Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine Fine Arts 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 Fest Artist Application

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.