whats blooming

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 was a smash success! In 2019, What’s Blooming will be held on Saturday, May 18th. 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 will begin at 11 am with the art fair running until 7 pm. Music continues at the Taylor Avenue Beer Garden and Main Stage until 9 pm.

The 2018 What’s Blooming on Harrison artists and vendors included:  Andria Green, Artenimai, Twisted Metal Designs by Carla, Jems for Jackie, Studio D Designs, Alice’s Cat, Goblin Gurley Knits & Hooks, Baltic Amber, Margaux Bijoux, Mary Wells Design, Vina’s Millinery, Happy Spoon Girl Earrings etc., Nic.Nac.DesignZ, Unca Raffy, SunshineIsHappiness, Susan Wisniewski, Serenity Acupuncture, Shabby Fly, Power Home Remodeling, Tulia’s Artisan Gallery, Thresholds, North Berwyn Park District, Puddle Leaf, St. Roger Abbey, Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory, Costco, Smokey Spikes BBQ and Grill, The Animal Care League, Wonder Works Children Museum, Ava Fashions, Avery:Caricatures, Vayas Homegrown Health + Beauty, LSSLuscious Knits, customtouchbyjulie, Crafty Creations by AngleAh, Madelyn Henry, Luisa Melton, My Eye on the World, Allen Dailey Photography, Lives of Others, Technicolor Coffee Studios, Eric E. Paige, doTerra essential oils, Luca: Henna, Petina Paintings by Mael Designs, Liz Gray Handmade Jewelry, Mia’s Wish, Simply Smita, Daffodil By Donna, DamenArt by Nuria McNeal,  Ahki Design Jewelry, Bee_autiful Innovations, NeighborGOODarts, Trash or Burn, Paper Jam, Violeta Bradanji, Maggie Joyce Recycling, Blue Violet Candles, Sage Pottery by Barbe Asta, Palette Earth Designs by Robin Nathan, Made a Mano by Yesica E. Morfin, Hand Painted Glass by Ivana, RAK of Chicago, Larell and Gwen’s Handmade Shop, Take 5 Journals, CC & W Cre8tions, Every Beautiful Day by Dawn Bertuca, Logan, Urban Edges, Jacocalo Designs, Verros Photography, Mancinis, European Homemade Goodies, Easterseals, Window Works, Oak Park Regional Housing Center, T-Mobile and Hephzibah Children’s Association. Many thanks to Oak Park Brewing Company for their support in the libations department.

Music!Music!Music! Participating musical acts included: Ovation Academy, Chris McIntosh & Alvin McGovern, OPRF Jazz Band, The Riverside Ramblers, Adjacent Cruise, The Oak Park String Academy, Mother May I, Lance, JMATA, Sails, Ring Shout, The Farmers Market Band, Wayback Band, HighBall, Back of Hand and Textbook.

Interested in Participating in 2019? We will begin our Call for Participants (artists, craftspeople, musicians, not for profit vendors, for profit vendors and food vendors) in early January. If you would like to receive the call please email whatsblooming@oakparkartsdistrict.com. Thank you.