Merchant Street Art & Craft Fair

Feed, has been asked to help organize an art/craft fair to be a part of the annual Merchant Street Music Fest in downtown Kankakee. This year's festival will take place on Friday and Saturday, August 13th and 14th.

In the past several years the Merchant Street Music Fest has grown into the premier live music festival in Kankakee and one of the most anticipated summer weekends in the entire region. This year the festival will feature more than 30 musical acts on two stages including Grammy nominees Liquid Soul, Southern Rocker Devon Allman and his band Honeytribe, "Chicago Jazz Act of the Year" Joel Patterson and the Modern Sounds, and the eclectic world music of The Chicago Afrobeat Project. Not to mention local favorites The Swing Kings, Ponyboy, Lisa Jackson & Shades of Gray, Lupe Carroll and many more.

The art and craft fair, new for this year, will be a major component of the festival with vendors located centrally along the path between the two music stages. The festival organizers feel so strongly about the importance of the art fair that they have given us permission to waive the entry fee to art and craft vendors. Those vendors that need access to electricity, however, are being asked to pay a minimal $20 surcharge. The entire reason for organizing the Music Fest is to offer something positive for the community, so in that spirit, we are hoping to find vendors willing to hold informal mini-demos of their areas of expertise or to simply be working on your craft for visitors to see.

If you are interested in setting up a booth, please send an email to and we'll get a vendor entry form out to you right away. As always, if you have an questions, concerns or suggestions, please let us know. More info on the festival can be found at and on Facebook.

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