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Memorial Union Terrace Unveils Summer Programming

With summer on the horizon, Memorial Union Terrace at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has unveiled its jam-packed seasonal programming agenda, including live music, film screenings and more.

A 40,000-sq.-ft. dining and entertainment destination alongside Lake Mendota–and home to 2,000 famed orange, yellow and green sunburst chairs and tables–Memorial Union Terrace hosts a wide array of fun-in-the-sun summer activities.

“The Terrace is the place to enjoy all that summer by the lake has to offer,” says Heidi Lang, Wisconsin Union principal student engagement officer, in a press release. “Whether you’re looking to catch your next new favorite band on our stage, soak in Lake Mendota from the seat of a kayak, enjoy a blockbuster hit under the stars or share a meal with loved ones around a Terrace table, we have it here for you.”

Each week this summer, the UW Credit Union Summer Stage will feature four nights of free live outdoor music performances, as well as Lakeside Cinema outdoor film screenings. Terrace seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. In the event of inclement weather, the Wisconsin Union team will aim to host music performances and film screenings in der Rathskeller in Memorial Union whenever possible. 

Photo Credit: Chrish Hynes

Visitors can explore Lake Mendota and beyond with Outdoor UW’s low-cost paddlecraft rentals (think canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards) and outdoor recreation events, which include family-friendly paddling adventures, guided hikes and more. (Rentals are now open.)

Plus, Terrace Art Zone will return May 29, offering a series of free art projects Wednesday through Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. The Wheelhouse team will also host Paintacular, Madison’s largest group paint experience, on Sept. 2. This instructor-led free event is open on a first-come, first-served basis.

To fuel all of that summer fun, patrons are invited to savor multiple on-site dining options at both Memorial Union and the Terrace, including cookout classics from the Brat Stand, pub food from der Rathskeller, frosty treats from the Daily Scoop and pitmaster staples from the BBQ Stand.

Outdoor recreation events through Outdoor UW include:

May 18, June 15, Aug. 4 and 25: Family paddling night on Lake Mendota

May 24, June 7 and 22, July 27: Picnic Point hike and beverage on the Terrace

June 1, July 7, Aug. 11: Paddle to Picnic Point

June 20, July 21, Aug. 17: Stand-up paddleboarding and beverage on the Terrace

In addition to Wednesday open mic nights, the Terrace season live music schedule includes:

May 10: Generation Jones

May 11: The Mersey Brothers featuring Sean Michael Dargan

May 16: Echo Rays

May 17: Frogwater, Dana Perry, After August 

May 18: Johnny Chimes and the Natch’l Blues Band 

May 23: Dogtown Hollow 

May 24: Louka Patenaude, The Cajun Strangers

May 26: Benan

May 30: The Cash Box Kings

May 31: Dusty Road Duo, Ladies Must Swing

Photo Credit: Sam Molinaro

June 1: Mr. Chair

June 6: Northern Comfort

June 7: The Emmylous, Pat McCurdy

June 8: The N’achos

June 13: Rafe Carlson

June 14: Stephanie Rearick, The Periodicals

June 15: Madison Jazz Festival performances, presented by the Wisconsin Union Theater and Arts + Literature Laboratory with sponsorship support from The Capital Times

June 16: Madison Jazz Festival performances, presented by the Wisconsin Union Theater and Arts + Literature Laboratory with sponsorship support from The Capital Times

June 20: Annie & the Oakies

June 21: Caravan, Precarious Towers

June 27: No Name String Band

June 28: Los Chechos, Combo Noir

June 29: Steely Dane

July 4: Bascom Hill, The Mascot Theory

July 5: B.J. Fisher, The Who Dat?

July 6: Rare Element

July 11: The Material Boys

July 12: Wise Jennings, PHUN

July 13: Son del Atlantico

July 18: The MilBillies, The Whiskey Farm

July 19: Inside Pocket, Linda & the ZEROs

July 20: Joy Dragland & Louka Patenaude, The Blue Olives

July 21: All That Jazz Big Band

July 25: Cork ‘n Bottle String Band

July 26: Scott Damgaard, Wristwatch, The German Art Students

July 27: DJ Nick Nice, Kevin Willmott & Alex White, Panchromatic Steel

Aug. 1: The Western Flyers

Aug. 2: Ryan Meisel Quartet, BingBong

Aug. 3: Novel Folly, STEEZ

Aug. 4: The DB Orchestra

Aug. 8: Madison County

Aug. 9: Ted Hefko, Star 67

Aug. 10: Son del Atlantico, Latin Pride Orquestra, Rebulú Group

Aug. 15: Nate Gibson & the Stardazers

Aug. 16: Tomato Box, Trapper Schoepp

Aug. 17: Ida Jo, Louie & The Flashbombs

Aug. 22: They Talk TOO Much, SpareTime Bluegrass

Aug. 23: Strings to Roam, Brett Newski

Aug. 24: Grupo Balança, The Handphibians

Aug. 25: Ready Revolution

Photo Credit: Amadou Kromah

This summer’s outdoor film themes and titles include:

Summer “Camp”!

June 3: “Barbie,” PG-13

June 10: “Moonrise Kingdom,” PG-13

June 17: “The Parent Trap,” PG

June 24: “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” R

Summer Lovin’

July 1: “Crazy Rich Asians,” PG-13

July 8: “Notting Hill,” PG-13

July 15: “The Princess Bride,” PG

July 22: “Love & Basketball,” PG-13

July 29: “Anyone but You,” R

Return of the Disas-Terrace

Aug. 5: “Jaws,” PG

Aug. 12: “Nope,” R

Aug. 19: “M3GAN,” PG-13

Aug. 26: “Jurassic Park,” PG-13

For more information, visit TerraceSummer.com.

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