Madison, Wisconsin, USA

If you haven’t visited Madison before, it’s a little hard to describe. Madison provides the friendliness of a medium-sized city with a lot of the attractions of a bigger one — and this is almost certainly due to the presence of the University of Wisconsin campus, occupying a subtle 933 acres through the center of the city. A fannish wit once described Madison as “a cross between Seattle without the ocean and Austin without the heat.” We hope you will venture out of the hotel while you are here and enjoy our great city!


Madison weather in May can be… well… unpredictable. You might like to check the weather forecast at Channel 3000 as the date gets close. The website also has local news and other links, including a pollen forecast on the weather page.

Construction & traffic

Should you be driving to Madison, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has a page about current highway construction, as do the Illinois, Minnesota, and Iowa departments of transportation. You might also like to look at this listing of Madison construction closures as well.

We also try to post an annual update on our blog about a week or two out from the convention.

Local attractions

Two local events which may cause traffic delays or detours (as well as being of interest to some members) are Bratfest and the Madison Marathon — both of which are held over Memorial Day weekend, just like WisCon.

For nightlife and restaurant info across all of Madison, we recommend the Isthmus Daily Page. The Isthmus is the local free weekly newspaper.

And don’t forget to tour the justly-famous Dane County Farmer’s Market, held on Capitol Square, just outside the Madison Concourse Hotel’s doors. It is the largest producer-only farmers’ market in the country, with every item on sale produced locally by the vendor behind the table.

The Greater Madison Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has as many things on their site as syllables in their name, including information about local attractions such as museums and Madison’s very fine free zoo.