Things to do around Evanston this weekend, Aug. 22-24

Jeff Daniels takes a break from promoting “Dumb and Dumber To” to perform with his band in Evanston this weekend. Don’t miss the performance 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. Jeff Daniels and Ben Daniels Band, 7 p.m.  Friday
Jeff Daniels, an actor and singer, performs down-to-earth tunes along with the Ben Daniels Band, who completes the performance with americana, blues, jazz and rock. Evanston SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. $25-$45.
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2. Taste of Highland Park, 5 p.m. Friday
The festival runs in conjunction with the Port Clinton Art Festival, which features fine art from more than 260 artists from around the world. The Taste includes food from local restaurants, live entertainment, art activities for kids, an art scavenger hunt, art demos and more. The festival opens at 5 p.m. Aug. 22 and 10 a.m. Aug. 23 and Aug. 24. Port Clinton Square, 600 Central Ave., Highland Park. Free.
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3. Backlot Bash, 6 p.m. Friday
This annual downtown summer party includes live bands, food, beer, a carnival, classic film festival, auto show, a 5K run, Sunday pancake breakfast, bingo, children’s activities and more. Headliners for live music features Spin Doctors and Tributosaurus. The festival is held Aug. 22-24. Downtown Skokie, 5127 Oakton St., Skokie. Free.
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4. SFX Summerfest, 7 p.m. Saturday
Join friends and neighbors for a lively Wilmette neighborhood block party under the stars. Live music, food and drink are provided and tickets are available at the door. Entry includes dinner. Ages 21 and up only. St. Francis Xavier School, 808 Linden Ave., Wilmette. $40.
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5. Last Blast of Summer Block Party, 11 a.m. Saturday
Winnetka Community House is joining with many local organizations to finish summer with a block party for the community. Attendees may enjoy carnival games, a 24-foot climbing wall, inflatables, pony rides, a petting zoo, arts and crafts, dunk tank, Elliebee the Clown and food and drink booths. Other entertainment includes the Children’s Theatre of Winnetka, Jordan Xidas, Thalia Schusteff and Izzy Banna, Winnetka Youth Organization and Village Follies. Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka. Free.

6. Garden Chef Series, 1:30 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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7. Annual Rotary Pancake Breakfast, 8 a.m. Sunday
The Rotary Club of Skokie Valley holds its annual pancake breakfast, serving all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, orange juice and hot coffee. This year, the pancake breakfast is part of Skokie’s Backlot Bash celebration. All proceeds go to benefiting Rotary Charities. Parking is suggested on the west side of the Skokie Library. The Rotary Club of Skokie Valley represents the communities of Skokie, Niles, Morton Grove and Lincolnwood. Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St., Skokie. $6.
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8. Film Festival in the Woods, 6 p.m. Saturday
Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a collection of award-winning nature-inspired short films, including “Amazing Grace,” “Eel Water Rock Man,” “My Own Hands,” “One Plastic Beach” and “Premiere Automne.” Participate in the guided gallery tour of Avian Spirits, and enjoy a musical performance by the Music Institute of Chicago. Brushwood Center, 21850 Riverwoods Road, Deerfield. $10 suggested donation.

9. ‘Why Not Me?’ A Sammy Davis Jr. Story, 7 p.m. Saturday
A play about one of the greatest entertainers in American history and his life changing car crash that caused him to lose an eye. The performance includes signature tap dancing and singing. Performances at 7 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays though Aug. 24. Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. $10-$15.
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10. Annual Pawgust Fest, 11 a.m. Saturday
Labrador Education And Rescue Network (LEARN) hosts the 10th Annual Pawgust Fest. The event includes swimming in a pool and pond, lure coursing, demos, vendors and games for the dogs. New to this year is a swimsuit contest for dogs. Pawgust Fest, 25775 N. St. Marys Road, Libertyville. $12.

11. Corn Roast, 9 a.m. Saturday
The Farmers’ Market hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the corn roast starts at 9 a.m. The event is sponsored by The Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce and Sunset Foods. For more information, visit www.winnetkanorthfieldchamber.com. Northfield Farmers Market, 6 Happ Road, Northfield. Free.

12. The 30th Annual American Craft Exposition, 10 a.m. Friday,
Showcasing the country’s finest handmade jewelry and art objects from world-renowned craftspeople, this juried indoor exposition and sale of fine craft includes one-of-a-kind pieces, luxury collections and uniquely creative artwork. More than 160 juried artists from across the United States exhibit baskets, ceramics, fiber decorative, fiber wearable, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper and wood crafts. Funds raised at ACE 2014 will support pioneering research at NorthShore University HealthSystem that is already showing promising results in preventing ovarian cancer in at-risk women. Henry Crown Sports Pavilion, 2311 Campus Drive, Evanston. $13-$15 for three-day entry.

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