So much to do this weekend: The Dane County Fair in full swing Alliant Energy Center, with lots of animals on display, freestyle motocross, workhorses, vendors, carnival rides and more. The gates to the fair open at 9 a.m. Friday through Sunday and the carnival opens at noon. Activity and entry deadlines vary – for details see www.danecountyfair.com. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian after 4:00 p.m. Admission is $10 for ages 12 and up; $5 for 6 to 11 year olds; and free for ages 5 and under.
The wind quintet live! …music with life presents a free chamber music concert at 7 p.m. on Fridays, with works by Stravinsky, Grieg, Debussy and Danzi. Bring a lawn chair for the performance of these professional Madison-area musicians at Rennebohm Park115 N. Eau Claire Ave. Details are at www.convivomusicwithlife.org.
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Saturday, celebrate 25th anniversary of Monona terrace with “Building on a Dream”, a free musical evening on the roof of the building overlooking Lake Monona. The festivities kick off with the Extra Crispy Brass Band (playing at 5:30 p.m. on the Olin Terrace), followed on the roof by the Dynamic Badgerettes (6:30 p.m.), Orquesta MAS (7 p.m.), DJ Pain 1 (8 p.m.), the People Brothers Band ( 8:30 p.m.) and a light drone show (9:30 p.m.). The rain date is Sunday. More information is at www.monaterrace.com/25.
Free Shakespeare in the Parks returns to the area as Summit Players Theater brings the bard’s “Much Ado About Nothing” to Lake Kegonsa State Park at 7 p.m. on Friday and Mirror Lake State Park at 7 p.m. Saturday. Each free, family-friendly performance is 75 minutes long and will be preceded by a 45-minute educational workshop at 5:30 p.m. Admission to the state park requires a 2022 vehicle sticker or an $8 daily vehicle pass with Wisconsin plates. More information is at www.summitplayerstheatre.com.
A “relaunch” Midwestern Fire Festival invites visitors to explore all things fire forged – with demonstrations and items for sale in media ranging from solder and clay to metal arts and hot glass. The festival – complete with music, fire dancers, a 7 foot clay sculpture and more – operates 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Westside Park, Cambridge. More information is at midwestfirefest.com.
And join thousands as Opera in the Park returns to Garner Park at 8 p.m. Saturday, with a free outdoor concert by top opera singers, the Madison Opera Chorus and Madison Symphony Orchestra conducted by John DeMain . The park opens that day at 7am and blankets, chairs, food and drink are allowed. An announcement will be made by 5 p.m. Saturday if the event has to be postponed due to weather. The rain date is Sunday. More information is at madisonopera.org.