Ethnic Arts Festival

Ethnic Arts Festival

The Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival is a celebration of arts and cultural diversity unlike any other!

Save the date: Next year's festival will take place July 18-19, 2015.

Interested in performing at a City of Evanston summer concert or festival? Interested in being an artist or food vendor at Evanston's special events? Application forms for the 2015 season will be posted here on January 5, 2015. 


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Saturday & Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.
Centennial Park, Sheridan Rd. at Clark St.
Free admission.

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Note: due to construction at the Arrington Lagoon in Dawes Park, the festival will move just north to Centennial Park, Sheridan Road at Clark 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.

Evanston’s lakefront will be transformed into a Global Village this weekend for the 29th annual Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival, a two-day celebration of global diversity. This free event features art from an abundance of countries, family crafts activities, international cuisine, and live music, dance, and spoken word performances. Attendees experience the colors, sounds, and aromas of world cultures -- they can learn a folk-dance from a faraway country, and experience the intriguing spices and seasonings of new ethnic foods.

Join us as the Evanston Escola de Samba kicks off the 29th Annual Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival with a high-energy show of Brazilian percussion and a Carnival Parade. Check out their performance from last year's 4th of July Parade.

Attendees will enjoy continuous performances throughout the weekend at two venues. This family-friendly event also features a wide range of crafts activities throughout the weekend. Activities include making aztec headdresses, face painting, mehndi body painting, origami, indigo and natural dyes, and much, much more. View the 2014 activities here.

The Ethnic Arts Festival is sponsored by the City of Evanston Cultural Arts Programs and partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Interested in sponsorship opportunities for next year's festival?
Contact Patricia Battaglia, Festival Coordinator/Cultural Arts Programs, or 847-448-8264.

2014 Sponsors

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The Ethnic Arts Festival is supported by the Cherry Family Foundation.