Rhapsody in Green Festival 2014 in Elkhart returns for its 35th year this weekend

Watch a magic show, listen to live music or get a taste of an old-fashioned frappé at the annual Elkhart festival this weekend at Island Park.

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 2:42 p.m.

If you’re driving along the Elkhart River this weekend, don’t be surprised to find a clown crossing the street towards loud, lively music at Island Park.

The 35th annual Rhapsody in Green Festival will be from Friday, June 13, through Sunday, June 15, at Island Park in Elkhart.

The event features a number of different performers, from magicians, clowns, jugglers and gymnasts to a drum ensemble. Ronald McDonald, mascot for fast food chain McDonald’s, will also make an appearance at the weekend event.

The festival has a variety of different gastronomical treats, such as apple dumplings, old-time salt water taffy and old-fashioned sodas and frappés. Attendees can also feast their eyes on the paintings on display at the Elkhart Art League’s exhibition on 511 Baldwin Street.

There will also be a number of musical performances to move your feet to, from rock ’n’ roll bands to Motown singers. Beatles tribute band BritBeat will perform songs from the British band’s storied musical career on Friday night. The Motown Sounds of Touch will perform songs from Earth, Wind and Fire and other classic pop and R&B songs on Sunday.

The festival will be from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight on Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $1 after 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The event is free on Sunday. You can get to Island Park from the walking bridges located at Lundquist-Bicentennial Park, Pulaski Park and Sycamore Street.

The event is held on the second weekend of June every year. 



Main Stage

5 p.m. JT Buffett and Friends

6:30 p.m. Rachel and The Bluerays

9 p.m. Britbeat - The Beatles Review


East Stage

7 p.m. The 4 Aces Band

Bicentennial Park 

5 p.m. Meet Elkhart’s Super Heroes

6 p.m. Ronald McDonald

TBA - The Avengers



Main Stage

1 p.m. New Horizons Band

2:30 p.m. Memberz Only

4:30 p.m. J. R. Clark & The All Star Blues Mob

6:30 p.m. Johnny Sprocket

9 p.m. Touch

East Stage

1 p.m. Kids Spectacular

2:30 p.m. Squiggles and Smaxy – the Clowns

3:30 p.m. Raise the Bar Drumline and Golden Beats

4:30 p.m. Squiggles and Smaxy – the Clowns

5:30 p.m. Leaps and Bounds



Main Stage

Noon Fishers of Men

1 p.m. Adrienne Frailey

2:30 p.m. Jazz Assemblage

4 p.m. Truth in Jazz

5:30 p.m. VibeNation

East Stage

1:30 p.m. Color – Color – Color

2:30 p.m. The Country Cloggers

4 p.m. Baton Twirlers


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