Art in the Park - 2024

Happy Hour Arts Reception

The Happy Hour Arts Reception on Friday, October 11, 2024 prior to opening the show to the general public is for the artists, V.I.P.s and Sponsors. It is there to thank the artist and allow attendees to see the art before the general public. Their pre-pledge dollars allow them to attend the Happy Hour from 5 pm – 8 pm AND use that money to buy art!

Attendees receive:

  • The opportunity to view artwork from over 65 booths on Friday before opening to the general public!
  • Complimentary delicious refreshments served throughout the evening as you view artwork and talk with the artists.
  • Live entertainment by the SIUE Jazz Band
  • Intimate conversations with favorite artists
  • Art Bucks’ equaling your pre-pledge dollars to spend any time during the show! (Fri-Sun) (Artists will turn in the Art Bucks for real money at the end of the show.)

Attendees are required to:

  • Pledge a minimum of $100 dollars you plan to spend at Art in the Park.
  • ‘Art Bucks’ in the amount of your pre-pledge dollars may be picked up at the Happy Hour Arts Reception or any time during the show.


Friday, October 11, 2024

  • 5 pm -8 pm       Happy Hour Arts Reception for Artists, Sponsors and V.I.P. Guests

Saturday, October 12, 2024

  • 10 am - 5 pm Exhibits Open
  • 10 am - 5 pm Art Gallery - Just for Kids
  • 11 am - 4 pm  Kids Kreation Area Open
  • 11 am - 4 pm Performing Arts

Sunday, October 13, 2024

  • 11 am - 4 pm   Exhibits Open
  • 11 am - 3 pm   Art Gallery - Just for Kids
  • 11 am - 3 pm   Performing Arts
  • 11 am - 3 pm   Kids Kreation Area Open


Highland, Illinois is a unique blend of rural farming and the entrepreneurial spirit. It is a town proud of its Swiss heritage and dedicated to maintaining a hometown atmosphere.

Located just 35 miles from St. Louis, Highland's Lindendale Park is the ideal weekend haven ... a place to take shelter from the feverish pace of everyday life, where you are surrounded by trees, not buildings.

Set up and tear down are easy. Artists can drive right up to their booth spaces for easy set up and tear down. The HAC's team of volunteers show the utmost in hospitality by offering to be booth sitters and providing snacks and drinks throughout the show. Pizza and drinks are provided for artists' lunches on set-up day.

V.I.P. buyers pre-pledge money to be spent at Art in the Park artists' booths. The HAC gives them "Funny Money" for the pre-pledged dollars, which can be spent during the weekend.

The artists turn the "Funny Money" in at the end of the show in exchange for cash! These V.I.P. buyers are invited to the preview reception. A preview viewing and sales reception is scheduled for Friday evening. After an evening of viewing art and the first sales opportunity, artists, V.I.P. buyers and sponsors will enjoy live music, a fantastic array of hors d'oeuvres, wine, soda and water. Mingle with serious buyers and talk about your art.

The Art Gallery ... Just for Kids is unique to Art in the Park. Your donatations to the gallery in which children ages 5-18 can purchase any item for $5 will bring them to your booth. It's a marvelous way to show children the joy of owning art.

Live entertainment will keep toes tapping...

To Apply

We will be using Zapplication again this year. You can apply there. A non-refundable jury fee of $30 will be required for acceptance. Each approximate 10' x 10' booth fee is $250 for outdoor booth and $300 for indoor booth.

Applications available in February.

Fantastic awards will be given for ALL artistic categories, Awards of Excellence, Mayor's Award, and Best of Show totalling $8,000. Purchase pledges prior to the show guarantee sales for the artists! Our winning artists from the most recent Art in the Park are all smiles in the award ceremony photo below.