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Events & Activities

For Students, By Students

The Union is the campus home for learning outside the classroom. Our students plan and offer recreational, cultural, educational, and social opportunities throughout the year.

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Our student-led programming board, Wisconsin Union Directorate, plans more than 1,000 events within our two buildings and on campus. With 11 committees and 6 Hoofer Clubs, WUD plans thought-provoking, stress-reducing, and fun activities, including live music, films, lectures, political discussions, community service, outdoor activities, and the arts.


Current Art Exhibits and Permanent Galleries

The Wisconsin Union buildings feature galleries with rotating exhibits. Works from our permanent collection can be found throughout central spaces and meeting rooms.

Plan your art escape

Current Art Exhibits and Permanent Galleries

Get Outside with Outdoor UW and Hoofers

Outdoor UW, located on the shores of Lake Mendota, is the outlet for outdoor adventure on campus. With rentals for all seasons and membership in any of the six Hoofer clubs, it's easy to stay active all year long.

Plan your outdoor adventure

Get Outside with Outdoor UW and Hoofers

Open Arts Studios and Classes at Wheelhouse

Wheelhouse Studios, located in the lower level of Memorial Union, invites you to explore your inner artist. With three studio spaces for classes, groups events, and drop-in DIY endeavors from pottery and photography to glasswork and metal work, to painting and screenprinting and more, Wheelhouse inspires the artist within.

Get creative at Wheelhouse

Open Arts Studios and Classes at Wheelhouse

Climbing and Bowling at Sett Recreation

The Sett Recreation, located in Union South, invites you to unwind with a climbing wall, bowling alley, pool tables, and games. There's plenty of room to hang out and watch your favorite sports.

Plan your Sett Adventure

Climbing and Bowling at Sett Recreation

UW-Madison Pier at Memorial Union

Located just off the Memorial Union Terrace, the Pier is staffed during the summer by Recreation & Wellbeing lifeguards.

5/28/24 - 9/02/24

Hours: 11 AM – 7:30 PM*

*Please note, the pier may close due to unhealthy water quality or inclement weather.

Swim Safely

 

UW-Madison Pier at Memorial Union
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