GAAF2021 Covid Statement

posted Aug 19, 2021, 1:23 PM by Glenwood Ave Arts Fest 2021   [ updated Aug 19, 2021, 1:24 PM ]

In light of the evolving public health situation and the delta variant; we are asking everyone, including vaccinated folks, to wear their masks while at the Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival whenever possible.

After much discussion and research, and knowing the character of our community and the care we have for one another we feel confident that we can safely host this year’s fest if we each continue to do our part to Stop The Spread here in the RP.

We will happily provide masks for anyone that needs them, and there will be hand sanitizer and wash stations throughout this year’s festival.

Performance Added: 16 Piece Big Band

posted Aug 18, 2021, 3:57 PM by Glenwood Ave Arts Fest 2021

Location: Outrageous Open Arts Tent at Lunt & Glenwood

Band: Heritage Jazz Orchestra, a 16 piece Big Band, sponsored by Le Piano

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Saturday

2021 Entertainment Schedule

posted Aug 14, 2021, 12:19 PM by Glenwood Ave Arts Fest 2021   [ updated Aug 14, 2021, 12:31 PM ]

The final band lineup and entertainment schedule for the 2021 Glenwood Ave Arts Fest has been posted here on the site.  More than 25 new and returning acts will grace two stages over three days next week!   As always, free and open to the public!  

2021 Fest Artist Application

posted Jun 11, 2021, 9:27 AM by Glenwood Ave Arts Fest 2021   [ updated Jun 14, 2021, 8:34 PM ]

The 2021 Fest Artist Application is available now.

The first round of acceptance notifications will go out the week of June 21.

We look forward to seeing you at the 20th Annual Glenwood Ave Arts Fest! #GAAF2021

2021 GAAF Artist Application

20th Annual Fest Announcement

posted Jun 9, 2021, 9:25 PM by Glenwood Ave Arts Fest 2021   [ updated Jun 14, 2021, 8:37 PM ]

The Glenwood Avenue Arts District has announced that it will be hosting the 20th Annual Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest on August 20th through August 22nd, 2021 along the cobblestones streets of Glenwood Avenue and Morse Avenue in the “Heart of Rogers Park”.

The festival will kick-off on Friday August 20th with the Friday Night Cobblestone Jam from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
On Saturday and Sunday the Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest will bring over 100 visual artists to line Morse Avenue from Wayne to Greenview and Glenwood Avenue from Farwell to Lunt, presenting a diverse selection of artists and craftworkers, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass, textile, metal, mixed media and functional art.
The festival will also host two stages with over 24 live music acts featuring a wide variety of musical genres.
To insure public safety, the festival will comply with COVID-19 guidelines that will be applicable as of August 20th, 2021. Specific Covid-19 safety protocols will be announced prior to the festival.

As in past years, the festival will provide:
Local food and beverage venders to showcase and support Rogers Park local businesses.
The Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest is a FREE FESTIVAL with no gate fee.
The art festival is supported by local business and the Rogers Park Business Alliance.
The festival is organized by volunteers of the Glenwood Avenue Arts District.

Due to COVID-19, the festival organizers have a late start and additional information, artist venders and band schedules will be announced at a later date. Artists and sponsors should keep their eye on the website and the Glenwood Ave Arts Fest facebook page for artist and sponsor applications. Stage Sponsor opportunities as well as other sponsor opportunities are still available.

Festival Location
The festival location is at the intersection of Morse & Glenwood Avenues, extending one block east and west and one block north and south of the Morse Redline L Station.

Festival Hours
Friday Night - Music Only: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday - Art & Music 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday - Art & Music 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Virtual Artists' Market Now Live

posted Aug 14, 2020, 1:35 PM by Glenwood Ave Arts Fest 2021   [ updated Aug 14, 2020, 1:36 PM ]

Visit the 2020 Virtual Artists' Market, part of the Glenwood Ave Mobile Arts Fest.

Find your favorite artist by name or booth number and click the link to visit their online store.

Support local artists, buy some art today!

Tour Routes Published

posted Aug 12, 2020, 1:18 PM by Glenwood Ave Arts Fest 2021   [ updated Aug 13, 2020, 2:52 PM ]

The four tour routes for this weekend's Glenwood Ave Mobile Arts Fest have been published.   All tours start and end at Morse Ave & Glenwood Ave.   

Saturday, August 15, 2020

12pm tour:
Central / East Rogers Park

4pm tour:
West Rogers Park
(the western streets of Rogers Park, not West Ridge)

Sunday, August 16, 2020

12pm tour
South Rogers Park
4pm tour:
North Rogers Park

Band Schedule 2020

posted Aug 10, 2020, 12:39 PM by Glenwood Ave Arts Fest 2021   [ updated Aug 10, 2020, 12:39 PM ]

The band schedule for the Glenwood Ave Mobile Arts Fest has been posted!

The 2020 Glenwood Ave Mobile Arts Fest features live bands on a mobile stage, bringing music to people where they live.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

12pm tour:
Flatbed & Scruggs
featuring former and current members of the Henhouse Prowlers

Sunday, August 16, 2020

12pm tour:
4pm tour:

Performers and times are subject to change - Last updated 2020.8.10

Call for Artists

posted Aug 3, 2020, 11:57 AM by Glenwood Ave Arts Fest 2021

Attention Glenwood Ave Arts Fest Artists!

Artists who have exhibited at GAAF in the last three years are invited to participate in the 2020 Glenwood Ave Mobile Arts Fest and Virtual Artists' Market.

Complete the form below.   You'll need to be ready to upload images of your art to be displayed on the giant video trucks that will tour the neighborhood and provide a link for visitors to the Virtual Artists' Market to connect with you and purchase your work.

The 2020 Glenwood Avenue (Mobile) Arts Fest

posted Jul 31, 2020, 5:24 PM by Glenwood Ave Arts Fest 2021   [ updated Jul 31, 2020, 6:11 PM ]

19th annual Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest returns to Rogers Park with new mobile edition that travels throughout the neighborhood, August 15 and 16, 2020

Live bands on a mobile stage bring music to residents where they live, plus large-screen video trucks showcasing artists’ work for sale online

CHICAGO (July 30, 2020)—The popular Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (GAAF) returns to Rogers Park for its 19th year in a new format to comply with COVID-19 safety guidelines prohibiting large public gatherings. This year on Saturday and Sunday, August 15 and 16, 2020, the festival becomes the Glenwood Avenue (Mobile) Arts Fest, taking place as four two-hour tours of the streets of Rogers Park surrounding the Glenwood Avenue Arts District at Glenwood and Morse Avenues.

Local musicians including the Urban Rhythm Band and the Joyce Renee Walker Band will perform live on a mobile stage along with large-scale video screens showcasing GAAF artists’ works, which will be available in “booths” in a corresponding virtual festival. Brief stops along the GAAF mobile tour routes will allow residents to enjoy art and music at a safe distance along the sidewalks and from the windows of their homes. The festival encourages the community to support local artists and businesses within the Glenwood Avenue Arts District in Rogers Park.

The Glenwood Avenue (Mobile) Arts Fest takes place on Saturday, Aug. 15 at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Sunday, August 16 at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. The Chicago Bluesmobile will travel the festival route on Friday, Aug. 14 from 6-9 p.m. for a festive kickoff. Festival tour maps and the virtual festival layout linking to artists’ booths will be available by Monday, Aug. 10 at

The Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest is a free, weekend-long street arts fair usually enjoyed by an estimated 15,000 visitors annually. GAAF has included more than 120 artist-vendors and two outdoor stages featuring more than 30 acts of live entertainment. For nearly two decades, visitors have experienced fine art and crafts, music, live demonstrations, and local food and drink on the cobblestone streets of the Glenwood Avenue Arts District in Chicago’s historic Rogers Park neighborhood.

GAAF is presented by the Glenwood Avenue Arts District, with support from Clark/Morse/Glenwood Special Service Area #24, Morse Fresh Market, Cagan Management Group, Al Goldberg Real Estate LLC, Chicago Condo Management & Maintenance Co, J.B. Alberto’s Pizza, Sweet Home Properties, Lifeline Theatre, Rogers Park Builders Group and the nonprofit Rogers Park Business Alliance.

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