Once again this summer, Evanston’s picturesque lakefront serves as the welcoming backdrop for two of the North Shore’s most popular summertime festivals. Travel the world in a single day at the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival, noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 17-18, in Dawes Park, Sheridan Road and Church St., Evanston. Sample the songs, dance, spoken word, visual arts and cuisine of countries spanning the globe. With live entertainment and interactive workshops, this festival is perfect for all ages. Admission is free.

            Just three weeks later, the Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival, one of the North Shore’s premier fine arts festivals, is held 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 7-8, also in Dawes Park. Refreshed by lakeside breezes, fine arts enthusiasts can browse through the creative works of more than 120 juried artists gathering from across the country. Accompanying the art are live musical performances, a silent art auction, food from local restaurateurs and for families, the Children’s Craft Tent. The festival is free. Both festivals are sponsored by the City of Evanston’s Cultural Arts Division and partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. For more information, call 847-448-8260 or go to www.cityofevanston.org/lakeshore or www.cityofevanston.org/ethnic.