Area Plan - In-Person Public Meeting - Wednesday, August 2, 2023Join us at Rennebohm Park to see what we've heard thus far via surveys, interactive mapping, and previous public engagement and to review and provide feedback on initial plan recommendations. The meeting at the park will include food for purchase and some fun outdoor activities. We look forward to meeting folks in person and discussing the plan!

West Area Plan Map

  • Community Implementation of the Standard Response Protocol & Standard Reunification Method - Wednesday, August 2, 2023: The Dane County Sheriff's Office will be partnering with Dane County Emergency Management and the Office of School Safety (OSS) for a 2-hour training on Standard Response Protocol (SRP) & Standard Reunification Method (SRM) Incident preparedness overview for Public Private Partners. OSS will present a comprehensive school safety model and introduce SRP & SRM to community members. The training will be held on Wednesday, August 2, 2023, from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Blackhawk Church, 9620 Brader Way, Middleton, WI.
  • National Night Out Picnic (Westmorland Park) - Thursday, August 3, 2023: The Westside Madison Good Neighbor Project (launched in 2021) is hosting a National Night Out Picnic at Westmorland Park on Thursday, August 3, 2023, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Join neighbors and some of the Madison police officers who serve you at a National Night Out Picnic at Westmorland Park! There will be food, games, and plenty of great conversation!

Westside Madison Good Neighbor Project - National Night Out Picnic


  • Dane Dances Announces "A Season of Togetherness": Dane Dances is enthusiastically kicking off its 24th season, "A Season of Togetherness," on Friday, August 4, 2023, from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM. New this year, they'll engage the audience with DJ Francis Medrano and free weekly dance lessons starting at 5:30 PM.

Dane Dances

  • Smile! Summer at the Storm Drains 2023 Kicks Off: The City of Madison Engineering Division, in partnership with Dane County and Clean Lakes Alliance, encourages the community to learn about the stormwater system and visit storm drain murals across Dane County.

Keep It Clean


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Alder John W. Duncan

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