Don’t let the rainy weather ruin your weekend, take a cooking class or head out to a play with our picks of the top 15 things to do around Evanston this weekend. For a complete list of events happening in the suburbs, visit Pioneer Local’s event calendar.
1. Lincolnwood Fest 2014, Thursday-Sunday
Four days of music, carnival rides, food and more. Be sure to check out the Car Show and Business Expo on Sunday. Visit the website for the complete schedule and to purchase tickets. Proesel Park, 6900 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincolnwood. $25 per day; $60 four day pass.
2. Farmer’s Market Cooking Class, 10 a.m. Saturday
Led by chef Freddy Sanchez and proprietor Carlos Nieto, participants learn tips for shopping in an open air market and how to prepare a farm-to-table meal. Chef Sanchez demonstrates how to make three dishes, including Michigan sweet corn soup, heirloom tomato salad with herb champagne vinaigrette, and zucchini spaghetti with blue Hawaiian prawns and tomato-mushroom ragu. Each course is paired with wine. Admission includes lunch, wine pairings, recipe cards, tax and gratuity. To reserve a place in the grilling class, call or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Happ Inn, 305 Happ Road, Northfield. $50.
3. North Shore Festival of Art, 10 a.m. Saturday
This festival showcases the work of over 120 different artists in a variety of mediums including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, sculpture, mixed media, paintings, drawings, photography, printmaking, wood and furniture.There is also live music, great food and art activities for children. Westfield Old Orchard Mall, 4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie. Free.
4. Taste of Lincolnshire, 4 p.m. Friday
This event features multiple local restaurants, businesses, attractions and live entertainment. Lincolnshire Village Hall, One Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. Free.
5. Bloody Mary Fest, 10 a.m. Sunday
Festival-goers can sample a selection of the ever-popular Bloody Mary. Vendors from all over bring their best recipes to share and compete for the title of “Best Bloody Mary in the Midwest.” The day kicks off with the Buddy Challenge & 5K Run, benefitting Kids Rank. Mixologists from leading bars and restaurants have the chance to share their unique recipes with the public while competing to create the best bloody. Everts Park, 111 North Ave., Highwood. Free.
6. Mike Toomey Live, 8 p.m. Saturday
WGN Morning News personality Mike Toomey brings his stand-up act to Skokie Theatre. Toomey has appeared at HBO’s U.S Comedy Arts Festival and on Comedy Central. Also appearing is Ken Schultz. Originally from Chicago’s north suburbs, Schultz now makes his home in New York City where he performs regularly. Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie. $25.
7. ‘The Hundred Dresses,’ 7 p.m. Friday
Based on the Newbery Award winning book by Eleanor Estes, “The Hundred Dresses” tells the story of Wanda Petronski, the new girl in room 13, who wears the same faded blue dress to school every day, but insists that she has a hundred bright, shiny new ones at home. Her classmates learn the secret of the hundred dresses and with it, a lesson in tolerance, in taking responsibility and in living with the consequences of actions. Performances at 7 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through July with an additional performance at 7 p.m. July 10. Northwestern University – Theatre and Interpretation Center, 1949 Campus Drive, Evanston. $10; $8 for ages 18 and younger.
8. Annual Ice Cream Social, 1 p.m. Saturday
Listen to music on the grounds of the Dawes House, watch a magic show by Kevin Kelly, enjoy a serving of Andy’s Frozen Custard, see a performance by Leslie Goddard as Frances Willard and much more. Event is rain or shine. Charles G. Dawes House, 225 Greenwood St., Evanston. Free.
9. Bike the Trails, 1:30 p.m. Sunday
One of the naturalists lead you through a scenic trail as you cruise by on your bike. Bring a helmet and water bottle. River Trail Nature Center, 3120 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook.
11. Sand Sculpting Contest, 1 p.m. Sunday
Bring buckets, cans and sand shovels to the family contest. All ages welcome; prizes will be awarded for best castle, best animal, best sculpture and most creative effort. Glencoe Beach, 160 Hazel Ave., Glencoe. Free.
12. Northwestern’s Run for Walk in Memory of Randy Walker, 7:30 a.m. Sunday
Northwestern Athletics hosts the annual 4.1 mile run and 5K family walk to honor former head football coach Randy Walker. The race ends at Ryan Field, 1501 Central St., Evanston.
13. ‘The Pirates on Penzance,’ 8 p.m. Friday
The performance spins a hilarious farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers, dewy-eyed daughters and an eccentric Major-General, all morally bound to the often-ridiculous dictates of honor and duty. Performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through August 2. Northwestern University – Ethel M. Barber Theatre, 1979 S. Campus Dr., Evanston. $30.
14. Rebirth Brass Band, 7 p.m. Saturday
Lifted from the streets of the French Quarter, Rebirth Brass Band is now playing on stages all over the globe. They are known for fusing funk along with hip-hop. As New York Times said, “It’s more like a party.” Evanston SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. $25-40.
15. Chocolates from Around the World, 2 p.m. Sunday
Rose Deneen, a pastry chef, demonstrates how to make simple chocolate confections, and shares her knowledge of chocolate from around the world. Winnetka Library, 768 Oak St., Winnetka. Free.
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