City Guide: Summertime In Madison

Madison is a unique feat…

You get all the benefits of a city without all the traffic. And with Wisconsin’s rolling fields of corn, driving into Madison is like you’re teleporting to a different place altogether.

Neroli Salon & Brow Bar lies a midst many of the places that make Madison, well… Madison. There are hipster-esque shops and restaurants featuring foods from all over the world. There’s art and live music every weekend.

Not to mention, since our location is right in the heart of the university, the Monona Terrace and a view of the Lake Monona is just a short drive away. And then there’s the Capitol Square, where the Madison Farmer’s Market takes place every Saturday morning – especially if you’re an early bird.

But that’s a few of the things there are to do after you’ve visited Neroli Salon & Brow Bar. Come in for a haircut, color, or facial and use this guide to help you check out what’s around, depending on what time of the day you stop in.


According to the EscapeThis website, the 120 E. Wilson St. business offers various escape games, or interactive experiences involving working with a team to find clues and solve puzzles in order to escape your chosen room in time. It’s essentially an escape room.

And there are various themed rooms to choose from, from “Sherlocked” to “Forgotten Pharaoh,” where you’re among a team of archeologists seeking to discover the identity of an ancient Egyptian royal.

You and a group, whether you’re spending time with family members or friends, will have an hour to solve to crack the code.

For business hours and how to book a room, visit

Dane County Farmer’s Market

The Dane County Farmer’s Market is known state-wide for its abundance of fresh food and being the epitome of Madison diverse culture.

You’re invited every Saturday to the Capitol Square with your family, friends and “re-usable shopping bags,” according to the farmers market website from 6:15 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. until Nov. 10 of this year. While this is only a seasonal endeavor, it’s an event that draws many visitors from all over the country.

Stroll to the square after your appointment and purchase some fresh vegetables for that kale salad you’ve been wanting to make, listen to live music or interpret some art. Whatever you do, there’s nothing quite like it.

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art


The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art on State Street pays homage to all things culture, whether you’re visiting the Overture Center for the Arts to see the Broadway version of Phantom of the Opera, or visiting one of the free exhibits, there’s a lot to take in.

And while flash photography is not allowed, it doesn’t mean exhibit pieces won’t stay engrained in your memory. Currently, MMoCA is showcasing art from the 1960’s in its “Far Out” exhibit, which explores the minimalism, kinetic and conceptual art movements of the time. But that’s just one example of the splendor you’ll see upon visiting.

If you’re hungry, Fresco awaits you upstairs with cocktails and dishes that suit any pallet. A view of the city will serve as an appetizer side to your entrée.

Visit the MMoCA website for more information about upcoming exhibits, events, and more.

Concerts on the Square

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, founded in 1960, is “dedicated to advancing Wisconsin communities through the transformative power of music,” according to the WCO website about us page.

The WCO strings together (no pun intended) performances for Concerts on the Square, among their many projects, under the direction of Maestro Andrew Sewell.

One upcoming performance will feature Matthew Udry on the cello on June 27 at 7 p.m., who is a winner of the 2018 Young Artist Concerto Competition, on the King Street corner of the capitol square.

For more upcoming concerts and performances, visit the WCO website.

Monona Terrace

The Monona Terrace rooftop offers a spectacular view of Lake Monona, especially during the summertime.

The terrace convention center building’s (located at 1 John Nolen Dr.) hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and rooftop hours are Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday/Saturday from 8 a.m. to midnight.

The convention center accommodates many special events, including weddings. Why travel to Hawaii or either coast when you can get a bridal finish and makeup application at Neroli Salon & Brow Bar, then drive right to your ceremony?

The Monona Terrace also hosts its own events, including Concerts on the Rooftop, award ceremonies and even afternoon meditations.

Visit for a complete list of goings on or to book your special occasion.

This blog post was written by Neroli Madison Team Leader, Emilie.

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