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Mailing Address: 1702 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201
Contact: Lauri Harris, Angelique Ketzback
Phone: (847) 475-3800
Parent Org.: Woman's Club of Evanston
Description: A juried artisan gift fair held annually in mid-November featuring exquisite, artistic, original objects.

The proceeds go directly to deserving charities that serve the community.
Updated 7/21/2014
Custer's Last Stand Festival of the Arts and Street Fair
Address: 600 Main Street, Evanston, IL, 60202
Mailing Address: PO Box 6013, Evanston, IL 60204
Phone: 847-328-2204
Fax: 847-328-2295
Parent Org.: Piccolo Theatre, Inc.
Description: Held annually since 1972 on historic Custer Avenue, in the Main Street Shopping District. 250 artists and craftspeople from across the nation come together to exhibit and sell paintings, ceramics, pottery, photographs, jewelry, graphic arts, wearable art, country and home craft, antiques and collectibles. They are joined by 150 local businesses and commercial exhibitors who put on an old fashioned Sidewalk Sale. Entertainment and food.
Usually takes place on the third weekend in June.
Updated 7/21/2014
Ethnic Arts Festival
Address: Centennial Park, Sheridan Rd. at Clark St.
Phone: 847-448-8260
Parent Org.: City of Evanston Parks/Recreation and Community Services Dept.
Description: Annual lakefront celebration of the foods, crafts, music and dance of many world cultures; features live music, dance performances, art and craft work of juried artists. Held annually at Dawes Park in late July; sponsored by the city of Evanston.
Notes: Note: in 2014, due to construction at the Arrington Lagoon in Dawes Park, the festival will move just north to Centennial Park, Sheridan Road at Church Street. Free parking will still be available just north of the festival grounds (and will be even closer this year!) and free shuttle buses will again be in service.
July 19-20, 2014
Updated 6/28/2014
Evanston Art Center and School
Address: 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL 60201
Contact: Paula Danoff, Executive Director
Phone: 847-475-5300
Fax: 847-475-5330
Description: The Evanston Art Center offers over 90 art classes for children and adults. Classes include: ceramics, drawing and painting, fiber, jewelry, metal sculpture, photography, printmaking, digital video, motion graphics, web design, animation, and sculpture. Provides outreach programs to children in the after-school child care program in District 65 schools, Family Focus, and nursing homes.
EAC hosts 6-8 art exhibitons each year.
The Art Center's arts education summer program immerses children in the exciting world of contemporary art; two sessions for children and youth ages 4 through 18.
Notes: Summer Art Camps
Summer Immersion Classes
Updated 9/11/2015
Fountain Square Arts Festival
Address: Church & Sherman, Downtown Evanston
Contact: 773-584-6631
Description: Largest and oldest fine arts fair on the North Shore, featuring works of over 200 juried artists. Covers 6-block radius near Church and Sherman Sts. Live music and food vendors; children's tent offering art lessons and activities.
Held the fourth weekend in June; benefits the Evanston Chamber of Commerce.
Notes: Date: Saturday/Sunday, June 28-29 2014
Time: Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. | Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Updated 6/28/2014
Lakeshore Arts Festival
Address: Due to construction at the Arrington Lagoon in Dawes Park, the festival will move just north to Centennial Park, Sheridan Road at Church Street. Free parking will still be available just north of the festival grounds (and will be even closer this year!) and free shuttle buses will again be in service.
Phone: 847-448-8264
Parent Org.: City of Evanston Cultural Arts Division
Description: Dawes Park is the site for 125 juried regional and national artists, fabulous food, fantastic entertainment, and family fun.
The Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival is a program of the City of Evanston and is supported
by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
Held in early August.
Updated 6/28/2014
Talking Pictures Festival
Address: P.O. Box 5572, Evanston, IL 60204-5572
Phone: 847-371-2804
Parent Org.: Percolator Films Percolator Films engages audiences with high caliber independent films that are challenging, intriguing, and entertaining. True to its name, screenings at the Talking Pictures Festival are often accompanied by discussions with filmmakers, guest speakers, and community groups.
Description: The Talking Pictures Festival presents independent films from around the world mixed with brand new offerings by local filmmakers. The annual festival features animated films, documentaries, fiction films and shorts that entertain, engage and challenge.
The Talking Pictures Festival is organized by Percolator Films. For the festival, Percolator Films has partnered with local businesses and organizations as well as the Evanston Public Library.
Notes: Festival takes place in the spring.
Festival Director: Ines Sommer
Festival Co-Founder & Sponsorships: Kathy Berger
Festival Coordinator: Evan Morehouse
Outreach Coordinator: Stefanie Mabadi
Festival Associates: Anita David, Mayre Press, Sarah Schwartz,Jonathan Vogel, Shuling Yong

Festival Programming and Advisors: Kathy Berger, Mary Filice, Brent Huffman, Ines Sommer, Barbara Sykes

Festival trailer: Jan Sutcliffe
Graphic design (print materials): Tyler Moore
Updated 7/8/2015
Y.E.A. (Young Evanston Artists) Festival
Address: 1555 Sherman Avenue, Suite 302, Evanston, IL 60202
Contact: Harvey Pranian
E-mail: Contact Form
Phone: 847-866-6766
Parent Org.: The Young Evanston Artists Foundation (Yea!)
Description: Hundreds of school children work hard all year for this special day when their visual and performing art is the focus of Evanston's only children's art festival. The excitement reigns at the corners of Chicago Ave. and Dempster Street. In case of rain, Yea! will take place at Dawes School, 440 Dodge Avenue at Oakton. Come experience the magic!!
Held annually on the third Saturday in May.
Updated 6/10/2015
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