Summer’s nearly over, but there’s still lots of music at Fountain Square, along with outdoor painting, plus a music-filled block party at Dempster and Chicago next weekend. Check the options outside for everyone this week:

The Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival continues today with music, food and art from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Evanston on Sherman Avenue between Church and Clark Streets.

Also today a performance of Shakespeare’s Richard III will be presented by the Muse of Fire Theatre Company at Ingraham Park, just behind the Morton Civic Center at 2100 Ridge Ave., at 3 p.m. The performance is free.

The film Wonder is on tap on Tuesday at Bent Park, Central Street at Cowper Avenue, part of the city’s Starlight Movies in the Park series, starting at dusk.

Unwind at an outdoor painting party at Fountain Square on Thursday, from 5 to 7 p.m., a free event sponsored by Bottle and Bottega. You’ll be supplied with everything you need to create your own masterpiece, including artist instruction, canvas, painting supplies and apron.

Stick around after painting to enjoy swing, jazz and blues music performed by The Flat Cats at Fountain Square on Thursday, starting at 7, part of the Thursday Night Live Concert Series.

Evanston SPACE hosts the Big Evanston Block Party, with live music performances, food from local vendors and beer from Half Acre, on Dempster Street at Chicago Avenue on Saturday and Sunday starting at 2 p.m. The event is free with a $5 suggested donation.

On Saturday evening get over to the Arrington Lakefront Lagoon at Dawes Park, Sheridan Road at Church Street, for a showing of the film Wonder Woman, one of the Starlight Movies in the Park, starting at dusk.

Join friends and neighbors for Evanston’s CommUNITY Picnic from noon to 4 p.m. next Sunday at Ingraham Park, Leonard Place at Asbury Avenue, behind the Morton Civic Center.

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