Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine Fine Arts Festival

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, a free family arts and music festival at Bowen Park! Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine Fine Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2020 from 11am to 6pm at Bowen Park located at 1800 N. Sheridan Road in Waukegan. All the performances are free to view. Family activities including a creative art project are free. The event, first started in 1999, features artists, live entertainment on three outdoor stages, family activities, and honors one of Waukegan’s favorite sons, author Ray Bradbury.  Questions? Call the Jack Benny Center for the Arts at (847) 360-4740 or email haines@waukeganparks.org.

The Ray Bradbury’s “Dandelion Wine” Arts and Music Festival is a free, annual, family event that celebrates the start of summer. The Festival is dedicated to showcasing local and regional artists and venues, championing the arts, remaining free to the public, offering low participation fees to artists, and remembering one of Waukegan’s favorite sons, author Ray Bradbury.

Varieties of fine arts and crafts are encouraged, including ceramics, drawing, glass, fiber arts, graphics, leather, metal, painting, print-making, photography, sculpture, water color, weaving, wood, and others.

There is no admission fee, suggested donation, or gated point of entry. All performance events are free to view. Family activities including a creative art project are free.

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.

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