The May Market is THURSDAY, May 10th.
The Madison Night Market is a celebration of Madison’s unique and inspiring creative culture. Vendors showcase handmade products, local art, artisan gifts, prepackaged foods and fresh produce. The event includes live music, special visiting food carts and pop-up restaurant experiences. The Market is presented by Madison’s Central Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with the City of Madison.
With more than 100 business participating in the first May Market, this event has grown significantly from the first year. The main market, with 80 vendors is located in the heart of the city where State Street meets Gilman Street and NEW THIS YEAR two smaller pop-up markets add to the fun.
The Top of State Street will feature a small selection of vendors from the Monroe Street Merchant Association, an Artist Meet & Greet with “Flamingo Wings” Artist Gabrielle Javier-Cerulli and local buskers.
The Bottom of State Street features an overflow of 20+ Madison Night Market Vendors, beats by DJ M. White and FREE graduation cap decorating at University Book Store. The first 50 attendees to attend this pop-up will receive a complimentary Madison Night Market tote.
THREE PLACES TO VISIT
The May Market has close to 100 vendors in 3 separate locations!
- Gilman Street from University to Henry Street with 80 vendors and live music.
- The Top of State Street (Capitol End) featuring Monroe Street Merchants Association members.
- The Bottom of State Street (Campus End) featuring more vendors, DJ M. White and FREE Totes for the first 50 attendees!
- Ride your bike!
We have a bike corral located at the corner of Gilman Street and Henry Street. And Short Stack Eatery is offering extra Bicycle Benefits Perks!
- Borrow a bike!
B-Cycle stations are located throughout Madison to help make your ride downtown extra easy.
- Madison Metro
ALL buses run downtown!
- Parking is EASY.
Visit www.visitdowntownmadison.com/parking for the best lots.
SHOP SHOP SHOP
Many businesses are open late and have specials!
Here is a link to the list of business specials offered in May.
Here is the Map Link >>>
PLAN YOUR TIME
5pm – Top of State Pop-Up Market Opens
5pm – Bottom of State Pop-Up Market Opens
6pm – Madison NIght Market Opens!
6pm – Opening Band: Cooper Run
8pm – Headliner: Mama Digdowns Brass Band
9pm – Pop-Up Markets Close
11pm – Madison Night Market Closes
MUSIC at LISA LINK PEACE PARK
Cooper Run is an independent alt-rock high school band from Madison playing a mix of covers and original music. They have great chemistry and unforgettable stage presence that entertains fans of all ages AND they won the Memorial High School Battle of the Bands.
Mama Digdowns Brass Band http://mamadigdown.com/
Voted Madison’s Favorite Jazz Band in 2015 Mama DigDowns Brass Band spreads the joy of New Orleans brass band music. Mama Digdown’s nods respectively to the tradition of New Orleans jazz, the street beat they play has earned them the reputation as on of the hottest and hardest hitting brass bands.
ART is EVERYWHERE
In addition to all our creative vendors, at the Top of State, Graphic Artist Daniella Echeverria from Honeybee Studio worked with the City’s Planning Division and Business Improvement District on a custom art wrap for the new Downtown Information Booth. Her design took inspiration from the urban form of downtown building footprints and is a vibrant interpretation of the Isthmus. The NEW visitor booth will be open until 9pm!
Also at the Top of State, artist Gabrielle Javier-Cerulli has created a playful mashup of Bascom Hill’s Pink Flamingos, Madison’s Official City bird, and the angel wing murals that are popping up on walls all over the world. In her pitch to MAC, the artist explained that by placing Pink Flamingo Wings on the side wall of the Wisconsin Historical Museum (30 N Carroll St) she could create a fun homage to Madison’s official bird and the Pail & Shovel Party who infamously installed pink plastic flamingos on Bascom Hill on September 4, 1979. She stated, “It’s a free opportunity for people to have a unique memory-making art experience. I foresee families, students, people of all age groups and socio-economic backgrounds standing in front of the wings and taking a selfie photo and hopefully sharing it on social media.” Gabrielle will be at the night market in May!