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Madison Night Market kicks off Thursday as it expands to Capitol Square

The Madison Night Market (Photo: Beth Skogen Photography)

The first Madison Night Market of the 2024 season, hosted by Madison’s Central Business Improvement District (BID), will officially kick off on Thursday, May 9, 5-9 p.m., as it expands to N. Carroll and W. Mifflin Streets on Capitol Square, in addition to State Street and Gilman Street, and will welcome 110-plus local artisans and food vendors.

This year’s featured artist for the Madison Night Market will be local artist Stephanie Barenz, whose art explores how our surroundings shape our internal landscapes, according to a press release from Madison’s Central Business Improvement District. The scenes in Barenz’s current work are from areas that have shifted her understanding of home — from Southeast Asia to Milwaukee to Lake Mendota.

“It is an honor to have my work chosen to represent an event in Madison that brings so many people together,” said Barenz in a press release. “Events like the Madison Night Market give the people of Madison a place to gather and share our love for our city. I chose to represent State Street in my poster design for the Madison Night Market because it is not only the place where the market is held but also a place that helps foster community and a feeling of belonging among its residents.”

The Madison Night Market includes live music, special visiting food carts, and pop-up restaurant experiences. Vendors mix with existing State Street retailers to showcase handmade products, local art, artisan gifts, artisanal foods, and fresh produce.

For the full musical lineup, click here.