Get ready for the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival

The Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival will be held from July 19-20. According to the release:

EVANSTON, IL - Enjoy the sounds, tastes and aromas of other cultures and distant continents at the 29th annual Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival on Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20, noon to 7 p.m., at Centennial Park. The two-day event allows festival-goers to celebrate the diversity of our planet! Due to construction, the festival has moved just north of Dawes Park to Centennial Park, located on Sheridan Road between Church Street and University Place.
 
The Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival will transform Centennial Park into a colorful, exciting global village, featuring over 60 artists representing their heritage and traditions from 36 countries around the world.
 
To kick off the festival on July 19, the Evanston Escola de Samba will perform a high-energy show of Brazilian percussion followed by a Carnival Parade for all to join. The concert will begin promptly at noonat the Field Performance Stage.
 
Many of the best ethnic entertainers from the metropolitan Chicago area and beyond will perform. Groups scheduled to perform on the Music Stage include Grammy Award-winner Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience, the Philippine American Cultural Foundation, Jutta & The Hi-Dukes (Balkan, Gypsy, and more), Hounds of Finn (Celtic and American traditions), Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca (Cuban), Kudrinka (Russian) and more!
 
The Field Performance Stage will include the acts S.O.U.L. CREATIONS (African), Nahui Ollin (Mexican), Tsukasa Taiko (Japanese), Isla Pacifika (Polynesian) and the Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band!
 
In addition to the live performances, children can enjoy art activities such as origami, Zydeco washboards, Aztec headdresses and tissue paper flowers, and more. Ethnic cuisine will be available for purchase, ranging from Jamaican jerk chicken and vegetable samosa to tamales and gyros. Chilled refreshments include Italian ice and fruit smoothies.
 
To view the complete entertainment schedule and a list of artists and food vendors, visit www.cityofevanston.org/ethnic. Free parking is available at the Northwestern University lot, located just north of Centennial Park. Free shuttle buses will transport festival-goers between the parking lot and the festival. 
For more information, please call 311 (847-448-4311 outside of Evanston) or 847-448-8260.

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Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival

Saturday & Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.

Centennial Park, Sheridan Rd. at Clark St.

Free admission.

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