What’s Blooming on Harrison

May Event

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Building on the success of its autumn event, Art on Harrison, the Oak Park Arts District launched “What’s Blooming on Harrison” in 1999.  Over the years, this family-oriented May event has highlighted the District through artist demonstrations, live music, dance performances and an art fair featuring select guest artists and local crafts people.  2018’s festival will kick off with a Third Friday Gallery Walk on May 18th.  On Saturday, May 19th, “What’s Blooming” takes over Harrison Street, from Cuyler Avenue to Humphrey, with the art fair and other Family Fun Activities including a children’s carnival, live music, dance, craft demonstrations and hands-on workshops. The festival begins at 11 am with the art fair running until 7 pm. Music continues at the Taylor Avenue Beer Garden until 9 pm.

Interested in participating in What’s Blooming in 2018? The deadline to apply was Monday, March 12, 2018 and we are nearing capacity. If you are an Artist, For Profit Vendor, Not For Profit Vendor, Vintage Reseller or Food Vendor, please contact Laurel Wolff at whatsblooming@oakparkartsdistrict.com. If space remains, the application process can proceed. 

The application process is easy. First, please read through the Call for Participants General Information Letter. Next, click on the application link below that applies to you, read through the information and when you’re ready, submit the form. Upon receipt of your application, you will be contacted by Laurel Wolff who will go over final application details such as payment with you. Please note that in 2018, we are capping booth spaces at 100.

Call for Participants General Information Letter

Artist Application

Vintage Reseller Application

For Profit and Not For Profit Vendor Application

Food Vendor/Food Truck Application


We are also looking for Musicians to perform on our main stage. If interested please fill out the form below and we will get back to you regarding the details of performing.

Musician Information Request Form

As a not for profit, the Oak Park Arts District is always looking for event sponsors. There are three different levels of sponsorship described in the Sponsor Letter link below. Please direct any questions to Laurel Wolff at laurel@oakparkartsdistrict.com. A Sponsor Application and Paypal feature follow.

Sponsor Letter

Sponsor Application

Sponsor What’s Blooming on Harrison

Looking for other ways to participate in What’s Blooming on Harrison? We can’t run the festival without a great crew of volunteers. If interested please click the link below:

Volunteer Form

Own a business on Harrison Street? OPADBA Members, please use the request form below to secure your booth space at the fair. Non OPADBA businesses may request a booth space as well. Details are in the form. Thank you.

OPADBA Member Space Request

Booth Space Request for  Non OPADBA Member Business