Free Outdoor Movie Showings & Live Music at Lakeside Cinema this Summer | Madison, WI

(Madison, WI): It’s going to be a summer to remember at the Memorial Union Terrace with the return of free terrace programming and the debut of a limited time restaurant.

Terrace Art Zone

Terrace season events will begin with Terrace Art Zone, a series of free art projects hosted by the Wisconsin Union’s Wheelhouse Studios. You can take part in printmaking on June 9, weaving on June 23, mobile-making on Aug. 4, and object marbling on Aug. 18 from 5-7 p.m. or while supplies last.

**In the case of inclement weather, Art Zone will occur at Wheelhouse Studios, located on the lower level of Memorial Union. Space for these events is available on a first come, first served basis.

Live Music

Free, live music on the Memorial Union Terrace’s UW Credit Union Stage will begin June 11:

  • Beo Quartet, June 11 at noon
  • Pat McCurdy, June 11 at 7 p.m.
  • Donna Woodall and Marquis Hill, June 19 at 7 p.m.
  • Cork ‘n Bottle String Band, June 24 at 7 p.m.
  • Don’t Mess with Cupid, July 2 at 7 p.m.
  • Bear in the Forest, Deryk G. and Sylvie Lou, July 10 at 7 p.m.
  • Handphibians, July 15 at 7 p.m.
  • Steely Dane, July 23 at 7 p.m.
  • Telethon and Half Catholic, July 31 at 7 p.m.
  • To be announced artists with performances presented as part of the Sugar Maple Music Festival, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m.

Lakeside Cinema

Screenings will begin at 9 p.m. The film showing schedule includes the following:

  • “Dazed and Confused,” June 14
  • “Finding Nemo,” June 28
  • “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” July 12
  • “Do the Right Thing,” July 26
  • “Lilo and Stitch,” Aug. 9
  • “Wet Hot American Summer,” Aug. 23

**In the case of inclement weather on a film showing or live music event date, the performance or film showing on that date will be canceled. Seating during live music and film showings is available on a first come, first served basis.

Sunset Lounge & Restaurant

Brand new in 2021 – a limited time dining experience – called the Sunset Lounge & Restaurant. This reservations-only dining will take place Thursday-Saturday from 4-11 p.m. beginning June 17.

Reservations for each week will open the Monday before each week’s Thursday-Saturday dining opportunities. Guests can book two-hour reservations for one to six people at a table. Twenty-five tables will be available. Sunset Lounge & Restaurant tables and seating will be located outside of the Sunset Lounge on the Terrace.


“We couldn’t be more excited to bring events back to the Terrace,” said Heidi Lang, Wisconsin Union associate director for social education. “After a year in which we connected mostly through virtual events, the chance to experience events alongside others again is a glimpse of normalcy and hope and something we will never take for granted.”

Patrons can visit TerraceSummer.com for information about Terrace summer programming, current health and safety information, and other Terrace operations details.

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