Evanston’s summer festival season launches this weekend with the Custer’s Last Stand Festival of the Arts.

The event, now in its 41st year, features an eclectic mix of arts and crafts from 250 vendors, more than 30 food booths and a cast of strolling street performers.

There’ll also be musical performances on two stages throughout the festival hours, which run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Top and above: Photos from Custer Fair 2011 by Hayden Dinges for Evanston Now.

The fair also features special offers from merchants in the Chicago-Main shopping district which plays host to the annual event.

Also coming up on the summer festival schedule:

  • The Fountain Square Art Festival in downtown Fvanston June 23 and 24, now in its 33rd year.
  • The Ethnic Arts Festival, July 21 and 22, on the lakefront.
  • The Lakeshore Arts Festival. Aug. 4 and 5, now in its 40th year.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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