One More Dance Before Summer Turns to Fall
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Family Friendly Shoe Fest returns to Manteno, Illinois for it’s 9th year

All-ages festival welcomes Grammy Winners and more on Labor Day Weekend

CHICAGO, IL (August 12, 2019) - Unlike larger festivals, Shoe Fest is a unique festival, in that it offers patrons folk-rooted music with multiple interactive experiences. The main focus of the festival is on bringing people of all ages together to relish in a carefree community where they can leave their busy lives behind and actually have a good time. 

The 9th annual Shoe Fest will be held on Labor Day weekend (August 30 - September 1) at Camp Shaw Waw Nas See in Manteno, IL. This three-day camping event is a creative community festival that celebrates the body, mind and spirit through art installations, yoga, and world renowned and local live music.

Shoe Fest began in 2011 and continues to grow each year. The festival has three stages of music, with an emphasis on roots music; such as folk, folk rock, bluegrass, and jamband. Shoe Fest is about providing a space where every attendee, including the plants and animals who share the grounds, are respected and well accounted for, as well as a place where even the eldest of patrons can feel like a kid again. 

Shoe Fest is also very family friendly and has activities each morning for families and their kids. They have created a “kids tribe” where each child gets to meet other kids and participate in activities such as hikes, face painting etc. Another creative event for families is a workshop in which attendees can build their own percussive instruments. To top it all off, Shoe Fest provides a kids concert each morning for children to dance, play and most importantly feel included in the fun. 

To keep with tradition, Shoe Fest welcomes yet another Grammy Winner to the bill this year, Sam Bush. A multi-instrumentalist & hailed as the King of Newgrass, Sam Bush Band promises to bring innovative bluegrass music to the festival. Past Grammy winners who have played the fest include heavy hitters like Jerry Douglas, Jeremy Garrett, and six time nominated David Grisman. 

Here is what lies in store for Shoe Fest attendees:

“One More Dance before Summer turns to Fall.”


Art installations throughout the festival grounds range from live painting, vinyl record art, decorative art, and innovative lighting on the grounds. 


Sam Bush Band**, Todd Snider, Soule Monde (feat. Ray & Russ of Trey Anastasio Band), Old Shoe, Allie Kral** Jon Stickley Trio, Chicago Farmer, The Way Down Wanderers, Sun Beard, The Mighty Pines, Miles Over Mountains, Bill Grady Band, The Bashful Youngens, Lunar Ticks, River Valley Rangers, Trevor Clark and the Current Situation, Mr. Blotto, Black Dirt Revival, Ernie Hendrickson & Citizens of Love, Althea Grace, Feed the Dog, The Candymakers, Bashful Youngens, Kara Cavanugh, Jaik Willis, Arbor Creek, The Spirit: A Wood Brothers Tribute, Zoofunkyou, Mr. Dave*** and The Big Lagniappe

*Grammy Winner

** Artist at Large - Artist that plays with many of the artists throughout the weekend

*** Music For Kids


The area of Rock Creek that flows through our beautiful Camp Shaw-Waw-Nas-See was once the home of Potawatomi Chief Shaw-Waw-Nas-See for which Camp Shaw is named. Camp Shaw-Waw-Nas-See sits on the site where one of the oldest Potawatomi villages was located. In 1830, there was a great tribal council, Chief Shaw-Waw-Nas-See who was not only respected by his tribe, but many others in the area advised his people to make a treaty with settlers, in order to maintain their friendship. This eventually led to the mass exodus of the Indians of the Rock Creek area to the reservations in the West. 


Not only does Shoe Fest bring revenue to community treasured, Camp Shaw but they have also partnered up with Not For Profits, Illinois Native Plant Society and the Special Olympics.


Shoe Fest offers an eclectic array of vendors.  From handmade clothing and jewelry to breakfast to dinner, including vegetarian and vegan options(feel free to reword any of this etc)

“The people, the food, the music, the beer, the artwork, it’s all part of a wondrously healing experience.” - Andrew Howie, The News Gazette


General Information

Venue Address:

Camp Shaw Waw Nas See

6641 N 6000W Rd

Manteno IL 60950

Event dates:

August 30 – September 1, 2019

Event prices:

GA 3-Day Passes are $130 (Tier 3)

Cabins and RV’s are SOLD OUT

Shoe Fest Gates open at 10AM CST on Friday, August 30, 2019

Children under the age of 12 may enter Shoe Fest free of charge


Festival Organizer Matt Robinson is available for interviews. Please reach out directly to Matt:


About Panici Promotions 

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