Glen Park has felt like a neighborhood for a very long time. In fact, the first Glen Park all-neighborhood gathering took place 90 years ago, in 1911!
But the modern-day Festival came to life in 1997, created by a group of neighbors who had been talking about the neighborhood’s many artists and craftspeople. “Wouldn’t it be great for them to come together to exhibit their work in Glen Park?” the conversation went. “How about a street fair?” Thus, the Glen Park Festival began.
Since then, the Festival has evolved from a folksy, spontaneous neighborhood get- together to a well-planned annual event that combines fun and community support. The Festival brings residents, neighbors and friends together for a day of entertainment, music, dancing, and good food. The day promotes neighborhood restaurants and artists and craftspeople, both from Glen Park and well beyond.
But it does something more: The Glen Park Festival is now a recognized 501 © (3) non-profit organization, (Yes! All contributions to the Festival are tax-deductible.) and it raises money for children’s programs based in Glen Park. In recent years, the Festival has provided funds for reading programs at the Glen Park library branch and for the Glen Park Silver Tree Day Camp, located in Glen Canyon.
This year, the Festival will make its grants after reviewing applications from Glen Park-based children’s programs. (The application is available below as a PDF).
The artists and craftspeople are so popular that many come back year after year, and the entertainment and food are as eclectic as the neighborhood!
It doesn’t matter whether you’re from Glen Park or Glendora – you’ll feel like part of the neighborhood. The Glen Park Festival is a great time and a great cause!