The 2021 Sugar Creek Arts Festival Timeline

Applications Available: Now

Application Deadline: May 30, 2021

Date of Notification: June 30, 2021

Booth Fee: August 31, 2021

Event Dates: October 9 & 10, 2021

Dear Artists & Attendees,

We have received a lot of emails and phone calls about our 2021 Sugar Creek Arts Festival planning. This event is a real community highlight and has been identified as one of the top 100 Arts Festivals in the nation and the Pantagraph Reader's Poll chose our festival as the Best Community Event in our region.  With an estimated 20,000 people attending over two days it is a hugely anticipated part of all of our lives.

Our revised plan is to present the Sugar Creek Arts Festival three months later than we have in the past.  Working with our partners at the Town of Normal we have set the date to be the second weekend in October.  Our July became more problematic and August presents a host of issues with students returning to campus.   With the uncertainty with vaccines distribution timelines, and our reliance on Illinois being declared in Phase Five for the covid-19 virus, we have selected this date as the best possible option for planning and attendance. 

Event planning in this pandemic time has a lot of moving parts. We all must accept that some components are out of our control.  Rest assured we will continue to share our decision making as we go. 

Last year we created a virtual festival, , and we will continue to create and support this resource.  Ideally this website will serve in tandem with our in-person event.  

As we know more in the coming weeks, we will share our updates.  Wish us all luck!  We have missed you and hope to have a much better 2021 for everyone!


Doug Johnson

Executive Director

This application is a two part process:

-Pay Juror's Fee

-Submit Images

Upcoming events

    • October 09, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • October 10, 2021
    • (CDT)

    The Sugar Creek Arts Festival is a juried show of fine art and fine craft featuring one hundred and Thirty exhibitors from across the nation in a variety of disciplines. This outdoor festival is October 9 & 10 in Uptown Normal, Illinois. Sugar Creek will once again be held on the beautiful streets of uptown Normal. The venue has ample parking for both artists and patrons, and with 20,000 visitors the festival has great public recognition.

    If the state is not moved to Phase Five for the Covid19 virus, and we are all expecting to have achieved this, the festival may be canceled.

    Application Deadline: May 31st, 2021

    Date of Notification: June 30th, 2021

    Event Dates: October 9 & 10

    Sugar Creek Arts Festival is presented by the McLean County Arts Center, one of the oldest community arts organizations in the Midwest.

    Categories: Ceramics, Fiber, Glass, Graphics, Jewelry, Photography, Painting, Sculpture, Wood, Other

    Entry Instructions:
    Please submit digital images of three representative works in .jpg format. These, along with the completed application and $25 application fee are due to the McLean County Arts Center by May 31st, 2021. Professional artists external to the MCAC serve as paid jurors.


    For additional instructions please follow the festival tab on our website For further assistance please e-mail

    Applications will not be reviewed without confirmation of application fee payment. The application fee of $25 can be made through our secure website at, over the phone by calling (309) 829-0011, (309) 826-8152, in person at the MCAC (when we again open to the public), or by sending a check to us at 601 N. East St Bloomington, IL 61701.

     All fine art and fine craft will be accepted for jury. The artwork presented must be original and created by the exhibiting artist. All artwork must be for sale. No more than 50% of a booth may be composed of giclee prints or other items of this type. Castings from commercial molds, kit items, buy/sell items, unlimited series and/or mass editions will not be permitted. The MCAC reserves the right to exclude any work it deems unsuitable for display, or which was misrepresented in the application.

    Artists exhibiting Buy/Sell Items will be removed from the festival and applications and booth fees will not be refunded.

    If the state is not moved to Phase Five for the Covid19 virus, and we are all expecting to have achieved this, the festival may be canceled. We will make this call on October 1, 2021.

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.

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