Dawes Park lagoon is the setting for the Lakeshore Arts Festival

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Since 1973, the City of Evanston has presented the annual Lakeshore Arts Festival. The art-work of 125 juried vendors from all over the country is the focus of this festival. The event also showcases live music, a silent art auction and the popular Children’s Craft Tent as well as continuous family entertainment. 

The art festival takes place 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7, and Sunday, Aug. 8, at Dawes Park (Church Street at the Lakefront). Admission is free. Free parking is available at the Northwestern University 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. 

Gospel Fest

The annual Gospel Fest at Family Focus Our Place, 2010 Dewey Ave., takes place between 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7. The Gospel Fest features choirs, soloists, dancers, artists, clothing, jewelry, food – and fun. Admission is free.