As August heats up and reminds us that we better enjoy these final weeks of summer, Madison has a lot to offer to residents and visitors. Events and gatherings are all over town, and here are a couple that you should try to attend.

Wine and beer tastings, shopping, and music? Does it get much better? We’re gearing up for the Madison Beachcomber event. Mark your calendars now for Thursday, August 17 from 5pm-8pm! This year, a portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the all-volunteer Fire Departments of Madison. This great event includes a stroll through the center of town for wine & beer tastings, food samplings, live music, and specials, events, or offerings in stores as you go. Plus, there’s a drawing for prizes. Who doesn’t love a prize?  The cost is $10 per person. For more info, click here. You can purchase wrist bands at any of the tasting tables or in the courtyard by Key Bank, or purchase them ahead here.

Summer Fun on the Grassy Strip is free and still going, so head to the Madison Beach Hotel on Wednesdays at 7pm or on Tuesdays at sundown for kid-friendly movies. (Make parking easy and grab a shuttle from the Scranton Gazebo or the Madison Surf Club between 6pm and 10pm.) Check the Madison Beach Hotel’s website for updated info to make your plans.

Also still going are the Madison Beach & Recreation’s Summer Concerts. These free events are Sundays at 6pm on the Town Green and on selected Fridays or Saturdays at 7pm at the Surf Club.

At the end of the month, make your way to the town Green for the Madison Historical Society’s Madison Antiques Fair to be held on Saturday, August 26 from 9am-4pm.

If your schedule doesn’t allow you to make it to these, you may need to take in some nature to decompress. Consider some time spent at the Surf Club or Hammonasset Beach to sunbathe or swim, the Shoreline Greenway Trail for a walk or run, Rockland Preserve for some mountain biking (there’s a trail map on the site link), or Mercy by the Sea for a meditative labyrinth walk or their other zen activities.

Heads up for September: The Rotary Club of Madison will hold its annual Carnival at Academy Field, 25 Academy Street, Madison from September 1 through September 3, 2017.

We hope you enjoy everything Madison, CT has to offer!