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

What’s Blooming on Harrison will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2023 in the Oak Park Arts District RAIN OR SHINE.

Presenting sponsors: Byline Bank, Mosaic Counseling & Wellness,  Oak Park Apartments , Oak Park Bank  

Festival Sponsors: D.M. Burton, House of Heat, Forest Park Bank, Kinslahger, School of Rock Oak Park, All American Gutter Protection,  

Media Sponsors: Wednesday Journal, ColorImage Inc.

This year’s promotional poster is inspired by original art by Annette Zwierzchowski Donlin.

Here are some of the our 2023 Vendors:

alkyline, Alyssa Hozian Art, Alphabet Boutique and Bookshop, Andria GreenAndon Woodworks, Art by Jess, Babygold Barbecue, Baltic Amber, BCU Pics, Bead In Hand, Belle Rose Photography, Benjamin F Calvert III, Brian Patrick Photography, Candycopia, Chef Heatley’s Hot Pepper Farm, Carol Musial Glassworks, Centre Physical Therapy, Confident Kids SeriesContour and Color, Dancing Krow Studio, Dima Jewelry Atelier + Boutique, Dive Bar Soap CompanyDJ Corchin, Dye Hard Yarns, Ear-Resistible, Expressions Studio, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, Glass by Gaby, GRND Coffee House, Handmade Baby Blankets Etc, Healing Flames Candle CompanyJamilla Yipp Photography, JanaWare Pottery, JCR Wood Design, Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago, Kiera P Jewelry, Ken Reif, Kool Karma Bracelets LLC, Laura Williams, Lemah Creek Naturals, Mad Ones Studio, Mael DesignsManos de Maya, Marygold Mary, MASHALLAH, Mzuzi, Mosaic Counseling & Wellness, North Berwyn Park District, Oak Park Bank, Oak Park Our Whole Lives,  Oak Park Public Library, Oak Park Residence Corporation, Olimoli Designs, Organic Seed Jewelry by Francia Cortes, PhDetour Modern Makes, Pinhead Designs by Dish, posy goods, Purple Sun Arts, Rafael “Unca Raffy” Nieves, RC Training & Fitness, Reflections with Kate, Renewal by Andersen, Rocket Relics, Sarah M Johnson Art, Sarah’s Inn, SealyumProductions Shabby FlySix Point PetSlowfire Ceramics, SMS Studio, Soap Junkii Bath + Body, Studio 144 BoutiqueStyles 4 Kidz NFP, SunshineIsHappiness, Sweet U Candles, Symphony of Oak Park & River ForestTed Gordon Art, The Actors Garden, The Art Bear, LLC, The Artist’s Alley, The Fox and Owl Den,  The Buttons Stop Here, Thresholds, TLD Design Center & Gallery, Trattoria 225Twisted Metal Designs by Carla, Val’s halla Records, Village Church Oak Park, Wild Indigo & Juniper, Wonder Works Children’s Museum

What’s Blooming is not What’s Blooming without a wildflower bouquet of local musicians on the stage. Young and old, choral to acoustic to music that makes you dance…. Here are some of the 2023 performers…

11:00-11:30am: Jonny Hugh
11:40am-12:00pm: Laura Cruz Piano
12:10-12:30pm: The Actors Garden
12:40-1:10pm: Victoria Storm
1:20-1:50pm: Juliet Trio
2:00pm: School of Rock Show Team
3:15pm: Dozen Buzzin Cousins
4:45pm: David Singer and the Sweet Science
6:15pm: Summer Drive
7:30pm: The Crombies

Hear a sample of the music here:

Kiddie Carnival:
Ticket prices are $1.25 for single tickets or a pack of 20 for $22.00. Each ride will take 3 tickets (prices may change). Tickets are cash only. They WILL have a cash machine to get cash out to buy tickets. The rides (these may change): Slide , Combo,  El Paso (train),  Kiddie Cage, Apple go Round

There will be a drone flying over at some points to capture the fun at the festival.

2023 What’s Blooming on Harrison will feature a silent auction of artwork in the alley near 211 Harrison. Auction closes at 7pm:

Steve Fischer

Karen Schuman (Dancing Krow)

Janice Elkins

Kim Humphrey (Bead in Hand)

Marion Sirefman

Ann Viernes (Purple Sun Arts)

Ann Viernes (Purple Sun Arts)

Ken Reif

Encaustic Wax piece. 8×10 cradleboard. By Mimi Comerford

Please note: This is a family event, any artists/crafters with items deemed not family friendly will be denied. If you have now or ever used explicit language or images this is not the event for you.

Free admission

2023 Festival Map HERE

2023 Activity Schedule HERE