Celebrate Evanston, diversity and going back to school! Evanston residents gather for a free commUNITY picnic with free food, games, giveaways and entertainment.
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.
58 vendors of fruit, vegetables, meat, flowers, cheese and bakery items from local and regional farms. Free parking available in the Maple Street Parking Garage. Special events and performances by local musicians.
Downtown Farmers Market:
This market is held every Saturday, from early May through early November. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Location: Intersection of University Place and Oak Ave. (just east of East Railroad Ave.)
Wednesdays, early June through mid-October, 3:30 p.m.-7p.m., in the park by the field house at 908 Seward St. (at Ridge Ave.; Program Director Natalie Sallee, 847-869-5640. Pre-order/delivery boxes available weekly.
West End Market:
Saturdays, early June through late October; 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Intersection of Church St. and Dodge Ave. (ETHS parking lot)
Indoor Farmer & Artisan Food Market:
Located at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., on Saturdays from December through April from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 40 vendors include local farmers and artisans. Dennis Clarkson, Winter Market manager, 847-864-7328, firstname.lastname@example.org.
McGaw YMCA Market
Dates: May 28 through mid-October
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 7am to 1pm
Location: McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove St.
Authentic Armenian food, dancing, music, and games.Over the years, Evanston' s TASTE OF ARMENIA festival--one of the premiere Armenian picnics in the Chicago area-- has become a favorite end-of-summer event for Chicagoans of all ethnic backgrounds.
Late August (the last Sunday before Labor Day weekend). Clark St. between Benson and Sherman. Sponsored by the St. James Armenian Church. Free.
The Evanston Taste of Armenia Festivalserves up charcoal-grilled kebabs and homemade specialties including healthy salads, 'sarma' rolls with fresh-picked grape leaves (nothing canned!) Few can resist the bountiful table of our grandmas' pastries and a steaming cup of Armenian coffee (fortunes told on request!)
Ranked one of the nation's 5 best by Country Home Magazine, Evanston's 4th of July has it all: a parade, playground games, music, and of course the sensational lakefront fireworks. FREE TO ALL. Since its beginning the Evanston 4th of July Celebration has been totally done by volunteers, who raise money and donate time and energy to make our Celebration so special. Each year we find ways to raise the funds to bring in the bands for the parade, and cover the costs of our great fireworks display. Contact us if you want to help.
The Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate was started by Ricky's wife, Sherialyn, and his friends in memory of the former basketball coach at Northwestern University who was murdered by a racist in 1999. Proceeds benefit the work of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, especially in areas of violence prevention and racial equity.
5K and 10K runs, a 5K walk and a fun youth mile.