It’s Father’s Day this Sunday and there’s a lot going on around town to keep dad happy. On Saturday, join the city in celebrating Juneteenth, the federal holiday commemorating the struggle to end slavery in the U.S., with a parade and a full day of food, art, music and dancing. On Sunday, the Ricky Birdsong Race Against Hate will take place along the lakefront. Whether you’re running, walking or cheering, the annual race is a great way to honor dad and come together as a community.
Downtown Evanston Farmers’ Market
Check out what’s in season 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.
Evanston History Center Architectural Walking Tour
Take a docent-led tour and trace the history of Evanston through its unique architecture. The tour will last about 90 minutes and will begin at The Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood St.
Saturday, 11 a.m.
Evanston Symphony Orchestra at ETHS
The Evanston Symphony Orchestra rounds out its 75th anniversary season performing Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, and featuring local pianist Hyejin Joo as soloist in Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23. Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave.
Sunday, 2:30 p.m.
Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre presents Home
Be transported back to the time of the unpretentious tent-show style theater with Home, composed by playwright Samm-Art Williams. Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St.
Saturday, 7 p.m. and Sunday, 3 p.m.
Garden Club of Evanston’s Inaugural Garden Walk
Experience six distinct gardens on the Club’s first-ever, self-guided garden walk.
Saturday, 11 a.m to 4 p.m.
I AM A HUMAN Exhibition at Evanston Art Center
I AM A HUMAN is an exhibition of artists from underrepresented groups of the North Shore and Chicagoland area. They bring their own visual perspective and concepts of how empathy plays a role in coexisting with each other as Americans. Evanston Art Center, 1717 Central St.
Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Juneteenth Parade and Celebration
Commemorate the date in 1865 when General Gordon Granger arrived with Union troops in Galveston, Texas, to tell people the war was over and his troops were there to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. Parade begins at Robert Crown Center and will end at Ingraham Park with a celebration of art, music, food and community!
Saturday, 10 a.m to 6 p.m.
Ricky Birdsong Memorial Race Against Hate
Join the YWCA and run or walk in unity against racial hatred and violence in the 23rd Annual Race Against Hate. Registration is closed but participants can register in person at a packet pick-up event or on Race Day. Race starts at Long Field, Sheridan Road and Lincoln Avenue.
Sunday, 7:30 a.m.
Science Lecture at NU
Northwestern University’s Physics and Astronomy Department hosts a lecture every Saturday throughout the summer and it’s free and open to the public. This week’s topic is “Particle Physics After the Discovery of the Higgs Boson.” Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center, 2133 Sheridan Road.
Saturday, 11 a.m. to noon
Shop Local for Dad
Still need a gift for dad? Skip the mall and check out contributing writer Nancy McLaughlin’s Local Father’s Day Gift Guide.
West End Farmers’ Market
The Central Evanston Business Association Community Farmers’ Market is held in the Y.O.U. parking lot located at the southeast corner of Church Street and Dodge Avenue.
Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon
Wine Tasting at the Dawes House
Sample 50 different wines from around the world on the beautiful lakeside terrace at the historic Charles Gates Dawes House, 225 Greenwood St.
Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.