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Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest Returns This Weekend With Sword Demo, Concerts And Mask Requirement

The festival will kick off Friday evening with concerts headlined by Joanna Connor and Air Credits.

The Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival in 2018.
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ROGERS PARK — The largest summer festival in Rogers Park returns this weekend in its original format, albeit with coronavirus precautions in place.

The 20th edition of the Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest will take place Friday-Sunday along Glenwood at Morse Avenue. After changing the format last summer to a traveling street fest due to the pandemic, the free arts fest is returning with its regular artist vendors and live performance lineup.

All attendees will be required to wear face masks, including those who are vaccinated, festival organizers said in a statement. Masks will be available to guests, and hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the fest.

The festival is 6-10 p.m. Friday. It will kick off with the Friday Night Cobblestone Jam, a series of concerts headlined by Joanna Connor and Air Credits.

The rest of the festival is 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. It will feature a European swordplay demo, a puppet show and 30 music performances. More than 120 artists and vendors will be at the art fair.

Live art demonstrations will take place at the “outrageous open arts” area at Lunt and Glenwood avenues. A kids area will also have activities and arts demonstrations.

The festival will have two craft beer stations, one from Empirical Brewery and one from Sketchbook Brewery. Rogers Park Social will also have a beer station outside its storefront.

Food vendors will include Badou Senegalese Cuisine, Black Dog Gelato, JB Alberto’s Pizza and Urban Tables.

For two decades, the festival has attracted an estimated 15,000 people annually to Glenwood Avenue.

While many street festivals were canceled last year because of the pandemic, Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest organizers turned the event into a parade of bands and video art that traveled through the neighborhood, bringing the entertainment to neighbors.

Fest organizers with the Glenwood Avenue Arts District and the Rogers Park Business Alliance announced the event’s return in June.

For more information on the Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival, click here.

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