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We are currently accepting 2018 Starlight Concert Entertainment applications here. 

2017 Starlight Concerts & Movies schedule

Free entertainment in the parks this summer!

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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.)

Day/Date  Park           Movie             
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. 

Map of parks


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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
Juneteenth Celebration (food trucks on site 6pm)

Twiggs Park

Christ Temple Sanctuary Choir & Worship Team

A mix of traditional and contemporary gospel- special guest TBD

Tues., June 27
(food trucks on site 6pm)

Bent Park Lawrence Peters Outfit Chicago Music Awards’ “Best Country and Western Entertainer."

Tues., July 11

Levy Center Maracujaz

Brazilian jazz from upbeat sambas to mellow bossa novas

Tues., July 18
Food Truck Festival starts 5:30pm

Brummel Park

Chicago Tribute Anthology Recreating the sound of the legendary rock band "Chicago"
Food Trucks:
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

Mason Park

Lynne Jordan & The Shivers

One of Chicago's musical divas belts out the blues, jazz, funk, and rock

Sun., Sept. 10

Streets Alive! Band performs 3-4:30pm

Levy Center:
Indigo Upbeat 11 person ensemble performing contemporary hits. "Hottest dance band in Chicago!" 

Sun., Oct. 29
Day of the Dead Celebration 4-6 pm 

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.

Starlight Junior Concert

The Starlight Junior concert (a sing-along concert geared to young families) takes place from 6-7pm.

Day/Date   Location Rain Site Performer
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.


2017 Sponsors

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