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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., July 17-18, in Dawes Park, at Sheridan Road and Church Street. Sample the songs, dance, spoken word, visual arts and cuisine of countries across the globe. With live entertainment and interactive workshops, this festival is perfect for all ages.

Just three weeks later, the Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival, one of the North Shore’s premiere fine arts festivals, will be held 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 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 will be live musical performances, a silent art auction, food from local restaurateurs, and, for families, the Children’s Craft Tent.

Both festivals are free. They 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.