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Art Fair on the Square

Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9, 2023

aerial view of Art Fair on the Square
two people at Art Fair on the Square
Photo by Shalicia Johnson/ArrowStar Photography.

About

Admission Free

One of the Midwest’s most popular and highly regarded outdoor celebrations of the arts returned to the Capitol Square on Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9, 2023, as MMoCA presented the 65th annual Art Fair on the Square.

With its mix of music, entertainment, and outdoor dining, as well as over 500 artists exhibiting paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, jewelry, handmade clothing and accessories, and fine craft, the fair draws nearly 200,000 visitors to Madison’s Capitol Square.

2023 Art Fair Schedule

Saturday, July 8, 2023 (9 AM–6 PM)
Sunday, July 9, 2023 (10 AM–5 PM)


Visitor holding artwork prints

2023 Participating Artists

Peruse a list of the artists that participated in the 2023 Art Fair on the Square.

Artist holding a large art canvas talking to an art fair visitor.

2023 Best of Show

Find out who won the 2023 Best of Show awards.

Painting of a fox.

2023 Program

The program contains the artist listing, map, entertainment lineup, list of food vendors, featured artist profile, and more.

Visitor looking at artwork hanging in an artist's booth

Sponsorship

Sponsors of the Art Fair on the Square help MMoCA offer free Museum admission to nearly 200,000 visitors annually and provide ongoing education programs for the community.

DoubleTree by Hilton Madison Downtown logo

Official Hotel

MMoCA welcomes DoubleTree by Hilton Madison Downtown as the official hotel sponsor of the 2023 Art Fair on the Square. This contemporary property offers complimentary, local shuttle service and also goes to and from the Dane County Regional Airport. Ideally located in the heart of Downtown Madison, guests can easily walk to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, the Kohl Center, Capitol square, MMoCA, Overture Center for the Arts, and the vibrant State Street shopping and entertainment district.

artist showing Art Fair visitors one of their handmade clay or ceramic pieces

Parking

Admission is free to this grand summertime event! Simply navigate to Madison’s Capitol Square and enjoy a weekend of fun.

You can find a variety of parking options in downtown Madison with the Parking Utility website or the downtown parking map. See current vacant parking spots.

artist standing outside of their booth while Art Fair visitors browse the paintings

VOLUNTEER

Teamwork makes the dream work! Volunteers greet guests at the fair, provide breaks for exhibiting artists, and more. 

artist at Art Fair on the Square at their booth surrounded by paintings, waving at the camera

Artist Application

Applications for the 2023 Art Fair on the Square have closed. The deadline to apply was March 1, 2023.

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Entertainment

Art Fair on the Square features a diverse lineup of music and dance performances all weekend long at three different stages!

Three visitors seated at Art Fair on the Square

Food VendorS

While you shop the Fair, enjoy a variety of drinks, international cuisine, and locally-sourced food—including vegetarian and gluten-free options—at booths around the Square.


Past Programs

watercolor illustration of a bear surrounded by bees and a flower with MMoCA logo, Art Fair on the Square logo, and text that says "Join us! July 9 & 10, Saturday 9 AM to 6 PM, Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM"

2022 program

Take a look back at the 2022 Art Fair on the Square.

painting showing the Capitol Building on State Street

2021 Program

Take a look back at the 2021 Art Fair on the Square.

2019 Program

Take a look back at the 2019 Art Fair on the Square.

painting or illustration of a unicorn with a rainbow coming out of its horn against a sunset, the rainbow leading to a forest landscape

2018 Program

Take a look back at the 2018 Art Fair on the Square.


2023 Sponsors to Date

We thank the generous sponsors of the 2023 Art Fair on the Square. Their incredible support helped make the 2023 event successful and memorable for nearly 200,000 visitors.

Logos of Art Fair on the Square sponsors