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Cap Times Talks: Madison's Outdoor Festivals: Too Many Or Not Enough? (free)

  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

A panel discussion takes on Madison's glut of outdoor events. Info

Alejandro Escovedo playing at the 2017 Orton Park Festival.

Alejandro Escovedo playing at the 2017 Orton Park Festival.

From open-air concerts to an assortment of obnoxious sporting events to whatever "Cars On State" is supposed to be, Madison does indeed love its outdoor events. A recent Capital Times story by reporter Abigail Becker made a pretty convincing case that the sheer number of these events has exploded over the past decade, and that they're actually throwing wrenches into the workings of the city (the bus detours alone can be maddening). At this event, Becker will moderate a panel about where all this outdoor fun and its attendant logistical and financial implications are headed. On the panel will be City of Madison community event coordinator Kelli Lamberty, Big Top Baseball president Vern Stenman (part of the team operating Breese Stevens Field), southwest side Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Association president patty Prime, and Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center executive director Gary Kallas. It's too bad local performers don't have a strong presence on this panel, but it should still be a worthwhile discussion of the different interests that collide in the season of outdoor fun. —Scott Gordon