Concerts on the Square kicks off in Madison

Gear up for Concerts on the Square, Madison’s favorite free summer concert series.


Grab your picnic blanket and get ready for this year’s COS season.

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Concerts on the Square started in 1983 and has since become a must-go event for locals and visitors alike.

The event’s 40th season was intended to kick off on Wednesday, June 28 with a performance by thrice Grammy-nominated Latin band, Tiempo Libre. However, due to poor air quality, the event has been pushed to Thursday, June 29.

The concert starts at 7 p.m., but it’d behoove you to get there early. See: the crowded lawn in the image above.

We suggest bringing:

  • Picnic blanket — blankets put out before 3 p.m. will be removed unless someone is using it the entire time.
  • Cooler — while there will be food and beverage booths, attendees are welcome to pack a cooler for the show.
  • Kids — the Kids’ Area is located where East Wash. meets the Square and will offer musical activities.


Check parking availability at downtown garages on the City’s parking page.

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