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Frequently Asked Questions 
Find answers to the most commonly asked questions about planning an event at Overture Center below.
What is included in the room rental fee?
Rental rates include an onsite event coordinator, general liability insurance, tables, chairs, a lectern, basic lighting and sound (varies by room), an easel, and basic cleaning after the event.  Special lighting, platforms, other equipment, and security guards are extra charges.
Can I hire my own caterer?
Catering a Fresco is the exclusive caterer of Overture. With a kitchen here onsite, everything is made fresh.  Outside food and beverage is prohibited with the exception of wedding cakes produced in a State of Wisconsin licensed retail food establishment or food processing plant.
What does an Event Coordinator do?
Your Event Coordinator will schedule your event, draft the contract, help you with your equipment and technical needs, and arrange for security.  He or she is your initial contact person for your meeting or event.  
If your event will have food or beverage, Catering a Fresco staff will work with you to create your menu, arrange for wait staff and bartenders, and choose linens. 
Am I required to have security at my event?
Yes. Security is required for the majority of events at Overture (some small meetings will not need security).  Security is scheduled for 1 hour before guests arrive until 1/2 hour after the event is finished.  Security costs can be estimated at about $20.00 per hour. 
Will there be other events going on during my wedding, meeting, or event?
Overture Center is the primary performing arts venue in Madison, and is home to ten resident arts organizations.  There may be other events, performances, and shows going on during your event.  People who hold their events here love the excitement of a thriving arts scene as their backdrop! 
What time does my event have to end?
Events at Overture must end by midnight, and load-out must be complete by 1 AM.
Does Overture offer spaces for wedding showers, brunch, rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies, and receptions? 
Yes. Overture has 15 different event venues for your most creative event.  Visit the Event Venues page for more information and ideas. 
Where can my guests park?
Overture is situated between two major city parking structures, with more than 1,400 parking spaces in total.  The State Street Capital Ramp has an entrance at 200 N. Carroll St. The Overture Center Ramp has entrances at 300 W. Dayton St. and 300 W. Mifflin St.  Please visit the City of Madison online for more information about parking locations and restrictions.
Where can my guests stay? 
There are numerous hotels within walking distance of Overture Center. The following hotels are listed in order of proximity:
The Concourse (356 rooms)
1 West Dayton Street
Madison WI  53703
Distance to Overture: 0.1 mile
Inn on the Park (215 rooms)
22 South Carroll Street
Madison WI  53703
Distance to Overture: 0.2 mile 
The Dahlmann Campus Inn Madison Hotel (74 rooms)
601 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53703
Distance to Overture: 0.4 mile 
Mansion Hill Inn (10 rooms)
424 N. Pinckney Street
Madison, WI 53703
Distance to Overture: 0.4 mile 
The Doubletree Hotel of Madison (163 rooms)
525 West Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53703
Distance to Overture: 0.5 mile
The Hilton Madison (240 rooms)
9 East Wilson Street
Madison WI  53703
Distance to Overture: 0.5 mile 
Hotel Ruby Marie (15 rooms)
524 E Wilson Street
Madison, WI 53703
Distance to Overture: 0.7 mile