Port Clinton Art Festival Returns for 33rd year

Ten Year Taste of Highland Park held at the same time

Above, a painting by Julio Garcia which was for sale at the last Port Clinton Art Festival. – Amdur Productions photos

by Tina Johansson

For more than three decades a wildly popular art festival in downtown Highland Park will once again be swarming with activity this weekend.

Port Clinton Art Festival is returning for its 33rd year in downtown Highland Park on August 27-28.

More than 100,000 art savvy, loyal attendees and buyers visit this festival each year.

The event kicked off with Taste of Highland Park on Friday which included live music. The actual art festival is being held Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. This festival is free admission and free parking.

More than 100,000 art savvy, loyal attendees and buyers visit this festival each year. The Port Clinton Art Festival is one of the most acclaimed art festivals in the country and is rated one of the top seven art shows in the United States by Sunshine Artist Magazine and a top show by Art Fair Calendar.

Art collectors wait all year for this summer event. Alongside established artists, a youth art division celebrates the talents of young artists ages 18 and under, offering them the opportunity to participate, exhibit, and experience the inner workings of an art festival. From onsite interactive art demonstrations by master artists to scavenger hunts designed for kids, the Port Clinton Art Festival truly has something for everyone.

Modernist painting by local artist Amos Amit.
Modernist painting by local artist Amos Amit.

Spread over the downtown streets, people start arriving at this festival before the official 10 am opening Saturday.  Food and music at the section called “Taste of Highland Park” add to the weekend. This year, Amdur Productions will host the 10th Annual Taste of Highland Park, which will run in conjunction with the Port Clinton Art Festival in the heart of Downtown Highland Park on Central Avenue.

This event will features a number of resturants among them are: Michael’s Hot Dog, Green Panda, A Mexican Joint, Honey’s Hot Chicken, Simple Greek, Café Central, and Real Urban BBQ.

Main Stage Music schedule:


8 a.m. Lululemon Yoga Class

10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Check with Lucy

6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Saturday June Band

8 p.m.-10 p.m. Too White Crew


10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Check with Lucy

Stage A

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday: Cirrus Falcon

Stage B

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: Michelet

Mainstage music at Taste of Highland Park.
Mainstage music at Taste of Highland Park. The combined Taste and art festival get up to 100,000 visitors each year.

Beyond the head-turning tunes and palate-pleasing cuisine, festival-goers will have the opportunity to corral their creativity by contributing to a freestanding graffiti wall. Children can also enjoy the youth art tent where they will be able to make clay masterpieces, color art themed coloring pages and spin art to take home.

This year at the festivals Amdur Productions has started a new charity initiative called the Green Ribbon Project. The project connects the festival with an important cause and aims to stimulate art buying at the festival.  Participating artists put a green ribbon on a piece of their choice in their booth and when the piece is sold the artist agrees to give 10% of the proceeds to the American Cancer Society, which is the dedicated charity for the Port Clinton Art Festival.

Also new this year Amdur Productions has invited certified 501C Not-For-Profits at this year’s festival from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on both festival days. “We wanted to help local charities promote their organizations and give them a chance to showcase their not-for-profit, in hopes of making people aware of the issues these charities are trying to fix”, said Amy Amdur, CEO of Amdur Productions.

  • k-9 Reading Buddies
  • Casa Lake County
  • PAWS Chicago
  • Friends For Health
  • Lakeside Congregation
  • Rimland Services NFP
  • Lake County Forest Preserves & Preservation Foundation
  • Willow House

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