The Sounds of a Healthy Summer

Summer goes by way too fast. That’s why it’s so important to celebrate every sunny second. So, gather up your friends, put on your best dancing shoes, and go find some live music. Because dancing to a groovy tune is what happy and healthy are all about.

Needs some ideas? Quartz has you covered. Check out these toe-tapping, foot-stomping, get-the-heart-rate moving, live-music events coming to an outdoor venue near you.  


Concerts on the Square – Wednesdays 7 p.m., June 26 – July 31, Capitol Square, Madison

Grab a blanket, snacks, a cold beverage, and settle in on the Capitol lawn for a free outdoor performance by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. It’s an amazing way to spend a warm summer night. We’ll see you there!

 Concerts on the RooftopMonona Terrace, Madison, July 18 and July 25, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Head on up to the top of Monona Terrace for one of the best times this side of Lake Monona. From country to pop, no matter what you prefer to dance to, you’re sure to find it on the rooftop. Oh, and what a view!

WaunaFestJuly 25-28, Centennial Park, Waunakee

WaunaFest 2019 – “It’s where you’ll wanna be!” There’ll be food, a carnival, a parade, and of course, music. This is your chance to get out and boogie down with your neighbors.

Africa FestMcPike Park, Madison, Aug. 17, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

This community-focused, family event features musicians, artists, cooks, crafts, and scholars demonstrating the cultural traditions of African immigrants. Expand your horizons while you work on your dance moves.  

Breese Stevens Field917 E. Mifflin St., Madison

Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, this old football stadium in downtown Madison is quickly becoming the place to be to see big-name bands. Great tunes, great views and plenty of room to groove!


There you have it – a short sampling from a long list of amazing places to enjoy outdoor music this summer. With a quick search you’re sure to find music in the air in any one of the great communities near you.

Remember, no matter how busy life gets, there’s always time for dancing.

A woman with her hands in the air at an outdoor festival
Quartz spark page divider

Other posts you might like