The Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival, one of the longest-running juried art fairs on the North Shore, returns to Dawes Park, Sheridan Rd. at Church St., from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7. The 39th annual festival will feature artwork by more than 125 artists. These talented artists met the jury’s very high standards in the following categories: photography, jewelry, painting, wood, ceramics, glass, prints/drawings, sculpture, fiber, watercolor, and mixed media.

     Visitors may browse and buy original pieces that were created by the artists themselves, not produced on an assembly line! Be sure to place a bid or two at the silent art auction each day, and visit the popular Children’s Craft Tent. When you get hungry or thirsty, stop by the food booths on the festival grounds operated by a dozen local restaurateurs. Live music performed on the lagoon stage complements the festive atmosphere.

     A complete schedule will be available at and posted at the festival. A free shuttle bus will take visitors from free parking at the N.U. parking lot three blocks north of the festival (signs are posted) and back again. Or, enjoy the stroll between the lot and festival on the Centennial Park walking path. For more info., please visit or call the Cultural Arts Division at 847-448-8260. The 24-hour special events hotline is 847-448-8058. The festival is presented by the City of Evanston’s Cultural Arts Division and partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.