DTOP set to turn Marion Street into urban French street festival

In this photo from 2010, Kate Wester of Yoga Trek demonstrates yoga positions during "Art dans la Rue." | Sun-Times Media File

The following event release comes from Downtown Oak Park:

Downtown Oak Park’s popular summer event, Art dans la Rue (Art in the Street) is back! Marion Street transforms into an urban French street festival for participants to celebrate a day full of art, film, food, wine, music, dance and all things authentically European. Art dans la Rue will take place Tuesday, August 5th from 12-9PM in Downtown Oak Park on Marion Street between Lake Street & North Blvd.

Oak Park Art District artists provide a European backdrop for the festival with their artwork on display to purchase or admire. The French-love continues at the First Tuesday Film Club’s showing of Umbrellas of Cherbourg at 12PM and 7PM – movie tickets are available online or at Lake Threatre, 1022 Lake Street. Also, Oak Park Art League will offer kids’ activities and present Pop-Up Plein A.I.R (Artists in Residence) with artists painting and sculpting French inspired models. 

Other European-themed activities throughout the day include outdoor café dining, wine tastings and a poodle parade. Crepes, fresh-cut flowers and berets will add extra French flair. Local retailers including HooDoo HeadwearCarefulPeach Boutique,Sugarcup TradingSugar Fixé PâtisseriePolished Nails and Day Spa, and Lemonmade Style & Snips will also be showcasing French goods and services.   

Francophiles will be serenaded by Claudia Hommel from 1-3pm, lePercolateur from 3-5pm, followed by Paris Swing from 7-9pm. There will also be a special performance by CanCan dancers from 5-6:30pm. The French festival esthetic is complete with Rickshaw Rick rides, an artistic face painter and a roaming mime. 

Downtown Oak Park will also be hosting a sidewalk chalk art contest – L’art sur le trottoir (Art on the Sidewalk). Artists will compete to win $100 Downtown Oak Park gift certificate for their chalk masterpieces displayed throughout Downtown Oak Park during Art dans la Rue. A winner will be announced at 8pm during Art dans la Rue. Click here for registration information and for full contest details.

For more Art dans la Rue details please call the Downtown Oak Park office at (708) 383- 4145 or visit our website athttp://www.downtownoakpark.net.

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