2019 West End Arts Festival
Name: 2019 West End Arts Festival
Date: September 7, 2019 - September 8, 2019
The 24th annual West End Arts Festival celebrates art in many forms as visitors of all ages can browse the work of fine artists from across the Midwest, view culinary demonstrations from local chefs, enjoy wine tastings and live jazz plus kids art activities near the historic Stone Avenue train station in La Grange, IL.
Presented by the La Grange Business Association, the free festival features over 60 noted artists who will display and sell their works including photography, acrylics, oils, pottery, jewelry, fabrics and sculpture. There will also be a booth showcasing the work of art students from Lyons Township High School including live demonstrations on the pottery wheel.
Free guided tours of the historic Stone Avenue Train Station will be led by the La Grange Area Historical Society on Saturday. On Sunday, Bottle and Bottega will offer guided painting classes in the style of Bob Ross inside the train station. Advance tickets for the classes are available at https://www.bottleandbottega.com/la-grange/schedule/.
Expanding appeal to artists of all ages, the La Grange Art League and the Park District of La Grange will host interactive art activities and crafts for children. A face painter will be on hand to make each face a work of art.
The festival is held in front of the landmark Stone Avenue METRA station along Burlington Avenue at Brainard Avenue. Free parking is available in the nearby commuter lots. Visitors may take the Burlington Northern METRA train to the Stone Avenue station.
The festival hours are Saturday from 10am-10pm and Sunday from 10am-4pm. Artists' booths will be open on Saturday from 10am-6pm; a few artists will remain open for browsing and purchase from 6pm-10pm. Saturday evening entertainment will include a live art auction of 30 hand-painted game tables that have been displayed in front of local La Grange businesses this summer plus live jazz.
THE ART OF FOOD TENT, sponsored by Baird & Warner, will feature live culinary demonstrations and samplings from chefs at popular area restaurants:
Chefs on Saturday, Sept. 7th
Chefs on Sunday, Sept. 8th
THE ART OF WINE TENT, sponsored by Coldwell Banker, offers a selection of over 30 varietals along with wine education. Hours are Saturday from 2:00pm-7:00pm and Sunday 12:30pm-3:30pm. An access pass to the wine tent is $20 in advance and $25 at the door and includes 8 tasting tickets and a souvenir glass. Wine tent access may be purchased in advance here to save. Wines by the bottle will also be available to purchase.
THE ART OF MUSIC TENT: Live performances from local jazz bands including:
Jazz on Saturday, Sept. 7th
10:00 am - 11:30 am Nick Roach Quartet
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Badass Gumbo
2:00 pm - 3:30 p m High Hat Second Line
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm The Chandelier Swingers
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm The Big Lagniappe
Jazz on Sunday, Sept. 8th
10:00 am - 11:30 am Sato Music Studios
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Idle Oath
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm The Corner Boys
All schedules are subject to change.
LIVE ART AUCTION:
30 colorful game tables that have been exhibited throughout La Grange as part of a summer outdoor art exhibit will be sold at a live auction from the West End Arts Festival. The exhibit, called "Fun and Games in La Grange," is sponsored by the Park District of La Grange. The auction is live beginning at 6:00pm and benefits local nonprofits.
FOOD & BEVERAGE VENDORS:
A variety of food vendors will be on the festival grounds including Antonino's Ristorante; Taqueria Mi Taquito, Paisan's Pizzeria, Nothing Bundt Cakes and We're Nuts. Beer and Wine will be sold by Palmer Place.
Baird and Warner La Grange; Coldwell Banker; Chiro One; Guaranteed Rate; Orangetheory Fitness; Park District of La Grange; Republic Services, Village of La Grange; Vintage Charm and WDCB Radio.
For updates, follow the West End Arts Festival on Facebook or visit: www.lagrangeevents.com
The La Grange Business Association is a group of over 300 businesses, services and non-profit organizations that strive to energize and enhance the local economy through events, networking and advocacy.