Jumpstart 2023 with these 28 January events in Madison

Wisconsin Fest
Three popular Madison venues — The Sylvee, Majestic Theatre and High Noon Saloon — will host a decade old music festival with nine different genres across four nights. Some examples include Electronic Fest, Hip Hop Fest, Metal Fest and Bluegrass Fest. Jan. 6-14, Numerous locations.

Immersive Van Gogh Madison
Immerse yourself in Van Gogh’s greatest arts such as the Nuit étoilée, also known as Starry Night. This event is recurring until Feb. 20 of 2023. 1651 Deming Way, Middleton.

Playhouse Jason Hodges
Canadian-born Jason Hodges is ready to bust out some hard-hitting beats at The Crucible. This 21 and over event is on Jan. 6, 9 p.m., 3116 Commercial Ave.

Caliente Fridays at Tavernakaya
Dance to some Latin, Reggaeton, R&B and more with DJ Chamo every Friday night at Tavernakaya. Jan. 6, 11 p.m.-2 p.m., 27 E. Main St.

Greenhouse Yoga at Klein’s
Klein’s Floral & Greenhouses invites you to find your roots in nature through yoga. Being surrounded by a variety of flora and fauna elevates the 60 min. experience. Jan. 15 and 29, 8 a.m., 3758 E. Washington Ave.

Kids in the Rotunda Monkey Business Institute
Improv comedy is still alive and kicking in 2023. The Overture Center’s Kids in the Rotunda series presents The Monkey Business Institute improv comedian group. They guarantee a show that is family-friendly and brings the fun of learning valuable lessons to its audience. Jan. 7, 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., 201 State St.

Late Winter Market at Garver Feed Mill
Dane County Farmers’ Market will offer their annual winter market that lasts Saturdays through April 8. Visit Garver Feed Mill to shop some of the freshest products around, as well as specialty items. Saturdays starting Jan. 7, 8 a.m.-noon, 3241 Garver Green

Winter Animals, Awake and Asleep: Arboretum Family Nature Program
Want your elementary school kids and younger to learn about the wonders of nature in winter? Then join University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Arboretum for a nature walk and nature-themed activities. Sturdy, closed-toed shoes are recommended. Jan. 8, 1-3 p.m., 1207 Seminole Highway

Winter Nature Hikes
It is never too late in life to learn new things, especially when it comes to the earth. UW-Madison Arboretum offers free adult-oriented longer winter walks throughout January to better experience nature. Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, 1-2:30 p.m., 1207 Seminole Highway

Donut Fest at Delta Beer Lab
Mmmm…donuts! Join Delta Beer Lab to sample donuts and vote to name Madison’s favorite donut. While you’re at it, check out Delta Beer lab’s variety of events throughout the month of January, such as Drag Queen Bingo. Jan. 8, 1-5 p.m., 167 E. Badger Road

Noche Tropical Con Grupo Rebulú
Live salsa music, complementary salsa lessons and to top it all off, sick beats from DJ Latin Fresh in between the sets. Visit The Brink Lounge for this event on Jan. 8, 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m., 01 E. Washington Ave.

From Shallows to Seashore National Geographic Live
Follow along with marine biologist Diva Amon as she fascinates all with her knowledge and experience with both creatures close to shore and deep within the depths of the oceans. Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m., 201 State St.

Luke Leavitt’s Sound Tile Piano Series
Free performances the second of every month means that this is not the only time you can enjoy the piano music of UW-Madison graduate student Luke Leavitt. Jan. 12, 5-7p.m., 3241 Garver Green

80s Rewind: A Video Dance Party
The ‘80s will never die. One way to ensure this is by dressing up in ’80s style while rocking out to DJ Nick Nice as he spins popular ‘80s tracks throughout Crucible. Jan. 13, 9 p.m., 3116 Commercial Ave.

Bob the Drag Queen
The winner of season 8’s “Rupaul’s Drag Race” is coming to Madison to entertain the masses. Bob the Drag Queen not only slays in her alter-ego but is just as successful outside of drag as a stand-up comedian. Come watch her show at Comedy on State. Jan. 12-14, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., 202 State St.

“I Have A Dream” Ball & Silent Auction
Support students of color by dancing the night away at a ball. The ball is hosted by Women in Focus Inc. and honors the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. All proceeds go to supporting Dane County students of color to achieve college scholarships. Jan. 14, 6 p.m., 1 John Nolen Drive

Cast in Fire at BarleyPop Live
Love the intense, reverberating sound of rock and roll? Then head on over to BarleyPop Live to listen to bands such as Bloodletter, Plant and Primal Enemy rock the house down. 7 p.m., Jan. 14, 121 W. Main St.

VOICES of the Next Generation
Visit Five Nightclub to have some family-friendly fun at an all-ages drag show. See a fantastic cast including Nemo, Andi Withanii and more performers on Jan. 14, 7 a.m., 5 Applegate Court

David Spade
1999 Emmy Award nominee and actor David Spade hits the stage at Overture Center to give a stand up comedy routine titled, “Catch Me Inside.” Jan 14., 8 p.m., 201 State St.

Overture Galleries Winter Exhibition Reception
Witness the Ho-Chunk traditional lifeways and the African American civil rights movement through the eyes of art at Overture Galleries. Sibling relationships, gender expression and artist portraits will all be explored. Jan. 20, 5:30-8:30 p.m., 201 State St.

Cocktails in the Conservatory
Olbrich is back once again with its 2023 Cocktails in the Conservatory. Listen to female DJs from local campus and community radio stations as you sip on cocktails and enjoy the leafy atmosphere. Jan. 20, 7-11 p.m., 3330 Atwood Ave.

Wisconsin Grown Up Book Fair
Childhood book fairs are not just a thing of our pasts anymore. That childhood nostalgia is being brought back for the second time ever through the Wisconsin Grown Up Book Fair at The Sylvee. The fair will include a retro photobooth, literary style cocktails, ’90s trivia and much more. Jan. 12, 9 a.m., 25 S. Livingston St.

Beer & Cheese Fest
A festival dedicated to beer and cheese? This sounds like many Wisconsinite’s perfect party. Join in on the fun as there will also be a silent disco and unique entertainment group Piano Fondue Dueling Pianos. Noon-6 p.m., Jan. 21, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way

Jazz at Sequoya Library: The Dalton Gang
Listening to some smooth jazz is the perfect way to start the year out. Doing so surrounded by the smell of hardcover books is even better. Visit Madison Public Library for a relaxing musical experience. Jan. 21, 2-4 p.m., 4340 Tokay Blvd.

ONEUS: Reach For Us Tour
The South Korean K-Pop group, ONEUS, is on their first world tour and heading to Madison’s Orpheum Theater for a live performance. Jan 21., 7:30 p.m. 216 State St.

Hadestown Tony award-winning Musical
Hadestown is an eight-time Tony award winning musical that intertwines two famous Greek myths to create an entrancing experience for its audience. Jan. 24-29, 201 State St.

Monster trucks in Madison
Monsters of Destruction are smashing their way into Madison to give audiences a once in a lifetime monster truck experience. A free pit party is available before the show as well as quad wars and monster truck rides. Jan. 27-29, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way

Burlesque Brunch at The Bur Oak
Being entertained by burlesque dancers while sipping on cocktails and relishing in a delicious brunch may just be the ideal way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Performances by Miss Elegance, Dee Dee Purr and more on Jan. 29, noon-1 p.m., 2262 Winnebago St.

Felicity Knabenbauer is an editorial intern at Madison Magazine.

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