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Address: The Square, By Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Madison, WI
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40,000 People Can't Be Wrong

Well I liked "being there". What started like an invite to go with another couple ended up being a "Meet Up" and 24 friends from River Hills Church in Sauk City, WI showed up in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
Merrimac, Wisconsin
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Whitewater, Wisconsin
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

We had looked forward to finally attending COS, but were thoroughly disappointed by the "performance" of the audience. Attendance was estimated at 50,000, and nearly all of them seemed to have come to socialize rather than to listen to the music. Fortunately we were close to a speaker, so we heard the great music fine, but there was a continuous... More 

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Merrimac, Wisconsin
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138 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Well I liked "being there". What started like an invite to go with another couple ended up being a "Meet Up" and 24 friends from River Hills Church in Sauk City, WI showed up in one gathering spot. Space saved by an early couple was critical, bringing a light comfortable chair is critical, snacks or dinner in a basket is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Free concerts every Wednesday during the summer around the capitol in Madison. This is one of the best experiences you can have of Wisconsin/ the Midwest! Bring a blanket to the capitol early in the day to save a spot. Then come back later with your picnic dinner - or buy food at one of the stands around the capitol.

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Middleton, Wisconsin
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Summer in Madison can be characterized by spending time near our Capitol. Either Wednesday Night's Concerts on the Square or during our Saturday Farmers Market. Wednesday Night's concerts are very relaxing and guaranteed to be busy with lots of people. Take your blanket, a bottle of wine, and some eats and kick back and enjoy. You will find people with... More 

2 Thank Jeff L
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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63 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

There is nothing quite like Wednesday Concerts on the Square with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. If your planning a picnic on the grass you will have to get your blanket down shortly after 3PM to get a spot...many people attend if the weather is good, like THOUSANDS.... Concerts start at 7 but get in the area before 5 to find... More 

1 Thank Stevencoles
madison, WI
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46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Madison audiences care about the music. So if you choose to sit on the square, you may be shushed for any talking during the music. This helps make it a nice crowd event. People behaving! Bring a picnic or pick up a boxed dinner. Beverages permitted! The Chamber Orchestra is very good and it's a lovely event for five weeks... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

FREE to anyone, this annual event runs a few weeks through the summer months, always on Wednesday evenings. Enjoy the music on the lawn of the State Capitol Building (and have some wine with your picnic.) Highly rated, even for non-symphony lovers.

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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I used to go to the Concerts on the Square regularly, maybe 10-15 years ago, but over the years, I have gradually gone less frequently to almost never now. Too much a good thing is not always wonderful and it really knows what it is now and really has lost any charm or uniqueness it once had. It's down to... More 

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Cottage Grove
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

You sit on the lawn on a beautiful summer night, have a picnic and relax to the sounds of the symphony.

1 Thank Kevin B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Concert on the square can be romantic, family orientated, friends gathering or whatever you want it to be. You can bring a blanket and sit on the lawn and have a picnic, or pull up a chair and a table and have a meal prepared for you and everything in between. Local vendors sell food and beer if you chose... More 

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