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Things to Do in Madison

Our conference venue and hotels are located in downtown Madison, Wis., adjacent to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus and within walking distance of shopping, dozens of restaurants and the Wisconsin Capitol. Below is a brief list of events and attractions to keep you occupied during your visit.

The 60th Annual Art Fair on the Square will be held July 14-15 around the Capitol Square. Nearly 500 artists from around the country will exhibit paintings, sculpture, jewelry, handmade clothing and much more. Each year, 200,000 visitors attend the outdoor event to take in art, music and food.

The Wisconsin Capitol was built between 1906 and 1917 at a cost of $7.25 million. Elaborate murals, the extensive use of marble, decorative furniture and unique details make a Capitol tour a great use of your time when you’re in Madison. No reservations are necessary for groups under 10, just check in at the Information Desk on the main floor. Building hours are 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. weekdays and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekends.

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Photo: The Art Fair on the Square welcomes nearly 500 artists who display their creations around the Wisconsin Capitol Square.

State Street is a mile-long pedestrian corridor that connects that state Capitol to the UW-Madison campus. Lined with restaurants, bars, shopping and more, most consider State Street the heart of downtown Madison.

Both the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and Chazen Museum of Art are within walking distance of the Fluno Center and the conference hotels. Other campus attractions include the Geology Museum, the Washburn Observatory, the Allen Centennial Gardens and the Memorial Union Terrace on Lake Mendota.

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Photo: The Wisconsin Memorial Union is a gathering place for students, alumni, visitors and community members.

Other Madison attractions include Olbrich Gardens, the Wisconsin Historical Museum and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.