Photo by Mary Mumbrue

Community members are encouraged to attend the annual Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 1 and 2. This year, the festival returns to its original location, Dawes Park, located on Sheridan Road at Church Street. The event is free and open to the public.

The nationally-recognized juried fine arts and crafts festival showcases work from more than 100 artists in 11 categories, including photography, jewelry, painting, wood, ceramics and more.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet artists and purchase their work, have fun at the Children’s Crafts Tent and participate in a silent art auction.

Attendees will also enjoy various genres of live music, including classical, jazz, blues, Chicago swing and Motown. A complete schedule of performances, appears at

This year, the festival will host nine restaurants serving a variety of culinary delights, including gourmet pies, real fruit smoothies, crab cake platters, tandoori chicken, tamales and Greek shish kebobs.

More information about the Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival is available by calling or texting 847-448-4311 or calling 847-448-8260. The Lakeshore Arts Festival is sponsored by Valli Produce, Renewal by Andersen, The Homestead, Quince Restaurant, Evanston RoundTable, City of Evanston, WDCB 90.9 FM, Illinois Arts Council, Chicago Reader and the Evanston Review.