Community Events Tickets

Monona Terrace is producing several free and paid events that now require an online ticket. We have implemented this new system to allow for better communication with our customers, and to help us better estimate crowd size to ensure the comfort and safety of all patrons. Events that do not require a ticket can be found on our website here.

Here is a list of current, upcoming events that require online tickets.

Wright Design Series

Thursday, February 13

Community and Lowercase Architecture

Presented by Lou Host-Jablonski, AIA

A “citizen architect” reflects on four decades in a non-profit architectural office, using community advocacy to advance local design literacy and creating accessible, lowercase architecture. The civics of design as local democracy; service versus statement as practice. Creativity and fun in the neighborhood sandbox. And thinking globally along the way, collaborating on nation-leading research into alternative, sustainable construction techniques.

Free Ticket Required



Saturday, February 29, 2019
7:00 – 11:00pm

Exhibition Hall, Monona Terrace
Adults Only (18+) – Limited Tickets Available

Welcome to 2020, where things are bigger, better, and bouncier. Get your tickets now to BOUNCE, the only event in town for adults featuring giant inflatables, interactive games, music, and cash bar cocktails. Because why should kids have all of the fun?

Important information:

• Wear comfortable clothing for movement (e.g. jumping, climbing, and sliding).
• Shoes are prohibited on all inflatables. It is recommended that participants bring non-slip socks or go barefoot at the event.

$12* ADVANCE (Online Only)/ $20 DAY OF EVENT (Onsite Only)

*Price of ticket does not include taxes and fees.
If not sold out, tickets will be sold onsite starting at 7:00 p.m.


Wright Design Series

Thursday, March 5

The Intersection of Place and Craft

Presented by Steve Raike, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Raike of Lake Flato Architects will discuss how place and craft inform their design process in the pursuit of buildings intimately connected to the land.

Steve Raike is architect and educator with over 25 years of experience working on a broad range of project types ranging from institutional and civic architecture to single family residences. Throughout his career, he has focused on the fusion of beautifully crafted architecture with the science of sustainability, resulting in numerous national design and sustainability awards. Steve has taught and lectured throughout the U.S. and Canada to a wide range of audiences on the topics of tectonics, craft and building performance.

Free Ticket Required


Wright Design Series

Thursday, March 26

The Bauhaus, De Stijl, Mies + Frank Lloyd Wright

Presented by James M. Dennis, Professor Emeritus, Department of Art History UW–Madison

The design of residential architecture was radically changed by a young, Madison-raised genius living in a Chicago suburb at the beginning of the 20th Century. In Europe, only a handful of architects would achieve anything comparable to the works of Frank Lloyd Wright before World War I. After the war ended the first house designs of the German-born Bauhaus, under the direction of its founder, Walter Gropius, were faltering attempts to catch up.

Through many illustrations Dennis shows how by the time the Bauhaus was forced to close in 1933, its associated house designs had flourished full force. Whether termed Bauhaus, International, or Miesian its final phase occurred in Chicago where Mies Van der Rohe found refuge and an entertaining friendship with Wright.

Free Ticket Required


Wright Design Series

Thursday, April 23

Art Deco Chicago and the Real International Style

Presented by Robert Bruegmann

Robert Bruegmann will argue that Chicago’s greatest contribution to the history of global modernism has been obscured by histories that foreground European avant garde designers like the ones at the Bauhaus. In fact, where those designers only talked about changing the world through design, Chicago’s companies and designers actually did make life easier and more aesthetically pleasing when they produced an entire series of design icons between the two world wars: buildings by Holabird & Root, tools and appliances from Sears, Bell telephones from Western Electric, bicycles from Schwinn, radios from Radio Flyer, mixmasters and toasters from Sunbeam.

Free Ticket Required


Mini Meditation Retreat

Sunday, May 3

Community Terrace

Please join us in the beautiful surroundings of Monona Terrace for a day of self-care and restoration guided by Sarah Moore M.D.

What to bring:

• Wear comfortable clothing and dress in layers (sweater or shawl)
• Something to lie on (e.g. yoga mat, camping bedroll, blanket)
• Something to cover yourself with (e.g. blanket or beach towel)
• Something to place under your head & knees (e.g. towel, spiral pillow, blanket)
• Water bottle
• Eye pillow or something to use to cover your eyes
• Meditation cushion or bench if you prefer that to a chair (Chairs will be provided)