Memorial Union Events at the University of Wisconsin

Welcome to Madison Wisconsin, a beautiful city nestled picturesquely between the four lakes of the Yahara River.  Our city, which makes up the heart of Dane County, is the Wisconsin State Capital, and the proud home of the University of Wisconsin.  Founded the same year that Wisconsin achieved statehood in 1848, the University of Wisconsin was the first public university established in Wisconsin, and today UW remains the largest public post-secondary institution in the State.

Recognized time and again for its commitment to learning and excellence, UW is categorized as a Research University thanks to an expenditure of more that $1 billion annually on research.  In 2008, the University of Wisconsin's research and development expenditure was the third highest in the United States.  Each year, thousands of students from across Wisconsin and the North Eastern United States vie for a chance to learn at this prestigious University.  With more than 40,000 students attending UW each year, the University has become a huge force within Madison and has had an immense impact on our city's growth and culture.

Chief among the many ways that the University of Wisconsin has affected Madison and the culture of our city is Memorial Union.
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Memorial Union

Opened in October of 1928, Memorial Union sits along the shoreline of Lake Mendota, just 2 blocks from the Campus Inn and serves as the bustling hub of student life in Madison.  Boasting classic turn-of-the-century architecture, the historic Memorial Union offers University of Wisconsin students a number of activities and a variety of dining experiences including The Daily Scoop, Der Rathskeller, Lakefront on Langdon, Peet's Coffee & Tea, and the Terrace Brat Stand.

Memorial Union is also home to a number of fun and exciting events aimed at UW students, staff, and visitors to Madison alike.  For the month of June, Memorial Union will host a number of events including:

Behind the Beat: Sponsored by WUD Music, Behind the Beat will take place throughout the month of June at different locations around the University of Wisconsin campus.  Behind the Beat will feature a number of exciting jazz musicians, and entry to each event and venue is free.  Behind the Beat kicked off on the 10th of May at Der Rathskeller and will include performances by Jazz musicians such as Johnny Chimes, the John Christiansen Jazz Quartet, and Tweed funk, to name a few.

For more information on these and other exciting events at Memorial Union, please visit their event listings.

Memorial Union Terrace

Thought of as the most popular back porch on campus, the Memorial Union Terrace is a place to gather, socialize, enjoy great food, live music, and beautiful sunsets.

Memorial Union Terrace plays host to a number of musical events each year.  Currently, the Terrace After Dark music line-up is in full swing five nights per week.  To kick off the month of June, the Terrace welcomes Madison, Wisconsin's hottest roots rock reggae band, Roots Collective, local rock band phenom Colorphase and Bluegrass group “Sortin’ the Mail”, and many others throughout the month.  Additionally, June 21st and 22nd brings the annual Isthmus Jazz Festival, now in its 25th year. For a complete listing, visit Memorial Union Terrace's website and stay informed on what's happening.

Additionally, each Monday, visitors to the Memorial Union Terrace will have a chance to watch a movie on the Terrace's giant outdoor screen.  This month, the Memorial Union Terrace will offer the chance to view "Spaceballs", "Star Trek II – The Wrath of Kahn", "Mars Attacks!", “Alien” and “Muppets from Space”Entry to these movies is free, and guaranteed to be an awesome outdoor viewing experience.


Stay With Us While Visiting UW

While visiting Madison and the University of Wisconsin, the Dahlmann Campus Inn is your best bet for a University of Wisconsin hotel to stay at.  Whether you are visiting Madison for a fun summer getaway, a prospective student, a parent coming to visit a student, or a visiting professor, staying at the Campus Inn puts you right next to all the University of Wisconsin action and the fun activities held at Memorial Union.  Our friendly staff, comfortable accommodations, and outstanding value make the Campus Inn the top UW hotel for visitors.

For information on being our guest, please contact us.  We look forward to your visit!