2016 Spirit of Hospitality Lifetime Award from the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau
Don't forget to experience all the permanent exhibits available to view at Monona Terrace.
The Monona Terrace Rooftop
Place Making Popularizes a Favorite Madison Destination
Madison, WI – The Monona Terrace rooftop has been known to Madisonians over the years as sporting one of the best views in the city, but with little else to offer. Recent enhancements and place making updates have made the location one of Madison’s most popular gathering destinations.
Striking blue and yellow umbrellas now cover the numerous tables offering ample shady seating for visitors looking to take in the gorgeous views of Lake Monona and the city skyline. “We wanted to make the rooftop a visitor and community destination appropriate for its prime location, the investment made by the community through the thousands of personal messages memorialized on the tiles located here, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision to connect the Capitol with the lake,” says Executive Director Gregg McManners.
The William T. Evjue Rooftop Gardens are blooming with gorgeous, landscaped bursts of color under the new direction of head landscaper Tony Gomez-Phillips. Bringing eight years of horticulture experience from Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Tony has begun a major renovation of the Monona Terrace gardens, which cover the rooftop and Olin Terrace. “I’m excited to continue growing the gardens and to connect people with what Frank Lloyd Wright envisioned as an inviting and beautiful community destination. It’s important to lay the foundation so this year has been about learning the microclimate and understanding what systems need to be in place in order to create a low-maintenance, sustainable rooftop garden experience. The beauty is already here; hopefully I can add to that and compliment the amazing views of Lake Monona,” said Gomez-Phillips. As for the future? Tony has big plans for the layout and water efficiency of the gardens and is currently recruiting volunteer help for early fall. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Now in its full second year, Art on the Rooftop has added a bit of whimsy to the rooftop. A free exhibition of public sculpture, the exhibit began as an outdoor pilot project in 2014 to help draw more visitors to the rooftop, while showcasing beautiful artwork from regional artists. The 2016 exhibit includes seven works all by different Midwest artists, six are located on the rooftop which will be on display through Nov 2016, and one is installed year round on Olin Terrace, the walkway leading up to Monona Terrace from the State Capitol. The installations, curated by local artist and arts manager David Wells, will showcase new art pieces each year.
The rooftop is also complimented by the Lake Vista Café which offers casual gourmet fare in a comfortable outdoor setting with some of the best views of the city and Lake Monona. The full menu can be seen here.
As the waters just off shore from Monona Terrace serve as the site of the 1967 plane crash that ended the life of Otis Redding, there is a memorial tribute to the great soul singer located on the East side of the rooftop, near the café. And it’s a wonderful spot to reflect on the life of the “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” artist whose career was cut short just as he was entering the mainstream pop music charts.
Parking is available for $5 in the Monona Terrace parking ramp at One John Nolen Drive. For more information, visit or call (608) 261-4000.
The Frank Lloyd Wright designed facility has a mission to deliver an exceptional and inspirational experience.
See you at the 2nd Annual Madison Mini Maker Faire
- Saturday May 13, 2017.
ABOUT MAKER FAIRE
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.
Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.
The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2015 celebrated its tenth annual show with some 1100+ makers and 145,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in four years to 600+ makers and 80,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Orlando, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Silver Spring, Ottawa, Lisbon, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Newcastle, Hannover, Oslo, Trondheim, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, and Shenzhen are the home of larger-scale, “featured” Maker Faires. In addition, over 120 community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world—including right here in Madison, Wisconsin.
Maker Faire is supported by Make: magazine and Maker Media.
“Exciting Lineup for Madison’s First Maker Faire!”
Madison, WI – The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth is coming to Madison! The first-ever Madison Mini Maker Faire is scheduled for Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 10am – 5pm at Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center and on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. A fantastic showcase of over 75 makers and presenters will be sharing their talents at the event. See the list of makers here! Also enjoy performances at two stages located throughout the event, including an outdoor pedal powered stage which will feature music making at its finest from the UW Madison Electronic Music Club, The Sigourney Weavers, Black Star Drum Line, The Fauxtons, Mascot Theory, and Lucas Cates. A special explosive, musical show by national Maker Faire performers Eepy Bird, a.k.a. the Coke & Mentos Guys, will take place on the rooftop at 2pm. Workshops, aerialist performances and other fun activities will take place throughout the day.
Patrons can enjoy the free Maker Faire area (no ticket required) on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., adjacent to the Saturday farmers market. Then, purchase tickets to the main event on Eventbrite or at the door, $10 adults, $5 kids 5-11. Ages 5 and under are free.
Maker Faire is a family friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. “Make, create, craft, recycle, build, think, play and be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science and technology.” Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.
The Madison Mini Maker Faire is proudly sponsored by Zendesk, Tormach, Make Magazine, Glassroots, Wisconsin Public Radio, Arts Wisconsin, Madison Arts Commission with additional funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board, The Evjue Foundation, Design Concepts, Isthmus Publishing and Overture Center. For information on sponsorship, visit http://makerfairemadison.com/sponsor/. Follow Madison Mini Maker Faire on Twitter @MakerFaireMdsn and on Facebook/makerfairemadison. Madison Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.
Laura and Sanjay had a beautiful Indian fusion wedding and reception at Monona Terrace. They had a traditional Indian wedding with a Western style reception afterwards. Check out the fantastic photos captured by Ueda Photography
Troy & Katie’s Fall Wedding
Troy and Katie had a beautiful fall wedding and reception at Monona Terrace. Their goal was for a traditional look, but they also kept things personal with some decorations and style. Take a look at the amazing photos captured by Maison Meredith Photography!