Downtown Evanston will be transformed into a creative oasis when the Fountain Square Art Festival returns for its 35th anniversary milestone the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, June 28-29.
The art extravaganza, sponsored by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, is the North Shore's oldest juried fine arts fair. Featuring the eclectic works of more than 200 artists, the festival is held at the intersections of Sherman and Church Streets just steps from the historic Fountain Square.
This year's fest also features FamilyFest, an interactive activity area for kids and families overseen by the Evanston Art Center. It's where parents can lounge in Adirondack chairs while watching their kids create a variety of art projects. Additionally, an interactive puzzle with a surprising conclusion will provide stimulating fun.
There will also be an opportunity for visitors to snap a photo (or selfie!) at a ground-level reproduction of Evanston's exciting The Encounter sculpture.
In addition, there will be a laidback jazz-centric music stage featuring performances by Craig Jenner and jazz quartet BMR4 as well as musical offerings from Evanston's Music Institute of Chicago and etc. Music School. (Jenner performs at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday; BMR4 at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.)
Several Evanston food vendors will also be on hand.
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The fest, perfect for strolling and a welcome respite for nearby city folks, takes up several blocks and showcases an art mix that includes paintings, sculptures, metalwork, jewelry, glasswork, woodwork, photography, mixed media and more.
Fountain Square Arts Festival can be followed on Twitter. Check #FtnSqArtFest for future updates including the food vendor lineup.
►Festival hours are 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. both days. A suggested gate donation of $5 benefits the Evanston Chamber. For more information visit www.chicagoevents.com; 773.868.3010.