Starlight Concerts & Movies

Starlight Concerts & Movies

Free entertainment in this parks this summer!

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Starlight Concerts

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The 2016 Starlight Concert Series will feature 8 free outdoor concerts at several park locations throughout Evanston. It is presented by the City of Evanston Cultural Arts Division.

All Tuesday Starlight concerts take place from 7-8:30pm.

Day/Date Park Rain Location Performer Genre / focus

Tues., June 7

James Levy Center The Congregation Classic soul meets rock'n' roll

Tues., June 14

Harbert Levy Center Vance Kelly & The Backstreet Blues Band South Side Chicago blues with a signature mix of blues, soul, and funk styles

Tues., June 21
Juneteenth Celebration

Twiggs  Levy Center

Drea & The One Love Reggae Band
Jay Adams

Reggae and R&B      

Tues., June 28
(food trucks on site)

Bent Levy Center Brian O'Hern & The Model Citizens A unique, happy, "Big Band" sound

Tues., July 5

Leahy Park Levy Center Peter Oprisko Pop Jazz Band Treasured traditional adult pop, jazz, and Tin Pan Alley Standards

Tues., July 12
Food Truck Festival


Levy Center R-GANG R&B, fun & soul from the Mowtown era into the 21st Century

Tues., July 19


Levy Center

The Victory Travelers

One of Chicago's longest running traditional Gospel quartets

Tues., July 26

Dawes Levy Center Los Perros Cubanos La Musica Cubana from the 1940s to today

Tues., Oct. 30
Day of the Dead Celebration

Levy Center      


Starlight Junior Concerts

The Wednesday Starlight Junior concerts (sing-along concerts
geared to young families) take place from 6-7pm.

Day/Date  Location Rain Site  Performer
Wed., June 15 Tallmadge Park Levy Center Miss Jenny and Dawn Marie Hamilton 
Wed., July 20

Fleetwood-Jourdain Playground

Levy Center Miss Lori







Park locations for Starlight concerts:
Bent Park: Central St. at Cowper Ave.
Brummel Park: Brummel St. at Elmwood Ave.
Dawes Park: Sheridan Rd. at Church St.
Harbert Park: Dempster St. at McDaniel Ave. (east of North Shore Channel)
James Park: Dodge Ave. at Mulford  (base of James Park hill)
Mason Park: Church St. at Florence Ave.
Leahy Park, Lincoln St. west of Ridge Ave.
Twiggs Park: Dodge Ave. at Simpson St.

Park locations for Starlight Junior concerts:
Tallmadge Park: north of 927 Noyes St. (Noyes Cultural Arts Center)
Fleetwood-Jourdain Center: 1655 Foster St.

Starlight Movies in the Park

Movies will be shown on select evenings at dusk. Admission is free. Movies are cancelled in inclement weather.

Day/Date Park Movie
Sat., Jul 30 Brummel Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Tues., Aug 2 Penny Inside Out
Sat., Aug 6 Dawes West Side Story
Tues., Aug 9 Twiggs 42
Sat., Aug 13 Mason Dreamgirls
Tues., Aug 16 Bent Hook
Sat., Aug 20 James The Wiz

Park locations for movies:

Brummel Park, Brummel St. at Elmwood Ave.
Dawes Park, Sheridan Rd. at Church St.
Harbert Park, Dempster St. at McDaniel (E. of canal)
James Park: Dodge Ave. at Mulford (base of James Park hill)
Penny Park, Lake at Ashland
Twiggs Park, Dodge Ave. at Simpson St.
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Special Northwestern Movie Night

Event: Movie Night at Ryan Field
Date: Thursday, July 21
Movie: “The Good Dinosaur”
Time: Gates open at 6:15 p.m., Movie begins at 7 p.m.
Location: Ryan Field – 1501 Central Street, Evanston, IL
Rain location – Welsh-Ryan Arena
FREE admission and parking

Rain Site
The rain site for concerts: Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston

In the event of inclement weather for concerts, rain site updates will be available after 4:30 p.m. on the show date by calling 847-448-8058, 847-448-8264 or 847-448-4311.

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Evanston Starlight Concerts are presented by the City of Evanston’s Cultural Arts Division and are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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