We know how to throw a party! We’ve been doing this since 1809….there is ALWAYS something to do when you come to Madison. There are home tours, music events, garden tours, holiday events, arts/crafts shows, 5Ks, car shows, food & wine tastings – just to name a few.

Our largest events include RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival, Madison Regatta, Madison Ribberfest BBQ & Blues, Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art, Soup, Stew, Chili & Brew Festival and Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes.

 

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July 2015

Gallery Opening or Open Mic Night

July 24, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Village Lights Bookstore, 110 East Main Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Gallery Openings by local & regional artists alternating monthly with Open Mic Poetry Night.

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Queen of the Mississippi

July 26, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Madison Riverfront, Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

Queen of the Mississippi will be docked on the riverfront from 8-12 pm (arriving 7/25@ 10 pm).  No public tours but great photo op.

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August 2015
$12

Mary’s Odyssey – A Theatrical Interactive Adventure

August 1, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 7:30 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Performances will be held at 10:30, 2:30, 5:30 and 7:30 on Saturday, August 1. Come join the young maid, Mary, as she takes you on a journey of the Lanier Mansion. A site specific production, "Mary" involves the audience every step of the way.  Using Homer's The Odyssey as the inspiration, we present you a unique experience, as the audience assists Mary in solving a long-hidden mystery, leading to a surprising  treasure. The show is a journey in time; a…

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$35

Twilight Tasting Dinner

August 8, 2015 @ 5:00 am
Madison Vineyards, 1456 E. 400 N.
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Multi-course, fixed menu meal in the tasting room or on the covered deck.  Limited seating, reserve early.  Madison Vineyards, 888-473-6500.

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Gallery Opening or Open Mic Night

August 28, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Village Lights Bookstore, 110 East Main Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Gallery Openings by local & regional artists alternating monthly with Open Mic Poetry Night.

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September 2015
FREE

Harvest Hoot

September 6, 2015
Madison Vineyards, 1456 E. 400 N.
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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20th annual celebration of the grape harvest.  Grape stomp, hay wagon vineyard tours, special discounts on select wines.  Madison Vineyards, 888-473-6500.

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The Aviation Migration

September 18, 2015 @ 8:00 am - September 20, 2015 @ 11:55 pm
Lee Bottom Aviation Refuge, 7296 S. River Bottom Rd
Hanover, IN 47243 United States
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A gathering of aviation enthusiasts from around the world set to a back drop of beautiful scenery and hundreds of antique aircraft. Friday 4-8pm Saturday 8am-8pm Sunday 8am-11:59am

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Gallery Opening or Open Mic Night

September 25, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Village Lights Bookstore, 110 East Main Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Gallery Openings by local & regional artists alternating monthly with Open Mic Poetry Night.  Village Lights Bookstore, 812-265-1800.  Mar-Nov

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The Gathering at the Market

September 26, 2015 - September 27, 2015
The Old Market on Main, 801 West Main Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Antique Show, Saturday 10am - 5 pm, Sunday 11am - 4 pm at The Old Market on Main, 801 West Main Street.  Handmade arts and crafts and antiques for sale.

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October 2015
$8 - $10

Southern Indiana Historic Barn Tour

October 3, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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10 sites in Jefferson, Jennings & Switzerland Counties, self guided, rain or shine. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 day of tour

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$35

Twilight Tasting Dinner

October 10, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Madison Vineyards, 1456 E. 400 N.
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Multi-course, fixed menu meal in the tasting room or on the covered deck.  Limited seating, reserve early.  Madison Vineyards, 888-473-6500.

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$15

Madison Trolley Haunted Tours

October 16, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Madison Riverfront, Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

Meet at the gazebo at the riverfront.  Two days, two tours each day - 7 & 8:30 pm Call to reserve 812-701-4013

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$15

Madison Trolley Haunted Tours

October 17, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Madison Riverfront, Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

Meet at the gazebo at the riverfront.  Two days, two tours each day – 7 & 8:30 pm Call to reserve 812-701-4013

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Gallery Opening or Open Mic Night

October 23, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Village Lights Bookstore, 110 East Main Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Gallery Openings by local & regional artists alternating monthly with Open Mic Poetry Night.  Village Lights Bookstore, 812-265-1800.  Mar-Nov

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$20

Winetoberfest

October 28, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Rembrandt’s Gallery & Wine Bar, 323 East Main Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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At Rembrandt's Gallery & Wine Bar, with Michael Pascal of Carroll Wine & Spirits.  Featuring Rieslings and other German varietals. $20 admission: 6 wine tastings and light appetizers.  Full cuisine menu will be available. Limited seating.  Call Angie at 812-701-9971

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$35

Spooky Secret Supper

October 29, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Progressive dinner, costumes encouraged.  Two seatings 6 & 6:45 pm.  Reservations recommended, begins at Ditto's 135 E. Main Street.

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November 2015
$1.00

Make It, Take It Ornament Workshop

November 14, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
The History Center, 615 West First Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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10am-1pm  Make & Take ornament workshop for children, $1 each ornament

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$5

Lanier Ensemble Concert

November 14, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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A Lanier descendant will perform music composed by a Lanier ancestor in the parlors of the Lanier Mansion on Saturday, November 14 at 8 p.m.  “The Lanier Ensemble,” will perform English Elizabethan music in the parlors of the Lanier Mansion. Seating is limited. Reservations, which are strongly recommended, can be made by calling 812.273.0556.

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Tour of Christy’s Candles & Gifts

November 20, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Christy’s Candles, 2631 Michigan Rd
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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4-8pm  Shopping, wine & cheese.

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Gingerbread House Workshop

November 21, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
The History Center, 615 West First Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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10am-12pm or 1-3pm - Children's Workshop $7  Houses remain on display thru Dec 5. Reserve your spot 812-265-2335   Adult Workshop is SOLD OUT  

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Clifty Inn Thanksgiving Buffet

November 26, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Clifty Inn, 1314 Clifty Hollow Road
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Grand Buffet, $20.99 adult, $10.50 children (4-10).  Reservations recommended. 3 seatings

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Gallery Opening or Open Mic Night

November 27, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Village Lights Bookstore, 110 East Main Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Gallery Openings by local & regional artists alternating monthly with Open Mic Poetry Night.  Village Lights Bookstore, 812-265-1800.  Mar-Nov

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Free

Caroling, Cookies, Cider & Cocoa

November 27, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Madison Jefferson County Public Library, 420 W. Main Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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5:30-6pm, before Light Up Madison.  Experts on hand to lead you in caroling!

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Light Up Madison

November 27, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Broadway Fountain, Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

6pm at the fountain  Start the holiday season in Madison.

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Christmas Boutique

November 28, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Unnamed Venue, 509 Jefferson Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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9am-5pm  12 handcrafters

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Small Business Saturday

November 28, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Main Street, Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

Shop Madison's downtown.  Holiday shopping at its best!

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December 2015
$5.99

Breakfast with Santa

December 5, 2015 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am
The Old Market on Main, 801 West Main Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Breakfast buffet before the parade.  Megan Wehner Photography is on-site for last minute family photos.

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Free

Polar Express

December 5, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Ohio Theatre, 105 E. Main Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Immediately following the parade at the Ohio Theatre

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Free

Curious George

December 5, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Village Lights Bookstore, 110 East Main Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Immediately following the parade at Village Lights Bookstore.

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Fourth Annual Square Deal Show

December 6, 2015 @ 11:00 am - December 31, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Art on Main, 309 W. Main Street
Madison, 47250 United States
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November 1 - December 31 11am-5pm M, T, Th, F, Sa; Su 12-4pm Art on Main 12”sq unframed local original art canvases $99

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Handel’s Messiah

December 6, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lynn Center for Performing Arts, Hanover College, 484 Ball Drive
Hanover, IN 47243 United States
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The Community Chorus will be performing selections of Handel's "Messiah" at 2PM on Sunday, December 6th in the Lynn Center for Performing Arts on the Hanover College Campus.  The choir will be accompanied by a professional orchestra under the direction of Dr. Madlen Batchvarova, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Programs.

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Free

A Christmas Carol

December 11, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Gallery 115, 115 E. Main Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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6:30pm  Reading by Bob Hartsaw at Gallery 115, cookies & cocoa.

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$15

A Very Merry Radio Show

December 11, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The History Center, 615 West First Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Audience members will be transported back to the age of radio in the 40’s & 50’s with Burns & Allen, The Battling Bickersons, Our Miss Brooks, musical acts & a short mystery.  Show dates are December 11 and 12 at 7pm and December 13 at 2:00.  Tickets are $15.  This is a dessert performance catered by The Downtowner.

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Free

A Family Christmas Party

December 12, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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10am-12pm  Lanier Mansion.  Meet Father Christmas, stories, crafting, caroling.  

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$15

A Very Merry Radio Show

December 12, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The History Center, 615 West First Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Audience members will be transported back to the age of radio in the 40’s & 50’s with Burns & Allen, The Battling Bickersons, Our Miss Brooks, musical acts & a short mystery.  Show dates are December 11 and 12 at 7pm and December 13 at 2:00.  Tickets are $15.  This is a dessert performance catered by The Downtowner.

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$15

A Very Merry Radio Show

December 13, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The History Center, 615 West First Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Audience members will be transported back to the age of radio in the 40’s & 50’s with Burns & Allen, The Battling Bickersons, Our Miss Brooks, musical acts & a short mystery.  Show dates are December 11 and 12 at 7pm and December 13 at 2:00.  Tickets are $15.  This is a dessert performance catered by The Downtowner.

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Madison Community Band Concert

December 15, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Clifty Inn, 1314 Clifty Hollow Road
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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7:30pm-8:30pm at Clifty Inn

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Men’s Night Out

December 17, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Street, Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

5-8pm, downtown.  Man friendly promotions, shopping, snacks, prizes.

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Clifty Inn Christmas Buffet

December 25, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Clifty Inn, 1314 Clifty Hollow Road
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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$20.99 adults, $10.50 children (4-10) Reservations recommended. 812-265-4135  One seating.

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January 2016

First Day Hike

January 1, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Clifty Inn, 1314 Clifty Hollow Road
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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10 am  Hikers should meeting in the lobby of Clifty Inn for a moderately rugged hike lasting about 90 min.  Bonfire & s'mores after the hike.

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Heritage Trail Hoopla

January 1, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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10:30am at Vaughn Drive and Vernon Street.  Hosted by Madison Area Bike Club & Madison's M.O.V.E. Running Club.

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$5 - $10

Behind the Scenes Tour

January 9, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Lanier Mansion, 4pm.  Exclusive look into all the nooks & crannies.  Tour goers should be prepared to climb stairs & walk on uneven surfaces.  $10 adults, $9 seniors, $5 children, 812-273-0556 There will not be a standard 4pm tour.

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February 2016
FREE

Jefferson Bluegrass Jamboree

February 6, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jefferson County 4-H Fairgrounds, 3852 Indiana 256
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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4-H Fairgrounds, 6-9pm, 812-346-2550

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$30

Blithe Spirit Dinner Theater

February 12, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Livery Stable, 313 Broadway Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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February 12-13 7pm; February 14 2pm at the Livery Stable.  Call for reservations.

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Free

Schocolade Celebration

February 13, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Lanthier Winery, 123 Mill Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Don't miss this chocolate celebration lover's.  Tastefully fun afternoon.  Chocolate, Wine, and Laughter. Guests enjoy free wine tasting and our complimentary chocolate buffet.  From our chocolate fountain to our hand dipped gourmet delights it’s a chocolate lovers dream and perfect for Valentines getaways for sweethearts, family or friends.  Schocolade is an adult friendly event in our loft gallery from 11am to 3pm.  Reservations are suggested for those persons wanting table seating.

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$5 - $10

Behind the Scenes Tour

February 13, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Lanier Mansion, 4pm.  Exclusive look into all the nooks & crannies.  Tour goers should be prepared to climb stairs & walk on uneven surfaces.  $10 adults, $9 seniors, $5 children, 812-273-0556 There will not be a standard 4pm tour.

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$30

Blithe Spirit Dinner Theater

February 13, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Livery Stable, 313 Broadway Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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February 12-13 7pm; February 14 2pm at the Livery Stable.  Call for reservations.

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$30

Blithe Spirit Dinner Theater

February 14, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Livery Stable, 313 Broadway Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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February 12-13 7pm; February 14 2pm at the Livery Stable.  Call for reservations.

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March 2016
Free

Quilt Exhibit – “For the Joy of It”

March 5, 2016 - April 2, 2016
The History Center, 615 West First Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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100 quilts on display all made by Margie Webb - 40 years of quilting, creating, designing and teaching.  Donations accepted. March 5 - April 2, 10am-4:30pm Tues - Sat

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FREE

Jefferson Bluegrass Jamboree

March 5, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jefferson County 4-H Fairgrounds, 3852 Indiana 256
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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4-H Fairgrounds, for more info 812-346-2550

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St. Patrick’s Party

March 8, 2016 - March 17, 2016
Main Street, Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

Includes Pub Crawl on March 12th, for only $35, you’ll visit 5 of Madison’s favorite establishments on the Madison Trolley. Tickets are on sale now  at the Madison Visitors Center, 601 West First St. or by calling 800-559-2956. Try Irish Road Bowling beginning at 3pm on a short urban course, Irish music and more. Festivities begin March 8 and go through March 17.     Check out the full schedule of events.

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$10

Behind the Scenes Tour

March 12, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Exclusive look into all the nooks & crannies.  Tour goers should be prepared to climb stairs & walk on uneven surfaces.  $10 adults, $9 seniors, $5 children, 812-273-0556 There will not be a standard 4 p.m. tour.

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Free

Fossils Rock

March 19, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Clifty Falls State Park, 1501 Green Rd.
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Full day program about local geology, with afternoon in the field.  For details, call Clifty Falls State Park: (812) 273-8885. Geology After Hours: Oak Heritage Conservancy invites you for a fun, relaxed talk about local geology. Free hors d’oeuvres. Local beer and wine, as well as cocktails available for purchase.  Event sponsor: Oak Heritage Conservancy. Event starts at 7pm at Red Bicycle Hall, 125 E. Main Street, Madison, IN.  

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Free

About Birds

March 26, 2016
Heritage Trail, Vaughn Drive
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Parents or Grandparents and youngster work together to build a state of the art birdhouse, and learn about birds.  Sessions from 9-11am, 10:30-12:30pm 12-2pm. Meet at Heritage Trail Welcome Center, corner of First and Cragmont Streets, Madison, IN. RSVP to Heritage Trail (812) 701-9358.

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April 2016
Free

Shotgun-Style Home Tour

April 2, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
City Hall, 101 W. Main Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Begins at City Hall, 101 W. Main St. with a brief introduction about the history & versatility of these iconic homes.  Followed by a free guided Trolley Tour to view the wide assortment of shotgun styles found in Madison's Historic Landmark District with stops for private tours of 5 homes.  Limited to FIRST 44 reservations. Send reservation requests to shotgunhousetour@gmail.com

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FREE

Jefferson Bluegrass Jamboree

April 2, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jefferson County 4-H Fairgrounds, 3852 Indiana 256
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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4-H Fairgrounds, 6-9pm, 812-346-2550

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Free

Kite Building & Flying

April 16, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Clifty Falls State Park, 1501 Green Rd.
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Come build a kite in the morning (10am-noon) and come fly it in the afternoon! Kids receive one on one instruction to build the kite. It takes about five minutes to build your kite. Meet at the Nature Center in the morning to build, and meet at the field by the north entrance to fly in the afternoon. Clifty Falls State Park

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Free

Bird Tour

April 22, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, 1661 West Jpg Niblo Road
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Beginners and pro’s alike will enjoy a morning birding a Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, one of the best spots for birding in southern Indiana. What a great way to celebrate Earth Day. Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, Madison, IN 47250. RSVP to refuge office at (812) 273-0783.

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May 2016
$15

Play On!

May 6, 2016 - May 8, 2016
The History Center, 615 West First Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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May 6 & 7 - 7pm; May 8 n - 2:30pm    Dessert Show, Jefferson County History Center, call for reservations 812-493-3357

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FREE

Jefferson Bluegrass Jamboree

May 7, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jefferson County 4-H Fairgrounds, 3852 Indiana 256
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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4-H Fairgrounds, 6-9pm, 812-346-2550

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FREE

Steampunk Night

May 7, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thomas Family Winery, 208 East Second Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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A celebration of all things science fiction from the Victorian Era. Ray guns, time machines, submarines, music and prizes. Open to the public.

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Art in the Garden- Spring

May 27, 2016 - May 29, 2016
Art in the Garden, 509 Jefferson Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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A group of 20 area artists/crafters working in a variety of mediums offer their creations along with plants & edibles.  Beautiful, useful and delicious things for you, your home, and gifting.  Tea and cookies in the garden each day. May 27-29 & September 23-25 Friday 4-7pm Sat & Sun 9am-5pm

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June 2016
FREE

Jefferson Bluegrass Jamboree

June 4, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jefferson County 4-H Fairgrounds, 3852 Indiana 256
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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4-H Fairgrounds, 6-9pm, 812-346-2550

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Free

Tales of Scales

June 10, 2016 - June 12, 2016
Clifty Falls State Park, 1501 Green Rd.
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Activities about reptiles all weekend at Clifty Falls State Park.

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$22.50

Big Texas Brisket Bash

June 11, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Thomas Family Winery, 208 East Second Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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A celebration of the magical "brisket," done Texas-style! A night of smoked meats and all the trimmins'! Lots of music and fun under the stars. $22.50 per person

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Free

Mayor’s Movies in the Park

June 28, 2016 @ 9:30 pm - 11:00 pm

The movie "Madison" will be shown in Bicentennial Park. The movie will begin at dusk and is free to the public.

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July 2016

Traditional Arts Event

July 9, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Clifty Falls State Park, 1501 Green Rd.
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Artists will be demonstrating and performing their craft while interacting with the public at the Nature Center in Clifty Falls State Park from 10am-3pm . Featured artists include Marcos Bautista, Zapotec Weaving, Carol Powers, Pysanky, Jan Boettcher, Rosemauling, John Bundy, Decoy Carving, John Bennett, Blacksmithing, and Vicki Graber, Willow Basketry.   This event is free to the public with park admission.

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Arts in the Parks

July 16, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Clifty Falls State Park, 1501 Green Rd.
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Craig Benner will present music at Clifty State Park Campground Amphitheater as part of a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission. Craig will provide percussion instruments and people will be invited to play along. He will also talk about the history of the park and about Hoosier composers and musicians as a way to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Indiana Arts Commission, the Centennial of the State Parks and the Bicentennial of Indiana. This event is free to the…

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Free

Mayor’s Movies in the Park

July 16, 2016 @ 9:30 pm - 11:00 pm

The movie "Minions" will be shown at in Bicentennial Park. The movie will begin at dusk and is free to the public.

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Bob Sanders “Origins”

July 23, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Clifty Falls State Park, 1501 Green Rd.
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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“Origins” is the Foundational Story behind the entire State Parks system. “Origins” celebrates our Parks and Forests (and the visionaries whose collective will created them) by recounting the dramatic story of the Parks’ historic beginnings. This complex tale will be conveyed by an intimate, live storytelling performance that is seasoned with stunning visual interludes. These video moments will include images of Indiana’s varied natural environments, as well as short interviews with key individuals. Public engagement will be built into Origins…

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August 2016
FREE

Jefferson Bluegrass Jamboree

August 6, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jefferson County 4-H Fairgrounds, 3852 Indiana 256
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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4-H Fairgrounds, 6-9pm, 812-346-2550

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Free

Mayor’s Movies in the Park

August 6, 2016 @ 9:30 pm - 11:00 pm

The movie "Dolphin Tale" will be shown in Bicentennial Park. The movie will begin at dusk and is free to the public.

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September 2016
FREE

Jefferson Bluegrass Jamboree

September 3, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jefferson County 4-H Fairgrounds, 3852 Indiana 256
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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4-H Fairgrounds, Open Jam 4-6, 6-9pm, 812-346-2550

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Free

Madison’s Historic Sites /State Bicentennial Celebration

September 17, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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As a part of the State Bicentennial Celebration Madison's historic sites will offer free tours between the hours of 10am-3pm

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Free

“The Steamboats a Comin!” by Kevin Stonerock /State Bicentennial Celebration

September 17, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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A grand adventure of story, song and first person living history about life on the Ohio River from the frontier era through the glorious age of steam, with special emphasis on the showboats. Free

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Free

Mayor’s Movies in the Park

September 17, 2016 @ 9:30 pm - 11:00 pm

The movie "Hoosiers" will be shown in Bicentennial Park. The movie begins at dusk and is free to the public.

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Music at the Mansion – State Bicentennial Celebration

September 18, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Ice Cream Social and concert on the mansion’s north lawn featuring Conch Republic from Lexington, Ky. They will perform beach tunes from artists like the Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffett, Bob Marley and Zac Brown.  Bring lawn chairs and blankets; picnic baskets are welcome. Concert is free/ donations encouraged. Sponsored by the Indiana Arts Commission. Also, a Traditional Arts Indiana Exhibit, Indiana Folk Arts: 200 Years of Tradition and Innovation, an Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project funded by the IHC & IAC.

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Art in the Garden – Fall

September 23, 2016 - September 25, 2016
Art in the Garden, 509 Jefferson Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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A group of 20 area artists/crafters working in a variety of mediums offer their creations along with plants & edibles.  Beautiful, useful and delicious things for you, your home, and gifting.  Tea and cookies in the garden each day. September 23-25 Friday 4-7pm Sat & Sun 9am-5pm

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October 2016
FREE

Jefferson Bluegrass Jamboree

October 1, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jefferson County 4-H Fairgrounds, 3852 Indiana 256
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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4-H Fairgrounds, Open Jam 4-6; 6-9pm, 812-346-2550

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$3

Spooky Mansion

October 22, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Spooky (not scary) children's Halloween Program.  Candy, ghost stories, spooky decorations, crafts.  Lanier Mansion, 812-273-4531 Kids $3, One free adult per child

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November 2016
FREE

Jefferson Bluegrass Jamboree

November 5, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jefferson County 4-H Fairgrounds, 3852 Indiana 256
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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4-H Fairgrounds, Open Jam 4-6; 6-9pm, 812-346-2550

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Free

Flashlight Hike on the Heritage Trail

November 13, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Heritage Trail, Vaughn Drive
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Join us on the full moon night with your flashlight to hike the trail.  Bonfire & drinks provided at the Welcome Center.

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FREE

Optical Exploration-Hot to Cold Glass

November 18, 2016 - December 31, 2016
West Street Center for New Art, 301 West Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Experience a wide range of hot to cold glass work examples by local glass artisans Seth Bickis and Rhonda L. Deeg. This exhibit runs from Nov. 18- Dec. 31 at the West Street Center for New Art, 301 West St.

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December 2016

Madison Handmade Market

December 3, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Little Golden Fox, 602 W. Main St.
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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10am-5pm   A juried shopping experience featuring a variety of goods by local artisans at Little Golden Fox.

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FREE

Jefferson Bluegrass Jamboree

December 3, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jefferson County 4-H Fairgrounds, 3852 Indiana 256
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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4-H Fairgrounds, Open Jam 4-6; 6-9pm, 812-346-2550

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FREE

Christmas at the Lanier Mansion

December 17, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Enjoy Victorian Christmas activities for children and their families. There will be crafts, refreshments, stories, a gift shop and a Victorian Santa Claus   Gift wrapping station for will help support Madison High School Band Uniforms.  Donations accepted.  

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Free

Welcome Winter Walk

December 18, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Heritage Trail, Vaughn Drive
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Hot drinks, bonfire, walk at your own pace.  Heritage Trail Welcome Center.  812-701-0284

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February 2017
$30.00

Dinner Theater-Francine’s Will

February 10 @ 6:00 pm - February 11 @ 10:00 pm

A funny who-done-it rife with loyal servants and money grabbing relatives, counter plots and mixed-up romance. Madison Community Players.   For more info 812-701-9449

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Free

Schocolade Celebration

February 11 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Lanthier Winery, 123 Mill Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Don't miss this chocolate celebration lover's celebration. Gather someone special for a tastefully fun afternoon. Join us for Lanthier Winery's Ultimate Chocolate, Wine and Laughter.   Schocolade is an adult friendly event from 11am to 3pm.  Reservations are suggested for those persons wanting table seating.

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Saturday Afternoon Valentine Tea

February 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

At Gallery 115 Madison Cafe'. Featuring Harney & Sons hot teas, tea sandwiches, cakes, scones, jams and other treats. 812-274-4371. Reservations are preferred.

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$30.00

Matinee Theater- Francine’s Will

February 12 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

A funny who-done-it rife with loyal servants and money grubbing relatives, counter plots and mixed up romances   For more info 812-701-9449

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Freethinkers Book Club

February 17 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Freethinkers from the region discuss The God Argument: The Case Against Religion and for Humanism, by A. C. Grayling.

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$15.00

Village Lights Salon Concert Series

February 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Cirque des Animaux: A Musical Soirée with Zoological Array Village Lights presents a salon concert for kids of all ages. Starla Hibler Raley, pianist, and Jack Ramey, narrator, will perform The Story of Babar: The Little Elephant, by Jean de Brunhoff, set to music by Francis Poulenc, and The Carnival of the Animals, by Camille Saint-Saëns, with poems by Ogden Nash. Canapés and a cash wine bar by Madison Vineyards. Juice and cookies for the younger set. Limited seating. Reservations…

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Souper Saturday

February 25 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Visit all seven Trail wineries for a taste of warm soups, breads and snacks. Contact for details.

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March 2017
Free

Rainer Maria Rilke: A Bohemian Rhapsody

March 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  Village Lights Poetry Café Rainer Maria Rilke: A Bohemian Rhapsody Who'd think serious poetry could be so much fun? In a relaxed, informal setting, Village Lights Poetry Café approaches poetry one poet at a time. The artistry of each poet is interwoven with their life, their time, and their world. The Café explores this with coffee, insightful conversation, and even a few poems. Recommended reading for this meeting of the Café is Rilke: Poems from Knopf (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets edition).

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Deal with the Dealer

March 11 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

9am-6pm at Lumber Mill Antique Mall.  Get the best deal in town! Call 812-273-3040 for details.

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Free

Live Music-John Sheckler, dulcimer

March 11 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Village Lights Bookstore, 110 East Main Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Live Music – John Sheckler, dulcimer “Not your granny’s dulcimer.” Local folk musician John Sheckler plays original and traditional songs on a mountain lap dulcimer crafted with his own hands. Seasonal sing-alongs for the kids.

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Free

Frog Day at Big Oaks

March 22 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, 1661 West Jpg Niblo Road
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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 Jefferson County’s Krueger Lake,  Family-friendly, hands-on learning about frogs.

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Fourth Friday Downtown

March 24 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Street, Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

Participating stores have extended hours, music, fun. 5-8/9pm 812-493-4984

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Free

Village Lights Poetry Nights

March 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Village Lights Bookstore, 110 East Main Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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  Village Lights Poetry Nights (with special guest, Kyle Craig) Open sign-up; open mic. Everyone is invited to participate. Read your own work or that of a favorite poet. Readers are welcome to draw from our shelves. MC for Village Lights Poetry Nights is well-known Madison poet, Jill Kelly Koren. We are pleased to feature special guest poet Kyle Craig, who will be reading from and signing his new book of haiku, Invisible Tea published by Red Moon Press.  

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$2.00

Fossils Rock!

March 25 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Clifty Falls State Park, 1501 Green Rd.
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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 Fossils Rock! Workshops & Exploration at Clifty Falls State Park Touch fossils from all around the world, play fossil games, get your personal fossils identified, ask geology questions to experts, and go on a fossil hike. For more info 812-273-8885.

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Free

Live Music in the Twain Room

March 25 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Village Lights Bookstore, 110 East Main Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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  Live Music in the Twain Room – Tom Schneider, piano Cincinnati’s Tom Schneider offers a festive array of seasonal American Songbook standards, Broadway show tunes, bossa-nova/Latin, blues, and jazz on the Steinway grand. He’s got the white beard thing going and has promised to wear his Santa hat.  

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Free

Rock’n’ Read Around the Clock!

March 31 @ 6:00 pm - April 1 @ 6:00 pm
Village Lights Bookstore, 110 East Main Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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As part of the NEA's Read Across America campaign, Village Lights will host our annual 24-hour reading marathon and children’s book drive to promote literacy and benefit The Clearinghouse. The marathon will kick off with an aloud reading for kids of The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss. Rock ‘n’ Read has become a Madison favorite. So run, don’t walk, to Village Lights to sign up for one or more 30-minute intervals to sit in a rocking chair in our front window and silently…

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April 2017
$30.00

A Garden Affair

April 1 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Market on Main, 801 West Main St.
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Luncheon at the Old Market on Main with complimentary Mimosa. Live auction. Proceeds benefit the Lanier Mansion Gardens. For more information 812-274-0671

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21st Annual Hot Luck & Fiery Foods Marketplace

April 7 - April 9
Thomas Family Winery, 208 East Second Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Spicy gathering of Chiliheads, Foodies, & Cooks! Taste and trade recipes, buy sauces, salsas & other ingredients. Salsa contest and music. Hot Luck on Friday from 7:00 pm - ?; Spicy Food Marketplace and cooking demonstration Saturday from 12:00 - 6:00 pm; Bagel Brunch Sunday at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Sponsored by Big Green Egg. Open to the public.

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$3.00

Eggstravaganza

April 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Children ages 3-10 can enjoy Easter fun with storytelling, historical games, old toys, making a dragon egg, and a visit with the Easter Bunny. Age appropriate Easter egg hunts will take place on the grounds of the Lanier Mansion beginning at 1:00 pm. $3 per child (adults with paid child are free)  

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$5 - $12

Behind the Scenes Tour

April 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Lanier Mansion, 4pm.  Exclusive look into all the nooks & crannies.  Tour goers should be prepared to climb stairs & walk on uneven surfaces.  $12 adults, $10 seniors, $5 children (3-17), 812-273-0556

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Spring into the Valley

11am - 5pm  All seven wineries on the Indiana Wine Trail will offer special tastings, food & fun.

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Free

Work Day + Nature Walk at OHC’s Webster Woods Preserve

April 15 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

  Meet at the Pride Super Market in Hanover, caravan to the woods to help get the trail in shape for the season and enjoy a nature hike led by Paul Carmony. Bring your own picnic.  

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Free

America’s Best Communities Grand Prize Parties

April 19 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for the Grand Prize Parties on Wednesday evening to watch live and see who brings home $3 Million! There are two locations for the Grand Prize Parties: Boneyard Grill (513 Clifty Drive) and Red Bicycle Hall (125 E Main Street) Both locations will have complimentary hors d'eouvres and a cash bar. We'll also be giving away our remaining "America's Hometown" t-shirts (while supplies last). We want the whole community to come together for this. All are welcome. Meet…

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$5.00

Bits and Pieces Quilt Show

April 21 - April 22
Jefferson County 4-H Fairgrounds, 3852 Indiana 256
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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10am-5pm daily, 4-H Fairgrounds, 812-273-1223  

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$3.00

Birding Tour of Big Oaks, National Wildlife Refuge

April 21 @ 7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, 1661 West Jpg Niblo Road
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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  Pack and lunch and your binoculars – it’s time to go birding.

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Free

Earth Day Pedal and Picnic

April 22 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Clifty Falls State Park, 1501 Green Rd.
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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 Earth Day Pedal & Picnic at Clifty Falls State Park A leisurely four mile ride and a group picnic (Bring Your Own picnic) to celebrate Earth Day.

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Free

Bicentennial Barn Project

April 24 @ 10:00 am - May 23 @ 4:30 pm

Now through the end of June the 2016 Bicentennial Barn Project is on display at the Jefferson Co. Historical Society's History Center.  Working in conjunction with Indiana Landmarks, Dorrel Harrison has created a variety of barn plaques crafted from weathered barn board. "I take barn board that is going to be thrown away or burned and I redeem it-a second chance, a new life. Sometimes it is the actual wood from the barn that I use to handcraft the plaque."…

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Free

Poetpalooza 2017

April 28 - April 29
Village Lights Bookstore, 110 East Main Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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A Tri-State Poetry Summit, Friday evening, April 28, through Saturday, April 29th. Village Lights Bookstore will host hourly reading and signings by acclaimed published poets from Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, including Poets Laureate of Indiana and Kentucky. Friday 5pm-10pm Saturday 10am-10pm

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Fourth Friday Downtown

April 28 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Street, Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

Participating stores have extended hours, music, fun. 5-8/9pm 812-493-4984

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Free

Meet the Artists at Rembrandt’s Gallery and Wine Bar

April 28 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rembrandts, 323-325 E. Main St.
MADISON, IN 47250-3145 United States
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Rembrandt's Gallery & Wine Bar will be hosting a Meet the Artists night featuring Bill and Gean Bowen, ceramics artisans from Charlestown, IN. This is a free event for the public. Doors open at 5:00p.m. at 323-325 East Main Street in Madison.

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Free

Spring Celebration Festival

April 29 - April 30
Lanthier Winery, 123 Mill Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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11am - 2pm daily at Lanthier Winery. Join Master Gardeners for free garden tours,  workshops, and wine tasting. For more info 812-273-2409

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May 2017
Free

Bicentennial Barn Project

May 2 @ 10:00 am - July 1 @ 4:30 pm

Now through the end of June the 2016 Bicentennial Barn Project is on display at the Jefferson Co. Historical Society's History Center.  Working in conjunction with Indiana Landmarks, Dorrel Harrison has created a variety of barn plaques crafted from weathered barn board. "I take barn board that is going to be thrown away or burned and I redeem it-a second chance, a new life. Sometimes it is the actual wood from the barn that I use to handcraft the plaque."…

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$15.00

Indiana Campfire: Hike + Literature at Hanover College

May 3 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Moderately rugged hike in Happy Valley led by a humanities scholar and a naturalist. Ticket includes meal around a campfire and a beer for those 21 and over. Must RSVP to (317) 258-5217. Space is limited.

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Free

Celebrate Visit Madison! NationalTourism Week ( May 7-13)

May 7 @ 9:00 am - May 13 @ 5:00 pm
Madison Visitors Center, 601 W. First St.
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Monday May 8th, enjoy donuts from the Horst's  Bakery-9:00-11:00 a.m. Tuesday May 9th, enjoy cookies- 2:00-4:00 p.m. Wednesday May 10th, trail mix from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Thursday May 11th, M&M's from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Friday May 12th, Balloons and more giveaway from 9:00-11:00 a.m. All of the above will take place at the Visitors Center. We will also announce our 2017 HOSTS (Honoring Our Super Tourism Stars) Award Winner during Tourism Week! Free Admission to Indiana State Parks on Sunday May 7th!

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$10.00

The Savannah Sipping Society

May 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Four women discover lasting friendships and renewed determination to live in the moment in this play presented by the Madison Community Players.  Cheers to strong Southern women! For more info 812-493-3357.  Old Masonic Lodge at 217 E. Main St. May 12 & 13 from 7pm-9:30pm  

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Donation

A Royal Occasion Concert: Henry XVIII to Louis XIV

May 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A Royal Occasion: Chamber Music from the Courts of Henry VIII to Louis XIV.   Les Ordinaires will perform a concert of music from the courts of Henry XVIII through Louis XIV in a program entitled "A Royal Occasion". Set in the elegant grandeur of the Lanier Mansion on Friday, May 12 at 7 p.m.  Audiences can "take off their wigs", sit back, and let Les Ordinaires tantalize the senses, soothe conflicting emotions and uplift spirits in an evening of royal chamber…

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Molly Datillo 5K Run/Walk & Elementary Races

May 13 @ 7:45 am - 10:30 am
Crystal Beach, 400 West Vaughn Drive
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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This event is to honor Molly Dattilo and promote family health. There are five races, a walk, and a bike rally.  Visit www.mollydattilorunwalk.com for details. Walk and Run $20.00, Elementary Races $6 & $12.

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$20.00

Madison in Bloom

May 13 @ 10:00 am - May 14 @ 4:00 pm
The History Center, 615 West First Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Spring garden tour, featuring beautiful and unique private gardens with the historic district. Biennial tour held in odd years. Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12pm-4pm. $20, 812-265-2335

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$5 - $12

Behind the Scenes Tour

May 13 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Exclusive look into all the nooks & crannies.  Tour goers should be prepared to climb stairs & walk on uneven surfaces.  $12 adults, $10 seniors, $5 children (3-17), 812-273-0556

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$7 - $15

Lanier/Madison Ghost Walk

May 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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  Reservations required! The first stop on the walk will be the Lanier Mansion itself.  A costumed guide will take guests throughout the house, including its eerie basement, and recount stories about spirits that many believe inhabit the home. Then, the group will take to the nearby streets of downtown Madison and stop outside three other locations that are rumored to be haunted. Guests should be prepared to go up and down stairs and walk on uneven surfaces around downtown Madison.…

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$10.00

The Savannah Sipping Society

May 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Four women discover lasting friendships and renewed determination to live in the moment in this play presented by the Madison Community Players.  Cheers to strong Southern women! For more info 812-493-3357.  Old Masonic Lodge at 217 E. Main St. May 12 & 13 from 7pm-9:30pm

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$10.00

The Savannah Sipping Society

May 14 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Four women discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live life in the moment. Presented by Madison Community Players at the Old Masonic Lodge at 217 E. Main St. For more info 812-493-3357.   Sunday, May 14 from 2:30-4pm

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RiverRoots Music & Folk Arts Festival

May 19 - May 20
Bicentennial Park, 106 West Vaughn Dr.
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Featuring traditional folk music, storytelling & crafts. Family friendly.  800-559-2956 Visit www.RiverRoots.org for more details and ticket sales.   Weekend Pass Feb 1st- Feb 10th -$20 (Limited quantities) Feb 11th- April 30th -$30 May 1st- May 18th-$35 Day of Show -$40 Day Pass Friday $15 pre-sale, $20 Day of Show Saturday $25 pre-sale, $30 Day of Show Ages 13-16-$5 day,   $10 weekend Kids 12 & under FREE!

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$50

Madtown 5K Mud Climb

May 20 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Madison Visitor’s Center, 601 W. First Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Intense 5K mudder with up to 20 challenging obstacles, 6-16% incline. This course provides obstacles of all kinds along the Heritage Trail and a fun way to challenge yourself while supporting Lide White Boys & Girls Club.  

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$20

Madison in Bloom

May 20 @ 10:00 am - May 21 @ 4:00 pm
The History Center, 615 West First Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Spring garden tour, featuring beautiful and unique private gardens within the historic district. Biennial tour held in odd years. Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12pm-4pm. $20, 812-265-2335

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Free

Architectural Walking Tour

May 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Broadway Fountain, Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

Guided walking tour begins begins & ends at Broadway Fountain, 10am-12pm. HMI- 812-265-2967, donations accepted.

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$7 - $15

Lanier/Madison Ghost Walk

May 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Reservations required! The first stop on the walk will be the Lanier Mansion itself.  A costumed guide will take guests throughout the house, including its eerie basement, and recount stories about spirits that many believe inhabit the home. Then, the group will take to the nearby streets of downtown Madison and stop outside three other locations that are rumored to be haunted. Guests should be prepared to go up and down stairs and walk on uneven surfaces around downtown Madison. Tickets…

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FREE

Spring Old Court Days

May 26 - May 28
Jefferson County Courthouse, 300 East Main Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Unique handmade items, crafts, antiques, collectibles and delicious food selections around the courthouse square, Jefferson & Second St. and the city parking lot. All proceeds go back to the community. Free admission.  Saturday Fish Fry at Fairplay Fire Co. Sponsored by the Madison Pilot Club, 812-493-2024. Fri 11am-6pm Sat - 9am-6pm Sun 10am-4pm

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Fourth Friday Downtown

May 26 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Street, Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

Participating stores have extended hours, music, fun. 5-8/9pm 812-493-4984

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Free

Movies in the Park

May 26 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Bicentennial Park, 106 West Vaughn Dr.
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Free movie in Bicentennial Park. Movie to be announced.

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$20

Riverfront Run Car Show

May 27 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Madison Riverfront, Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

Over 150 trophies, open show, cars, trucks and motorcycles.  Veteran's Memorial service at noon. $20 to register a car.  Food, music & fun! 812-599-6635 8am-4:30pm  Rain or Shine

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Rockin Thunder Jet Boat Rides’ Season Opens!

May 27 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Cal for details 812-701-1155

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June 2017
Free

Bicentennial Barn Project

June 1 @ 10:00 am - June 30 @ 4:30 pm

Now through the end of June the 2016 Bicentennial Barn Project is on display at the Jefferson Co. Historical Society's History Center.  Working in conjunction with Indiana Landmarks, Dorrel Harrison has created a variety of barn plaques crafted from weathered barn board. "I take barn board that is going to be thrown away or burned and I redeem it-a second chance, a new life. Sometimes it is the actual wood from the barn that I use to handcraft the plaque."…

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Free

Hike the New Trail at Hall-Carmer Wetlands

June 3 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Hike OHC’s New Trail at Hall-Carmer Wetlands National Trail Day is a great excuse to explore our new trail through the wetlands and woods! Hike led by Paul Carmony. Meet at the Dupont Post Office at 9am.

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$20.00

Madison Alley Tour

June 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
City Hall, 101 W. Main Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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This tour begins at City Hall. After a short program you will board the trolleys and travel along Madison's back streets. Limited seating is available. Tickets are $15/person for city employees or members of participating organizations, $20 for non-members.

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Free

Tales of Scales, Hands-on-fun!

June 9 @ 11:00 am - June 11 @ 4:00 pm
Clifty Falls State Park, 1501 Green Rd.
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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 Tales of Scales Hands-on fun – Clifty Falls State Park 11-4pm each day. Broaden your appreciation and knowledge for all that scaled in this fun weekend dedicated to reptiles!

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Free

Music in the Park

June 9 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Local and regional bands rock out downtown Madison's historic district! Local food vendors and family friendly atmosphere. 5pm-9pm Bring your lawn chair!  

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Outdoor Women at Big Oaks

June 10 @ 7:45 am - 4:45 pm
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, 1661 West Jpg Niblo Road
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge. Call 812-273-0783. This outdoor learning event just for women offeres multiple classes from which to choose. We recommend your register early as this is a popular event. 7:45 AM to 4:45 PM $35-$70 depending on age and date of registration.

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$5 - $12

Behind the Scenes Tour

June 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Exclusive look into all the nooks & crannies.  Tour goers should be prepared to climb stairs & walk on uneven surfaces.  $12 adults, $10 seniors, $5 children (3-17), 812-273-0556

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Free

Music at the Mansion

June 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Sycamore Community Band, a 65 member all volunteer band from Cincinnati will perform on the Lanier Mansion grounds. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. This concert, in part, is made possible by the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Donations encouraged.

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Free

Architectural Walking Tour

June 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Broadway Fountain, Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

Guided walking tour begins begins & ends at Broadway Fountain, 10am-12pm. HMI- 812-265-2967, donations accepted.

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$35.00

Riverfront Wine, Stein & Barrel

June 17 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bicentennial Park, 106 West Vaughn Dr.
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Fundraiser for the continued beautification of Madison's riverfront. Music, art, food, select wine, bourbon and beer. 812-265-8324 Tickets are $35/person or $60/couple Pre-sale discount through May 31 $30/person, $50/couple Tables for 10 available for $250 (limited number, must be reserved in advance)

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$5.00

2017 HPOCA National Summer Show

June 22 @ 9:00 am - June 24 @ 5:00 pm
Jefferson County 4-H Fairgrounds, 3852 Indiana 256
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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This event is hosted by the Ohio River Valley Oliver Collectors at the Jefferson Co. Fairgrounds. The Three Beauties, vendors, swap meets, tractor ride through Historic Madison (Friday @1:00), tractor pull, auction, working demonstration and toy show. Exhibitors are free. For more information 812-871-6452.   $10 pass good for all three days or $5 per day

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Fourth Friday Downtown

June 23 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Street, Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

Participating stores have extended hours, music, fun. 5pm-8/9pm

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Free

Movies in the Park

June 27 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Bicentennial Park, 106 West Vaughn Dr.
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Free Movie in Bicentennial Park. Movie to be announced.

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Madison Regatta

June 30 - July 2
Madison Riverfront, Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

Annual running of the World's fastest Race Boats-racing deck-2-deck at over 200MPH, 4th of July Fireworks display, music, Vintage boat exhibitions,, Limited boat Class Racing, food and much more!  Admission Charged. 812-274-0400. Annual Event www.madisonregatta.com

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free

4th of July Parade

June 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Holiday parade on Main Street.

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July 2017

Jefferson County 4H Fair

July 7 - July 15
Jefferson County 4-H Fairgrounds, 3852 Indiana 256
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Exhibits, music, rides and more.

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American Queen

July 8
Madison Riverfront, Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

This popular riverboat will be docked on Madison's riverfront from 8am-5pm No public tours.

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Free

Take a Kid Fishing

July 8 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, 1661 West Jpg Niblo Road
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Take a Kid Fishing – Big Oaks NWR Free fishing day at Big Oaks

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$5 - $12

Behind the Scenes Tour

July 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Exclusive look into all the nooks & crannies.  Tour goers should be prepared to climb stairs & walk on uneven surfaces.  $12 adults, $10 seniors, $5 children (3-17), 812-273-0556

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Music at The Mansion

July 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Small Time Napoleon, "one of the most unique and exciting bands." Jazz (ish), swing with modern (ish) roots. Bring a picnic, bring a chair, bring a friend!

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Free

Music in the Park

July 14 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Broadway Fountain, Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

Local and regional bands rock out downtown Madison's historic district! Local food vendors and family friendly atmosphere. 5pm-9pm Bring your lawn chair!

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Free

Architectural Walking Tour

July 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Broadway Fountain, Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

Guided walking tour begins begins & ends at Broadway Fountain, 10am-12pm. HMI- 812-265-2967, donations accepted.

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American Queen

July 16 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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This popular riverboat will be docked on Madison's riverfront from 8am-5pm No public tours.

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Summer Sidewalk Sale

July 20 - July 22
Main Street, Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

Join Main Street merchants for the biggest sale of the season! Free lemonade and treats too! Begins 10am Thursday and ends at 8pm Saturday, downtown merchants.  812-493-4984

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Fourth Friday Downtown

July 28 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Street, Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

Participating stores have extended hours, music, fun. 5pm-8/9pm

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Indiana Artisan Weekend

July 29 - July 30

11am-5pm.  Tour all seven Southeast Indiana Wineries, food and wine pairings.  Featuring at least two local crafts or Artisans are at each winery.

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Free

Movies in the Park

July 29 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Bicentennial Park, 106 West Vaughn Dr.
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Free movie in Bicentennial Park. Movie to be announced.

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August 2017
Free

Music in the Park

August 11 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bicentennial Park, 106 West Vaughn Dr.
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Local and regional bands rock out downtown Madison's historic district! Local food vendors and family friendly atmosphere. 5pm-9pm Bring your lawn chair!

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$5 - $12

Behind the Scenes Tour

August 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Exclusive look into all the nooks & crannies.  Tour goers should be prepared to climb stairs & walk on uneven surfaces.  $12 adults, $10 seniors, $5 children, 812-273-0556

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Donation

Music at the Mansion

August 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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The Lick Creek Band from Paoli, Indiana play "eclectic acoustic music."  Sixties, rock, pop tunes and jazz standard. Bring a picnic, bring a chair, bring a friend!

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Free

Movies in the Park

August 12 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Bicentennial Park, 106 West Vaughn Dr.
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Free movie in Bicentennial Park. Movie to be announced.

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Madison RibberFest BBQ & Blues

August 18 - August 19
Bicentennial Park, 106 West Vaughn Dr.
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Madison's Indiana State Barbecue Cook-off held along the Riverfront. Music, food, races, boat rides. Fun for the entire family. 800-559-2956 or 812-265-2956. Annual Event www.madisonribberfest.com

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Free

Architectural Walking Tour

August 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Broadway Fountain, Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

Guided walking tour begins begins & ends at Broadway Fountain, 10am-12pm. HMI- 812-265-2967, donations accepted.

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Free

Neavill’s Grove “Old Settlers Meeting”

August 25 - August 27

Old Settler's Meeting has been held annually on the last Saturday in August since 1885. Antique machinery display, good food, entertainment and fellowship. NO ALCOHOL  and free admission. Deputy Pike, Smyrna Township. 812-866-2891 or 812-701-5834.

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Fourth Friday Downtown

August 25 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Street, Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

Participating stores have extended hours, music, fun. 5pm-8/9pm

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September 2017
Free

Chelsea Jubilee

September 1 - September 2
Saluda Township Park, Highway 62
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Indiana's oldest continuous festival. A Harvest Festival giving thanks to the Creator for his many blessings. Music, tractor parade, games, arts/crafts, flea market, food, fun.  Saluda Township Park, Hwy 62.  812-866-4178

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Rockin’ on the River

September 2 @ 10:00 am
Madison Riverfront, Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

Car show & concert charity event. 10am-12pm  812-265-4133

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FREE

Canaan Fall Festival and Pony Express Mail Run

September 8 - September 9
Canaan Restoration Council, Main Street
Canaan, IN 47224 United States
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51st Pony express mail run between Canaan and Madison.  Food, stage entertainment, kid's games, exhibits , flea market, arts/crafts.   Admission Free. Friday - 3pm - 10pm; Saturday 8am-10:00pm.  

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Free

Music in the Park

September 8 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Broadway Fountain, N. Broadway Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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  Local and regional bands rock out downtown Madison's historic district! Local food vendors and family friendly atmosphere. 5pm-9pm Bring your lawn chair!    

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$5 - $12

Behind the Scenes Tour

September 9 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Exclusive look into all the nooks & crannies.  Tour goers should be prepared to climb stairs & walk on uneven surfaces.  $12 adults, $10 seniors, $5 children (3-17), 812-273-0556 There will not be a standard 4 p.m. tour.

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donation

Music at the Mansion

September 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Zercussion. Light jazz. Bring a picnic, bring a chair, bring a friend!

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Free

Architectural Walking Tour

September 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Broadway Fountain, Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

Guided walking tour begins begins & ends at Broadway Fountain, 10am-12pm. HMI- 812-265-2967, donations accepted.

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Hispanic Cultural Awareness Day

September 16 @ 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Broadway Fountain, Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

Cultural appreciation of Hispanic traditions w/food, dance, and music from various Latin American Countries. Broadway Fountain, 4:00-8:30 pm. 812- 701-2821

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$7 - $15

Lanier/Madison Ghost Walk

September 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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The first stop on the walk will be the Lanier Mansion itself.  A costumed guide will take guests throughout the house, including its eerie basement, and recount stories about spirits that many believe inhabit the home. Then, the group will take to the nearby streets of downtown Madison and stop outside three other locations that are rumored to be haunted. Guests should be prepared to go up and down stairs and walk on uneven surfaces around downtown Madison. Tickets for the…

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Free

Fourth Friday Downtown

September 22 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Street, Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

Participating stores have extended hours, music, fun. 5pm-8/9pm

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Free

Movies in the Park

September 22 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Bicentennial Park, 106 West Vaughn Dr.
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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FREE movie in Bicentennial Park. Movie begins at dusk. Showing: Disney's Live Action Beauty and the Beast. This movie is part of 5 to the 5 vintage hydro event and American Cancer Society Relay For Life. Please thank our sponsors who make these movies possible: TITLE SPONSOR Sedam Contracting Corp. Supporting sponsors North Madison Christian Church, Madison Precision, Pilot Club Of Madison, IN., and Commonwealth Engineers, Inc.

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FREE

5 to the 5 Vintage Hydros Presents Madison Vintage Thunder

September 23 - September 24
Madison Riverfront, Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

Vintage race boat event to be held on the Ohio River. A family friendly event. See 30-50 vintage hydroplanes all of varying sizes and power.  10am-5pm both days. Free admission!

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$7 - $15

Lanier/Madison Ghost Walk

September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Reservations required. The first stop on the walk will be the Lanier Mansion itself.  A costumed guide will take guests throughout the house, including its eerie basement, and recount stories about spirits that many believe inhabit the home. Then, the group will take to the nearby streets of downtown Madison and stop outside three other locations that are rumored to be haunted. Guests should be prepared to go up and down stairs and walk on uneven surfaces around downtown Madison. Tickets…

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FREE

Fall Old Court Days

September 29 - October 1
Jefferson County Courthouse, 300 East Main Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Unique handmade items, crafts, antiques, collectibles and delicious food selections around the courthouse square, Jefferson & Second St. and the city parking lot. All proceeds go back to the community. Free admission.  Saturday Fish Fry at Fairplay Fire Co. Sponsored by the Madison Pilot Club, 812-493-2024. Fri 11am-6pm Sat - 9am-6pm Sun 10am-4pm

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FREE

Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art

September 30 - October 1
Historic Downtown, Main Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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PLEASE NOTE THIS YEAR'S DATE CHANGES-Enjoy Southern Indiana's premier outdoor juried fine arts & crafts show featuring artists & craftsmen from across the nation. Riverfront food fest, entertainment, and children's activity tent. Historic neighborhood between Broadway & Vine Streets and along Ohio Riverfront. 10-5 p.m. Sat (9/30) & Sun (10/1). Free admission. 800-559-2956/812-265-2956.  Annual Event www.madisonchautauqua.com

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Free

Harvest Celebration Festival

September 30 - October 1
Lanthier Winery, 123 Mill Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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10am-6pm daily.  A grand gathering of artists and crafters showcased in the winery's beautiful gardens.  Enjoy wine tasting, garden tours, live music, strolling the outdoor galleries.

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Donation

Madison Municipal Airport Fly-In | Aviation Day

September 30 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Madison Municipal Airport, 3919 West Ims Lane
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Celebrate Aviation Day at the Madison Municipal Airport! Fly-In's, Open House and static aircraft displays and exhibitors. Stop in for food by Hoboken Eddies and enjoy the sites and sounds of all kinds of aircraft. Pilots will enjoy a fuel discount for the day and we will have aircraft on display along with vendors, hot air balloons, and helicopter rides. Come see your City owned and operated airport! 10:00 - 5:00 pm. RAIN DATE is Oct 1, 2017 10a-5pm.

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$7 - $15

Lanier/Madison Ghost Walk

September 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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The first stop on the walk will be the Lanier Mansion itself.  A costumed guide will take guests throughout the house, including its eerie basement, and recount stories about spirits that many believe inhabit the home. Then, the group will take to the nearby streets of downtown Madison and stop outside three other locations that are rumored to be haunted. Guests should be prepared to go up and down stairs and walk on uneven surfaces around downtown Madison. Tickets for the…

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October 2017

Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art

October 1 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Historic Downtown, Main Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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PLEASE NOTE THIS YEAR'S DATE CHANGES- Enjoy Southern Indiana's premier outdoor juried fine arts & crafts show featuring artists & craftsmen from across the nation. Riverfront food fest, entertainment, and children's activity tent. Historic neighborhood between Broadway & Vine Streets and along Ohio Riverfront. 10-5 p.m. Sat(9/30) & Sun (10/1) Free admission. 800-559-2956/812-265-2956.  Annual Event www.madisonchautauqua.com

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Free

Movies in the Park

October 6 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Bicentennial Park, 106 West Vaughn Dr.
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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FREE Movie in Bicentennial Park. SING! Movie in the Park begins at dusk. This movie is part of a celebration for Friends of Hargan Matthews Park. Please thank our sponsors who make these movies possible: TITLE SPONSOR Sedam Contracting Corp. Supporting sponsors North Madison Christian Church, Madison Precision, Pilot Club Of Madison, IN., and Commonwealth Engineers, Inc.

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$15

Madison Main Street Downtown Loft Tour

October 7 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Main Street, Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

Enjoy a self-guided tour of downtown loft spaces in varying stages of development. For more info 812-493-4984

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$25.00

1st Annual Madison Golf Cart/UTV Poker Run

October 7 @ 12:00 pm - 7:30 pm

1st ANNUAL GOLF CART POKER RUN on Historic Madison Indiana's Riverfront $1000 Grand Prize, $300 Second Place, $100 Third Place Saturday, October 7, 2017 Registration Starts at 12:00 Noon at the Gazebo on Vaughn Drive. $25 per hand, play as many hands as you wish. High hand wins. Drive your golf cart or UTV to 5 designated stops along the riverfront, pick a card at each stop. You have 4 hours to make five stops. Return to the gazebo at…

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Free

Hunter’s Moon Celebration

October 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lanthier Winery, 123 Mill Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Fall gardening and plant give away.  The big bulb drop and fall divide mix.

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FREE

Soup Stew Chili & Brew

October 14 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Main Street, Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

On Madison's Main Street. The event features music, food, fun activities, live music, beer and wine gardens, carnival rides and shopping and all the great tastes of fall!  11am to 5pm. Call 812-265-3135. Sponsored by the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce. Free admission. Tickets available for tasting & games. Family Friendly!

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$5 - $12

Behind the Scenes Tour

October 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Lanier Mansion, 601 West 1st Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Exclusive look into all the nooks & crannies.  Tour goers should be prepared to climb stairs & walk on uneven surfaces.  $12 adults, $10 seniors, $5 children (3-17), 812-273-0556 There will not be a standard 4 p.m. tour.

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$15

Belle of Louisville Visit

October 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

SOLD OUT! Another Cruise will be offered on 10/23. Sunset cruise on the Belle.    7pm-8:30pm, boarding at 6:30pm. $15/ adults and seniors $10/child ages 3-12 For more info 502-574-2992  

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