Free or Budget-Friendly MDN Events in April 2019
by Cash Store Staff
Free Family-Friendly Events
- 4/5 - Tandem Press Friday Jazz Series - Madison
Come enjoy some great jazz music, learn about Tandem Press and the field of printmaking, and see the current exhibition hanging in the Tandem Press Apex Gallery. Tours of the Tandem Press studio will be offered during the intermission of each concert. All of the concerts in this series are free and open to the public. Ample free parking is available.
- 4/5-4/7 - UW-Madison Science Expeditions - Madison
UW Science Expeditions is our annual, campus-wide science open house. It’s an opportunity for all of us at UW-Madison to welcome everyone to their public, land-grant research university, and it’s a splendid chance to share our research & outreach with visitors of all ages. As a campus-wide open house, UW Science Expeditions features three types of programs: Exploration Stations, Science Spectaculars, and Destinations for Exploration.
- 4/6 - Wartmann StorySlam - Madison
Join us for a StorySlam centered on "Living Your Truth: Stories of Social Justice, Inclusion, & Saving the Planet!" Come to tell a story or just to listen.
- 4/13 - Unicorn Festival - Baraboo
Join us for an imaginative, fantastical, and very magical day! Visit us on Saturday, April 13 for unicorns, baby animals, the Easter Bunny, balloon creations, face painting and more. It's a whole bunch of fun under one roof!
- 4/13 - Easter Egg-Stravaganza - Madison
Join us for a FREE community egg hunt and a FREE day at the Y. Dress appropriately, and bring a basket and your camera for photos with the bunny. Then enjoy a FREE YMCA open house for the rest of the day. Ages 11 & under.
- 4/20 - Easter Egg Hunt - Monona
The hunt begins at 10:00 am SHARP! Join us for the annual Easter egg hunt at Winnequah Park. Don't be late, or you'll miss all the fun!
- 4/23 - Earth Day Trivia Night - Madison
Prove you're smart about the Earth! Fun begins at 7:00 pm and there will be prizes! It is recommended that teams pre-register at the eventbrite link. (Pre-registration recommended, but not required.) Brought to you by the Nelson Institute Undergraduate Ambassadors!
- 4/27 - Art+Cade Spring 2019 - Madison
A showcase with a focus on local game developers and their art. A donation of $10 is suggested.
- 4/27 - Spring into Fine Arts - Madison
Visit 43 artists from the area, who are highly skilled in a variety of mediums, including painting, photography, jewelry, woodworking, fused glass, metalworking, glass mosaics and fiber arts. The public is invited to attend, view, and purchase high quality art created by local Wisconsin artists.
- 4/2-4/7 - Miss Saigon - Madison - $35-$145
This is the story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim, who is orphaned by war and forced to work in a bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American G.I. named Chris, but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For 3 years, Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he’s fathered a son. Ages 12 and up.
- 4/4-4/11 - Wisconsin Film Festival - Madison - $6-$11
The Wisconsin Film Festival is known for its diverse film offerings/genres. The Festival strives to make films screened accessible for all audiences. Pricing is for individual films. For access to all films, the ticket price is $325.
- 4/5-4/7 - Madison Roller Derby presents Udder Chaos 2019 - Madison - $10-$50
Madison Roller Derby is proud to be hosting the 2nd Annual Udder Chaos, an invitational roller derby tournament, right here in Madison! Fans can enjoy THREE DAYS of roller derby at the Hartmeyer Ice Arena (AKA The Barn) with teams from across the country and cheer on the Dairyland Dolls A and B teams as they take on some of the nation’s toughest competition! You won’t want to miss out on the action!
- 4/6 - 15th Annual SpringFest - Madison - $1
Over 80 crafters from the Midwest will be selling their handmade goods. You can expect to see a variety of jewelry, baskets, garden art, cards, pottery, woodwork, baby gifts, soaps, balms, lotions, knitwear, paintings, home décor and more! It's the perfect place to find a unique gift for that special someone (or for yourself). There is a $1 entry fee and also a chance to win a door prize (80+ chances to win). Food and beverages will be available, and there will be plenty of free parking.
- 4/7 - Get Artsy in April with UCP! - Madison - Free admission
Fired Up will donate 30% of their pre-tax proceeds to help UCP fulfill our mission of serving over 1,900 children with disabilities and their families all across southern Wisconsin. Come to Fired Up and spend some quality time being artsy and having fun. Choose from pottery painting, glass fusing, or canvas painting. When you check out and/or pick up your finished projects, be sure to tell them you were here for the UCP FUNdraiser, and 30% of the pre-tax sale will go to us! It’s as easy as that.
- 4/10-4/13 - Friends of UW-Madison Libraries Spring Book Sale - Madison - Free-$5
This semiannual sale is organized by the Friends to help support our annual lecture series, special purchases for the library collections, preservation of library materials, and grants for the visiting scholar program. We accept donations for upcoming sales on a continual basis. The sale is free to attend (except the preview sale) and open to the public.
- 4/13 - 20 Year Anniversary Concert - Madison - Free-$20
Celebrate the Wisconsin Chamber Choir’s 20th anniversary season with a riveting concert of favorite works from the choir’s history. Alumni of the choir will participate as guest singers in the final two works on the program. Immediately following the performance, audience members are invited to join the singers for cake and refreshments to celebrate this milestone in the history of one of Madison’s premiere music ensembles.
- 4/19-4/21 - Glow Egg-Stravaganza - Blue Mounds - Free-$18.95
Experience 400 Glowing Eggs in the cave. Decorate your face with glow-in-the-dark face paints before heading underground. Collect colorful stones from your tour guides along the cave tour route! Pose for a silly souvenir family photo with bunny ears and other accessories. Roast a marshmallow peep at the campfire and make a delicious s’more! Visit the bunnies from Haven’s Petting Farm inside our historic Barn Discovery Center. Search along the above ground trails and see if you can find all the hidden bunnies. Fill your pockets with treasure at the Quarry’s Edge Gemstone Mine.
- 4/26-5/12 - Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka - Madison - $30-$40
Charlie Bucket’s simple life is turned upside down when he finds a golden ticket: an invitation to the Wonka Chocolate Factory! The mysterious candy maker and his curious Oompa Loompas take Charlie and his Grandpa Joe on the adventure of a lifetime. Sensory Kits are available at all performances, including noise reducing headphones.
- 4/27 - After Dark Glow Below Party - Blue Mounds - $30
Experience an underground glow party featuring electronic music and unique cocktail and food samples along the cave tour route. Cave After Dark is a popular series of themed events for adults 21 and older at Cave of the Mounds – National Natural Landmark. Each event includes a unique, at-your-own-pace, in-cave experience and theme-related reception in our Visitor Center with cash bar. These special events sell out fast, so reservations are required.
- 4/27 - 2019 Madison College Annual Spring Pow Wow - Madison - Free-$5
This event is hosted by Madison College Native American Student Association (NASA). NASA is a student club that works to serve the needs of Native American/Alaskan Native Students at Madison College. Join them for a day of dancing, food, community and education.
Sips & Snacks
- 4/6 - I Love the 90s Bash - Madison - $12-$15
Alright stop, collaborate, and listen! The I Love the 90s Bash is coming back to Madison! We're lacing up our high tops, putting on our fanny packs and gettin' jiggy wit it to the best music of the 90s!! You'll get an "I Love the 90s" color changing stadium cup for all your drinks, a slap bracelet to bring back your childhood memories, no cover with ticket at participating bars, 90's music played at participating bars, crawlers dressed in outrageous 90's gear, and a party with kids from the 90s and the best 90's music!
- 4/11 - Brew 'n' View: The Princess Bride - Madison - $6-$8
“Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” Can there be a more iconic movie quote than that?!? We are thrilled to bring together the “Mawwage” of brewing and viewing to celebrate one of the most original and iconic comedy/fantasy/romance events ever to grace the screen. This party and celebration of this all time classic will feature an audience participation twist, including free handouts (black masks, inflatable swords, etc), a costume contest for prizes, a "Guess the Next Line" audience participation, and themed drink specials. All ages are welcome.
- 4/11 - Downtown Madison Spring '19 Wine Walk - Madison - Free-$35
Explore the shops and businesses in Downtown Madison as you taste a variety of wines, beer and specialty beverages. Registration includes a commemorative wine glass, a wristband, a market bag, drink samples and shopping specials at a variety of Sip Stops. Designated driver tickets are FREE, but do not include wine glasses. Please register for samples, market bag and to be eligible for prizes. 21 and up only.
- 4/13 - Madison Curd Crawl 2019 - Madison - $10
Love cheese curds? Eat your way through over 15 Madison bars and restaurants! For $10, you will receive a wristband that gets you a discount on curds all day! This event is open to all ages. We will be providing a suggested crawl schedule, but feel free to choose your own path! You must wear the wristband to participate in the Curd Crawl. All proceeds will go to She's the First, a non-profit that supports girls' education in low-income countries.
- 4/20 - Office Trivia Bar Crawl - Madison - $15-$20
BEARS, BEETS, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA! THE OFFICE TRIVIA PARTY IS ON! Dunder Mifflin Paper Company is throwing its biggest employee party ever! Get your tickets now so your Dunder Mifflin employee badge is ready, or Hank won't let you in! Please remember to dress to impress your boss. We'll have prizes for the best Office crew.
- 4/26-5/5 - Madison Craft Beer Week - Madison - Varies
Madison Craft Beer Week is an annual celebration promoting Madison's thriving craft beer culture, and enhancing beer knowledge and appreciation by sponsoring a ten-day (two weekend) countywide festival. Craft Beer Week attracts beer tourism, fosters knowledge of our regional brewing heritage, and serves as a showcase for the Madison area's breweries, restaurants, pubs, caterers, retailers, entertainers, and other businesses with ties to the craft beer community. Craft beer lovers will have the opportunity to attend events ranging from beer dinners and food pairings to beer walks, bar promotions, brewery parties and plenty more!
- 4/27 - 2nd Annual Comedy and Cocktail Night Benefit - Madison - $35-$40
We are excited to announce our 2nd Annual Comedy and Cocktails night, featuring Improv Comedy by Monkey Business Institute! Please join us for a night of fun and laughter in support of Mr. Dave's Gift, Inc. Help us raise funds for patients and their families dealing with bone marrow failure diseases! Appetizers will be served thanks to Bunky's Catering. There will also be a silent auction and Donor Registry Drive!
- 4/27 - Sip into Spring Fundraiser - Madison - $20
The Junior League of Madison is hosting its fundraiser, Sip Into Spring, on April 27 at Old Sugar Distillery. Join us for a delightful evening, which will include a tour of Old Sugar Distillery, a guided tasting, and a cocktail. There will be a Kendra Scott pop-up booth as well as a balloon pop for fun prizes!
- 4/14 - Pi Mile Run - Madison
This year we will be hosting the 20th annual Pi Mile Run! It is a 5K/10K where all of the proceeds are donated to Occupaws Guide Dog Association. This year we need volunteers for setting up before the race, holding signs along the race, cleaning up afterwards, and a variety of other tasks. Feel free to sign up for only part of the day or the whole day, if you can make it. We are happy to have volunteers from outside of Tau Beta Pi, as well.
- 4/20 - Cottontail Classic 5K/10K - Fitchburg
We are in need of volunteers to help make this community event possible! If you or your group is interested in helping at one of the fun SUGAR STATIONS, course pointers or water stations, please sign up using the link above, fill out the contact form, or message us on Facebook! We also need registration, finish line, and awards help.
- 4/27 - Crazylegs Classic 8K Run/2-Mile Walk - Madison
From start to finish, a small group of men and women volunteers along with the UW Athletic Department staff handle all of the planning and execution of the Crazylegs Classic. Many volunteers come back year after year, because they enjoy the “work,” want to help the athletic program and are passionate about the history and tradition of the Crazylegs Classic.
- 4/27 - Spring into Fine Arts - Madison
Are you interested in volunteering for Spring into Fine Arts? We would love to have your help! Volunteer jobs include booth sitter (give the artists a short break), greeting customers and collecting donations, helping with set-up and take-down, passing out handbills at the Farmer’s Market and other events, make up registration packets, assist with drawings for gift certificates, and more.
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