Just because some people see Madison as Milwaukee's redheaded hippy stepchild doesn't mean that it’s not objectively great. The city’s got a lot going for it, including two (yes, two!) big lakes, a world-class Big Ten university, a bevy of excellent beer bars, and the State Capitol building. Madison’s attitude is also refreshingly progressive and inclusive, from the bike lanes to the local music scene -- and since this is Wisconsin, there are plenty of restaurants to keep you fed. There's a lot to see, do, and munch on, so you’d better get started with the greatest hits: Here are the essential events, activities, and things to do that Madison has to offer.