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Madison, Indiana


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Images left to right: The Madison Riverfront, Courtesy of Bradley Miller; A sponsored pig decorated for Ribberfest’s Pigmania, Courtesy of the Madison, Indiana Facebook Page; RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival, Courtesy of the Madison, Indiana Facebook Page via Blackmore Imaging.

Images left to right: The Madison Riverfront, Courtesy of Bradley Miller; A sponsored pig decorated for Ribberfest’s Pigmania, Courtesy of the Madison, Indiana Facebook Page; RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival,
Courtesy of the Madison, Indiana Facebook Page via Blackmore Imaging.


The RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival brings musicians, storytellers, and artists to Madison’s riverfront for a weekend celebrating folk culture. The festival, held in late May, features a Folk Art Village where craftspeople show off pottery, gourd painting, woven products, wood crafts, and basket-making. The festival also features stage performances by a variety of musicians and bands.

The Jefferson County Historical Society sponsors the Madison in Bloom Garden Tour every other spring. For two weekends in May, select private gardens within Madison’s historic district are open to the public and a plant sale allows guests to take home a flower or two of their own.

Ribberfest offers visitors two days of barbeque and blues along the Ohio River as Madison hosts the Kansas City Barbeque Society state championship cook-off each August. Riverboat rides, the 5K RibberRun, and a “Piglet Pen” kids’ play area offer something for everyone. Madison businesses join the fun by decorating pig statues and displaying them outside storefronts during Pigmania.  

Chautauquas, camp meetings that combined religious elements with educational lectures and entertaining performances, were incredibly popular during the early 20th century. Madison annually hosted a Chautauqua from 1901 to 1929, and the practice was revived in the 1970s as an art fair. The present Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art brings artisans to town the last full weekend in September.

The Tri Kappa Tour of Homes takes place in October of even-numbered years. Over the course of the selected weekend, participants get the chance to visit private homes within the historic district. The tour showcases interiors of some of the impressive Federal, Greek Revival, and Classic Revival homes within the 131-block Madison Historic District. Proceeds help fund Tri Kappa’s scholarship program.

Nights Before Christmas, held Thanksgiving weekend and the weekend after, is a self-guided candlelight tour of the historic district. Historic homes, private residences, and churches are decorated for the season and open to the public.

Plan your visit
Admission is required for all of the events listed above, except for the Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art. Entry wristbands for RiverRoots, Ribberfest, and Nights Before Christmas can be purchased through the Visit Madison website. For more information about these events, contact the Madison Visitors Center at 800-559-2956 or info@visitmadison.org.

The Madison in Bloom Garden Tour is held during odd-numbered years and tickets can be purchased through the Jefferson County Historical Society website. Contact JCHS for more information: 812-265-2335, info@jchshc.org.

The Tri Kappa Home Tour occurs during even-numbered years. Tickets are available through the Tri Kappa-Beta Omega Chapter website.

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