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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.
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. Dawes Park’s official address is 1700 Sheridan Road, Evanston. For more information, call 847.448.8260.
The 25th Annual Gospel Fest also takes place this weekend, between noon and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6. Listen to some great gospel choirs on the lawn at Family Focus, 2010 Dewey Ave.