Summer isn’t over yet. Take advantage of the last days of the season with a camping trip and more with our picks of the top 12 things to do around Evanston this weekend. For more happening in the suburbs, visit Pioneer Local’s event calendar.
1. Pet-A-Palooza, noon Sunday
The annual Pet-A-Palooza returns for Grandparent’s Day. The event includes a pet parade, competitions for the animals, pet-product vendors, raffles, crafts for kids, massages for dogs, dog obedience demonstrations, food and a petting zoo. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl gives opening remarks at 1:15 p.m., followed by a blessing of the animals by Chaplain Janet Aldridge and the kick-off of the pet parade. Dogs and kittens will be available for adoption by the animal rescue groups Orphans of the Storm and As Good As Gold. Pets must be on a leash, have a current rabies immunization and be in good health. Call 847-570-3439 for more information. Westminster Place, 3200 Grant St., Evanston. Free.
2. Backyard Campout, 5 p.m. Friday
Families are invited to camp out at the Wildwood Nature Center. There is a campfire, dinner and s’mores are served on Friday night and breakfast is served Saturday morning. Campers can borrow fishing poles and a movie is screened. Participants are required to bring their own tents and bedding. Register online at www.prparks.org. Wildwood Nature Center, 529 Forestview Ave., Park Ridge. Ages 2-10: $10 residents, $18 nonresidents; ages 11 and up: $14 residents, $24 nonresidents.
3. Diane Birch, 7:30 p.m. Sunday
Birch is known for her biographical album “Speak A Little Louder”, which rejoices in triumphant melodies and emotional honesty. Her single “Bible Belt” debuted in the Billboard Top 100 and prompted praise from The New York Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and more. Evanston SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. $15-$27.
4. Greek Fest, 1 p.m. Saturday
The indoor festival runs 1-10 p.m. both Sept. 7 and 8. Attractions include Greek food, homemade pastries, loukoumades and hot dogs for kids. Free parking is available in the two lots along Wagner Road. Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 1401 Wagner Road, Glenview. Free.
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 and 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. Free.
7. Local Evanston Arts and Craft Show, 2 p.m. Saturday
The Arts and Craft Show showcases handmade crafts such as paintings, jewelry, wreaths, pillows, hair accessories, coasters, perfume, clothes, bottle lamps, knitwear, scrapbooks, journals and more. Donate school supplies and be entered into a raffle to win prizes from the vendors. The show is presented by ChinaDol Solutions and Lucky #20. Creative Coworking, 922 Davis St., Evanston. Free.
8. Streets Alive, 1 p.m. Sunday
The mile-long event connects four of Evanston’s nine wards and two key parks to the Main Street business district and transit node. The street hosts activities, including art-making, music, skating, bicycling, walking and yoga. Robert Crown Community Center, 1701 Main St., Evanston. Free.
9. Touch-A-Truck at Lincolnwood Town Center, 11 a.m. Saturday
Kids can hop into the driver’s seat of a fire truck, police car, school bus, mail truck and other big rigs. Children and parents are encouraged to explore and learn how these big rigs play a part in keeping their community running smoothly. Lincolnwood Town Center Mall, 3333 W. Touhy Ave., Lincolnwood. Free.
10. Farewell to Summer Family Luau, 4 p.m. Friday
Families can head down to the beach to celebrate the end of summer with swimming, food live music, luau dances and a fire show. Tower Road Park, 899 Sheridan Road, Winnetka. $5-$20.
11. Kid’s Pot and Plant Event, 11 a.m. Sunday
In the spirit of the Whole Kids Foundation, the Deerfield Whole Foods hosts a “Kid’s Pot and Plant” event. Participants receive a planting pot to decorate, then plant a seed in it. Proceeds go to the Whole Kids Foundation. All materials are included in the cost. All ages are welcome. Whole Foods, 760 Waukegan Road, Deerfield. $8 per pot.
12. ‘Groovin’ on the Greens’ Fundraiser, 7 p.m. Friday
Enjoy locally-sourced food and refreshments with friends and neighbors to benefit the continued improvement of the course and expanded opportunities for youth golf at Canal Shores. Tickets include food, drink and music. Visit www.canalshores.org to purchase tickets. Canal Shores Golf Course, 1030 Central St., Evanston. $75.
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