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Art & Music Festival

Each year on the

Third Saturday in August

The community gathers to enjoy a daylong celebration of children, creativity and companionship.

Gardenstock Art & Music Festival benefits Sinnissippi Center's Gardening Program offering area youth an opportunity to learn valuable lessons through gardening. In turn, they donate the fruits of their efforts to local food pantries, a perfect circle.

Artists and musicians share time, talent, and treasure - making a day of peace, love, flowers, and one in which our community shines.

Fest goers bring blankets, chairs, coolers, and a giving spirit.

Food vendors offer up delectables for those traveling light.

A minimum donation gets you in the gate for daylong fun for the entire family.

Gardenstock 2019

Event Info

Pack the Essentials

Gardenstock is picnic style.

ALLOWED: Chairs, Blankets, Coolers, Small Tables (low to the ground).

NOT ALLOWED: Tents and Big Tables (picnic tables, tall tables).

ONLINE SALES of Wristbands and Tent Reserve opens Monday, June 17 at 7am

UPDATE August 12: Tickets available day of event.


August 17, 2019

Gates open at 10a

Shuttles run 10a to Midnight

Music: 11a to 11p

Art: 10a to 6p

Food: 11a to 8p

Tie Dye Contest: 11a to 6p

Raffle & 50/50: 11a to 6p


Purchase in advance:
Order Online - $10 - June 17 to July 31
In store - $10 - through June 30

Purchase at gate:
Adults (13 and up) $13
Kids (12 and under) $1
(Limited availability day of)

NOTE: Tent reserve does NOT include wristbands. You will need to purchase wristbands either online, at store, or at the gate.


ALLOWED: Chairs, Blankets, Coolers, Small Tables (low to the ground).

NOT ALLOWED: Tents and Big Tables (picnic tables, tall tables).

Can I come early, set up my chair and then leave?
No, out of respect for all attending you can not stake out a territory and then leave.

Is there camping?
No, general camping is not available as we are not set up to accommodate camping for all. However, there is camping permitted for people working Gardenstock in small restricted areas.

Can I bring a dog?
Yes, as long as you:
1. take your pet out to the parking lots for a potty break,
2. bring a doggie bag to clean up, and
3. have them leashed.

Can I park at Gardenstock?
No, access to Gardenstock is by shuttle only.

Is there handicap parking?
Yes, marked handicap parking is available near the shuttle tents located at: Shopko, County Market lots, and CGH Clinic back lot.

Can I drop off my stuff at the gate?
No, you can put all your gear in the shuttles.

Garden Program

Sinnissippi Centers, Inc. is a community based behavioral healthcare center that has provided quality care to the Illinois residents of Carroll, Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside Counties since 1966.

Sinnissippi is a fully accredited behavioral healthcare agency by The Joint Commission.

The Sinnissippi Center's Gardening Program provides valuable hands-on gardening experiences for the center's clientele and is a great tool to open lines of communication.

The Youth Gardening Program serves as an add-on to regular services and utilizes both clientele and people from the community to raise produce from a vegetable garden that in turn is donated to the Dixon Food Pantry.

By attending Gardenstock your support benefits the Youth Gardening Program and in turn benefits Dixon Food Pantry, a perfect "pay it forward" community spirited event.

Tent Reserve

Reserve a tent ($40) on the grounds for the day.

Tent reservation is a very popular option. Reservations start ONLINE in late June. To be fair, reserving is on a first come first serve basis. You can not reserve a tent at the shop. We apologize for any inconvenience. Online tent purchase is the only way to keep the reserve line in order.

Tents will be assigned. When you reserve a tent make sure to list AT LEAST your top 10 favorite tent numbers in order of preference in the comments field. We will assign your tent based on availability and your place in line.

NOTE: Tent reserve does NOT include wristbands. You will need to purchase wristbands either online, at store, or at the gate.

Tent reserve opens Monday, June 17 at 7am

Parking / Shuttles

Access to Gardenstock festival grounds is by shuttle only, with shuttle service between public parking and the festival grounds. There will be multiple shuttles running from 10a to midnight.

Public parking is available in south end of Shopko / County Market lot. If that fills we will open the back side of the CGH Dixon Clinic parking lot. Watch for Parking Status signs along Lowell Park Road.

Pickup / Drop off points at those lots will be designated by tents.

Please: No drop offs, taxis, or walking to Distinctive Gardens. The shuttle is there for you to use. :)

This is for safety reasons and to avoid backing up onto Lowell Park Road. Thank You!

Limited onsite parking is available to artists, musicians, food vendors and day-long volunteers only. A parking pass will be required.

Gardenstock Documentary

For Community

For Community - That's the Gardenstock vibe.

This documentary is a celebration of life and the rich cultural community in the Sauk Valley.

It tells the story of a homegrown, grassroots festival and community through interviews, and music videos captured during the 2013 event.

2019 Raffle

  • 2019 Amber Goldie Donation

  • 2019 Casey Folks Donation

  • 2019 Chris Sucholl Donation 1

  • 2019 Deb Cleary Donation

  • 2019 Heather Houzenga Donation

  • 2019 Henry Matthiessen Donation

  • 2019 Jayne Demarco Donation

  • 2019 Judi Alvarado Kickel Donation

  • 2019 Kate Gross Donation

  • 2019 Kelsey Rankin Donation

  • 2019 Kevin Smoot Donation 1

  • 2019 Kevin Smoot Donation 2

  • 2019 Kim Ellis Donation

  • 2019 Laura Mcgarvey 1 Donation

  • 2019 Laura Mcgarvey 2 Donation

  • 2019 Lee Ann Breitbach Donation 1

  • 2019 Lin Karrels Donation

  • 2019 Lisa Anderson Donation

  • 2019 Marie Mcdonough Donation

  • 2019 Natalie Picchi Donation

  • 2019 Ramon Ramirez Donation

  • 2019 Sasha Tweel Donation

  • 2019 Sloane Wolfe Donation

  • 2019 Stephanie Weems Donation

  • 2019 Susi Alvarado Daniel Donation

  • 2019 Tony Schreiber Donation

  • 2019 Thomas OMally Donation

Artists, Bands, Food Vendors

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2020 Lowell Park Road

Dixon, IL


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