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2018 Starlight Concerts & Movies schedule

Free entertainment in the parks this summer!


Starlight Concerts in the Park

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The 2018 Starlight Concert Series will feature free outdoor concerts at park locations throughout Evanston. Concerts are presented by the City of Evanston Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department.

All Tuesday Starlight Concerts take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The rain site for Starlight Concerts is the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave.

Interactive family activities will occur before each concert from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. 

Day/Date Park Performer        Genre / focus      

Tues., June 5

Dawes Park              Thaddeus Tukes’ Viibez Cool jazz vibes from acclaimed NU alum and Luminarts Jazz Fellow

Tues., June 12

Kamen Park East Joel Paterson Band w/Oscar Wilson

A night of blues and R&B classics, paying tribute to Oscar Wilson’s many influences, including B.B. King, Muddy Waters and Ray Charles.

Tues., June 19
Juneteenth Celebration (food trucks on site 6pm)

Twiggs Park


Fast rising Poet, Singer-Songwriter and Activist returns to Twiggs stage.  Juneteenth celebration with food trucks on site

Tues., June 26
(food trucks on site 6pm)

Bent Park Tangleweed Acoustic Power Trio playing original and traditional Bluegrass, Americana, Folk, Celtic and many other styles.

Tues., July 10

Canal Shores Golf Course


A Salsa group that feeds off the energy of the crowd and aims to keep the dance floor moving

Tues., July 17
Food Truck Festival 

Brummel Park

South Boulevard Band Classic R&B and Rockin’ soul tunes will energize your evening.

Tues., July 24

Mason Park


A unique mix of Afro-Beat, World, Hip Hop, Reggae and English Pop, his style is powerful and knows no borders.

Tues., July 31

Baker Park
Rosie & the Rivets' The premier Retro Rock & Roll show performing hits from the 1950s and 1960s, along with current music with a retro twist.

Park locations for concerts:  

Baker Park: Keeney St. at Forest Ave.
Bent Park: Central St. at Cowper Ave.
Brummel Park: Brummel St. at Elmwood Ave.
Canal Shores Golf Course: 1030 Central St. 
Dawes Park: Sheridan Rd. at Church St.
Kamen Park East: South Blvd. at Barton Ave.
Mason Park: Church St. at Florence Ave.
Twiggs Park: Dodge Ave. at Simpson St.

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 847-448-4311 (until 7 p.m.).


Starlight Movies in the Park

Movies in the Park-thumb-200x125-31131Movies will be shown on select evenings at dusk. Interactive family activities will be offered before movies, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free. Movies are cancelled in inclement weather.

Please note that the August 2 movie will begin at 7 p.m. (gates open at 6:15 p.m.)



Day/Date Park Movie
Thurs., Aug 2 (7 p.m.) Ryan Field Moana
Sat.., Aug 4 Twiggs Park Black Panther
Tues., Aug 7
Penny Park Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Sat., Aug 11 Robert Crown Park Kubo and the Two Strings
Tues., Aug 14 Eggleston Park Monster Trucks
Sat., Aug 18 Baker Park A Wrinkle in Time
Tues., Aug 21 Bent Park Wonder
Sat.., Aug 25 Dawes Park Wonder Woman
Sat., Sep 1 James Park Black Panther


Park locations for movies:
Baker Park: Keeney St. at Forest Ave.
Bent Park: Central St. at Cowper Ave.
Dawes Park: Sheridan Rd. at Church St.
Eggleston Park: Hartrey Ave. at Payne St.
James Park: Oakton St. at Dodge Ave. 
Penny Park: Lake St. at Ashland Ave.
Robert Crown Park: 1701 Main St.
Ryan Field: 1501 Central St.
Twiggs Park: Dodge Ave. at Simpson St. 


Map of parks

Evanston Starlight Concerts are presented by the City of Evanston’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department and are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.


2018 Sponsors









La Cocinita Restaurant 
La Cocinita Restaurant 
La Cocinita Restaurant