Music Festivals in Madison

Festivals, Series and Annual Events

Between the Waves Music Festival

Between The Waves Madison Music Festival & Conference is the Midwest’s first event for musicians and anyone interested in music creation, production, licensing, collaboration, or performance. This special event will bring together musicians, educators, and music industry thought leaders for instruction, inspiration, networking, and support. If you’re already in or looking to get started in the music biz, this is the place where you’ll learn, work, meet and interact with Madison’s top musicians and national music industry executives.

Jazz at Five

Jazz at Five is a downtown Madison tradition since 1994. Each year the series consistently provides exceptional free jazz concerts in a stunning locale—the 100 block of State Street, where State Street meets the Capitol Square. Wphoto-tableshen the sun is shining and the music is flowing, there is no better place to be than at Jazz at Five.

Madison Blues Picnic

The annual Madison Blues Picnic, presented by the Madison Blues Society.

Shake the Lake

Shake the Lake is the annual Fourth of July celebration held in downtown Madison on John Nolen Drive.

Madison New Music Festival

The Madison New Music Festival celebrates classical music written in our lifetimes, with a spotlight on Wisconsin performers and composers.

Since 2016, the Madison New Music Festival has served hundreds of Madisonians with exciting, fresh new music of the last 50 years. We have featured over 60 musicians, more than 10 Wisconsin premieres, and three world-premieres.

Madison World Music Festival

With music and dance from unique and unexpected parts of the world, this festival is a celebration of cultures and takes place on the famous Memorial Union Terrace and the Willy Street Fair every fall. Featuring great artists and amazing Terrace atmosphere, it will be an experience you will remember for years to come.