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71º | 6% chance of rain | Sunrise 5:18 a.m. | Sunset 8:34 p.m.

🌟 What makes the 608 great?
kayak on the water
Locals love the lakes. | Photo by Europa Christoffel
608 Day is on Saturday. To spread the 608 love, we recently asked our readers what makes our area special to them.

Here’s what you said:

“The restaurants (Bar Corallini, Ahan, and Salvatore’s to name a few).” - Briana O.

“Lakes, rivers, creeks.” - Tammy S.

“The UW Arboretum is the first place that really felt homey and familiar after moving two years ago” - @cyanberet

“The east side, Tex Tubb’s, Schenk’s Corners.” - Jessica R.

“Just the overall vibe, green spaces, the Capitol itself, great restaurants, fun things to do...” - Cathi W.

“Farmers’ market, there’s nothing else like it.” - @dfischer31

Man standing in front of a plant stand at an outdoor farmers' market

The Dane County Farmers Market is a 608 staple. | Photo by 608today

“The family of raccoons and the red fox that live in our woods.” - J.B.

“Odgen’s North St. Diner.” - Dona M.

“How much Madison values green spaces.” - @allie.tobis

“We’re so lucky in the 608 to live near so many incredible locally-owned restaurants and coffee shops!” - Alicia S.

“City parks, especially those with hiking trails.” - Nancy N.

“The sheer beauty of the skyline when taking John Nolen in from the east side. I am in awe every single time.” - Mary Ann N.

“Easy access to multiple lakes.” - Jeanne K.

“Our state Capitol. It is a grand sight.” - Pauline C.

608today Capitol at dusk

Where’s your favorite place to get a good view of the capitol? | Photo by @allipin

More to love

Check out our City Guide page to find more things to love about Madison.

Some guide topics include:
Thursday, June 6
  • Shred and Spread | Thursday, June 6 | 3-6 p.m. | Tota Vita Financial Associates, 4626 S. Biltmore Lane, Madison | Free | Bring up to four banker boxes of paper documents to shred for free and enjoy a complimentary lunch.
Friday, June 7
  • Rooftop Opening Party | Friday, June 7 | 5-10 p.m. | The Rigby, 119 E. Main St., Madison | Cost of purchase | Overlooking Webster and Main streets, the rooftop will be abuzz with booze samplings, food specials, and a DJ.
  • Pride Movie Night | Friday, June 7 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Goodman South Madison Library, 2222 S. Park St., Madison | Free | Enjoy snacks while watching a screening of the 2015 movie “Freeheld,” a film about the final days a of a New Jersey detective and her fight for equality.
Saturday, June 8
  • Land Steward Work Day | Saturday, June 8 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Aldo Leopold Nature Center, 330 Femrite Dr., Monona | Free | Help control invasive species, seed with native plants, and get dirty at ALNC.
  • $6.08 Bath Bomb Pressing Event | Saturday, June 8 | 12-4 p.m. | 726 N. Midvale Blvd., Madison | $6.08 per bomb | Press your own Lush bath bomb while supplies last.
  • Waterfront Festival | Saturday, June 8-Sunday, June 9 | Times vary | Yahara Place Park, 2025 Yahara Pl., Madison | Free | Don’t miss the zany boat parade down the Yahara River on Sunday, which kicks off at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, June 9
  • Brews Cruise | Sunday, June 9 | 1-5 p.m. | Multiple locations | $35 | At this collaboration between Starkweather Brewing and Delta Beer Lab, loop Lake Mendota on your bike, visit two breweries, and get three beers in the process (with the potential to win prizes).
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News Notes
  • Dust off your swimming trunks, Goodman Pool opens tomorrow. The public is welcome to splash around from 1-7 p.m. (weather permitting). Hours and prices vary throughout the season.
  • This Sunday, June 9, Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love will make an appearance at the PGA TOUR Champions American Family Insurance Championship. He’ll be making his debut as American Family Insurance’s new brand ambassador. (WKOW)
  • A new cat cafe, Cat’s Brew, is opening soon at 2414 Montana Ave. in Sun Prairie. The 2,400-sqft space will feature coffee, desserts, and a cat enclosure housing up to nine adoptable cats. Doors are expected to open in late summer/early fall. (Wisconsin State Journal)
  • Little John’s, the Fitchburg nonprofit whose mission is to improve food access locally, is auctioning off hundreds of items and equipment. The multi-day event begins on Thursday, June 13 at 10 a.m. The founder, Dave Heide, says it’s not closing, only doing a “spring cleaning.” (WMTV)
  • The “Owlman,” Clarence Cameron, died at age 83. Cameron co-founded the popular summer and winter Art Fairs Off the Square. A native of Beloit, he lived in South Madison for six decades. (Wisconsin State Journal)
  • Crew broke ground on a new SSM Health outpatient center in Sun Prairie. The 90,000-sqft facility at 2840 O’Keeffe Ave. is set to open in 2025. It will offer surgical orthopedics and eye care services. (WMTV)
Drink Up
  • Own a local beverage business? Offer a drink deal to our readers during Drink Up Week from Monday, July 22 to Friday, July 26. Whether it’s BOGO smoothies or 20% off wine bottles, drop your deal into this form by Friday, June 28, and let’s get this party poppin’.
  • Celebrate the father figure who helped steer you through life’s peaks + valleys at the Harley-Davidson Museum this Father’s Day. (Pro tip: All dads get in free.†) Swap tales and dad jokes as you soak up H-D’s rich history on the museum’s sprawling 20-acre campus in downtown Milwaukee. Plan your visit.*
  • 27,000: That’s the number of trees that are cut down each day to make toilet paper. This luxury three-play bamboo toilet paper is changing that. It feels just like regular high-end TP, but doesn’t harm trees. Use code 6AM30 for 30% off through midnight. Learn more + shop. *
  • Did you know you can bring all your debt under one roof by borrowing from your home to pay off high-interest loans, bills, and credit cards? Calculate your payment.*
†Receive one (1) Harley-Davidson Museum General Admission adult ticket when you mention the Father’s Day offer. Valid for entry only on Sunday, June 16, 2024, for in-person use at the Harley-Davidson Museum. Not valid for online purchases. Non-transferable. Cannot be redeemed for cash or cash equivalent. Offer not valid on previously purchased Harley-Davidson Museum tickets. It cannot be combined with any other offer, discount or promotion. Offer is subject to change without notice. Void were prohibited or restricted by law.
🍄 Gone shroomin’
Mushroom garden decor
Check out the Game of Shrooms map to find where art will be hidden in your area. | Photo by 608today
On Saturday, June 8, you have a chance to find one-of-a-kind, mushroom-inspired art hidden around Madison.

Game of Shrooms is a global art scavenger hunt that began in 2019. Hundreds of artists sign up to hide unique, fungi artwork in their area.

This year, several local artists are on board:
  • Bridget Doxtater
  • Brooke Rogers
  • Caleb Coopman
  • Jennifer Falkowski
  • Lucky8neko
  • Natalie Jo Wright
  • Tanya Cunningham/Fridamar Textiles
Check out the map of participating artists and follow them on social media where you may find hints about where their work can be found.

If you find a piece, you’re welcome to keep it, just be sure to tag or message the artist to let them know. Bonus: Send us a photo of your fungus findings, and we might share it on our socials.

Want to get involved? There’s still time to sign up as an artist. You can create and hide as many pieces as you like.
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The Wrap
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The Rigby rooftop party, Game of Shrooms, and Waterfront Festival are all catching my eye... stay tuned to our Instagram and/or Monday’s newsletter to see where the wind takes me this weekend.
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