Art Fair on the Square tentatively scheduled for late September

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Art Fair Off The Square

MADISON, Wis. — The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MMoCA) annual Art Fair on the Square has been tentatively rescheduled for early September.

Event organizers said they pushed the event to September 25-26 out of “an abundance of caution.” The event typically takes place the second full weekend of July.

“We are really excited for artists and our community, yet we’re realistic. We know that Art Fair on the Square is one of the experiences that people think of as essential to living in and visiting Madison, and it’s an important income generator for the Museum, artists, and businesses in our city,” said Annik Dupaty, MMoCA’s Director of Events & Volunteers, “That being said, we are still in a pandemic and are proceeding with caution.”

Organizers said they hope public health guidance will deem conditions safe for outdoor events like Art Fair on the Square by the fall.

This year’s festivities won’t be quite back to normal, though. Organizers said masking and social distancing will be recommended because of the large number of people expected. There will also be fewer seating areas and places where people normally congregate.

The latest public health order issued by Public Health Madison & Dane County raises the limit for outdoor gatherings with food and drink from 150 to 350 and the limit for gatherings without food and drink from 350 to 500. Since that number was increased, event organizers have been working to prepare for the return of Madison’s fairs and festivals in hopes they can return this year.

Last summer’s in-person event was canceled because of the pandemic; MMoCA held a virtual version instead.

The event is MMoCA’s largest fundraiser. It generates nearly $25 million for the local economy each year and draws nearly 200,000 people to Madison.