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Arts, Crafts, & Oddities Fair 

AREA 22 will serve as the premiere fine arts, crafts, and oddities fair in the Fox Valley. The festival will take place on Riverside Drive in downtown Elgin, showcasing the creations and collections of visual artists in our area. AREA 22 will feature artist exhibition and sale, live art/sculpture making, entertainment, food vendors, beverages... and fun for the whole family. Free Admission and Parking. Rain or Shine.


Side Street Studio Arts invites you to participate in the first of this one of a kind event in Downtown Elgin. For those who can remember, think of AREA 22 as Art and Soul on The Fox meets Next Wave, a mix of the traditional fine-art fair concept, with a generous dusting of the eclectic and avant garde. So grab your kids, your parents, your neighbors, your pets… yes, dogs and snakes are allowed… and join us at the most exciting art fair you will ever experience!

(You may experience more exciting art fairs but we highly doubt it! :) 





Saturday, August 3rd, 2024 - Fair to take place along Riverside Drive. 

12pm - 8pm, with an after party at Vern's Tavern


  • June 1 - Deadline for application.

  • June 8 - Notification of jury results sent to artists.

    • We will only be accepting 50 artist/booths. A waitlist will be created. 

  • June 15 - Deadline for artist acceptance.*Booth fee invoiced upon acceptance; booth space will not be reserved without payment.

  • June 18 - Deadline for payments made.

  • June 21 - Load-In/Set-Up/Day-Of information sent to participants. 



  • $75 for the one-day event for a 10’ x 10’ space. 

  • $100 for the one-day event for a 20' x 10' space.

  • $50 - Young Artist Booth, 17 and below (5 spots available)



  • There is a $10 fee per submission. If chosen, your fee will be applied to your booth fee. *Submission fees are non-refundable. 




This is a juried event. No commission will be charged for work sold. VENDOR FEE charged upon acceptance. Your booth space will not be reserved without Vendor Fee payment. There will be no refunds for artist cancellations. However, refunds would be made in the event of AREA 22 being canceled by its producers.

Side Street Studio Arts Members Receive FREE Submissions. For more info on memberships click HERE.
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We DO NOT allow the sale of real bats or human remains at our shows due to the lack of confident confirmation that these items are ethically, respectfully and responsibly sourced. All artist vendors are mandated that any sale items are ethically, respectfully and responsibly sourced.

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We will be providing amplified music and/or organized busking during the event. On top of all the amazing art and live events during AREA 22, Side Street Studio Arts will be hosting live music on the Riverside Drive promenade!

The event is FREE and open to the public. Band performances begin at 6pm.


We will have live sculpture creations and other live art options including free kids craft making, and a community mural project… fun for the whole family!


Cook's Ice Cream

More coming soon!


Service provided by Vern's Tavern!


Info coming soon!


Grab some paint and let the creativity flow!

Anyone can join! 



We will be having multiple food vendors for the event, located at either end of Riverside Drive. AND, we are partnering with Vern’s Tavern to provide adult beverages for the event. We will be showcasing our brand new collaboration with Penrose Brewing Company, selling our very own Side Street Lager! All proceeds from these beer sales go to the 62 Bound Fundraiser for the new Side Street facility, located at 62 S. Grove Ave. in downtown!!!

We are so excited… can you tell??!!!

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  • How much are artist vendor fees?
    10x10 booth areas are $75, and 20x10 booths are $100. The Young Artist Booths are $50 for a 10x10. All come with table(s) and chairs.
  • What are "oddities"?
    The term "oddities" here represents the strange and unusual, the obscure and macabre, DIY found object creations, and more! (Please note, AREA 22 and its producers follow strict guidelines from the Oddities community and will adhere to the regulations in place. Please refer to the Application Info pdf on the registration page for more info.
  • Is there a ticket price?
    No. AREA 22 is free and open to the public.
  • What are the hours?
    12pm - 8pm, with Battle Of The Bands taking place at 6pm.
  • Is this a kid-friendly event?
    Yes! We are an all ages event.
  • Are dogs allowed?
    Of course! We love our pups.
  • Are strollers and wheelchairs allowed at the event?
    Absolutely, always. We strive to make all our events family friendly and ADA accessible to the best of our abilities.
  • What do I do if I have a large purchase on show day and need to pull up closer for pick up?
    Please talk with the vendor you are purchasing from and they will contact fair management. At that time fair management will coordinate pulling your vehicle up closer for pick up.
  • How are the animals I see at the fair sourced?
    None of the animals you see at our event were killed for the sake of art or collecting for AREA 22. All of our vendors are required to source sustainably. This can come from a variety of sources including: vet clinics, farms, sanctuaries, road kill, foraging, antique/vintage auctions and more.
  • Will there be food and drink at the fair?
    YES! There will always be food and drink vendors available for purchase.
  • Where exactly is the event?
    AREA 22 will be held on Riverside Drive in downtown Elgin. You can check out the Google Map below for exact directions.


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