Festival: August 20 & 21
Exhibiting artist booths open 10am-5pm, Saturday & Sunday
Music Pavillion/Beer Tent open 10am-8pm Saturday and 10am-5pm Sunday
AVANT Friday night preview: Friday, August 19 | 5pm-9:30pm
All times Central Daylight Savings Time (CDT)
$8 advance | $10 at gate | $15 two-day pass
FREE for LCA members & children under 12
$50 AVANT preview fundraiser Aug. 19
The Festival is now in it’s 35th year! And what better way to celebrate our long tradition, by refreshing our concept and making the Festival THE PLACE TO BE on August 19-21.
All components of the festival will be interwoven throughout our property so festival-goers will come for a particular component but become immersed in the entire experience - an experience that is firmly anchored in the LCA’s mission and vision: interweaving visual art, performance, culinary arts, artisans with an edgy, contemporary sensibility. The Festival will include: art galleries, artisans, food and drinks, music, and artist activations.
LAAF, held off-site for many years, is now being held on the LCA grounds further immersing festival-goers in the LCA experience. The goal of having the event on our property is to help visitors connect with us and our mission more effectively.
LOCATION AND PARKING
All events held on the festival grounds at the corner of 101 W. 2nd & Washington Streets (on the LCA lawn & beyond)
Free & convenient off-site parking and shuttle service is available and encouraged.
LAAF ELEMENTS AT A GLANCE
Art: Discover the next big thing at a reasonable price point. Fifteen contemporary artists will be exhibiting and selling their work in outdoor booths on the LCA lawn. Bert Green Fine Art Gallery (Chicago), Judy Ferrara Gallery (Three Oaks, MI), and Thaddeus C. Gallery (LaPorte, IN) will also be on-site to bring the best in emerging and contemporary artists to Michigan City.
Artisans: Seventeen artisans represent a wealth of “makers” in our region selling everything from fine-craft and functional art to artisan goods and gourmet food items alongside the artists and galleries.
Craft Brews and Local Wineries: Shoreline Brewery will be providing craft beer in the music pavilion and Shady Creek Winery will be offering their wine selections.
Food: Northwest Indiana is fully immersed in the food truck movement and we will celebrate our local chefs and restaurants at LAAF - bringing the best in local flavor together for the weekend including: Bartlett’s Gourmet Grill food truck, Mustard’s Last Stand, Redemax “Patty” Wagon, Yat’s Cajun Creole, and Maggie Moo’s Sweet Treats.
Music: Groove to the sounds of funk, blue grass, jazz fusion, Americana and more! Local and regional bands will pepper the weekend with additional energy and soul.
||Jordans & James (Country/Americana Folk)
|| Stealin the Farm (Rock)
||YCC Cuban Orquestra (Latin/Salsa dance party)
||Rory Carroll (Americana/Nashville singer/songwriter)
||Freek Johnson (Jazz Fusion)
||Scott Pazera’s Funk Implosion (Funk)
AVANT OPENING NIGHT PREVIEW
AVANT: An evening of Serious Moonlight is the LAAF opening night preview fundraiser on Friday, August 19. Tickets available online with separate admission for the festival Saturday and Sunday. All proceeds benefit LCA programs and exhibitions.
- art preview & wine reception in LCA
- stroll through the galleries and outdoor booths
- peruse the art and purchase before the crowds
- reception with artists exhibiting in the festival and LCA galleries
- feast on signature cocktails & hors d’oeurves
- delight in the High Jinks stilt dancers | fire dance
- groove with the DJ | dance party | “Let’s Dance”
- celebrate creativity with the Laser light show
A BENEFIT FOR LCA
LAAF serves as a major fundraiser for LCA with proceeds supporting our exhibitions, programs and educational outreach across the region throughout the year.
WHO MAKES IT HAPPEN?
The Festival is being co-chaired by LCA board members Bunny Fisher, Sheryl Edwards and Sheila Stein. All details are being developed by a committed group of 20+ community members, including LCA board and staff members.