Here’s the weekend schedule for Midwest Salute to the Arts

Midwest Salute to the Arts continues at Moody Park in Fairview Heights Saturday and Sunday for its 34th year.

The annual event, which started on Saturday, features great art, great food, music and more. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Here’s what’s in store:

Gesso Stage Entertainment:


  • 10am-11:30am – Bill Pushe

  • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Remote Live Stream: Bob Ramsey and Jim Heuer of 590 The Fan

  • Noon to 1:30 p.m. – Dusty James & Abalone Pearl

  • 2-4pm – Remote Live Stream: Billy Greenwood of KLOU 103.3

  • 4-5:30 p.m. – Jay Dover

  • 6-8pm – Roots in Blue, one of two USAF Band of Mid-America


  • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Dave Mendoza

  • 1:15 p.m.-2:45 p.m. – Louis Michel

  • 3:15-5pm – Mark Biehl

Arts and crafts demonstrations

Demonstrations by members of the Artisan Guild of Southern Illinois, Gateway Artists Guild and Midwest Woodcarvers will take place during festival hours on Saturday and Sunday.

People will be able to observe a variety of processes in different fields of art, including potters, painters, jewelry designers, felt makers, paper makers, weavers and more. Do not hesitate to ask questions to the artists.

Entertainment for children:



Children’s Gallery and Creation Station

The Children’s Gallery has shops for children only. Kids can buy art without adults pushing them towards something they love. The cost to enter the gallery is $10 and is intended for children ages 5-13. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The children’s creation station will have the same hours as the gallery. Activities this year include the IllinoiSouth Tourism mural, swirling concerts, pool noodle monsters, fun hats, tissue paper streamers, Raising Cane coloring pages and building a column project vertebral.

party in the park

This year’s food vendors will include:

  • Nothing Bundt Cakes

  • D&T’s Ol Fashion Corn Kettle

  • Lillie’s & Dedo’s (Saturday and Sunday only)

  • Fantastick Pops (Sunday only)

  • Tong Phoon Thai Restaurant

  • Soulcial cuisine

  • Wayno’s International Mobile Kitchen (Friday only)

  • Sour Puss Lemonade

The Midwest Salute to the Arts site is located at 525 S. Ruby Lane in Fairview Heights. Dogs are not allowed in the park. To learn more about the annual festival, visit

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