Our next Sugar Creek Arts Festival will be held on July 11 & 12, 2020

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2020 Festival Timeline

Applications are Due: March 20, 2020

Notification Date: April 8, 2020

Festival Dates: Saturday, July 11 and Sunday July 12, 2019

July 14 & 15, 2018 in Uptown Normal

Judges Peter Olson (NIU Art Museum Assistant Director) and Alfonso Gosálbez Berenguer (local Artist and Teacher) served as judges of the 35th Annual Sugar Creek Arts Festival in Uptown Normal.

Prizes are as follows:
Best of Show: Desiree Swanson, Minooka, IL
First Place Fine Art: Lydia Puddicome, Urbana, IL
First Place Fine Craft: Luis Villa & Jennifer McKenna, Galesburg, IL
Second Place Fine Arts: Cathy Engberg, Peoria, IL
Second Place Fine Craft: Lisa Slotky, Chicago, IL
The D. Bill Memorial Prize for Best Use of Recycled Material: April Sepich, Helenville, WI

The Sugar Creek Arts Festival is now rated as the 100th Best Fine Arts Festival in the United States! 

We are honored to so valued by our artists.

 July 13, 2019 -------10 am - 5 pm

July 14, 2019 -------11 am - 4 pm

in beautiful Uptown Normal!


We would love to have you, or your group, volunteer at the Sugar Creek Arts Festival!

Do you have a scout troop or other group looking to volunteer? 

Contact our director, Doug Johnson, at doug@mcac.org to learn more! 

2019 Musical Performances

Saturday, July 13

Roundabout Broadway

10:00 Leah Marlene Sugar Creek Cloggers

11:30 Charlie Hayes & Brian Stear Joe Zaklan Band

1:30 Jeni B. Edward David Anderson

3:00 Sarah Quah Banjovi, Hawkins & Anne

Sunday, July 14

Roundabout Broadway

11:00 twång Joe Zaklan Band

1:00 John Wahl One Foot In

2:30 Leah Marlene Shuga Beatz


The shows are free and open to the public, with donations of any amount appreciated.

"One World, One Sky:  Big Bird’s Adventure"

Saturday, July 14 at 11 AM1 PM, and 3 PM

Sunday, July 15 at 12 noon and 2 PM

Free and open to the public, donations appreciated.

Elmo and Big Bird live in the United States, while Hu Hu Zhu lives far away in China.  

However together they discovered that they still see the same Moon and stars at night!

"Incoming!  Asteroids, Comets, and the Hard-Hitting Stories of Our Cosmic Origins"

Saturday, July 14 at 12 noon2 PM, and 4 PM

Sunday, July 15 at 1 PM and 3 PM

Free and open to the public, donations appreciated.

Narrated by “Star Trek’s” George Takei, "Incoming!” explores what impacts from space teach us about the history of our planet, the solar system, and the universe!

 The ISU Planetarium is located in the Felmley Hall of Science Annex, at the corner of College Avenue and School Street in Normal.





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