Monona East Side Business Alliance

Self-Discovery Weekend

February 16-18, 2024

Scheduled Workshops
Additional Events

Delta Beer Lab Brewery Tour & Happy Hour (for regisered attendees) – Friday at Delta Beer Lab

Discover Skating – Friday at Lake Ridge Bank River Rink

Polar PlungeSaturday at Lottes Park

Candlelit Snowshoe Hike – Saturday at Aldo Leopold Nature Center

Olbrich Gardens Open House: Pour’n Yer Heart Out, Orchid Escape Exhibit, Greenhouse tours – Saturday at Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Tea & Coffee with Tours of Dean Historic House – Sunday at Dean House

Event schedule and details below.

Embark on a Journey of Self-Discovery

Escape the winter blues and join us for a transformative experience, designed to breathe new life into the slower winter months.

Find workshops hosted throughout Monona and Madison’s east side exploring new interests, paths towards self-betterment, and a chance to discover your hidden talents (flying trapeze anyone?).

See full list of workshops with descriptions and schedule.

Workshops are available as a Weekend Pass, Day Pass, or as individual workshops.

Last minute hot deal!  Use the promo code: ROCKSTAR to receive 50% off all workshops or Passes.

Stay in Monona:

Enjoy a weekend away from home with lodging in our hotels or short-term rentals.  Find discounted event rates with Country Inn & Suites Monona.
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Dine Local:

Indulge your taste buds with dining ranging from hearty comfort food to gourmet masterpieces. Savor American classic and contemporary dishes, and cuisines inspired by dishes from India, China, Japan, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, and Italy – all within two miles of your hotel.
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Discover Unique Finds:

Explore our local shops, brimming with distinctive finds and hidden gems. Support local businesses as you discover one-of-a-kind treasures and take home memories that last a lifetime.

Experience Personal Growth:

Immerse yourself in a weekend of self-discovery through our specially curated workshops and events. Delve into topics that ignite personal growth, exploring new concepts that will leave you inspired and enlightened.

Join us for the Self-Discovery Weekend and be part of a community that values growth, connection, and the spirit of adventure. This is more than an event – it’s a journey towards a better you.

Additional Weekend Events & Activities:

Discover Skating – $4 Skate & Rental – Friday 7 – 9p

Move from Happy Hour, over to Lake Ridge Bank River Rink for a special rate on an evening of skating – skate rental included.  Ice cream, hot drinks, and snacks availble at concessions.   Warm up in a lounge chair by the outdoor fire pits.

Polar Plunge benefiting Special Olympics Wisconsin – Saturday 9:30 – 12p

Get ready to dive into the frosty blue, 2024 Polar Plunge is waiting for you!  Head to Lottes Park, across from Waypoint Public House to take the plunge or spectate.  Registration and donations can be made online in advance of the event. Photos from Sarah Godfrey Photography.  See video clips from the 2023 Polar Plunge below.

Olbrich’s Annual Open House – Saturday 10 – 4p

Enjoy a free, fun-filled day of activities at Olbrich Gardens, including FeLion Studios’ community iron pour – Pour’n Yer Heart Out!, Orchid Escape Exhibit with live music, greenhouse tours, hands-on drop-in activites, and a pop-up events from Bloom Bake Shop and Cresendo Coffee.

Candlelit Snowshoe Hike – Saturday 4:30-7p

Hundreds of softly glowing lights illuminate the trails of Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Edna Taylor Conservancy, and Woodland Park.  Join us for a hike or snowshoeing, warm up by a roaring fire; and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, coffee, or tea.

HoChunk in Monona – The Ties That Bind UsSunday 9-11a

The Ho-Chunk have a long and rich history in the area that is now Monona, that lives on through the families that still continue to live and thrive in our community today.  Join Rock Greendeer, for a morning of ceremonial language, a guided hike on the trails at Aldo Leopold Nature Center – that was once home to Ho-Chunk farmers and many burial mounds – and an acknowledgment to the past with frybread and homemade soups in front of a fire.

Hosted by Rock Greendeer & John Greendeer-Lee, of the HoChunk nation, with special attendence from Jon Greendeer, president of the HoChunk nation.

Find solace among the trees and ponds at Edna Taylor Conservation Park, originally home to the Ho-Chunk.  Perhaps you’ll sneak a peek at the wild turkeys or resident deer.

Six linear mounds and one panther burial are located on a high glacial drumlin along the eastern side of the conservancy – among the few that remain in Monona.

Open daily – Lake Ridge Bank River Rink – skate rentals, ice cream, and hot drinks available.  Or enjoy the outdoor fire pits with takeout from Buck & Honey’s.

Almost hidden on a small path through the trees, find Wyldhaven Park in Monona.  Locals know this lovely little park is the place to enjoy a beautiful sunset or sunrise view of the capital from the waterfront platform deck.

Last minute hot deal! Use the promo code: ROCKSTAR to receive 50% off all workshops and Passes.

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