Madison Night Market to return this week after year-long hiatus

After a year without markets, Madison's Central Business Improvement District is bringing back the Madison Night Market Thursday.
Person walking up to order at a food cart during the Madison Night Market
Photo by Beth Skogen Photography/Courtesy of Madison Central BID
People attend the Madison Night Market in 2019.

After a year without markets, Madison’s Central Business Improvement District is bringing back the Madison Night Market Thursday from 4-9 p.m.

The Thursday event is the first of five markets scheduled for this year. The others are slated for Sept. 16, Oct. 22, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16 — he third Thursday of those months.

According to the release, the market is bigger this year than previous years as it includes all six blocks of State Street and a small portion of Gilman Street. By having an expanded area, the more than 50 participating vendors have increased space between booths. It also allows the more than 70 area businesses to participate with greater ease. All participants’ locations can been viewed here.

“We are thrilled to welcome everyone back downtown to celebrate our city,” BID Executive Director Tiffany Kenney says. “This event has moved onto State Street as an exceptional way to visit, support and shop at our local businesses.”

two people looking at license plate art at a Madison Night Market

Photo by Beth Skogen Photography/Courtesy of Madison Central BID

The Madison Night Market, in partnership with the City of Madison, first started in 2017. The event prioritizes vendors that create unique items like handmade products, art, artisan gifts, prepackaged foods and fresh produce.

In addition to the vendors, the night market has live music, food carts and pop-up restaurant experiences. Toward the campus end of State Street there will also be Boulders Portable Climbing Gym.

To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, there are increased safety measures including increased space, reduced sampling and extra handwashing and sanitization stations. Organizers are also encouraging visitors to wear masks.

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