Evanston’s Lakeshore Arts Festival will be held Aug. 4-5, 2012: Saturday & Sunday; 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Admission is free.

Since 1973, the City of Evanston has presented the annual Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival. The festival takes place the first weekend in August on Evanston’s stunning, historic lakefront at Dawes Park, Sheridan Road at Church St.

The festival showcases live jazz and classical music, a silent art auction, and the popular Children’s Craft Tent. The festival hosts a dozen restaurateurs serving a variety of culinary delights.

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, please call 847/448-8260.

The Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival is presented by the City of Evanston’s Cultural Arts Division. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.  

2012 Lakeshore Arts Festival Program (PDF)