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2017 Starlight Concerts & Movies schedule
Starlight Movies in the Park
Movies 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 July 20 movie will begin at 7 p.m. (gates open at 6:15 p.m.)
|Thur., July 20 (7 p.m.)||Ryan Field||The Secret Life of Pets|
|Tues., Aug 1||Penny Park||Jumanji (1995)|
|Sat., Aug 5||Ladd Arboretum||The Lorax (2012 animated)|
|Tues., Aug 8 CANCELED||Baker Park||Ghostbusters (2016)|
|Sat., Aug 12||Dawes Park||Shall We Dance? (2004)|
|Tues., Aug 15||Twiggs Park||Hidden Figures|
|Sat., Aug 19||Robert Crown||Grease sing-along (1978)|
|Tues., Aug 22||Bent Park||Maleficent|
|Sat., Aug 26 NEW LOCATION||Brummel Park||Zootopia|
Locations for movies:
Baker Park: Keeney St. at Forest Ave.
Bent Park: Central St. at Cowper Ave.
Brummel Park, Brummel St. at Elmwood Ave.
Dawes Park, Sheridan Rd. at Church St.
James Park, Oakton St. at Dodge Ave.
Ladd Arboretum, Bridge St. at McCormick Blvd.
Penny Park, Lake St. at Ashland Ave.
Robert Crown, 1701 Main St.
Ryan Field, 1501 Central St.
Twiggs Park, Dodge Ave. at Simpson St.
The 2017 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.
New this year, 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 6
|James Park||Radio Free Honduras||Latin-American band fronted by Honduran legend Charlie Baran|
Tues., June 13
|Dawes Park||Lowdown Brass Band||
High-energy brass band showcasing street beat to metal
Tues., June 20
|Twiggs Park||A mix of traditional and contemporary gospel- special guest TBD|
Tues., June 27
|Bent Park||Lawrence Peters Outfit||Chicago Music Awards’ “Best Country and Western Entertainer."
Tues., July 11
Brazilian jazz from upbeat sambas to mellow bossa novas
Tues., July 18
|Chicago Tribute Anthology||Recreating the sound of the legendary rock band "Chicago"
Amanecer Tacos, Babycakes,
CheSa's Gluten Tootin Free Food Truck,
Grill Chasers, The Happy Lobster,
Pierogi Wagon, Piko Street Kitchen,
Tamale Spaceship, La Cocinita Restaurant, Harold's Food Truck, Anthony's Italian Ice
Tues., July 25
|One of Chicago's musical divas belts out the blues, jazz, funk, and rock|
Sun., Sept. 10
Streets Alive! Band performs 3-4:30pm
||Indigo||Upbeat 11 person ensemble performing contemporary hits. "Hottest dance band in Chicago!"|
Sun., Oct. 30
|Levy Center||Sones de Mexico||Sones de México Ensemble is the country’s premier folk music organization specializing in Mexican ‘son’, including the regional styles of huapango, gustos, chilenas, son jarocho, and more.
The Starlight Junior concert (a sing-along concert geared to young families) takes place from 6-7pm.
|Wed., August 2||Tallmadge Park||Noyes Cultural Arts Center||Miss Jenny and Dawn Marie Hamilton|
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.
James Park: Dodge Ave. at Mulford (base of James Park hill)
Leahy Park, Lincoln St. west of Ridge Ave.
Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave.
Mason Park: Church St. at Florence Ave.
Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St.
Twiggs Park: Dodge Ave. at Simpson St.
Park location for Starlight Junior concert
Tallmadge Park: north of Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes 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.).
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.