Festivals & Events

Madison, Indiana, offers a variety of festivals and special events throughout the year.
Come join us in the celebrations! (dates and times are subject to change).Please call ahead!

Check status of an event by contacting the information number listed or Visit Madison, 601 West First Street, Madison, IN 47250. Phone: 800-559-2956/812-265-2956. Email: info@visitmadison.org

Events Calendar

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January 2015

 


Bluegrass Music 3 Jefferson County 4-H Fairgrounds. 6 p.m. Admission free
Behind the Scenes Tour 10 Lanier Mansion, 4pm.  Exclusive look into all the nooks & crannies.  Tour goers should be prepared to climb stairs & walk on uneven surfaces.  $10 adulys, $8 seniors, $5 children, 812-274-0556

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February 2015

 


Bluegrass Music 7 Jefferson County 4-H Fairgrounds. 6 p.m. Admission free
Live Theater 13-15 Murder is the Game, dinner theater at the Livery Stable.  Feb 13 & 14-doors open at 6pm, Feb 15- doors open 1pm.  812-493-3357, $30pp.
Behind the Scenes Tour 14 Lanier Mansion, 4pm.  Exclusive look into all the nooks & crannies.  Tour goers should be prepared to climb stairs & walk on uneven surfaces.  $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 children, 812-273-0556
Wine Lover's Valentine Dinner 14 Multi-course Valentine Dinner, includes 1/2 bottle of wine pp, $40pp.  Guarenteed Reservation only.  Madison Vineyards, 888-473-6500.
Souper Saturday 28 Visit all six Trail wineries for a taste of warm soups, breads and snacks. Check www.IndianaWineTrail.com for details.

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March 2015

 


Bluegrass Music 7 Jefferson County 4-H Fairgrounds. 6 p.m. Admission free
Madison's St. Paddy's Party 10 - 15 New for 2015, this party involves Madison's Downtown and celebrates the culture of Ireland. Various locations and days. Tickets available at the Visitor's Center, Historic Madison, Inc., and Thomas Family Winery.
Behind the Scenes Tour 14 Lanier Mansion, 4pm.  Exclusive look into all the nooks & crannies.  Tour goers should be prepared to climb stairs & walk on uneven surfaces.  $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 children, 812-273-0556
Deal with the Dealers 14 9am-6pm at participating antique & collectable shops.  Get the best deal in town!  812-273-3040
Fourth Friday Downtown 27 Participating stores have extended hours, music, fun. 5-8pm 812-493-4984
Gallery Opening or Open Mic Night 27 Gallery Openings by local & regional artists alternating monthly with Open Mic Poetry Night.  Village Lights Bookstore, 812-265-1800.  Mar-Nov
Eggstravaganza 28 Easter Fun at Lanier Mansion, egg hunt, stories, crafts.  12pm-1:30pm, $3 per child.  812-273-4531

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April 2015

 


Bluegrass Music 4 Jefferson County 4-H Fairgrounds. 6 p.m. Admission free
Behind the Scenes Tour 11 Lanier Mansion, 4pm.  Exclusive look into all the nooks & crannies.  Tour goers should be prepared to climb stairs & walk on uneven surfaces.  $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 children, 812-273-0556
A Garden Affair 18 Get in the mood for spring!  Garden speaker, silent auction and delightful luncheon.  Lanier Mansion 12pm-2pm, $30pp.  812-273-0556
Spring into the Valley 18-19 All six wineries on the Indiana Wine Trail will offer special tastings, food & fun.  Check website for operating hours. www.IndianaWineTrail.com.
Fourth Friday Downtown 24 Participating stores have extended hours, music, fun. 5-8pm 812-493-4984
Gallery Opening or Open Mic Night 24 Gallery Openings by local & regional artists alternating monthly with Open Mic Poetry Night.  Village Lights Bookstore, 812-265-1800.  Mar-Nov
Wine Tasting 24 Madison Apothecary.  Sample featured wines and receive a souvenier wine glass.  All wines 10% off at tastings.  $10pp, 812-265-4621
Plant it, Eat it, Drink it 25 Planting begins at 10am, lunch with wines served, bring gloves (other tools provided). Reserve your spot, Madison Vineyards, 888-473-6500.

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May 2015

 


Bluegrass Music 2 Jefferson County 4-H Fairgrounds. 6 p.m. Admission free
Madison in Bloom 2-3 & 9-10 Tour private gardens in Madison's historic district.  Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12pm-4pm.  $15, 812-265-2332
Live Theater 7-9 Close Ties at the Livery Stable, not dinner theater but food is available. May 7 & 8 - 7pm, May 9 - 2:30pm.  812-493-3357
Molly Datillo 5K Run/Walk & Elementary Races 9 7:45am - 10:30pm.  5K Run & Walk, 1/2 mile Elementary Boys & Girls Races, 10 & 20 mile Bike Rally.  Vaughn Drive at Crystal Beach.  For details.
Behind the Scenes Tour 9 Lanier Mansion, 4pm.  Exclusive look into all the nooks & crannies.  Tour goers should be prepared to climb stairs & walk on uneven surfaces.  $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 children, 812-273-0556
RiverRoots Music & Folk Arts Festival 15-16 Riverfront between West Street and Broadway. Music, storytelling, folk art, food.  Fri 5:30-11 p.m., Sat Noon-11p.m.   Family friendly.  Admission charged, kids 12 and under FREE!  800-559-2956
RiverRoots
Fourth Friday Downtown 22 Participating stores have extended hours, music, fun. 5-8pm 812-493-4984
Gallery Opening or Open Mic Night 22 Gallery Openings by local & regional artists alternating monthly with Open Mic Poetry Night.  Village Lights Bookstore, 812-265-1800.  Mar-Nov
Wine Tasting 22 Madison Apothecary.  Sample featured wines and receive a souvenier wine glass.  All wines 10% off at tastings.  $10pp, 812-265-4621
Riverfront Run Car Show 23 Car show, food & fun.  8am-4:30pm  812-599-6635
Twilight Tasting Dinner 23 Multi-course, fixed menu meal in the tasting room or on the covered deck.  Limited seating, reserve early.  Madison Vineyards, 888-473-6500.
Spring Old Court Days 22-24 Browse the arts & crafts, collectibles, antiques, food booths, farmer's market & more all around the Courthouse. 9AM-6PM. Free admission. Saturday Fish Fry, Sponsored by the Madison Pilot Club, 812-493-2024.. Annual Event

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June 2015

 


Bluegrass Music 6 Jefferson County 4-H Fairgrounds. 6 p.m. Admission free
Outdoor Women at Big Oaks 13 Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge. Call 812-273-0783. This outdoor learning event just for women offeres multiple classes from which to choose. We recommend your register early as this is a popular event. 7:45 AM to 4:45 PM  Register
Music in the Park 12 5pm-9pm  Free outdoor concert, food available. Broadway Fountain.  812-493-4984  www.madisonmainstreet.com 
Behind the Scenes Tour 13 Lanier Mansion, 4pm.  Exclusive look into all the nooks & crannies.  Tour goers should be prepared to climb stairs & walk on uneven surfaces.  $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 children, 812-273-0556
Riverfront Wine, Stein & Barrel 20 Taste the best wines, craft brews and bourbon the region has to offer.  Enjoy regional music & food.
Twilight Tasting Dinner 20 Multi-course, fixed menu meal in the tasting room or on the covered deck.  Limited seating, reserve early.  Madison Vineyards, 888-473-6500.
Architectural Walking Tour 20 Guided tour begins begins & ends at Broadway Fountain, 10am-12pm. HMI- 812-265-2967, donations accepted.
Fourth Friday Downtown 26 Participating stores have extended hours, music, fun. 5-8pm 812-493-4984
Gallery Opening or Open Mic Night 26 Gallery Openings by local & regional artists alternating monthly with Open Mic Poetry Night.  Village Lights Bookstore, 812-265-1800.  Mar-Nov
Wine Tasting 26 Madison Apothecary.  Sample featured wines and receive a souvenier wine glass.  All wines 10% off at tastings.  $10pp, 812-265-4621

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July 2015

 


Madison Regatta Parade
4 7:15pm on Main Street
Madison Regatta 4-5 200MPH Hydroplane racing; limited class racing, vintage boats, air show, fireworks, musical entertainment, food. Admission Charged. 812-274-0400. Annual Event www.madisonregatta.com
Bluegrass Music 4 Jefferson County 4-H Fairgrounds. 6 p.m. Admission free
Clifty Inn Regatta Weekend Cookout 4 Cookout & entertainment.  Watch the firewroks.  Clifty Inn at Clifty Falls State Park 812-265-4135
Music in the Park 10 5pm-9pm  Free outdoor concert, food available. Broadway Fountain.  812-493-4984  www.madisonmainstreet.com 
Behind the Scenes Tour 11 Lanier Mansion, 4pm.  Exclusive look into all the nooks & crannies.  Tour goers should be prepared to climb stairs & walk on uneven surfaces.  $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 children, 812-273-0556
American Queen 11 8am-1pm at the riverfront.  No public tours.
Jefferson County 4H Fair 13-18 Fairgrounds.  Exhibits, music, rides and more.
Architectural Walking Tour 18 Guided tour begins begins & ends at Broadway Fountain, 10am-12pm. HMI- 812-265-2967, donations accepted.
Twilight Tasting Dinner 18 Multi-course, fixed menu meal in the tasting room or on the covered deck. "Low Country Shrimp Boil"  Limited seating, reserve early.  Madison Vineyards, 888-473-6500.
Queen of the Mississippi 23 Arriving 6pm, departing 7/24.  No public tours.
Slice of Summer Sidewalk Sale 23-25 10am-8pm, downtown merchants.  812-493-4984
Fourth Friday Downtown 24 Participating stores have extended hours, music, fun. 5-8pm 812-493-4984
Gallery Opening or Open Mic Night 24 Gallery Openings by local & regional artists alternating monthly with Open Mic Poetry Night.  Village Lights Bookstore, 812-265-1800.  Mar-Nov
Wine Tasting 24 Madison Apothecary.  Sample featured wines and receive a souvenier wine glass.  All wines 10% off at tastings.  $10pp, 812-265-4621
Queen of the Mississippi 25 Arriving 10pm, departing 7/26.  No public tours.

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August 2015

 


Bluegrass Music 1 Jefferson County 4-H Fairgrounds. 6 p.m. Admission free
Twilight Tasting Dinner 8 Multi-course, fixed menu meal in the tasting room or on the covered deck.  Limited seating, reserve early.  Madison Vineyards, 888-473-6500.
Behind the Scenes Tour 8 Lanier Mansion, 4pm.  Exclusive look into all the nooks & crannies.  Tour goers should be prepared to climb stairs & walk on uneven surfaces.  $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 children, 812-273-0556
Music in the Park 14 5pm-9pm  Free outdoor concert, food available. Broadway Fountain.  812-493-4984  www.madisonmainstreet.com 
Architectural Walking Tour 15 Guided tour begins begins & ends at Broadway Fountain, 10am-12pm. HMI- 812-265-2967, donations accepted.
Mad-Town 5K Mud-Climb 16 A 5k mud run up the Heritage Taril woith over 20 obstacles.  www.madtownmudrun.com
Madison RibberFest 21-22 Two-day treat for the taste buds! Madison's Indiana State Barbecue Cook-off held along the Riverfront. Music, food, boat rides. Fun for the entire family. Admission charged. 800-559-2956 or 812-265-2956. Annual Event www.madisonribberfest.com
Fourth Friday Downtown 28 Participating stores have extended hours, music, fun. 5-8pm 812-493-4984
Gallery Opening or Open Mic Night 28 Gallery Openings by local & regional artists alternating monthly with Open Mic Poetry Night.  Village Lights Bookstore, 812-265-1800.  Mar-Nov
Wine Tasting 28 Madison Apothecary.  Sample featured wines and receive a souvenier wine glass.  All wines 10% off at tastings.  $10pp, 812-265-4621
Neavill's Grove "Old Settlers Meeting" 28 - 30 Antique farm machinery, arts, crafts, food, games, contests. Deputy Pike, Smyrna Township. 812-701-5834. Admission free. Annual Event

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September 2015


Chelsea Jubilee 4-5 Indiana's oldest community reunion.  Music, food, fun.  Fri 4-10pm, Sat 12-10:30pm.  Saluda Township Park, Hwy 62.  812-889-2726
Bluegrass Music 5 Jefferson County 4-H Fairgrounds. 6:00 p.m. Admission free.
Rockin' on the River 5 Car show & concert charity event. 10am-11pm  812-265-4133
Harvest Hoot 6 20th annual celebration of the grape harvest.  Grape stomp, hay wagon vineyard tours, special discounts on select wines.  Madison Vineyards, 888-473-6500.
Music in the Park 11 5pm-9pm  Free outdoor concert, food available. Broadway Fountain.  812-493-4984  www.madisonmainstreet.com 
Canaan Fall Festival and Pony Express Mail Run Celebration 11-12 Pony express mail run w/special postmark, food, entertainment, frog contests, museum tours, flea market.  September 11, open 3pm & September 12, parade begins at 10:30am. The longest running Pony Express Run is Saturday at 1pm. Live music, arts & crafts, kid's contests, dancing. Fall is in the air!  Contact Gale Ferris, 812-839-4770. Admission Free. Annual Event
Behind the Scenes Tour 12 Lanier Mansion, 4pm.  Exclusive look into all the nooks & crannies.  Tour goers should be prepared to climb stairs & walk on uneven surfaces.  $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 children, 812-273-0556
Architectural Walking Tour 19 Guided tour begins begins & ends at Broadway Fountain, 10am-12pm. HMI- 812-265-2967, donations accepted.
Hispanic Cultural Awareness Day 19 Cultural appreciation of Hispanic countries w/food, dance, and artifacts from various Latin American Countries. Broadway Fountain, 4:30-9 pm. 812- 273-4350.
Fourth Friday Downtown 25 Participating stores have extended hours, music, fun. 5-8pm 812-493-4984
Wine Tasting 25 Madison Apothecary.  Sample featured wines and receive a souvenier wine glass.  All wines 10% off at tastings.  $10pp, 812-265-4621
Gallery Opening or Open Mic Night 25 Gallery Openings by local & regional artists alternating monthly with Open Mic Poetry Night.  Village Lights Bookstore, 812-265-1800.  Mar-Nov
Fall Old Court Days 25-27 An antique and crafts outdoor market held around the Jefferson County Court House, Saturday Fish Fry. 9am to 6pm, Daily, Sponsored by the Madison Pilot Club, 812-493-2024.  Admission Free. Annual Event
Twilight Tasting Dinner 26 Multi-course, fixed menu meal in the tasting room or on the covered deck.  Limited seating, reserve early.  Madison Vineyards, 888-473-6500.
44th Annual Madison Chautauqua 26-27 Premier outdoor juried fine arts & crafts event. Historic neighborhood between Broadway & Vine Streets and along Ohio Riverfront. Foodfest, Kid's Korner activity tent. 10-5 p.m. Sat & Sun. Free admission. 800-559-2956/812-265-2956. Sponsored by the VisitMadison, Inc.. Annual Event www.madisonchautauqua.com
The Gathering at the Market 26-27 Antique Show, Saturday 10am - 5 pm, Sunday 11am - 4 pm at The Old Market on Main, 801 West Main Street.  Handmade arts and
crafts and antiques for sale.
Annual Harvest Celebration Festival 26-27 "Fall into Fun". A cornucopia of artists, crafters, festival food and wine engulf the gardens surrounding Lanthier Winery. Celebrate the harvest traditions amidst the brilliance of autumn. 123 Mill Street Location, vintage Madison, Indiana. Call 800-41-WINES for more information about this prestigious event. www.lanthierwinery.com

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October 2015

 


Bluegrass Music 3 Jefferson County 4-H Fairgrounds. 6:00 p.m. Admission free.
Air Show & Fly In 3 Madison Municipal Airport, 10am-3pm.  Air Show at noon,  concessions, aircraft displays.  Donation.  812-273-1914
Soup, Stew, Chili & Brew 10 On Madison's Main Street. Individuals, businesses, and organizations compete to make Madison's best soup, stew or chili. Music, games, and all the great tastes of fall!  11am to 5pm. Call 812-265-3135. Sponsored by the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce. Free admission. Tickets available for tasting & games. Family Friendly!
Behind the Scenes Tour 10 Lanier Mansion, 4pm.  Exclusive look into all the nooks & crannies.  Tour goers should be prepared to climb stairs & walk on uneven surfaces.  $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 children, 812-273-0556
Twilight Tasting Dinner 10 Multi-course, fixed menu meal in the tasting room or on the covered deck.  Limited seating, reserve early.  Madison Vineyards, 888-473-6500.
Night Spirits 16 7pm-9pm  Costumed actors portraying "spirits" recount true tales from Indiana's past. Not recommended for children.  $10pp Lanier Mansion, 812-273-0556
Fourth Friday Downtown 23 Participating stores have extended hours, music, fun. 5-8pm 812-493-4984
Gallery Opening or Open Mic Night 23 Gallery Openings by local & regional artists alternating monthly with Open Mic Poetry Night.  Village Lights Bookstore, 812-265-1800.  Mar-Nov
Wine Tasting 23 Madison Apothecary.  Sample featured wines and receive a souvenier wine glass.  All wines 10% off at tastings.  $10pp, 812-265-4621
Spooky Mansion 24 6pm-8pm  Spooky (not scary) children's Halloween Program.  Candy, ghost stories, spooky decorations, crafts.  Lanier Mansion, 812-273-4531

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November 2015

 


Bluegrass Music 7 Jefferson County 4-H Fairgrounds. 6:00 p.m. Admission free.
Indiana Wine Trail Fall Haul 7-8 Annual Event. Tour all six Southeast Indiana Wineries, food and wine pairings. 11am-5pm www.indianawinetrail.com
Behind the Scenes Tour 14 Lanier Mansion, 4pm.  Exclusive look into all the nooks & crannies.  Tour goers should be prepared to climb stairs & walk on uneven surfaces.  $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 children, 812-273-0556
Fourth Friday Downtown 27 Participating stores have extended hours, music, fun. 5-8pm 812-493-4984
Wine Tasting 27 Madison Apothecary.  Sample featured wines and receive a souvenier wine glass.  All wines 10% off at tastings.  $10pp, 812-265-4621
Gallery Opening or Open Mic Night 27 Gallery Openings by local & regional artists alternating monthly with Open Mic Poetry Night.  Village Lights Bookstore, 812-265-1800.  Mar-Nov
Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes 27-28 & Dec. 4-5 Celebrate the Christmas season while touring public sites and historic private homes. Adult tickets $15, children $5. Fridays 5-9pm and Saturdays 3-9pm. Sponsored by the Visit Madison, 800/559-2956 or 812/265-2956. Annual Event www.nightsbeforechristmas.com
Nights Great Cookie Caper 27-28 & Dec. 4-5 Purchase homemade cookies and treats.  All proceeds benefit local charity.  Fridays 4-8pm, Saturdays 2-8pm, Visitor Center
Small Business Saturday 28 10am-8pm Shop Madison's downtown.  Holiday shopping at its best!

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December 2015

 


Nights Great Cookie Caper 4-5 Purchase homemade cookies and treats.  All proceeds benefit local charity.  Fridays 4-8pm, & Saturdays 2-8pm. Visitor's Center
Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes 4-5 Celebrate the Christmas season while touring public sites and historic private homes. Adult tickets $15, children $5. Fridays 5-9pm and Saturdays 3pm-9pm. Sponsored by the VisitMadison, Inc., 800/559-2956 or 812/265-2956. Annual Event www.nightsbeforechristmas.com
A Very Merry Madison Christmas Parade 5  11am  Downtown Madison begins at Jefferson, ends at Mill Street.
Bluegrass Music 5 Jefferson County 4-H Fairgrounds. 6:00 p.m. Admission free.
Indiana Wine Trail Nouveau Noel 6-7 Indiana Wine Trail Nouveau Noelle Gift Basket.  Buy your ticket, pick-up your basket at Madison Visitor's Center, then visit all 6 wineries along the trail where you’ll receive a gift at each winery to add to your basket. You’ll finish with a wine-themed basket to give as a gift or keep for yourself. www.indianawinetrail.com
Behind the Scenes Tour 12 Lanier Mansion, 4pm.  Exclusive look into all the nooks & crannies.  Tour goers should be prepared to climb stairs & walk on uneven surfaces.  $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 children, 812-273-0556
Spirit of Christmas Past 12 2pm-4pm, free.  Enjoy Victorian Christmas activities for children - includes a craft, stories, Victorian Santa.  Lanier Mansion  812-273-4531

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