Madison’s Famous Concerts on the Square


One of the things I look forward to most about Madison summers, aside from the beautiful weather, endless opportunities to eat and bike, is Concerts on the Square. A 30 year Madison tradition, Concerts on the Square occur every Wednesday at 7pm on the Capitol Lawn. The public is welcome to come and hear the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra play classical and modern music for free while looking over the beautiful state capitol! Everyone brings a picnic blanket, chairs and snacks to enjoy, and it is usually quite a social event. You’d be surprised how many people come. They estimate a few thousand every week.

This week was the first week for COTS so we went all out. Sam and I were joined by two other couples, and slightly excessive amount of food. That’s one of my favorite things about concerts, its just a big mish-mash of people, interests, food and drinks. All walks of life come out for concerts, including young people, old people, families, everybody! And you come together to hear beautiful music and enjoy people’s company. For our feast, we had a variety of cheeses, sausage, fresh snap peas & cherries, locally made bread and crackers, chips & dip and wine & beer. Quite the spread!


It was an absolutely perfect night for the concert, mid-70s and slightly sunny. The bugs, thankfully, were not too bad. This week’s theme was Mid-Summer Stars, so the music felt classic and patriotic. As always, the symphony performed beautifully! The music is easy to listen to, inviting and perfectly performed.

After the concert, none of us were quite ready to go home yet, so we headed to a local rooftop to enjoy the views of the city. Overlooking State Street & the Capitol, you can get much better than this. And with lively and intelligent friends to chat with, it turned out to be a lovely night.


Author: Megan Arz

I am a travel and food obsessed Midwesterner living in Chicago and dreaming of the world. I work as a full-time program manager for Greenheart Travel, but I am also committed to integrating the travel lifestyle into my every day routines. I am passionate about ethical travel, meeting new people, creating unique memories and eating local cuisine!

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