HI Madison Hostel

141 South Butler St
Madison, Wisconsin 53703
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4 Places to See Free Live Music in Madison This Summer

I’m always on the hunt for live music when I visit a new city. Not only is it affordable entertainment, but a free show is a gre
We're always on the hunt for free live music when we visit a new city. Not only is it affordable entertainment, but a free show is a great place to meet locals and learn what makes a community unique. We’ve hunted out some great places near the HI Madison hostel to see free live music this summer, but there’s always more to add to the list, so keep your ear to the ground as you explore the city.

1. Live on King Street

Visit Madison in summer and you might think the locals are a bit crazy with their love of restaurant patios, farmers markets, flowers, and outdoor music. But after months of a cold winter, they earned the right to excessively celebrate the sunshine. Majestic Madison has been producing the Live on King Street series for many years now. The events feature a mix of local and regional artists, as well as several bigger name, national acts. These free shows take place just steps away from HI Madison, so head out for the free concert, and enjoy King Street flooded with people, food, drinks, and music.

2. Local shows

Outside of the popular places like the MMOCA and Orpheum Theater, Madison has a thriving local arts and music scene. You can catch some amazing performances at unexpected places like converted software studios and co-working spaces, or gallery nights at local museums. Even better, Open Mics are (almost) as popular as bar trivia, and you can find one almost any night of the week. Oh, and Gomeroke. Never forget Gomeroke. It's karaoke with a live band at the High Noon Saloon.

3. Concerts on the Square

This concert series takes place on the beautiful Capitol lawns. Join other hostel travelers on an outing to these concerts with a blanket and picnic in hand. They happen just a short walk from the hostel on the Capitol square, where you'll find the impressive crowd of Wisconsinites who come out for the show.

4. Concerts on the Rooftop

Throughout the summer there's always something going on at the Monona Terrace Rooftop. A few blocks from the hostel on the South side of the Capitol, the center was designed by our homeboy Frank Lloyd Wright, and provides gorgeous panoramic views of the lake as well as downtown. Relax, and enjoy local music and a local brew on a warm summer night amidst the rooftop gardens.