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Looks like a mix of sun and rain in the forecast this weekend. Rain or shine, I’ll be stopping by the Evanston Garden Fair where members of the Lincolnwood Garden Club will be selling plants from their own gardens. I remember my grandmother once told me her favorite plants in her sprawling urban garden were the ones that had been passed over the fence by neighbors eager to share their gardening achievements. Here’s what else is happening this weekend!
Bird Watching at Canal Shores
Grab your binoculars and take a guided bird watching walk through Canal Shores Golf Course, every Sunday through May, weather permitting.
Sunday, 7:30 a.m.
Dillo Day at NU
Evanston residents 18 and older are invited to purchase tickets to NU’s lakefront music festival. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the nation’s largest student-run music festival. The NU lakefront is closed to non-ticket holders during the event.
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Evanston Experiential Video Showcase hosted by Evanston Art Center
Catch a free and public screening of short films by local filmmakers on the outside wall of the EAC building, 1717 Central St.
Friday, 9 p.m.
Evanston Garden Fair hosted by Lincolnwood Garden Club
Members of the Lincolnwood Garden Club of Evanston will again offer plants from their own gardens for sale at the annual Evanston Garden Fair at Independence Park.
Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Evanston Symphony Orchestra performs Transcend
Chinese-American composer Zhou Tian’s piece was commissioned to commemorate the symphony’s 50th year and 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad. Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive.
Sunday, 2:30 p.m.
Farmers’ Market Downtown Evanston
See what’s growing at the Farmers’ Market in the parking lot at University Avenue and Oak Street ( behind Hilton Garden Inn).
Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fran Randall Music Concert at the Levy Center
Join the Levy Senior Center for a special spring classical concert featuring gifted young musicians Clara Zhang on piano and Jenny Shin on flute accompanied by Theresa Kang on piano. The Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave.
Friday, 1:30 p.m.
Paws and Claws Rescue 2nd anniversary brunch
All members of the Evanston community are invited to stop by the Firehouse Grill for brunch and coffee and to celebrate the 650 lives they have saved in just 24 months! Firehouse Grill patio, 750 Chicago Ave.
Saturday, 10 a.m.
State of the City Luncheon with Mayor Daniel Biss
The Evanston Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Mayor’s State of the City Luncheon at PALMHOUSE, 619 W. Howard. This will be the first State of the City address given by Biss since being sworn in as mayor in May of 2021. Registration is at capacity, but you can sign up to be placed on the waiting list.
Friday, 10:45 a.m.
Unitarian Church of Evanston Rummage Sale
Honoring a 50-year tradition, the popular event has something for everyone! 1330 Ridge Ave.
Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wave after Wave: An exhibition of lake photography
LP Lundy is an Evanston-based artist whose ongoing series involves taking photos from the same vantage point (Dempster Street Beach) at various times of the day during the year. Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 2nd Floor, 927 Noyes St.
Friday (opening reception), 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.