Ray Bradbury Dandelion Wine Arts & Music Festival

The Waukegan Park District is celebrating Ray Bradbury with the 2022 Ray Bradbury Dandelion Wine Arts & Music Festival on Saturday, August 20, 2022 from 12pm to 4pm at Bowen Park, located at 1800 N. Sheridan Road. Questions? Call the Jack Benny Center for the Arts at (847) 360-4740 or email haines@waukeganparks.org.

2022 Dandelion Wine Arts and Music Festival Artist Application

2022 Ray Bradbury Literary Walk

The 2022 Ray Bradbury Literary Walk will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2022 from 6pm to 8pm in Downtown Waukegan. The event will highlight five sites that are featured in Ray Bradbury’s most notable works. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience a scene from Something Wicked This Way Comes at the Waukegan Carnegie Library, the future home of the Waukegan History Museum at the Carnegie. This will be the last time the public will be able to go inside the historic building before its renovation.

The 2022 Ray Bradbury Literary Walk will include the following sites:

  • Academy Square, 204 N. Genesee Street
  • Jack Benny Plaza, Southwest Corner of Clayton Street and Genesee Street
  • Ray Bradbury Park, 41 N. Park Avenue
  • Waukegan History Museum at the Carnegie, 1 N. Sheridan Road
  • Waukegan Public Library, 128 N. County Street

The 2022 Ray Bradbury Literary Walk is funded by a grant from Illinois Humanities and supported by the City of Waukegan, Three Brothers Theatre, Waukegan Historical Society, and the Waukegan Public Library.

 

 

History of Ray Bradbury’s “Dandelion Wine” Arts and Music Festival

Mr. Jim Harrington, a local artist, had a dream of a festival celebrating the arts in Waukegan. A fine arts component was added to the “Beach Bash!” held at the Waukegan lakefront. The Arts component was successful and needed its own event—with that, the Ray Bradbury “Dandelion Wine” Arts & Music Festival was created.

The first few years the Dandelion Wine Fine Arts Festival had Waukegan Public School students from 1st to 8th grade visiting Bowen Park to work with professional artists on a team project based on the story Dandelion Wine. The students also were able to participate in other arts activities, like a drama workshop. Each year presented a new theme.

2013: Following the passing of Ray Bradbury, the honorary chairman for the event, the theme became and has remained “Celebrating Ray Bradbury!”.

2018: The event name changed again, this time to better represent the event and it is now the Ray Bradbury “Dandelion Wine” Arts and Music Festival.

2019: There was wine for sale at the event for the first time provided by Glunz Winery.

2020: The event was not held due to the COVID pandemic.

2021: The event was not held due to the COVID pandemic.