Get out and play: How to make the most of summer in Middleton

Summer has finally arrived, and there’s no better place to spend it than Middleton. Here’s your guide to the best places for outdoor recreation and outdoor dining, plus a look at some of the fun events and festivals on tap in July and August.

Play outside

It’s easy to take advantage of beautiful summer weather at Middleton’s parks and other public spaces. Explore great walking and biking options at the 519-acre Pheasant Branch Conservancy or hit the links at Pleasant View Golf Course.

If you’re looking for somewhere to cool off, head to the Splash Pad at Lakeview Park or take a dip in the pool at the Walter R. Bauman Outdoor Aquatic Center. Or, stop by Marshall Board & Boat Rentals to take a canoe or kayak out on Lake Mendota.

Outdoor dining

There are few things better than enjoying a tasty meal — or a refreshing beverage — outside on a beautiful summer day. Lucky for you, Middleton has dozens of restaurants and bars featuring outdoor seating that let you enjoy the weather.

Downtown restaurants with outdoor dining include The Free House Pub, Grace Coffee Co., Hubbard Avenue Diner, Sofra Family Bistro, Longtable Beer Café, The Village Green, Takara 88 and Villa Dolce. Plus, Capital Brewery’s popular Bier Garten is open all summer long and Grape Water Wine Bar’s sidewalk cafe is open. And all are welcome to use the open picnic table at Stone Horse Green!

At Greenway Station, diners can find outdoor seating at Ancho & Agave, Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano, Dhaba Indian Bistro, Fuji Sushi & Hibachi, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, Tanner’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill and Monk’s Bar & Grill.

Other outdoor dining destinations include 1847 at the Stamm House, Nitty Gritty, Craftsman Table & Tap, Prairie Café & Bakery, Lupe’s Taqueria, Bristled Boar Saloon & Grill, C’s Restaurant & Bakery and Mid Town Pub.

See a full list of Middleton restaurants here.

festivals, fun & Music

Summer also means outdoor events, and there’s no shortage of fun on the calendar in Middleton. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Thursday from May 6 through Oct. 7, the Greenway Station Farmers’ Market offers a great selection of locally grown produce, baked goods, cheeses, meats and more.

Downtown Middleton Summer Fun series: Beginning July 1 through Aug. 26, there will be weekly free entertainment on Stone Horse Green in downtown Middleton. Come enjoy music and more from 6-8 p.m. every Thursday. Grab some carryout from one of Middleton’s downtown restaurants and enjoy an evening in Middleton! This event is sponsored by the Middleton Community Development Authority.

Keva Sports Center is sponsoring outdoor summer concerts July-August, including LANCO on July 17; and Everclear on Aug. 21.

Capital Brewery & Bier Garten has brought back live music in the bier garten! Check out its Facebook events page or go to our calendar of events to see the weekly schedule!

Prairie Chase Run/Walk is set for June 25 in Pheasant Branch Conservancy. Register now!

Mark your calendar for two big events held in Middleton in August. Middleton’s world-famous National Mustard Museum holds National Mustard Day on the first Saturday in August in honor of this versatile condiment — you’ll find live music, games, mustard tastings and lots more fun. A few weeks later, Middleton hosts the annual Good Neighbor Festival, a fun community event that includes live entertainment, food, carnival rides, a parade and more.

See all summer events here.

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