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The 37th annual Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival takes place on Aug. 1 and 2, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Evanston’s lakefront at Dawes Park, Sheridan Road at Church Street.

 The festival showcases many artists, live jazz and classical music, a silent art auction, and the popular Family Activity Area, including the Children’s CraftTent and ongoing family entertainment. The festival hosts a dozen restaurateurs serving a variety of culinary delights.

Artist Installation
This year, the festival introduces a live art installation, which will be created interactively with festival attendees both Saturday and Sunday.

Evanston artist Tim Abel invites festival attendees to write their wishes on small origami paper boats, which then will then be cast afloat in the lagoon. Visitors are invited to stop by to share their wish or to learn the simple origami construction steps so they can make their own wish boat to launch. The collected wishes will become a floating poem as their numbers grow over the duration of the festival.

This year the festival also introduces Kashi Day of Change Tour. Kashi’s pioneering tour invites everyone to come see for themselves that foods providing positive nutrition can also taste great. Each stop on the tour will welcome participants to experience four components:

  • Little Steps: Participants will first receive a “passport” for their journey towards achieving optimal health and wellness;

  • Stretch: A second area will be designated for those who wish to join a mini yoga session;

  • Taste: Guests are welcome to enjoy a delightful sampling of better-for-you snacks, cereals and side dishes, and ask questions to representatives on site;

  • Explore: A cooking demonstration and education station will showcase simple yet delicious natural foods recipes created by a trained chef. Each attendee will receive a recipe card so he or she may re-create the dishes at home.



Saturday and Sunday at the Lakeshore Arts Festival

Children’s Craft Tent
The Children’s Craft Tent is located at the north end of the festival next to the Family Stage. The Children’s Craft Tent features a variety of free arts and crafts activities, including dream catchers, jewelry-making,
marbleizing paper, and free form crafts.




The Silent Auction Tent features hand selected items of every price range and medium generously donated by festival artists, as well as packages from local museums, theatres, galleries, and hotels. Some auction tables closing on Saturday and others on Sunday. All festival visitors are welcome to view or bid.



Winning bidders will be announced at on Saturday and




Auction check-out takes place from on Saturday
and Sunday. For festival goers who cannot be present for the
auction check-out, items can be claimed at the Noyes Cultural ArtsCenter (

927 Noyes St, Evanston, IL 60201

) during the week following
the festival.


The Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival is presented by the City of Evanston’s Cultural Arts Division. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

 Free parking is available at the NorthwesternUniversity parking lot, three blocks north of festival site (look for the signs). A free shuttle bus runs non-stop between the parking lot and the festival site between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. For more information, please call 847.448.8260.

Family Focus Evanston is hosting its annual Gospel Fest on Saturday, Aug. 1, from , just outside the Weissbourd-Holmes Family Focus building at

2010 Dewey Ave.

This outdoor event features gospel choirs, food and other vendors. It is free of charge to attend. Please contact Vanessa at 847 475-7570, ext. 15 for more information.