Posted Friday, July 11, 2014 -- 10:00 p.m.
450 artists, roughly 200,000 people and 55 years of tradition are set to kick off on Capitol Square this weekend.
"Art Fair on the Square" is put on by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and brings in about $25 million to the local community.
"It's all arranged around the beautiful capitol square," said Erika Monroe-Kane, the museum's communications director.
"It really, truly is some of the best are from around the country that people can see right here in Madison," she added.
Actually, they even bring artists from different countries -- this year the furthest traveled all the way from Japan.
Today was all about setting up not only art, but much more.
"We really use this opportunity to bring people together, to connect people to contemporary art," Monroe-Kane said.
You'll find food, drink, music -- pretty much whatever your heart desires.
To answer a question many are certainly asking, the streets around the Capitol will in fact be shut down this weekend.
If you're not going to the fair, you may want to avoid that area of downtown Madison.
Monroe-Kane says a little bit of traffic is well worth the hassle.
"There's a lot you can see and parking a block or so would be totally worth it."
The Farmer's Market, traditionally held on Saturday's in the same place, is being moved a few blocks down to Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
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