Science on the Square
Friday10/186:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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This 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, hands-on activities and more. Look for the festive lights and balloons to find science fest events.
Don’t miss Beesly, the science festival mascot, at the Pollination Promenade starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Madison Children’s Museum. And, be sure to hop on the Improv-Science Trolley to get around to the different venues and perhaps even share a few laughs with some unscripted scientist interviews! There will even be science art decorating the sidewalks created by local artists.
Venues and activities include:
- Madison Children’s Museum (event headquarters): Free Family Night
- Wisconsin Historical Museum: Flavor of Wisconsin (5-9 p.m.)
- Madison Gas & Electric: Test Your Energy Knowledge
- Brocach Irish Pub and Whiskey Den: Stouts and sounds – Electronic music paired with a perfect pint of Guinness
- Square Wine Co: Pet Nat Party – A global tasting of seven different “pet nats” (6-8 p.m.)
- Fromagination: Cheese Flavor – The Art and Science
- Colectivo: Express Science
- Madison Central Library: Wisconsin Book Festival Talks: Science on Paper (6 p.m.) & The Radium Girls (7:30 p.m.)
- Wisconsin ESL Institute (WESLI): Hello, World!
- Camera Co. Peering into the Microcosmos
- Clary’s Popcorn: Pop to the Top @ Clary’s
- Parthenon Gyros: Sip and Stargaze at Parthenon Gyros with UW-Madison Astronomy (8-10 p.m.)
- Madison Children’s Theater, Overture Center for the Arts (Playhouse Gallery): Beyond “Charlotte’s Web” with CTM and Aldo Leopold Nature Center
- Madison Museum of Contemporary Art: Create Art with Science
- Boulder’s Climbing Gym (weather permitting): The Science of Rock Climbing
- VomFass: Vom Fass Balsamic Vinegars, Oils, Spirits and Liqueurs Tasting
- Improv-Science Trolley
- Pollination Promenade (7:30 p.m.)
- SciArt on the Square: Check out science art by local artists scattered all around the square and chat with artists as they do live chalk drawing!
- Earn Your Light-Up Bee Antennae!: Simply snap a picture with our mascot, Beesly, and tag #WiSciFest. Show the photo to the event staff at Colectivo, Overture, Children’s Museum, or the Historical Museum to earn your antennae! (While supplies last)
MG&E electric vehicles will be on display on the intersection of State St. and the inner square. Downtown visitor information provided by the Downtown Madison Central Business Improvement District.