Rutabaga Events and Notable Dates

Wisconsin Fish Expo - Feb. 26-28, 2016

The Wisconsin Fishing Expo was “spawned” from The Madison Fishing Expo, the largest consumer fishing show in the Midwest, which began over 30 years ago.  Each year, 20,000 attendees pack the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin to enjoy this annual fishing tradition.  The Expo is, itself, an annual event that helps promote the sport of fishing to enthusiasts of all ages.  Today, more than ever, it is important to understand that a fishing rod is a tool that will inspire wholesome family memories in a way that video games or smart phones can’t touch.  And, while you will find hundreds of exhibits – including hard to find lures, leading brands in the industry, great deals on boats, and fishing trips of a lifetime- attendees will also have the chance to enjoy one-on-one time with members of the leading nonprofit fishing clubs from across the state, each one eager to help attendees improve their fishing skills for a lifetime. Make sure to visit the Rutabaga Paddlesports booth to see our selection of fishing kayaks and gear!

Show Hours:

Friday – 4:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

Saturday – 9:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Sunday – 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Admission Price:

$10.00 for Adult (Kids 12 and under are FREE)

A parking fee is charged per car by Dane County. (fee subject to change by Dane County)

Canoecopia - March 11-13, 2016

The world's Largest Paddlesports Expo hosted by Rutabaga Paddlesports at the Allient Energy Center in Madison, WI. (The store will be closed March 9-16 to host Canoecopia.) Additional details can be found at

Show Hours:

Friday: 4pm-9pm

Saturday: 9am-6pm

Sunday: 10am-5pm.

Ticket Prices:

$15.00 for a day pass

$25.00 for a weekend pass.

Note: Ages 17 and under: free.


$7.00 per car per day

Weekend pass: $19.50

Test Paddle Starts - April 16, 2016

This date is weather dependent. Call store to verify, 608-223-9300.

Canoe, Kayak & Stand Up Paddleboard Rentals Start - April 30, 2016

This date is weather dependent. Call store to verify and to make your reservation, 608-223-9300.

Door County Sea Kayak Symposium - July 8-10, 2016

We’re excited to celebrate 12 years of the Door County Sea Kayak Symposium. Join us as we build a community of sea kayakers for a few days each summer. Whether you are an experienced kayaker or just beginning, the Door County Sea Kayak Symposium is a weekend of fun, growth and learning for everyone! Additional details can be found at