Festival Info


May 2018 was the fifth year for Bluestem Earth Festival. Our festival welcomed 90+ exhibitors and vendors and around 1,300-1,500 guests.

Event Details

“Empowering individuals and families to live more sustainable, socially responsible lifestyles.”

Save the Date!
Saturday – May 18, 2019
10:00A.M. – 3:00P.M.
University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL
Free Admission


  • Get ready for an exciting day featuring over 90 eco-conscious exhibits and vendors, earth-friendly activities, workshops, live demos, entertainment, local food and children’s activities.
  • Families with children can stop by Bluestem’s Children’s Tent for neat crafts, activities, a fun presentation on “The Dynamic Energy of Worms” by Joan O’Keefe, as well as an interactive animal program from Scales and Tales Traveling Zoo.
  • At our 2017 festival, Bluestem introduced “Bluestem University” to all guests! Click the link for this year’s BU course lists, instructors and descriptions.
  • Bluestem is partnering with Will County for a Document Destruction event, 9am to noon at USF off of Taylor and Plainfield Rd.
  • Enjoy live music from the Running Fox Bluegrass Band.
  • Browse our site for more info, this year’s event photos, full vendor list and more.
  • Note: This location is handicap accessible. Please contact us with any questions!

Our Mission

The Franciscan charism has always been one committed to peace, hospitality, and regard for the poor and oppressed. The heart of St. Francis was turned toward all of creation and toward living with justice and care. At our time in history, we are surrounded by critical and massive injustices: devastation of natural resources, global warming, human trafficking, racism, pollution.

How can we be part of healing the crises of today?  Bluestem Earth Festival 2019: Living with Justice and Care is an effort of the Joliet Franciscan Sisters and Associates offering education and ideas for action.

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