Social Events in Madison, Wisconsin This Week

Let’s explore social events in Madison, WI happening this week. Local events are a great way to meet new people and make new friends. Look through this page and consider going out and socializing during one of these social events.

Social events are great and offer a world of possibilities. You can make new friends, learn new skills, see things from different perspectives and it’s fantastic for your mental health. And never before has companionship and being able to spend time with others been as important as it is today.

You probably remember being a kid and going up to another person your age and saying, “Do you want to be friends?” and that was pretty much that. Friend made. Alas, it’s not quite as simple now that we’re grown up, but it doesn’t have to be as difficult or as awkward as we think. There are thousands of people out there who would love to meet up with others, finding them just takes a bit of help and that’s what we’re here for.

On this page, we hope you’ll find some interesting events in Madison where you can make some new friends.

Local Groups’ Events in Madison

Yoga on Monona

Yoga on Monona

◦ When: Thursday, May 23rd

◦ Where: Olin Park

Join us for an outdoor yoga session at Olin Park. We are welcoming to everyone including all ages and genders.

This event is perfect for all levels, beginners to advanced are welcomed! Whether you’re a veteran yogi or a beginner looking to explore the practice, this event is perfect for anyone seeking a blend of fitness and nature.

After the yoga session, feel free to socialize with other member(…)

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Breach Response 101 from the Legal Side

Breach Response 101 from the Legal Side

◦ When: Tuesday, May 21st

◦ Where: 1 E Main St

Come join Madsec at the Godfrey & Kahn’s Madison office in downtown Madison, WI, for a presentation by Sarah Sargent and Ashley Madison. Sarah and Ashley will present: “Breach Response 101 from the Legal Side”.

This Madsec will be at the Godfrey & Kahn’s Madison office, located at 1 E Main Street Suite 500, Madison, WI 53703. Parking info is in the “How to find us” section. Bring your ticket with(…)

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Vegan Memorial Day Picnic

Vegan Memorial Day Picnic

◦ When: Saturday, May 25th

◦ Where: Fitchburg

The 25th was the only Saturday in May open for our core members, so we’ll plan to bring foods appropriate for a Memorial Day picnic. We’re thinking of foods like “hot dogs” and bean burgers, potato salad, and fruit salad. Maybe a dessert or two. But if you have ideas of different foods that could fit the theme with a little imagination, please do bring one! We will meet at Caroline’s; DM me if you(…)

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Test driven LLM Prompts

Test driven LLM Prompts

◦ When: Thursday, May 23rd

Understanding and testing LLM output is becoming an art-form. Current methods to improve LLM prompt outputs has suffered from the inability to systematically test outputs. To get towards a data driven prompt testing methodology, a framework is required. Since prompts are the foundation of AI agents, prompt testing methods are essential.

This presentation will focus on testing and test driven prom(…)

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Embrace something new at the Moxy Madison Downtown

Embrace something new at the Moxy Madison Downtown

◦ When: Wednesday, May 22nd

◦ Where: Moxy Madison Downtown

Bring your rockstar vibes and sense of fun to the Moxy’s electrifying two-story bar/lounge. Packed with killer art, games, and a celebration of all things quirky, it’s the perfect spot to let loose and embrace your Moxy. Join us in the heart of the buzzing East Washington Corridor and experience this fresh, new space that captures the essence of Madison.(…)

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Introduction to Data Activator

Introduction to Data Activator

◦ When: Tuesday, May 21st

◦ Where: 4807 Innovate Ln

Remember Data Alerts in Power BI Dashboards? They were seldom utilized by organizations due to their limitations, particularly in KPI visualizations and dashboard-level alerts, which fell short in facilitating proactive decision-making. Enter Data Activator from Microsoft Fabric, a robust, no-code tool designed to “listen” to your data! As data refreshes in Power BI reports or Fabric Eventstreams,(…)

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May Meeting: SEASON OF THE SHADOW

May Meeting: SEASON OF THE SHADOW

◦ When: Tuesday, May 21st

◦ Where: Madison Public Library – Central

For May we’ll be reading SEASON OF THE SHADOW by Léonora Miano, translated by Gila Walker!

This powerful novel presents the early days of the transatlantic slave trade from a new perspective: that of the sub-Saharan population that became its first victims. Cameroonian novelist Léonora Miano presents a world on the brink of disappearing—a pre-colonial civilization with roots that stretch back for(…)

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Forest Hill Cemetery Tour

Forest Hill Cemetery Tour

◦ When: Saturday, May 25th

◦ Where: Forest Hill Cemetery

EVENT DATE IS SAT MAY 25 (Memorial Day Weekend), WITH A RAIN DATE OF SAT JUNE 8. This is the exact tour as last year. I am capping attendance at 60 because the first time we had 137 people sign up and I had to cancel. However, if you are on the waitlist Three days before the event or less, and you wish to come, please write me a message Or text me at 608-852-1382, and I will probably be able to fi(…)

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Adult Adoptee Story Writing Workshop & Dinner spons. by Jockey Being Family

Adult Adoptee Story Writing Workshop & Dinner spons. by Jockey Being Family

◦ When: Saturday, May 25th

◦ Where: Goodman Center Ironworks building

As an adoptee, you have a unique story to tell! That story may be a fuzzy feeling, written on a scrap of paper, or detailed in a lengthy manuscript. No matter where you’re at, this is an opportunity to take a step forward in embracing your truth while surrounded by other adoptees.
The Young Adult/Adult Adoptees – Madison Area WI Meetup Group is hosting the Mad City Story Slam for a FREE storytelli(…)

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Open Men’s Circle ☀️

Open Men's Circle ☀️

◦ When: Wednesday, May 22nd

◦ Where: Madison Public Library – Central

**Room 201**

We will start promptly at 6:45pm, please arrive a few minutes early to get settled in. Late arrivals disrupt the circle, please be on time! Please allow time for finding parking in the downtown area.

We’ll begin the circle with context setting, agreements, and check in. Then the main discussion will be open to share about what themes, events, issues, struggles, successes, or situati(…)

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Let’s dance to The Jimmy’s at Capital Brewery

Let’s dance to The Jimmy’s at Capital Brewery

◦ When: Friday, May 24th

◦ Where: Capital Brewery and Beer Garden

Let’s dance to the Jimmy’s
I will get there early to try and hold a table.

$10 COVER CHARGE

Kick off Memorial Day weekend with some ice-cold brews and The Jimmys. They are an award winning, high energy, 7-piece funky blues band that combines the seasoned keyboard and Hammond B-3 organ talents of Jimmy Voegeli, legendary blues guitarist Perry Weber on six-strings and vocals, drummer Chris Sandova(…)

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UW Arboretum Grady Tract Memorial Day Weekend Hike (Option 2)!

UW Arboretum Grady Tract Memorial Day Weekend Hike (Option 2)!

◦ When: Saturday, May 25th

◦ Where: University of Wisconsin Madison Arboretum Visitor Center

**Due to high demand for this hike Alyssa and I are hosting two different options for this Arboretum Grady Tract hike on the morning of Saturday, May 25th to build capacity and allow as many people as possible to attend while keeping group sizes reasonable. This hike will be led by Austin from 10am-12pm and will be identical to the hike led by Alyssa from 8am-10am the same day. If you are already (…)

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Shut Up & Write!® Madison South

Shut Up & Write!® Madison South

◦ When: Monday, May 20th

◦ Where: Lakeside St. Coffee House

\*\*\*PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE! We’re meeting 15 minutes earlier so that we can start writing promptly at 10 am! If you are late, please just join us quietly and we can catch up once the timer stops at 11 am!\*\*\*

Join us for an hour of writing! We’ve discovered that it’s strikingly helpful to write with other writers. See if it’s true for you at 10 am on Monday mornings.

Be it a book, blog,(…)

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Cook out and Hang out @ Picnic Point

Cook out and Hang out @ Picnic Point

◦ When: Saturday, May 25th

◦ Where: Picnic Point

Join us at Picnic Point as we will be reserving a fire circle to have a cookout, make some smores, play games, and of course have a great time!

For the event, we have a reservation at Fire Circle #4. If weather is not great on event day, we will reschedule for another time.(…)

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Design, Drinks, and Discussion: Hot Smoke Summer

Design, Drinks, and Discussion: Hot Smoke Summer

◦ When: Wednesday, May 22nd

◦ Where: The Biergarten at Olbrich Park

Join us for discussion about the practice of design, the state of the industry, the challenges of being a designer in an organization, and whatever else floats your boat! Or just come look at boats on Lake Monona.

We have a great community of creative folks who come out for our events, find your people.(…)

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Capitol Chordsmen Weekly Rehearsal

Capitol Chordsmen Weekly Rehearsal

◦ When: Wednesday, May 22nd

◦ Where: Asbury Church

Please join us for our weekly rehearsal! During rehearsal, our chorus director (Bryan Ziegler) guides us through an evening of A Capella music in the barbershop style. Male vocal singers of all experience levels are welcome!(…)

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Tidy Tuesday

Tidy Tuesday

◦ When: Wednesday, May 22nd

◦ Where: Madison Public Library – Central

A weekly data project aimed at the R ecosystem. As this project was borne out of the R4DS Online Learning Community and the R for Data Science textbook, an emphasis was placed on understanding how to summarize and arrange data to make meaningful charts with ggplot2, tidyr, dplyr, and other tools in the tidyverse ecosystem. However, any code-based methodology is welcome – just please remember to sh(…)

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Madison’s Geek Lunch

Madison's Geek Lunch

◦ When: Tuesday, May 21st

◦ Where: The Thirsty Goat

Hey Everyone,

We are in person back at our regular venue, The Thirsty Goat.

If you’ve never been to a Geek Lunch, it’s an engaging conversation with your geekiest friends, where the topic bounces around depending on whatever anyone wants to contribute. All are welcome regardless of where you lie on any imaginary geek scale. Think “The Algonquin Round Table” with an emphasis on tech.

Looking for(…)

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Intercambio de Idiomas – English/Spanish Language Exchange

Intercambio de Idiomas - English/Spanish Language Exchange

◦ When: Thursday, May 23rd

◦ Where: Memorial Union

Make new friends and practice your language skills!

Join us for a chat, food, and drinks at the Memorial Union — we’ll speak for approximately 45 minutes in English and 45 minutes in Spanish. All levels welcome. See you there!

¡Haz nuevos amigos y practica tus habilidades lingüísticas!

Únete a nosotros para una charla, comida, y cerveza en el Memorial Union — hablaremos durante aproximada(…)

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Tips to meet people at social events

One of the best ways to meet new people at social events in Madison is by choosing a common theme or interest. If you like movies, why not go see a screening with people who also like movies! Then you already have something to talk about. Or if you’re into coffee or beer, a Coffee and Beer Garden Meet and Greet could be perfect for you. And keep in mind that smaller group settings can be less intimidating and easier to start conversations in.

Another thing that might worry you is introductions. Some people aren’t as keen on introducing themselves and others worry or get nervous about it. Why not level the playing field and go to an event where everyone is expected to introduce themselves and talk? It could be a networking event, an acting class, a singles event, or a book club. Not only are people looking to introduce themselves at these events but they’re also there to make friends.

Our final tip is on the age of the people you are going to meet. If you have your heart set on meeting people close to your own age, then research events so that you can find your chosen demographic. At the same time, we want to encourage you not to limit yourself. An age gap doesn’t necessarily mean a disconnect and the great thing about different age groups is that they can learn from each other!

You can find even more events in Madison on Visitmadison.com, Isthmus.com, or Cityofmadison.com.

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