Take a cultural trip around the world with one of Madison's most diverse festivals. The 30th annual Triangle Ethnic Fest, runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Bayview Triangle, near Regent Street and West Washington Avenue. This lively, free event includes fun for children, international cuisine, plus music and dance from around the world performed by groups including the Call for Peace Drum & Dance Co. This year's fest also celebrates the 36-year tenure of Bayview Foundation director David Haas, who retires Sept. 1.
MadCity Bazaar hits the streets again with artisans, food and vintage items for sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce parking lot, 615 E. Washington Ave.
And there's jazz to join at the All-Ages Jazz Jam with Dennis Mitcheltree, Johannes Wallmann, John Christensen and Keith Lienert. Come to listen or play -- all ages and abilities welcome -- at 4 p.m. at The Fountain, 122 State St. More at madisonjazzjam.org
Pack a picnic and head to Fitchburg'sMcKee Farms Park, 2930 Valley Chapel Road, for the rollicking Irish sound of The Kissers. The free concert starts at 7 p.m.; food and drink are available for purchase starting at 6 p.m. Don't forget your lawn chair! Details are at www.city.fitchburg.wi.us
Get the big hair and spangled jumpsuit ready -- VO5 is back with its irresistible disco sound. One of Madison's most popular dance attractions headlines Dane Dances from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Come early to dance to the R&B and blues of Altered 5 (6 to 7:30 p.m.) and DJ Fabu Lust (7:30 to 8 p.m.). Dane Dances is held on the rooftop of Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Drive. Admission is free.
Just a few rooftops away, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art presents "From Puppets to Pixels," the last of its summer-long Rooftop Cinema series. The evening's seven short films begin at sundown, roughly 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 in the MMOCA lobby, 227 State St., an hour before the screening; MMOCA members are free.
WUD Music's Irish Fest offers loads of music and dance at Memorial Union. The event kicks off with an open traditional Irish music session at 5 p.m. Friday, followed by performances by the Slainte Irish Dancers, Tallymoore and The Kissers. Saturday's offerings include traditional ceili dance lessons at 4:30 p.m., then music by Myserk, Free and Easy Quartet and Whiskey of the Damned. Details at wudmusic.com
And the Columbus Red Bud Players present the musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." Showtimes are 7:30 p.m.Aug. 22-23 and 2 p.m.Aug. 24 at Columbus Middle School, 400 S. Dickason Blvd., Columbus. $10.
Chamber music fans wait for it all year. The Token Creek Chamber Music Festival, held in the festival barn in DeForest, opens its 25th season Saturday with the 8 p.m. program "American Spring." More performances are Aug. 24, 27, 30 and 31. $30; limited student tickets are $10. Details at www.tokencreekfestival.org
-- Gayle Worland
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