We know how to throw a party! We’ve been doing this since 1809….there is ALWAYS something to do when you come to Madison. There are home tours, music events, garden tours, holiday events, parades, arts/crafts shows, 5Ks, car shows, food & wine tastings, and beer on tap – just to name a few.

Our largest events include Madison River Jam (formerly RiverRoots), Madison Regatta, Madison Ribberfest BBQ & Blues, Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art, Soup, Stew, Chili & Brew Festival, Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes, and Wonderland in the Park.

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November 2020

9th Annual Square Deal Show

November 1 @ 11:00 am - December 31 @ 5:00 pm
Art on Main, 309 W. Main Street
Madison, 47250 United States
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Any artist, all ages, may participate by purchasing 2 blank 12" square unframed canvases and creating your masterpiece to be displayed at Art on Main from November 1st thru December 31st. All pieces will be for sale for $99. November 1 - December 31 11am-5pm M, T, Th, F, Sa; Su 12-4pm Art on Main

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Festival of Trees & Host of Angels

November 27 - December 31
Lanthier Winery, 123 Mill Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Free

10am-6pm November 27 - December 31 The Midwest's largest collection of Holiday angels are showcased during the Festival of Trees. For more info 812-273-2409

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Wonderland Drive

November 27 - December 31

Wonderland Drive is presented by 'Wonderland in the Park'. Each year the festival has increased the amount of lights it adds to the riverfront and bicentennial park. Drive down Wonderland Drive, also known as Vaughn Drive (riverfront) and enjoy thousands of lights and light displays.  This event allows for social distancing by being an outdoor event, mainly a driving experience. All those walking the riverfront and park, are encouraged to social distance from others. This event is brought to you…

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Spirit of the Season

November 28 @ 9:30 am - December 31 @ 6:00 pm
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An event every year that begins at 9:30 am on of January, repeating until November 28, 2020

Lanthier Winery, 123 Mill Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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FREE ADMISSION

Lanthier Winery's much anticipated holiday wine release. Rudolph Red, Snowflake White and St. Nick Blush arrive! This event runs through New Year's Eve. For more information 812-273-2409 or info@lanthierwinery.com

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December 2020

Merry Madison Lights Tour

December 1, 2020 - January 4, 2021
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FREE

Enjoy Merry Madison all lit up for the holiday season. Download the free PocketSights App to see all the points of interest on this magical driving tour experience. From Main Street, the Historic Broadway Fountain, the Riverfront and Wonderland Drive to all the businesses and residents taking part in the tour. Lights will be on thru the New Year! Tour goers are encouraged to enjoy the lights from the safety of their vehicles. If you plan to walk please practice…

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Cancelled – Nights Great Cookie Caper!

December 4 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Madison Visitors Center, 601 W. First St.
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Fridays and Saturdays of the Nights before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes weekends, at the Visitors Center.  Purchase homemade cookies and sweet treats WHILE THEY LAST!  All proceeds benefit local charity.

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Cancelled – Nights before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes

December 4 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Historic Downtown, Main Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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$20

Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) this event is cancelled for 2020. Save the 2021 Dates: Nov 26 & 27 and Dec 3 & 4. Fridays 5-9pm and Saturdays 3pm-9pm.  Celebrate the Christmas season while touring public sites and historic private homes. Adult tickets $20, children (5-12) $5. Sponsored by the VisitMadison, Inc., 800/559-2956 or 812/265-2956. Pre-sale tickets $15 for adults (this price ends 2 weeks before the first night of the tour. For groups of 20 or more call 812-265-2956 or…

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Cancelled – A Very Merry Madison Christmas Parade

December 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Main Street Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map
Free

UPDATE November 13, 2020: We are disappointed to announce the City of Madison “A Very Merry Christmas Parade” and “Christmas Festival on Main” are canceled. The lights at the Broadway Fountain will still be illuminated to kick off the season, but the city will not host this year’s “Light Up Madison” event. The Parks Department “Christmas Craft Show” is also canceled. “This was a difficult decision for us to make, but the health of our community must come first. Unfortunately,…

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Cancelled – Christmas on Main Festival

December 5 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Madison Main Street Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

UPDATE November 13, 2020: We are disappointed to announce the City of Madison “A Very Merry Christmas Parade” and “Christmas Festival on Main” are canceled. The lights at the Broadway Fountain will still be illuminated to kick off the season, but the city will not host this year’s “Light Up Madison” event. The Parks Department “Christmas Craft Show” is also canceled. “This was a difficult decision for us to make, but the health of our community must come first. Unfortunately,…

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Cancelled – Nights Great Cookie Caper!

December 5 @ 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Madison Visitors Center, 601 W. First St.
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Fridays and Saturdays of the Nights before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes weekends, at the Visitors Center.  Purchase homemade cookies and sweet treats WHILE THEY LAST!  All proceeds benefit local charity.

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Cancelled – Nights before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes

December 5 @ 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Historic Downtown, Main Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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$20

Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) this event is cancelled for 2020. Save the 2021 Dates: Nov 26 & 27 and Dec 3 & 4. Fridays 5-9pm and Saturdays 3-9pm.  Celebrate the Christmas season while touring public sites and historic private homes. Adult tickets $20, children (5-12) $5.  Sponsored by the Visit Madison, 800/559-2956 or 812/265-2956. Pre-sale tickets $15 for adults (this price ends 2 weeks before the first night of the tour) Online and phone orders are subject to a $1 handling…

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Sugarplum Celebration

December 12 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Lanthier Winery, 123 Mill Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Free

12pm-2pm  A "sweet holiday vision" dancing with complimentary samples of fudge, cookies, candies and sugarplums.  Families welcome. For more info 812-273-2409

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Live Music at Mad Paddle Brewwery featuring Fall City Boys

December 12 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mad Paddle Brewery, 301 West Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Come rumble with the Falls City Boys on Saturday night!

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CANCELLED – A Merry Christmas Tea

December 13 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Shrewsbury-Windle House, 301 W. First Street
Madison, IN 78641 United States
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$35

Due to COVID-19 (Corona-virus) this event has been cancelled. In the tradition of Ellen Shrewsbury and Ann Windle, graciously welcoming Madisonians into their home since 1849--come enjoy the 4th in the 2020 Hats & High Tea Series at the award-winning, restored Shrewsbury-Windle House, a National Historic Landmark. A MERRY CHRISTMAS TEA Enjoy four courses of spectacular sweets & savories, live music, vintage china, stunning architecture — includes house tour. Hats, dresses, coats, jackets and ties recommended; ABSOLUTELY no jeans or stilettos,…

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April 2021

American Duchess Visit

April 25, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Madison Riverfront Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

Take a stroll on Madison, Indiana's beautiful riverfront and enjoy the sights of the American Duchess Steamboat docked on our shores. 7:00-4:00 pm (No public access) The American Duchess is the first all-suite paddlewheeler on U.S. rivers, a floating, intimate masterpiece that can carry up to 166 guests through America's heartland. The paddlewheeler, created from a 1995 hull, was completely reconstructed to become one of the most luxurious river cruising vessels in the country, featuring single-seating main dining and entertainment…

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American Duchess Visit

April 27, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Madison’s Riverfront, Vaugh Drive
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Take a stroll on Madison, Indiana's beautiful riverfront and enjoy the sights of the American Duchess Steamboat docked on our shores. 7:00-7:00 pm (No public access) The American Duchess is the first all-suite paddlewheeler on U.S. rivers, a floating, intimate masterpiece that can carry up to 166 guests through America's heartland. The paddlewheeler, created from a 1995 hull, was completely reconstructed to become one of the most luxurious river cruising vessels in the country, featuring single-seating main dining and entertainment…

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June 2021

American Duchess Visit

June 8, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Madison Riverfront Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

Take a stroll on Madison, Indiana's beautiful riverfront and enjoy the sights of the American Duchess Steamboat docked on our shores. 7:00-6:00 pm (No public access) The American Duchess is the first all-suite paddlewheeler on U.S. rivers, a floating, intimate masterpiece that can carry up to 166 guests through America's heartland. The paddlewheeler, created from a 1995 hull, was completely reconstructed to become one of the most luxurious river cruising vessels in the country, featuring single-seating main dining and entertainment…

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American Duchess Visit

June 20, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Madison Riverfront Madison, IN 47250 United States + Google Map

Take a stroll on Madison, Indiana's beautiful riverfront and enjoy the sights of the American Duchess Steamboat docked on our shores. 7:00-6:00 pm (No public access) The American Duchess is the first all-suite paddlewheeler on U.S. rivers, a floating, intimate masterpiece that can carry up to 166 guests through America's heartland. The paddlewheeler, created from a 1995 hull, was completely reconstructed to become one of the most luxurious river cruising vessels in the country, featuring single-seating main dining and entertainment…

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American Queen Visit

June 29, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Madison’s Riverfront, Vaugh Drive
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Take a stroll on Madison, Indiana's beautiful riverfront and enjoy the sights of the American Duchess Steamboat docked on our shores. 8:00-5:00 pm. (No public access)

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July 2021

American Queen Visit

July 11, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Madison’s Riverfront, Vaugh Drive
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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Take a stroll on Madison, Indiana's beautiful riverfront and enjoy the sights of the American Duchess Steamboat docked on our shores. 8:00-5:00 pm. (No public access)

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December 2021

Wonderland in the Park

December 10, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - December 11, 2021 @ 9:00 pm
Free, donations appreciated

Merry Madison's newest Christmas event. Walk through an enchanting festive winter wonderland filled with family-friendly fun on Historic Madison's riverfront & Bicentennial Park! Come back for more details. Friday and Saturday, December 11th & 12th - both days 5:30pm-9pm FREE ADMISSION, donations accepted. For more information contact 800-559-2956 or email info@visitmadison.org  Interested in being a sponsor? Contact us today!

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