Manito Plays Host
to Wine, Art, Jazz and Balloons during Memorial Weekend
What began as Manito's turn in a rotating wine
tasting event sponsored by Illinois River Wine Trail has turned into
a permanent gig for theVillage. Because of the success of the first
Wine, Art, Jazz and Balloon festival in 2009, the wineries involved
agreed to declare Manito the permanent home for the event. They
noted superior park space, excellent preparation and great support
from theVillage and the Park District as reasons for their decision.
The annual event generally plays host to 12 Illinois
wineries, 20 plus fine artisans, 3 great jazz bands and up to 8 hot
air balloons. A typical festival sees 2000 patrons pass through the
The Manito Wine, Art, Jazz and Balloon Festival is
held the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.