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Midwest Arts Festival

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If you want to enjoy an iconic local festival and make some connections in the community, you can't go wrong with the Midwest Salute to the Arts. Now returning for its 34th year, it's a beloved annual event that connects artists and the local community.

A Nationally Recognized Art Festival Right in Your Own Town

Midwest Salute to the Arts is perhaps best known for the dozens of booths from artists and artisans who gather each year to share their wares. The past two years saw the event scaled back for safety reasons, so everyone is excited for a return to the full experience.

More than 30 years ago, community leader Gene Ellerbusch proposed the idea of having a local art festival based on the outdoor art fair he enjoyed on a trip to Mystic, Connecticut. A panel of citizens convened to make it happen, and the Midwest Salute to the Arts has since grown by leaps and bounds.

In addition to local participants, Midwest Salute to the Arts draws thousands of guests from all over the United States. It is a living testament to Southwestern Illinois' commitment to and engagement in the U.S. art scene and is one of the foremost events of its kind in the entire Midwest region.

Fun and Excitement for the Whole Family at Midwest Salute to the Arts

Entertainment abounds at the Midwest Salute to the Arts, where local musicians will take to the Gesso Stage to share their hits and latest stylings. Anita Michelle Jackson will be the featured performer for the Friday Night Entertainment, showcasing her high-flying Gospel vocals.

It wouldn't be a fair without food, and Midwest Salute to the Arts won't disappoint!

Six local food trucks are expected to add their own unique flavor to the festivities. Visit the Rotary Pavilion, and you'll also find three more dining options. Expect iconic fair food like kettle corn, ice cream, and coffee, as well as soul food offerings and chicken salad.

The event calendar for the Midwest Salute to the Arts always includes art and craft demonstrations such as pottery, woodcarving, and different styles of painting. Many demos also include a hands-on portion. It is a wonderful opportunity to get experience with the process of making art.

A gathering like this one just wouldn't be complete without plenty for the kids to do. In addition to some arts and crafts showcases tailored to them, there will be an illustrator's pavilion where kids learn about cartooning. They will be able to take home custom art as well as make their own.

Get Ready for a Memorable Occasion Right Here in Southwestern Illinois

This year, Midwest Salute to the Arts will be held on August 26, 27, and 28 – that is, from Friday through Sunday. Friday's activities will take place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday's from 10 a.m. all the way through 8 p.m., and Sunday's from 11 a.m. through to five o'clock in the evening.

Visitors to the Midwest Salute to the Arts are admitted free. Food will be widely available, but you are encouraged to bring your own water. Because of the size of the crowds, dogs will not be allowed in the park during the festival. 

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