5500 E. Cheryl Parkway, off Fish Hatchery Road, South of PD
August 19th, 2023 from 10am-5pm (rain or shine)
- Free to attend!
- Over 100 Artists Showcase Their Work
- Live Music Performed All Day
- Wisconsin Craft Beer Garden
- Local Food Vendors
15th Annual Agora Art Fair
More than 100 Wisconsin artists will gather for the 15th Annual Agora Art Fair on Saturday, August 19 amid the architecture and natural prairie landscape of Agora in Fitchburg, WI. The event will include local and regional artists from every medium including painting, ceramics, jewelry, photography, glass, metals, woodwork, mixed media, fiber, and sculpture.
NEW in 2023 - Madison Public Art Project – Community Crochet Day at the Agora Art Fair
The "Wildflowers of Wisconsin" public art project invites the community into the artmaking process. The installation recreates wildflowers native to Wisconsin using yarn art flowers to illuminate the importance of sustainability in our lives and promote greater stewardship of the land. Supplies will be provided at art stations with a simple-to-follow stich pattern with art assistants. The "flowers" created at the event will then be incorporated into an upcoming Fitchburg Public Art Mural located in McKee Farms Park.
Art, entertainment and more
Besides the art, other activities include live music on two stages, a Wisconsin Craft Brew & Wine Garden, a Children’s Art Yard, local food and beverage choices, retailer specials, Cycropia, and a new hands-on art experience, Wildflowers of Wisconsin.
- Live music lineup: The Madison Flute Club (9:30 a.m.), playing under the Agora Pavilion, will be opening the fair in the morning. Red Hot Horn Dawgs (10:30 a.m.), and West Side Andy featuring Reverend Raven & the CSAB (2:00 p.m.), will be playing on the TDS Stage sponsored by TDS Telecommunications Corporation. Slipjig (10:30 a.m.), and the Frank Martin Busch Duo (2:00 p.m.), perform on the Art Stage.
- Children’s Art Yard: Sponsored by Magic 98, this area will give kids of all ages the opportunity to have fun and express their creativity. Nominal fees apply.
- Local restaurants: Expanded and diverse food offerings including vegan and gluten free options: Chippy’s Kettle Corn, Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream, Curd Girl, Jakarta Café, Kona Ice of Madison, Pancho’s Tacos, Ribmasters WI, RMN Mini Donuts, Soho Gourmet Cuisine, Wonder Cookie, and State Street Brats.
- Wisconsin Craft Brewery Beer Garden: Wisconsin brews and wines will be flowing next to the stage with live music all day. Operated by the Fitchburg Chamber Business and Visitors Bureau offering selections from Hop Haus Brewing Company. Table seating will also be available in this area.
- Cycropia: Fostering artistic expression and creative movement through aerial dance, education, and performance, and joining us in 2023, is Cycropia. This Madison based aerial dance troupe combines modern dance and athleticism with their use of single-point trapeze, bungee, lyra, aerial fabric, and custom steel apparatus. They will entertain throughout the Agora grounds along with a performance at Agora Pavilion at 1 p.m.
- Art in the Wind: Returning by popular demand, kite enthusiasts will color the sky over the Agora prairie. Some of these kiters build their own masterpieces and travel the world with their creations.
The 15th Annual Agora Art Fair is sponsored by Promega Corporation, Hop Haus Brewing, TDS, SprintPrint, Connect Fitchburg, BMO Harris Bank, Madison Locally Sourced, Fitchburg Center, Fitchburg Chamber Visitor and Business Bureau, Magic 98, and Agora
Details can be found at AgoraArtFair.com For volunteer opportunities, call Steve at 277-2592.