Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine Fine Arts Festival

Celebrate the start of summer with the Waukegan Park District at the 21st Annual Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine Fine Arts Festival. This event will be held virtually for the first time on Saturday, June 13, 2020, from 10am to 6pm . All the performances are free to view live on Facebook. The free family event is highlighted by a live reading of “Dandelion Wine,” by one of Waukegan’s favorite sons, author Ray Bradbury. Celebrity Bradbury fans from across the galaxy will read the entire story live on Facebook beginning at 10am.

Questions? Call the Jack Benny Center for the Arts at (847) 360-4740 or email haines@waukeganparks.org.

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” Fine Arts 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 is on the Second Saturday in June – June 13, 2020.

2020 Virtual Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine Arts & Music Festival Flyer