Madison Parks Photography Contest

Each year Madison Parks publishes a beautiful wall calendar using your winning photos taken in Madison parks. Photos meeting the requirements on the contest website may be submitted January 1 through August 31 for consideration in the following year’s calendar. Judging takes place in September, and winners are announced in October. Winners receive one complimentary calendar per winning photo.

Wisconsin Entering Peak Severe Weather Season

‘With tornadoes in the news over the past week, the Nation Weather Service has had some questions about our tornado season here in WI. While we can get tornadoes at any time of the year, it tends to pick up going into June (peak), July and August. In the past 15 years in Wisconsin, there have been 5 years that have had the first tornado of the year occur after May 23. Bottom line: while we don’t have tornadoes in our forecast at the moment and have yet to have one in Wisconsin in 2019, it is important to be prepared on those days when we are forecasting them, particularly with night tornadoes similar to what happened in Missouri Wednesday night.’
-Tim Halbach, NWS Milwaukee/Sullivan Warning Coordination Meteorologist



Mon., May 27

Elvis is in The House

Tue., May 28, 1-2p, Madison Senior Center

From the moment Elvis steps out, you will feel a part of the act. Scarves are handed out to a few lucky guests while they are serenaded. You can sing, scream or even swoon. Song requests are always welcome. At the end of the hour, you will be sad to see “Elvis leave the building,” but you will have cherished memories for years to come. Alan Graveen has been performing as Elvis for over 20 years. Free.

Family Music Time

Wed., May 29, 9:30-10a and 10:15-10:45p, Alicia Ashman Library

Join Eliza Tyksinski, certified Music Together instructor, for this interactive music experience for children ages 5 & under and their families. No registration required.

Wisconsin Senior Games

Jun 1-15, Madison and Dane County area

The Wisconsin Senior Games is offering events for active, fun-seeking seniors 50 and older.  Something for everyone: Bowling, cards (cribbage, euchre, sheepshead), golf, dartball, horseshoes, 8-ball pool, pickleball, track & field, table tennis and basketball skills. Team events include 3 on 3 basketball and slowpitch softball.

Yahara Fishing Club – Summer Kids Fishing Day

Sat., Jun 1, 9a-12p, Warner Park Lagoon

The first 300 kids receive a free fishing rod and bait along with help from club members. A free lunch of hot dogs, chips, and soft drink will be provided after the fishing.

Friends of Sequoya Book Sale

Sat., Jun 1, 9a-4p, 442 Westgate Mall, Next to TJMaxx

Thousands of books for sale each month. Most books are donations, some library withdrawals also for sale. Nonfiction titles are sorted by category for easy browsing. Fiction titles for all ages! CD and DVD selections as well. Bag sale (on selected items) starts at 1 pm.

Free Golf Instruction

Sat., Jun. 1, 12-1p Yahara Hills Golf Course

(additional dates in the Upcoming Section)

Free Instruction Saturday at Golf Madison Parks! Madison Parks Professional Staff and Sue Shapcott of Change Golf Instruction are hosting “Free Instruction Saturdays” at the City of Madison Golf Courses. These one-hour classes, held from 12-1pm on scheduled Saturdays, cover topics such as putting, short game, iron play, hybrids, woods, drivers as well as understanding how your swing mechanics affect ball flight. All ages and skill levels welcome! Classes are free to attend; no registration is required and includes the use of clubs and balls during the class. For more information, see

Ride the Drive

Sun., Jun 2, 11a-3pm, John Nolen Dr., Brittingham, Olin, and Law Parks

The tradition of a free event, promoting a healthy, active lifestyle continues at the 11th annual Ride the Drive. Check the website to see who and what are happening at each park. No matter how you experience RTD – by foot, by pedal or by wheel – there is no cost to attend Ride the Drive. Some vendors offer food or other items for purchase with cash and at some locations, with a credit card.


Upcoming Free Golf Instruction Dates

Sat., Jun. 15, 12-1p Monona Golf Course

Sat., Jul. 6, 12-1p Odana Hills Golf Course

See Events entry above for details.