Bucktown Arts Fest Returns This Weekend For First Time In 2 Years With Tons of Of Artists, Musicians And Extra


BUCKTOWN — A volunteer-run arts and music pageant is returning to Bucktown for the primary time since 2019.

The Bucktown Arts Fest will function about 170 artists from throughout the Midwest promoting work, ceramics, jewellery, pictures and far more 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday in and round Senior Residents Memorial Park, 2228 N. Oakley Ave.

There may also be two reside music levels, one that includes jazz musicians and the opposite an eclectic vary of native bands and solo performers. The lineup is obtainable right here.

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The Bucktown Arts Fest in 2019

Lyndale Avenue and Oakley and Belden avenues will likely be closed across the park for added cubicles and pageant happenings, which embrace arts and craft actions for youths.

Bucktown Arts Fest doesn’t solicit sponsorships, and organizers stated they maintain sales space charges low so every artist can maximize income. All proceeds from the occasion fund artwork packages within the neighborhood and close by Holstein Park.

“We try this as a result of we’re all-volunteer-run; we don’t have any paid employees right here. We’re capable of cross that financial savings alongside to our artists and ensure that they’re capable of make as a lot revenue as they will,” pageant committee President Cole Mariottini stated.

The pageant may also have rotating craft beers and meals vans. Admission is free.

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Children play with puppets on the 2019 Bucktown Arts Fest

The Bucktown Arts Fest was based in 1984 by 4 native artists — Bob Smeltzer, Joe Kotzman, Tony Cachapero and Rodney Patterson — to showcase native artwork to the group, in response to the pageant’s web site.

Virtually 40 years later, that authentic emphasis on group continues to outline and drive the pageant, Mariottini stated.

“From our very begin, it was sort of simply neighborhood individuals making an attempt to say, ‘Hey, we need to do that. We need to make certain there’s one thing that folks can get pleasure from,’ and sort of unfold the great phrase, so to talk, of the humanities,” he stated.

Extra info may be discovered on the pageant’s web site.

“It is a free pageant run by volunteers, and we need to ensure that all people can have the very best weekend they probably can. Whether or not you’re there to get pleasure from it or whether or not you’re there to promote one thing or for those who’re there to play music, no matter it might be,” Mariottini stated.

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