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2018 World Arts + Music Festival

On Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, Evanston’s lakefront will be transformed into a Global Village for the World Arts + Music Festival, a two-day celebration of global diversity. This free event features art from an abundance of countries, family crafs activities, international cuisine, and live music and dance performances. Attendees will enjoy continuous performances throughout the weekend at two venues at the Arrington Lakefront Lagoon in Dawes Park and Centennial Park. The festival runs from noon until 7pm each day. 

Snapchat users can share their experience using the special World Arts and Music Festival filter available at the event.

The World Arts + Music Festival is sponsored by the City of Evanston Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department and partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Location and Parking

Arrington Lakefront Lagoon at Dawes Park
Dawes Park is located between Davis and Church Streets on the city's lakefront, just a few blocks east of the Davis Street Metra and CTA stations.
Free weekend parking is available north of Centennial and Dawes Parks at the Northwestern University parking lot and the adjacent Segal Visitors Center parking garage at 1841 Sheridan Rd. Those parking in the Northwestern lot or garage can access the festival by walking south along the lakefront path or taking the free City of Evanston festival shuttle bus, which travels between the parking lot and the festival grounds.

Festival Map

Performance Schedule

Saturday, July 21

Noon Chicago Awa Odori, Miko-Ren

12:30pm Funkadesi

1:30pm Hokule'a Academy of Polynesian Arts

2pm Radio Free Honduras

3:15pm Cielito Lindo Family Music

3:45pm Muntu Dance Theater

5pm Nahui Ollin

5:30pm Alma Afrobeat Ensemble

Sunday, July 22

Noon Cheng Da Drum Team

12:30pm Natya Dance Theatre

1:30pm Mariachi Tradicion Juvenil 

2pm Sitarsys

3:15pm Mazurka Wojciechowska

3:45pm Nkulee Dube

5pm Evanston Escola de Samba

5:30pm Juan Pablo Diaz y su Orquesta 

Food Vendors

Anthony's Italian Ice 

Babushka's Polish Food

Cafe Coralie

C+W Market + Ice Cream Parlor 

Mt. Everest Restaurant

Red Hot Chili Pepper


Table to Stix

Cocina Azteca



Lagoon Image

Artist Vendors


Patricia Ogedengbe

Alphonsus S. Ntamere

Rose Dikeh

We R Beautiful

Andre Jackson

Peanut Buddar Art

Aissatou Bayo


Fantastic Voyage

Lotus Grooves by Tony Talwar

Black Thai Inc

Ko Xiong

Yer Vang

Deborah Provos

Yer Xiong

Christine Mitchell

Bee_autiful Innovations

Zuxin Yu

Thai Dyed

Wacky Wonderworks

Davide Shapiro

Suzanne Miranda


Tanya Milojkovic

Book Boxes

Nancy Koop

Barbora Simerska

Dariusz Skorski

Lydia House

Agnieszka Szatko

North America

JS Fibrecrafts


Steve Grant

Pens by Gene

Roundtree Jewelry Designs

Megan Hinds


Las Crafty Anties

Elida Graves

Twice Baked Pottery

South America

Dulce Caramel

TW Wholesale

Organic Seed Jewelry 

Carla Otarola


Cuatro Suyos 

Threadings Handwoven Designs

Juan Barreneche & Daniel Schemel

Centro Mundo Handcrafts

Fair Trade Vendors

Tulia's Artisan Gallery

Global Mamas


Footpath Trading

SUSU Accessories




Inti Fair Trade

Blossom Inspirations

Milagros Jewelry 

Mayta Collection

The Winding Road

Minouchic Boutique

Greenheart Shop

Indigenous Artworks

Global Elements

Artisans of Ghana

SORA Products




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Are you interested in sponsorship opportunities for next year's festival? For more information, please email or call 847-448-8681.