Let’s Build a Community, Let’s find COMMON GROUND!

Click on the images below for more info on each event!

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We are excited to host a very special Valentine’s Day Murder Mystery Dinner! Make sure to get your tickets HERE!

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The Robert Hanneman Art Show has unfortunately been CANCELLED due to health issues with the artist.  We are hoping to reschedule once he is feeling better, so stay tuned!

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Vote for Common Ground Middleton in Hulafrog Madison’s 2020 “Most Loved” in the “Kid Friendly Restaurant” category!!


For more events & happenings, make sure to check out our monthly newsletter HERE!!!



Thank you to everyone who voted for us for Best of Madison 2019!!! We are very honored to be ranked amongst other Dane County businesses doing amazing things locally!

Common Ground has also been nominated for Best of Madison 2020 in 3 categories:

  • Best Coffee Shop
  • Best Music Venue
  • Most Kid Friendly

Stay tuned for results of the 2020 Best of Madison poll!

CHECK OUT OUR CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS! There is something for all ages and interests 🙂 Click the link below to check out our meetup events calendar:


And make sure to “LIKE” us on facebook to keep up to date with all the happenings at Common Ground!



Bluegrass & Old Time Music Jam every Monday 6:30-10pm in the main dining room – Come check out Madison’s Longest running Bluegrass Jam!!!


Bluesday – Live blues every Tuesday from 5:30-7:30pm in the main dining room


Gypsy Jazz Jam” or Django Jazz every Tuesday from 7:30-9:30pm in the main dining room. Guest musicians are welcome to join in the fun! (Note: this jam used to take place at Brochach on Monroe St.)


Open Mic! – Music, comedy, spoken word – Come on down to Common Ground for a friendly and fun Open Mic the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays each month from 7-9pm!

Madison Jazz Jam – Middleton Jazz Jam has joined forces with the Madison Jazz Jam to bring us a magnificent show every 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 6-9pm! Each session features a professional house band followed by the opportunity for guests to sign up for a spot to play with the pros! More info on the OMJ Jazz Jam and Jazz workshops HERE 

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Thursday Line Dancing from 3:30-4:30pm (large room upstairs) Email Sue for more details on how to sign up! svrtrace60@gmail.com


Thursday night is Piano Night which features guest musicians each week playing on our upright piano on our main dining room stage from 6-8pm!


Friday Night Fish Fry every week from 5-9pm, featuring live music, beer battered cod, baked cod, perch and a weekly salmon special!  Our full menu is also available during this time as well as cafe and bar drinks.  Click HERE to check out our menus!

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Drama Kids Youth Acting Classes – Fridays 5:15-6:15pm (Elementary age) and 6:30-7:45pm (Middle School age). More details on how to sign up HERE!

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Durango’s Roadhouse Radio Show featuring live music, trivia & other shenanigans every Saturday night from 7-9pm and aired will now be aired live on CoEvolution Radio station HERE weekly. Click HERE for a list of our upcoming music guests! Dinner, cafe and bar items available for purchase during the show (we close at 10pm Saturdays)


Sunday Brunch featuring live music served every Sunday from 8am-2pm! Our full cafe, bar and bakery options are available during this time as well, and we are open until 4pm  (cafe and bar menu only from 2-4pm)

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Good Neighbor Yoga! Weekly Schedule: Sundays 9:30-10:45am (Vinyasa Yin) and Monday nights 7-8pm (Vinyasa Flow). Classes are $10/ drop in & pay upon arrival & they take place in the large room upstairs33086459_233809657200585_8060875808899596288_o

Madison West Writers Group – holds bi-weekly evening meetings at Common Ground. For details and specific dates, make sure to join the MWWG Meetup page HERE! Fun Fact!! Madison West Writers Group was founded by Common Ground owner Adrienne Hulburt-Stroud and it was her first foray into regular event hosting, which was a foretaste of the community event organizing monster to come!fullsizeoutput_328

*NEW* Drawing Time for Young People with Heather C. Williams. Saturdays 10am-12pm. Make sure to look out for her sign at a table in the main dining room and join her for great conversation and mental stimulation!


Open Art Studio – last Tuesday each month, 6:30-8:30pm (upstairs) – bring a craft or project you are working on, and create amongst friends, new and old!

New Orleans Jazz Brunch with the New Valley Jazz Band – last Sunday of the month 11am-2pm (brunch served 8am-2pm & we are open til 4pm)


MAUI Ukulele Sing-Along – first Saturday of each month 2-4pm in the main dining room. More on MAUI Madison HERE

Memory Cafe – a dementia/Alzheimers friendly morning with guided assistance and activities to spur memories – second Tuesday every month, 9:30-11:30am in the main dining room (free to attend!)

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Alzheimers Association Presents: Caregiver Support Group, Second Mondays monthly at 5:30pm (meets upstairs – free – drop in, brought to you by the Alzheimer’s Association) 

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Rooted Dad’s Group – 2nd Friday of the month: 6-8pm on the upper level of Common Ground. For more info on this group and more parent support groups and resources, check out MAPS Madison Area Parent Support HERE


We have oodles more events and happenings, so make sure to follow our facebook and check out our meetup calendar for more!



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Check out our monthly NEWSLETTER to read about upcoming events, music and other fun updates!!!

COMMON GROUND NOW HAS A BLOG!!  Check out the first article “The Birth of Common Ground” written by owner Adrienne Hulburt-Stroud HERE!


Common Ground is a small family owned and operated business that offers it’s space for community groups such as various scouting troops, art, writing and book clubs, support groups, family events, discussion groups, various non-profits, nature organizations, fundraisers, Alzheimers Association events, independent film showing, host to local politicians and public figures for speaking events and so much more! Click below if you’d like to contribute to help keep our community calendar full, contribute toward the wide array of musicians we feature (whom we pay for their time and talent) and our beautiful shared space running for all to enjoy!