Residents and visitors of all ages filled Fountain Square and Orrington Avenue south of Davis Street for an afternoon full of laughter and fun at the Downtown Evanston Fall Festival on Sat. afternoon, Oct. 16.

Many young community members made a beeline for a table filled with miniature pumpkins, paints and colorful decorations. The activity was sponsored by Roycemore School, 1200 Davis St. Roycemore Head of School Adrianne Finley Odell said the school was invited by event sponsor Downtown Evanston to participate in the Fall Festival.

“We love being part of things here in Evanston. We like seeing all the little kids put some glue and glitter together to decorate the pumpkins. It’s a happy place,” said Finley Odell.

Fountain Square was converted to a playground for the afternoon, complete with artificial turf. Kids and adults alike were fascinated by the musical sounds and movements of artists Dave Ford’s Swing Set Drum Kit. Children played games, had their faces painted and enjoyed the beautiful fall weather.

Attendees purchased packaged snacks at the event and visited nearby restaurants. The festival showcased the work of painters, potters, weavers, sculptors and other Evanston artists. DJ Johnny Price kept everyone moving with musical entertainment throughout the afternoon.

It was a beautiful day to safely celebrate the autumn season with friends, neighbors and family members. Downtown Evanston (formerly Evmark), created in 1987, is a non-profit providing marketing and management services to downtown Evanston. The organization is comprised of downtown Evanston commercial/residential property and business owners established to market, maintain, develop, and improve the vitality of the local economy and quality of life.

Heidi Randhava

Heidi Randhava is an award winning reporter who has a deep commitment to community engagement and service. She has written for the Evanston RoundTable since 2016.