Field Trip: Outdoor Art Festivals

Art Fair

Jewelry, sculptures, art work, and tasty treats are a feast for all senses, especially for your little tykes. With the blazing sun set high in the sky, art fairs and festivals are in full swing in Chicago, and many other culturally diverse cities. Spending an afternoon outdoors enjoying local talented artists, and live music, is the perfect low-cost summer activity for mamas and their kin trying to escape Caillou and that extra load of laundry.

Oftentimes, art fairs also feature activities for young children such as mural painting, tie-dying, art contests, and other art-related projects. Mama can walk around looking at funky art, with a glass of Pinot in her hand, while the littles drum up inspiration for their new artsy endeavor. Win, win!

Check out these upcoming family friendly art festivals in Chicagoland, and beyond, that are free-of-charge.


August 11 & 12


20th Annual Lincolnshire Art Festival

Village Green Lincolnshire

10 am to 5 pm

120 Artists

August 17 – 19


5th Annual Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival

Sherman Avenue from Clarke to Davis

Friday 4 pm to Dusk/Saturday 10 am to Dusk/Sunday 10 am to 5 pm

150 Artists

August 25 & 26

Oak Park

44th Annual Oak Park Avenue-Lake Arts & Crafts Show

Scoville Park

Oak Park Ave & Lake St

Saturday 11 am to 7pm &

Sunday 9 am to 5 pm

130+ Exhibitors

August 25 & 26

Highland Park

35th Annual Port Clinton Art Festival

Central Avenue – 1st & 2nd Streets

10 am to 6 pm

265 Artists

August 25 & 26


32nd Annual Bucktown Arts Fest

Senior Citizens Memorial Park

2300 N. Oakley Ave & 2300 W. Lyndale St.

11 am to 7 pm

200 Artists


September 15 & 16

Park Forest

63rd Park Forest Art Fair

Downtown Park Forest

Outdoors – Main & Cunningham

Saturday & Sunday 10 am to 5 pm

September 1 & 2

Deer Park

Deer Park Art Show

Deer Park Town Center

20530 N. Rand Road

10 am to 5 pm

120 Artists

September 2 & 3

Lake Forest

Lake Forest-Lake Bluff 13th Annual Artisan Guild Fall Fair

Parking lots of Lake Forest Bank & Trust

Sunday – Monday, 10 am to 5 pm

45 exhibitors

September 3 & 4

Lake Forest

64th Annual Art Fair on the Square

Sponsored by the Deer Path Art League

Historic Market Square and Western Avenue next to the train station

10 am to 5 pm

180 Exhibitors

September 8 & 9


Mundelein Arts Festival

Kracklauer Park

100 N. Seymour Avenue

10 am to 5 pm

45 Artists

September 8 & 9


23rd Annual West End Art Festival

Held near the historic landmark Stone Avenue Station, along Burlington Avenue between Brainard and Spring Avenues

701 W. Burlington Avenue

Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm

75 Artists

September 8 & 9

Downers Grove

42nd Downers Grove Fine Arts Festival

Held on Main Street

10 am to 5 pm

50 Artists

September 8 & 9


14th Annual Lakeview East Festival of the Arts

Intersection Broadway & Belmont

Saturday 10 am to 7 pm

Sunday 10 am to 6 pm

150 Exhibitors

September 15

Park Ridge

28th Annual Arts & Crafts Adventure

Hodges Park

101 South Courtland

9 am to 5 pm

50 Artists

September 15 & 16


Art on the Prairie Fine Art & Craft Fair ~ Music Festival

City of Warrenville Complex

Corner of Batavia and Butterfield Roads

Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm

50 Exhibitors

September 15 & 16

Chicago, Illinois

Printer’s Row Art Fest

On Dearborn Street, from Harrison to Polk

10 am to 5 pm

100 Artists

September 15 & 16


33rd Annual Riverwalk Fine Art Fair

Downtown Naperville along the DuPage River

Eagle St and Jackson Avenue

10 am to 5 pm

140 Artists

September 15 & 16

Park Forest

63rd Annual Park Forest Art Fair

Downtown Park Forest

Presented by the Tall Grass Arts Assn.

10 am to 5 pm

90 Exhibitors

September 29 & 30


3rd Annual Starving Artists Show

on Sheridan Avenue from Highwood to Webster

10 am to 5 pm

120 Artists

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