Ethnic Arts Festival
presented by: City of Evanston
Sat, Jul 19
and Sun, Jul 20
(please note: all times are CDT)
* Contact the organization listed above for ticketing information.
Sheridan Rd. at Clark St.
Evanston, IL 60201 (click map for more details)
Saturday & Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.
Centennial Park, Sheridan Rd. at Clark St.
Evanston’s lakefront will be transformed into a Global Village this weekend for the 29th annual Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival, a two-day celebration of global diversity. This free event features visual art from more than 100 countries, family crafts activities, international cuisine, and live music, dance, and spoken word performances. Attendees experience the colors, sounds, and aromas of world cultures -- they can learn a folk-dance from a faraway country, and experience the intriguing spices and seasonings of new ethnic foods.
The festivities kick off at noon Saturday with the Parade of Nations, a flag ceremony led by longtime WLS-TV personality and festival MC Bill Campbell. Community members place the flags of more than 200 countries around the festival grounds, honoring the diversity of our planet.
Attendees will enjoy continuous performances throughout the weekend at two venues. This family-friendly event also features a wide range of crafts activities throughout the weekend. In previous years, activities have included origami and suminagashi workshops, face-painting, mehndi body decoration of India, mask-making, maraca-making, Mexican wrestling figures, and much, much more. The 2014 activities will be posted closer to the festival dates.
The Ethnic Arts Festival is sponsored by the City of Evanston Cultural Arts Programs and partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.