Art and food fest this weekend downtown


The Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival will fill Church Street and Sherman Avenue downtown this weekend.

Festival hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Amy Amdur, head of festival producer Amdur Productions, says the event will offer "a wide-variety of one-of-a-kind art, live music and great local cuisine." She added that "Evanston’s rich cultural arts community, coupled with its growing list of upscale restaurants and breweries makes for a perfect cultural destination event that brings art, food, and fun to residents and visitors.” 

The festival will showcase the work of more than 130-juried artists from across the country in a variety of mediums, including painting, photography, ceramics, glass, jewelry, and wood.

Festival attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy musical performances, including local favorites, such as Wedding Banned on Friday (7 p.m.-9 p.m.), Stache! on Saturday (7 p.m.-9 p.m.) and American rock duo Cirrus Falcon on Sunday (12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.).

Recently recognized by the New York Times for its’ farm-to-table restaurants, world-class distilleries and breweries, a number of Evanston’s top restaurants and breweries will be serving up dishes all weekend long, including The Stained Glass, Farmhouse, Chefs Station, Smylie Brothers Brewing Co., Mumbai Indian Grill, Giordano's and That Little Mexican Café. The Festival also has kid-friendly activities including an art scavenger hunt and spin art.

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