Science on the Square
Friday10/236:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This second annual Friday night bash will take place on the capitol square in downtown Madison. Explore dozens of venues at your own pace.
Museums, pubs, restaurants, stores and more will host #WiSciFest events, including informal science talks or demonstrations, tastings, stargazing and hands-on activities. Look for the festive lights and signage to find science fest events.
Don’t miss Beesly, the science festival mascot, who will be buzzing around the different events for photo ops! Be sure to catch a ride on the Science Trivia Trolley to test your science knowledge and earn prizes! Visit one of our WSF Swag Zone locations to earn your sustainable swag to help us light up the night!
Venues and activities for 2019 (All events 6-9pm unless otherwise specified):
- Wisconsin Historical Museum (event headquarters)**: Boats That Float and Those That Don’t
- Wisconsin Veterans Museum
- Wisconsin ESL Institute**: Hello, World! – Cultures and Coding
- Square Wine Co: Exploring Different Winemaking Styles (6-8pm)
- Colectivo Coffee: Science Cafe – The Future of Transportation
- Boulder’s Climbing Gym**: Rocks at Boulders – Getting a Grip on Geology
- Fromagination: Cheese Flavor – The Art and Science
- Clary’s Popcorn: Pop to the Top @ Clary’s
- Ian’s Pizza*: Science by the Slice
- Isthmus Publishing Company*: Food for Thought Screening (6:15-7:30pm)
- Teddywedgers: Underground Science
- Fontana Sports**: Adventures in Archaeology
- The Soap Opera: Soap – Washing Away the Mystery
- Kilwins: The Science of Chocolate
- James Watrous Gallery: Helen Hawley – The Blues of Rain
- Anthology: DIY Science Illustration (6-8pm)
- Maduro Cigar Bar: What Does a Scientist Do?
- The Rigby Pub: Herbiery Brewing and the Budding Potential of Beer
- AC Hotel by Marriott Madison: J. Henry & Sons Bourbon Sampling
- Genna’s Cocktail Lounge: Cheers to Women in Science!
- Madison Central Library: Wisconsin Book Festival – Fentanyl, Inc. (Ben Westhoff)
- A Room of One’s Own: Wisconsin Book Festival – The Future of Another Timeline (Annalee Newitz)
- Parthenon Gyros: Sip and Stargaze at Parthenon Gyros with UW-Madison Astronomy (8-10pm)
Outdoor activities happening at the top of State St. (Weather permitting)
- Promega*: Explore Bioluminescence
- iHeart Media*: Everything Sound
- Madison Gas & Electric*: Energy on the Square
- Science To Street Art
- Science – Brite
- Madison Bikes
- Food carts
Downtown visitor information provided by Science on the Square event partner the Downtown Madison Central Business Improvement District.
* Wisconsin Science Festival Sponsor
** WSF Swag Zone location