Downtown Waukegan will be BUSY during September ArtWauk on Saturday, September 16th from 5pm – 10pm! Along with fantastic art displays in the galleries and shops, four special events are taking place.
First, Mayor Sam Cunningham invites everyone to the first Mayor’s Blues Night, a free Blues show with two stages and six bands from Chicago, the home of the Blues. The main stage for the event is Stern’s Plaza, 37 S. Genesee Street and the secondary stage is Madison Street Courtyard, 111 N. Genesee Street. Bring a lawn chair to sit and watch – or get up and move to the groove!
The next special event is Cafe Cultura Arte Summer Nights, a food truck festival with a twist. Brought to ArtWauk by the hard work of The Chunky Scones, the fest includes music, dancing, food, and art. Music by (((SONORAMA))). Food vendors include: The Chunky Scones, Ste Martaen, Bravo Vegan Tamales, Simon Brews & Bake, The Tiny Vegan , and The Bird and the Bear. Art vendors include: JAQUI ARTE, MosaicoArte, MojoOwl, Bodega 18, and La Carnalita. Eat, dance, enjoy art, eat, dance, buy art, eat, dance, enjoy!
And, since you’re eating good, think about bringing non-perishable food items for Catholic Charities’ Hunger Auction Food Drive. The food pantry needs to be stocked and you can help. Non-perishables and financial donations are greatly appreciated.
Topping off the “above the bluff” fun is Shredfest 2017, in and around The Burgundy Room at 215 Washington Street. Shredfest is a 100% DIY celebration of skateboarding art, music, and culture. It is open to skateboarders of all ages, genders, and abilities-EVERYONE is welcome. If you want to set up a table to sell your crafts, photos, records, skateboards, or whatever DIY stuff you’re into-bring it on! BYO table. This is NOT the kind of event you go to and WATCH – it’s the kind of event you go to to PARTICIPATE! Some come out and skate, cook, rock out, sell stuff, take pictures, show your videos, make new friends, see old ones, and be a part of a truly unique night! The fun kicks off at 5-9pm with Free Skate; Jazz Alley Art Show; BBQ; DJ’s; and PHOTO CONTEST! It continues with LIVE ROCK from 9pm-2am inside The Burgundy Room for those 21+.
Now, if all of those activities are not enough to tingle your senses, The Harbor’s Edge and Greater Waukegan Development Coalition are hosting Fiestas at the Harbor at 175 N. Harbor Place directly east of downtown. Fiestas at the Harbor will feature bands from Mexico, ballet folklorico, and Grito, a re-enactment of the battle for Mexican independence which will take place at 7:45 on Friday, September 15th. Fiestas at the Harbor runs Friday, September 15th through Sunday, September 17th.
We would love your feedback on these events as well as any suggestions you may have for new events in our Main Street District.