2017 Global Arts Festival


Arts in Bartlett expands its horizons! The 15th annual arts festival has moved from a juried fine arts fair to one with a world view. The new Global Arts Festival June 24-25 in Bartlett Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. will celebrate the diverse cultures within our community through multicultural music, art, crafts, dance, food, and audience participation events. This festival is produced by Arts in Bartlett, the local 501(c)3 arts council, and supported in part by the Illinois Arts council, a state agency, and our sponsors and friends. Click here to see the map of the park. If parking is full around the park, remember that the Metra parking one block away is free on the weekends. 

Pre-event, 10 a.m. , Saturday June 24

At 10 a.m. Saturday, the Bartlett Historical Society will lead a free walking tour of historic homes surrounding Bartlett Park, ranging from homes built in the 1880s when Bartlett was being settled by German and English immigrants to Victorians,  Bungalows, Tudors through Mid-Century Moderns. Meet at the Information Tent by the Log Cabin at 9:45 a.m. A brochure outlining the tour is available to all those on the walk. You will be back at Bartlett Park by 11 a.m. in time to see the impressive parade of 20 nation’s flags to begin the Festival. For more information, contact artsinbartlett@comcast.net , 630 372 4152. 

Entertainment schedule

Bring your lawn chair and plan to hang out all day Saturday and Sunday and be entertained by a great lineup of performers. We start out Saturday at 11 a.m. with an opening ceremony with a flag parade of 20 nations, remarks by dignitaries, and special music sung by Arts in Bartlett's Youth Choir led by Mindy Dupee. Then we begin two days of entertainment headlined by the Midwest's premier Mexican folklorico dancers:Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl, Elgin.  Click here to download the entertainment schedule as of June 15. 


Pre-Event. 10 am Saturday Free Walking Tour of Historic Homes surrounding the park led by members of the Bartlett Historical Society. Meet at the Information Tent at 9:45 am

  • Go to the Gazebo for the free Family Multicultural Story Circle and Crafts with Color My World Art Academy  (11-6 Sat. & Sun.)
  • Visit the Activity Tent sponsored by Blick Art Materials, where you will find crafts, face painting, Carrum (a game from India) Loteria (Mexican bingo) and more all day long(
  • Join us in the Activity Area to participate in bocce ball, Latin American cutout photo opportunity (12 to 5 Sat. & Sun) martial arts with Ko’s Yong (2 pm Sat.), yoga led by the Endorphin Effect, bring your own mat or towel (3:30 Sat),  Zumba with Studio Energia (11:30 a.m. Sun) 
  • Join a drumming circle in the World Tent
  • Have your name written in Chinese at the Bartlett Sister City tent
  • Go to the Little Sikhs tent to tie on a turban


Shop like a world traveler at booths carry products, art and jewelry. Visit nonprofit booths to learn of their focus and how it impacts our community. See the list of booths here


Sample cuisine from these food vendors: 

  • Mayan spicy pork, chicken or veggie tacos, Jamaica and Limonada drinks, curros at Laguna Taco stand
  • Deep fried veggies, corn dogs and pork tenderloin from Dr. Vegetable
  • Pierogis, shish kabob, grilled Polish sausage and paczkis from Tata’s Pierogi
  • Bratwurst, sauerkraut, pretzel burgers, potato salad and other German dishes from Olde Salem Café
  • Ice cream from Kool Kat

Thanks to our Sponsors and Friends of the Festival


  • Bartlett Park District
  • Village of Bartlet
  • Bartlett Examiner
  • Daily Herald
  • Hanover Township
  • Blick 
  • MB Financial Bank
  • Taipai Economic & Cultural Office in Chicag
  • Midwest Hakka Association

Friends of the Festival: 

  • Banbury Fair
  • Bartlett Rotary Club
  • Color My World Art Academy
  • Endorphin Effect
  • H&R Block
  • Melinda Harris
  • A Mategrano DDS
  • Millan Mallipeddi
  • Parents & Teachers of Bartlett Elementary
  • PRES Physical Therapy
  • Iris Shay
  • Streamwood Community Relations Committee
  • Cheryl Terdina