This family-oriented May event has highlighted the Oak Park Arts District since 1999 with an art fair, children’s carnival, music stages, food trucks, beer garden, makers booths and more!

What’s Blooming on Harrison is a day of community building featuring live music on multiple stages, dance performances, maker experiences, local food and drink and an art fair with select guest artists and local crafts people. It’s guaranteed fun for all ages! What’s Blooming 2020 will be held Saturday, May 16th.

2019 Participants Included:  Allen Dailey, Andria Green, Artenimai, ARTirondack, Ava Designs, Baltic Amber, Bangin’ Designs, Bath Planet, Bee_autiful Innovations, Berwyn Betty’s Bath & Body, Blick Art Materials, Blue Violet Candles, Book Boxes, Brooks Middle School, CC & W Cre8tions, CamCanDraw, Carnivore, Chicago Beef Depot, Chiro One Wellness, Color Collision, Costco, Cozy by Candles, Customtouchbyjulie, DermaPhilia, Divine Designs Swim, DoTerra Essential Oils, Dragon Faiya Kreations, E.M.E Caricatures, European Homemade Goodies,  Francia Cortes, Glass Cat, Green Mountain Energy, Gretchen C Jewelry, Hello Fresh, Heph Foundation, Hooey Batiks, Hubert’s Lemonade, Imperfect Produce, Intercultural Montessori, It Takes a Village Birth & Family Support, Jems for Jackie, KO FOTO, Liz Gray Handmade Jewelry, London Black, Lou & Lu Handmade, Luca Henna, Luketti Handcrafted Jewelry, Macaire Adams, Made a Mano by Yesica E. Morfin, Maram Maker Space, Mary Wells Design, MASHALLAH, NiC.NaC.DesignZ, Niki’s Vintage Jewelry, North Berwyn Park District, NS Signs by Design, Oak Park Art League, Oak Park Brewing Company, Oak Park Public Library, Oak Park Regional Housing Center, Ovation Academy, Palette Earth Designs, Park District of Oak Park, Petina Paintings by Mael, Pedalheads Bike Camps, Pinhead Designs by Dish, Power Home Remodeling, Pro Musica, Renewal by Andersen, St. Roger Abbey, Scary Lair of Doom, Sealyum Productions. SEOPCO, Seung Jae Kim, Simply Smita, Six Point Pet, Steve & Kate’s Camp, Studio D Designs, SunshineIsHappiness, Susan Wisniewski, Technicolor Coffee Studios, The Artists Alley, The School of Rock, Thresholds,  TLD Design Center & JAD Gallery, Trude Handmade, Tulia’s Artisan Gallery, Twisted Metal Designs by Carla, Unca Raffy, Vayas Homegrown, Wendee Goles Face Painting, Wonder Works Children’s Museum and Wright Creation.

In 2019, the Arts District held its first fundraising raffle. Local artists Ken Reif, Marion Sirefman, Mimi Comerford, Michael Miller, Jason West, Ann Pasteur,  Joe Giron and Kim Humphrey all donated work. Many of the Family Stage participants also raffled off discounts on classes and tuition. Heartfelt thanks to you all!

Music! Music! Music!

Red Pop Fury, SAILS, Bart Attacks, Ring Shout, King of Mars, Mother May I, Farmers Market Band, Jim Haptonstahl, Adjacent Cruise, Highball, Just Nikki, Oakmen, Jack Wilson, Lance, Cassidy Brown, Grace Blackford, Peaches and Johnny Aletto Music. SAILS and Adjacent Cruise are aptly named for all the water (also known as rain) we experienced half way through the fest. Many thanks to all the talented performers who managed to be able to perform under less than ideal conditions! Featured on the inaugural Family Stage:  ProMusica, Oak Park String Academy, Ovation Academy, The School of Rock, The Actors Garden, MusikGarten and 16th Street Theatre.


Sign up for What’s Blooming on Harrison below.

Interested in Participating in 2020? Look for updated Participant Information and Applications in January 2020. Questions?  Email Thank you.