Events

Port Clinton Art Festival

More than 100,000 art savvy, loyal attendees and buyers visit this high caliber festival which celebrates its 34th year this summer.  Located in the affluent community of Highland Park, Illinois, the Port Clinton Art Festival is one of the most acclaimed art festivals in the country and is rated one of the top 6 art shows in the United States by Sunshine Artist Magazine and a top show by Art Fair Calendar.

Cash awards to top award winners.

Highland Park is a community of 30,000 with more than 52% of the households having incomes of $100,000 or more. About 22% of the households have incomes of $200,000 plus. Situated in the affluent suburb of Highland Park, art collectors wait to buy the really big pieces at this end of summer event. The best of the best is what art lovers come to see and buy at this festival.

Spread over the downtown streets, people start arriving at this festival before the official 10 am opening Saturday.  Food and music at the section called “Taste of Highland Park” add to the weekend. A youth division gives artists under 18 a chance to participate in the Junior Division.

Jury selection is very competitive. Artists are encouraged to submit their very best images in jury.

Day before set up allows for a comfortable easy paced load in. Artists are well supported during the festival by staff and volunteers.

The new adored layout which debuted in 2015 will continue in 2016 giving everyone an easy street location in the heart of the downtown.

Artists will have the opportunity to interact with the public through art demos and booth chats. Live music, great food and fun activities for kids make the festival a perfect experience for all.

*Dates and details subject to change*

PORT CLINTON ART FESTIVAL – ARTIST’S INFO
RATED 6 BEST FINE ART & DESIGN SHOW BY SUNSHINE ARTIST MAGAZINE!
Highland Park, Illinois • August 26 & 27, 2017 • 10am- 6pm • Booth Fee $765

Chamber of Commerce Sidewalk Sale

From the useful to the unique, the shops of Highland Park offer bargains galore during its annual Sidewalk Sale Days. More than 80 merchants from throughout Highland Park move their merchandise to the Central Business District for this shopping extravaganza. Admission is FREE. Ample parking is available in the public garages at Port Clinton and Renaissance Place, as well as on-street parking, parking decks and several lots within downtown Highland Park.

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The Art Center’s Festival of Fine Arts

The Art Center’s Festival of Fine Arts takes place in the eastern section of the affluent Chicago suburb of Highland Park, north of Chicago.  Highland Park is a community of 30,000 with more than 52% of the households having incomes of $100,000 or more. About 22% of the households have incomes of $200,000 plus. The high income levels combined with high education and love for the arts make Highland Park a wonderful place to exhibit and sell art.

Attendance: Festival attendance has built steadily year over year from the Chicago communities and the surrounding communities. About 110 juried artists are featured at this show which enjoys attendance of about 20,000+ people.

Cash awards for top award winners. $1,000 cash Best in Show award.

A new layout launched last summer puts this festival on the boutique and café lined street surrounding the Art Center and features incredible works in both functional and non-functional art categories. The festival is loved and well supported by the art collectors who live in the area.  The Art Center, a 56 year old non-profit visual arts organization is home to art classes and exhibitions and hosts this annual festival which is produced by Amdur Productions.

Artists will have the opportunity to interact with the public through art demos and booth chats. Live music, great food and fun activities for kids make the festival a perfect experience for all.

*Dates and details subject to change*

INFO FOR ARTISTS
Highland Park, Illinois • June 24 & 25, 2017 • 10am-5pm • Booth Fee $425, plus an art contribution! • Double Deal | $700
Double deals are for single exhibitors with one body of work.

Contact Information

Amy Amdur, Festival Director
Amdur Productions
PO Box 550
Highland Park, IL 60035
847-926-4300
Fax: 847-926-4330
amdurproductions.com

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • January 16, 2017: Applications due for all festivals
  • February 14, 2017: Notifications of fest status online
  • March 17, 2017: Registration forms and show fees due (generally half fees)
  • April 20, 2017: Last day for refunds (less $50)
  • June 24-25, 2017: The Art Center’s Festival of Fine Arts

City of Highland Park Bike Fair and Resident Fair

Join the Highland Park Police Department at the Highland Park Bike Fair

Summer Intensive

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