The world famous Dane County Farmers' Market is held here in downtown Madison. The Farmers' Market, held each April to November, is a fun Saturday and Wednesday tradition where you'll find the season's bounty of vegetables, flowers, and specialty products from 300 Wisconsin vendors, live music from street musicians and craft booths. With local farmers selling fresh, locally grown produce and merchants selling coffee, sweet treats, arts and crafts, you'll discover Madison's treasures. The market is the largest producer-only farmers' market in the country! Visit www.dcfm.org.
Art Fair on the Square (July) -
With over 45 years of community presence, it is no wonder that more than 200,000 visitors attend this event each summer. Listen to live music and check out hand-crafted items, such as glasswork, ceramics, and leather products from artists across the country. For information, visit www.mmoca.org/events/artfair.
Concerts on the Square -
For six consecutive Wednesdays each summer, outdoor concerts are performed on Madison's Capitol Square lawn. Enjoy excellent music performed by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, mouth-watering foods and wines from local restaurants, and picnics on the lawn of the Capitol. The Concerts on the Square event is located directly across from the Best Western PLUS Inn on the Park. For information, visit www.wcoconcerts.com/concertsonthesquare.asp.
Mad City Marathon -
Marathon runners and spectators can enjoy this unique race that has its start and finish right outside the Inn on the Park each Memorial Day weekend. Visit www.madisonfestivals.com.
Ironman Triathlon -
The Ford Ironman Wisconsin Triathlon consists of three physically challenging components - a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run, and is considered one of the most popular triathlons in the world. This well-known contest has a number of locations and gives back to a variety of communities. Be there at the finish line, one block away, as the contestants sprint for victory. For information, visit www.ironmanwisconsin.com.
Capitol Square Sprints -
Cross country skiers and ski enthusiasts flock to this thrilling 1 km race around the Wisconsin State Capitol. Don't miss the action and athleticism when it returns to downtown Madison each January.
Taste of Madison -
Attend a fun family event featuring the ‘house specialties' of over 80 restaurants, along with live entertainment. The annual Taste of Madison event is held Labor Day weekend, directly across the street from the hotel on the Capitol Square. Visit www.madisonfestivals.com.
Wisconsin Film Festival -
Calling all film enthusiasts! The annual Wisconsin Film Festival premieres experimental and independent films, shorts and documentaries each spring. All Wisconsin Film Festival venues are located within walking distance of the BEST WESTERN PLUS Inn on the Park. Visit http://www.wifilmfest.org.