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What’s in store for Madison in 2024

We rounded up a few new laws, nearly-done developments, and annual events that Madisonians can look forward to in 2024.

rendering of Chapter at Madison

Here’s a sneak peek at the future of Regent Street. | Rendering via CRG Development and LJC Design

New year, new Madison. Well, not completely, but there are a variety of things in store for us in 2024. Here are a few developments, laws, and events to keep an eye on in the coming year.

Developments

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
The new BRT system is slated to roll out by the end of the year. The goal is to connect the East and West sides as efficiently as possible while improving transit equity.

Bus Rapid Transit map

Check out the BRT map. | Map via City of Madison

Chapter at Madison, 802 Regent St.
This mixed-use complex will be equipped with 534 units, roughly 2,200 sqft of commercial space, and a cultural exhibit to honor the Greenbush neighborhood. The project is on track to be completed by September.

Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO), 1118 E. Washington Ave.
WYSO will soon have a brand new 40,000-sqft music center featuring studio teaching spaces for local musicians. Staff began moving into the new building over the holidays.

Laws

Absentee voting
Last year, in preparation for this year’s presidential election, Gov. Tony Evers signed a law to clarify the language surrounding the mailing of absentee ballots.

Wisconsinites voting absentee in April 2024 will receive their ballots 21 days before the primary. Those voting from overseas will be mailed a ballot 47 days before the primary election.

Alcohol laws
A new law consolidates alcohol regulations, placing them under the Division of Alcohol Beverages within the state’s Department of Revenue. It permits brewers to sell beer at retail locations and extends winery hours.

Financial literacy classes
Wisconsin high school students who are set to graduate in 2028 are now required to complete at least a half financial literacy credit to graduate. This means state schools must re-up or start offering financial literacy curriculums.

Legislative maps
Wisconsin’s Supreme Court overturned existing legislative maps, deeming them unconstitutional. New maps are mandated before the 2024 election and are expected to be released in the next few months.

Events

Frozen Assets Festival | Saturday, Feb. 3-Sunday, Feb. 4
Stop by the Edgewater Hotel to participate in the festivities, or admire the kites on ice from afar.

608 Frozen Assets kites

Don’t miss the kites on ice. | Photo by 608today

Dane County Farmer’s Market on the Square, Saturday, April 14-Saturday, Nov. 9
There are only three more months until Saturdays on the Square returns. Until then, check out some of the organization’s indoor markets.

Madison Night Market | May, June, Aug., Sept., and Oct.
Local makers are encouraged to fill out the vendor interest form to be considered for the 2024 lineup.

Art Fair Off the Square, Saturday, July 13-Sunday, July 14
Applications to both the Art Fair Off the Square and the Winter Art Fair Off the Square open on Monday, January 15.

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