Memorial Union Terrace Reopening for the Season on April 13

(Madison, WI): The Wisconsin Union’s Terrace chairs will return to the Memorial Union Terrace April 13, marking the start of Terrace season 2022.

There’s nothing more iconic to a Madison summer than the historic Memorial Union Terrace.

You can enjoy the iconic sunburst chairs, beautiful lake views, gorgeous sunsets, and your food faves and of course Babcock ice cream.

No reservations are needed this summer — guests can enter along the east side of Memorial Union, outside or indoors, to experience the Terrace.

Grab a chair and soak up the sun on the historic Memorial Union Terrace. It’s a definitely must-visit spot for Madison area families each summer!

Visit to learn more about the 2022 Terrace season experience.

The Wisconsin Union team anticipates that the following events, services and activities will be available during the 2022 Terrace season:

  • Lakeside Cinema, free film showings at 9 p.m. on Mondays from Memorial Day to Labor Day as well as June 12 and 26, July 10 and 24, and Aug. 7 – hosted by the Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD) Film Committee with support from Dean SSM Health
  • Open mic nights on Wednesday evenings beginning in late May – hosted by the WUD Music Committee with support from Dean SSM Health
  • Free, live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings beginning in late May – hosted by the WUD Music Committee with support from Dean SSM Health
  • Free, live jazz performances as part of the Madison Jazz Festival and Juneteenth Jubilee June 18-19 – presented by the Wisconsin Union Theater and the Arts + Literature Laboratory
    • The weekend also includes two ticketed headliners in Shannon Hall to be announced in April 2022.
  • Terrace Art Zone, a series of free art project-creating events Wednesday-Friday evenings – hosted by Wheelhouse Studios
  • New to the 2022 Terrace season: Terrace Art Cart, which will offer DIY art kits for purchase – hosted by Wheelhouse Studios
  • Terrace Paintacular on Sept. 5, Madison’s largest, free group paint night – hosted by Wheelhouse Studios
  • Paddling equipment rentals beginning in late May and camping, hiking and climbing rentals – offered by Outdoor UW
  • Family Night on Lake Mendota, a night of family-friendly paddling, sightseeing and games – hosted by Outdoor UW
  • Member Thursdays, Wisconsin Union lifetime and annual members-only events, such as tasting events and special member pricing on Terrace Art Cart art kits and Outdoor UW equipment rentals
  • Reopening of seasonal Terrace dining options the Brat Stand and the BBQ Stand and the seasonal Memorial Union dining option Lakeview Lounge on to-be-determined dates

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