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Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
One John Nolen Drive
Madison, WI 53703
608-261-4000

FFRF is proud to be hosting its 40th annual national convention in Madison, Wis, this year, which will include high-profile personalities, a tour of FFRF's Freethough Hall and a two-hour boat cruise around Lake Monona.

The convention takes place the weekend of Sept. 15-17, largley at the lakeside Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Monona Terrace COnvention Center in Madison, Wis. Early-birds signing up for FFRF's 40th convention get a disounted rate of only $40! Sign up by clicking on our "registration" page. 

A pre-convention open house of FFRF's impressibe Freethough Hall, in downdown Madison just blocks from the convention site, will be hosten from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday. Mingle with others, meet staff and visit FFRF's monument to Atheists in Foxholes (military and veterans). Take a souvenir photo with the life-size mannequin of Charles Darwin in Freethought Library. Enjoy complementary pastries, hot beverages, Mimosas and Champagn in the lovely fourth-floor auditorium featuring a beautiful grand piano.

An optional relaxing boat cruise with buffet lunch on Madison's Lake Monona starts at 10:45 a.m. Friday. You'll be out on the water for two hours, with a great view of the Monona Terrace and Convention Center, returning to shore at 1 p.m. Although walkable, a shuttle bus will be offered.

Recently added to the list of speakers are science educators Cara Santa Maria, renowned sculptor Zenos Frudakis and 12-year-old activist Kelly Helton, plus a roster of victorious state / church plaintiffs. 

gEneral schedule

Convention registration opens at 2 p.m. at Monona Terrace, with snacks and opening talks you won’t want to miss between 3-5 p.m. For Friday dinner, sign up for the optional first-ever FFRF Tailgate Party, (featuring Forward! Marching Band), serving up Wisconsin tailgate favorites from 5-6:45 p.m. in the convenient lakeside Grand Terrace. The evening program begins Friday at 7 p.m., ending with complimentary cupcakes and beverages in the Grand Terrace. The convention resumes Saturday with the optional Non-Prayer Breakfast at 8 a.m. The morning program starts at 9:30 a.m. After a two-hour lunch on your own (with an optional “Grab and Go” Box Lunch available) the program resumes at 2 p.m. The dinner banquet is followed by the “clean money” drawing, evening speaker and entertainment. Sunday morning features the annual meetings of members and state representatives, ending by noon. 

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