Thursday, July 24th:  

  • Haven’t made it out for Madison Magazine’s Summer Restaurant Week yet? You’ve got two days left to do so. More than forty-five local restaurants are offering three-course meals starting at $25. Some restaurants also offer lunch. Through Friday, July 25, madisonrestaurantweek.com
     
  • Attend Avenue Bar’s Brew U and learn about beer from the pros. Join Ale Asylum’s Dean Coffee and Hathaway Dilba for a discussion of Ale Asylum beers, paired with foods from the Avenue. avenuebarmadison.com
     
  • Chicago-based octet Sidewalk Chalk headlines on the Memorial Union Terrace stage tonight, bringing a fusion of hip hop, jazz, soul and tap dancing. First, check out the up-and-coming O’My’s. union.wisc.edu
     
  • The British are invading the Monona Terrace Concert on the Rooftop Series this week, featuring a show from the theatrical Beatles tribute Britbeat, complete with mop tops, vintage instruments and ’60s hits. mononaterrace.com
     
  • Hike up Bascom to the bell tower for a Carillon Recital, featuring Madison’s own carillon maestro Lyle Anderson. Climb further to watch him perform at the top of the tower, or listen from the grounds below. music.wisc.edu

Friday, July 25th:

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  • Join Hop Head Beer Tours for a hop-filled weekend. The group is offering two different brewery bus tours this weekend. Friday night, they’ll tour Capital Brewery, House of Brews and Karben4 and on Saturday, they’ll visit Wisconsin Brewing Company, Ale Asylum and One Barrel Brewing. June 25—26, hopheadbeertours.com
     
  • Alt-rock group Cracker takes the stage at the free outdoor Live on King Street concert this week. liveonkingstreet.com
     
  • Leave the kids at home for Madison Children’s Museum’s Adult Swim: Summer Speakeasy, a Prohibition-era party with music from The Viper and His Famous Orchestra. madisonchildrensmuseum.org
     
  • Celebrate the golden age of radio with Sun Prairie Civic Theatre’s Prairie Radio Readers, featuring the pilot of “Father Knows Best,” a “Gunsmoke” episode and vintage commercials. Through July 26, sunprairiecivictheatre.com
     
  • Madison Savoyards’ Princess Ida opens tonight. The comic opera satirizes education, government and relationships between the sexes through the story of a princess who founds a women’s university. Through August 3, madisonsavoyards.org
    Read a preview here.

Saturday, July 26th:

  • Grab your bike and head to Lake Monona for the second annual Loop the Lake—a bike ride around Lake Monona, highlighting the community’s lakeshore bike paths. The ride will start next to Machinery Row and will finish in Law Park for the Clean Lakes Festival. Proceeds will support the Clean Lakes Alliance’s lake improvement and protection efforts. cleanlakesalliance.com
     
  • Speaking of which, celebrate our city’s lakes at the annual Clean Lakes Fest in Law Park! The fest includes canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, waterskiing and a floating stage with live music. cleanlakesfestival.com
     
  • Don’t forget to bring glow sticks to Garner Park for the Madison summer tradition Opera in the Park, featuring classic opera and popular Broadway numbers from Madison Opera mainstage singers andguest stars. madisonopera.org
     
  • The annual Atwood Summerfest, now dubbed AtwoodFest, is on! Enjoy continuous music, food, kids’ activities and a raffle for $1,000 worth of gift certificates to eastside restaurant. Through July 27, atwoodfest.org

Sunday, July 27th:

  • Celebrate boating and Madison lakes with a relaxing day on the lake at the Clean Lakes Alliance annual Aquapalooza Festival in Picnic Point Bay. cleanlakesalliance.com
     
  • The Fireside Dinner Theatre in Fort Atkinson presents the musical revue Smokey Joe’s Café, featuring thirty-nine songs from the music of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, including "Hound Dog," "Love Potion #9,″ "Jailhouse Rock," and "Stand By Me.” Through August 31, firesidetheatre.com
     
  • Take the kids to learn about wild and domesticated critters at the Madison Children’s Museum’s Rooftop Animal Adventures. madisonchildrensmuseum.org

Monday, July 28th:

  • Broadway singer and Glee star Telly Leung will be at Overture Center to perform a concert benefitting the newly formed Capital City Theatre professional musical theater group and its education programming. overturecenter.com
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