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Events & Notable Dates

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

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

Make Music MadisonMake Music Madison - Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Make Music Madison is a free, citywide, outdoor musical celebration on June 21, the longest day of the year, with concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the city. Rutabaga will be hosting musicians on our deck starting at 10 am with the ever popular Jerry Vandiver and Amberly Rosen. Live music will continue all day at Rutabaga and around Madison. We'll wrap up our day, musically, with local band Dead Silence performing at 6pm. Additional details will be posted as they become available. We hope you can join us!

Door County Sea Kayak SymposiumDoor 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

Paddle & PortagePaddle & Portage - Saturday, July 30, 2016

Saturday’s race begins at James Madison Park with a 1.5-mile paddle on Lake Mendota, followed by a 1-mile portage past the Capitol and Dane County Farmers' Market, before heading to Lake Monona for a 1.5-mile paddle to the finish line at Olbrich Park. Racers and spectators are invited to the post-race party at Olbrich Park for live music, food, craft brews and the 2016 Paddle & Portage awards ceremony.