Evanston’s Lakeshore Arts Festival returns for its 38th annual edition this weekend at Dawes Park with the weather promising to be reasonably cooperative — partly cloudy with a high of 83 on Saturday and just a little warmer Sunday with a chance of an isolated thunderstorm.

Evanston’s Lakeshore Arts Festival returns for its 38th annual edition this weekend at Dawes Park with the weather promising to be reasonably cooperative — partly cloudy with a high of 83 on Saturday and just a little warmer Sunday with a chance of an isolated thunderstorm.

For kids, the festival offers a Children’s Craft Tent, where budding artists can develop their own skills.

For grownups, there are displays of works by more than 125 artists selected by a jury for their skill in categories including photography, jewelry, painting, wood, ceramics, glass, prints, drawings, sculpture, fiber, watercolor, and mixed media, all displayed with Lake Michigan as a backdrop.

The festival also features food booths operated by a dozen local restaurateurs and jazz, bluegrass, blues and Latin music performed on the lagoon stage.

Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Dawes Park is located at Sheridan Road and Church Street. A free shuttle bus runs from the festival site to the Northwestern University parking lot three blocks north off Sheridan Road.

(Photos from the 2008 festival by Jim Mizell.)

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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