Lakeshore Arts Festival

Lakeshore Arts Festival

Save the dates! Next year's festival will be held Aug. 1-2, 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.


August 2-3, 2014  Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Pottery on display at 2007 Festival

Centennial Park, Sheridan Road at Clark Street

Since 1973, the City of Evanston has presented the annual Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival. The festival takes place the first weekend in August on Evanston's stunning, historic lakefront.

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

The festival showcases fine art by over 100 artists in 11 categories. While browsing and buying the artwork, you can listen to live jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, rock, baroque and indie pop music. Be sure to make a bid or two at the silent art auction, and bring your children or grandchidren to the popular Children's Craft Tent. The festival hosts eleven restauranteurs serving a variety of culinary delights. Admission is free.

For more information, please call 847-448-8264.

The Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival is presented by the City of Evanston’s Cultural Arts Programs Division. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. 

2014 Best in Category Awards


Medium Artist
Ceramics  Natalya Sots
Fiber Lou Hong
Glass Pamela White
Jewelry Katy Farnum
Mixed Media Fran Jaffe
Painting Dan Wiemer
Photography JD Dennison
Prints/Drawings Mel Fleck
Sculpture Jeff Snider
Watercolor Margaret McCarthy
Wood  Eugene Benes

Children’s Craft Tent

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Urban Beat Sneaker Budding designers - get your bling on and design the coolest ever Urban Beat sneakers to set the fashion world ablaze! This is a great graphic design challenge for all ages!
Paper Plate Aquarium Time to dive deep into your creativity! Come and create a paper plate aquarium.
Caterpillars Who doesn’t love that Hungry Caterpillar! Come recreate your very own hungry caterpillar to take home with you.
Crowns Who wants to be king or queen for the day? Stop by and creative your very own crown. This is a great activity for all ages!
Mehndi Indian Body Painting
Face Painting  

Teens: Would you like to sell your artwork in a tent provided by the City of Evanston? Learn how to apply to show and sell your work in the GOALED Gallery!

2014 Sponsors:



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