The 30th Port Clinton Art Festival is being held in Highland Park this weekend, Aug. 24-25, 2013. The Taste of Highland Park festival opens the weekend, with the festival starting on Fri., Aug. 23 and running through Sat. and Sun. The North Shore celebration in Highland Park is a large scale street festival that features original art works, food, community and music.
For 30 years, the Port Clinton Art Festival has been recognized as one of the most successful juried art festivals in the country, attracting more than 250,000 art enthusiasts annually, according to the Village of Highland Park. Art lovers browse for that unique piece of exceptional artwork from more than 260 artists from across the country. The varied art mediums include ceramics, drawings, furniture, glass, jewelry, metal, paintings, photography and wood.
In addition to the juried artists, the work of young artists, aged 18 and under, is exhibited. Art themed activities for kids are offered throughout the weekend, including an art scavenger hunt and spin art, interactive art demos and performance speed painting.
The Port Clinton Art Festival runs Sat. and Sun., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
The weekend festival is kicked off by the Taste of Highland Park, which opens on Fri. at 11 a.m. The Taste offers food from several local restaurants, with specialties including sushi, frozen yogurt, burgers, tacos, tamales, tapas, sandwiches, gyros, ribs and more.
Festival-goers will enjoy a variety of live musical performances from acclaimed bands and performers throughout the weekend.
The Fri lineup of bands includes Cirrus Falcon, Eric Stang, A Jersey Voice (6 p.m.) and Sugar High (8 p.m.).
The Sat. lineup of bands includes Brad Cole & Friends, Million Dollar Quartet (noon), Gone 2 Paradise (6 p.m) and 16 Candles (8 p.m.).
The lineup on Sun. includes Check with Lucy and Cirrus Falcon ( 3 p.m.)
Parking and admission for the Port Clinton Art Festival and Taste of Highland Park are free. Port Clinton Square is located in downtown Highland Park, 600 Central Ave. in Highland Park, about 30 miles north of Chicago, Ill.