Things to do around Evanston this weekend, Aug. 15-17

What festival will you go to this weekend? We’ve got your festival options and more with our picks of the top twelve things to do around Evanston this weekend. For more happening in the suburbs, visit Pioneer Local’s event calendar.

1. Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest, 6 p.m. Friday
The annual festival features a variety of handmade arts and crafts, more than 40 live music acts, food and drink vendors, children’s activities and more. The festival runs 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 15 and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 16-17. Intersection of Glenwood and Farwell avenues, Chicago.
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2. Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters, 8 p.m. Friday
Watch Ronnie Earl strum the blues on his guitar, Dave Limina’s fingers fly across the keyboard, Lorne Entress tap beats on her drum and Jim Mouradian play his self-designed bass. Evanston SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. $25-$60.
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3. Malott Japanese Garden Summer Festival, 10 a.m. Saturday
The weekend of events celebrates the summer festivals in Japan. Kids can listen to the taiko drums and koto harp, hear traditional Japanese folktales, watch a tea ceremony, learn how to fold origami, create a paper fan, make a kite and more. The festival is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 16 and 17. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
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4. Armenian Fest, 6 p.m. Friday
The fest has Armenian food, desserts, beer and wine, dancing, activities for kids and a raffle. There is live music each day and a magic show by Mr. Ash Saturday. A blessing of the grapes ceremony is 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Armenian All Saints Apostolic Church, 1701 N. Greenwood Road, Glenview.

5. Garden Chef Series, 1:30 p.m. Saturday
Learn how to cook using ingredients fresh from the garden. Chefs from premiere restaurants around Chicago will give demonstrations in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden’s open-air amphitheater. Seating is first come, first served. Visit the website for the full lineup of chefs. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe.
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6. Lincolnshire Art Festival, 10 a.m. Saturday
The festival features more than 130 juried artists from around the world. The festival includes live music, local food, activities for kids, an art scavenger hunt, art demos and more for the whole family. The event is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 16 and 17. Village Green, Milwaukee Avenue and Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire.
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7. Walking Tour: Evanston’s Lakefront, 11 a.m. Saturday
Discover the rich, varied history of Evanston’s lakefront. From lifesaving stations to shipwrecks, from boathouses to warehouses, from parks and private residences to piers, beaches, and landscaping: Learn every story behind each lakefront landmark. Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood St., Evanston. $15 member, $20 nonmember.

8. Activator Cycle Shop Ride, 7:30 a.m. Saturday
Road rides can be from 25 to 80 miles long. Rides start promptly at 8 a.m. Call for more information. Activator Cycles, 79 E. Scranton Ave., Lake Bluff. Free.

9. Kid’s Fair Trade Music Festival, 11 a.m. Saturday
Join in a fair trade scavenger hunt and spend time with other kids doing hands-on activities and making music. This indoor festival features a live interactive program with the World Music Trio of Winnetka who demonstrate instruments from many nations, sing native folk songs and provide storytelling. Activities begin 11 a.m. The live program starts at 1 p.m. Ten Thousand Villages, 719 Main St., Evanston. Free.

10. Sole Burner: Youth Biathlon, 8 a.m. Saturday
Students can join a youth biathlon through Glencoe. For students in grades three to six. All registrants receive a T-shirt and a medal for participating. Registration ends July 15. Kalk Park, Park Avenue and Green Bay Road, Glencoe.

11. Art in the Park, 10 a.m. Sunday
The fifth Annual Art in the Park event hosted by the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park invites attending families to create sculptures using materials provided by the Park’s Board of Directors. This year’s project is an abstract sculpture created with wire and wood and decorated with non-toxic metallic tempera paints. This project is appropriate for children ages 4-12. Participating families receive a coupon for a discounted meal at our partner, Dengeo’s, the day of the event. Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park, 9351 Keeler Ave., Skokie. Free.

12. The Hinkley Rodeo, 1 p.m. Sunday
All cowboys and cowgirls are invited to retrieve gold and lasso horses while earning their sheriff’s badge by finding the “wanted” lifeguard. All ages are invited to attend. Hinkley Pool, 25 Busse Highway, Park Ridge. Free.

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