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Evanston Art & Big Fork Fest, August 17-19

Evanston Art & Big Fork Fest, August 17-19

Come out August 17-19 for Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival!  In addition to the incredible artwork, the festival features live music, local food, beer, wine and fun art projects for kids all weekend long. Situated on the downtown streets of Evanston amongst a great variety of specialty shops and restaurants, the festival compliments a day of shopping, eating, and browsing for all. Event is free! 

Please note that the following streets will be closed starting Friday, August 17 at 5am through Sunday, August 19 at 9pm. Church between Benson & Orrington and Sherman between Davis & Clark.

Where: Sherman Ave. between Davis & Church; Church between Benson & Orrington
When: August 17-19
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Ayla's Originals Kids Camp Offered Every Day in August

Ayla's Originals Kids Camp Offered Every Day in August

Kids love to be creative. Send yours (age 8+) to Ayla’s Originals this August for beading camp. Every Monday through Friday from 10am to 12pm. Cost is $45/day including materials and instruction. Sign up for one day or for every day!

Call 847.328.4040 to reserve your kids’ spots!


Where: Ayla's Originals | 1511 Sherman Ave.
When: August, Mon-Fri, 10am-12pm
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New Lunchtime Yoga Class at Grateful Yoga

New Lunchtime Yoga Class at Grateful Yoga

Every Tuesday (12-1pm), take a lunch break that really makes a difference in your day.  This all-levels yoga class taught by Diane Gordon focuses on spinal decompression, neck and shoulder opening, and hip and leg mobilizing to counter the effects of sitting. You won't sweat, so don't worry if you have to go back to work. Appropriate for beginner and intermediate level students. 


Where: Grateful Yoga, 1108 Davis St.
When: Tuesdays, 12-1pm
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Frances Willard House Now Offers Tours on Thursdays, 1-4pm

Frances Willard House Now Offers Tours on Thursdays, 1-4pm


Starting on July 5th, the Frances Willard House is open for weekday tours on Thursdays from 1-4 p.m., in addition to our regular Sunday tours. A chance to get out of the house this summer with the kids (don't forget about our scavenger hunt), something different to do with your out of town guests, or something to spice up a Thursday lunch break!

Tours are at 1pm,  2pm and 3pm). Cost is $10 for adults, $ for students and children under 6 are free.

Where: Frances E. Willard House
When: Thursdays in July & August
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Barnyard BBQ at The Barn on August 19

Barnyard BBQ at The Barn on August 19

It's Feeding Time at The Barn Steakhouse!  Fun for the whole family The Barn Steakhouse invites you to a special event benefiting Northlight Theatre.  

The evening will feature live Dixieland music, BBQ Ribs & Chicken and all the fixins plus our good friends from Evanston's own Temperance Brewing will be on hand to pour a selection of their suds (for the grown ups!)




Where: The Barn, 1016 Church St. (Rear, alley entrance)
When: August 19, 3-7pm
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Bottle & Bottega Hosts Outdoor Painting Party at Fountain Square

Bottle & Bottega Hosts Outdoor Painting Party at Fountain Square

It's always HAPPY HOUR at Bottle & Bottega! It's time to unwind and uncork your inner artist at an Outdoor Painting Party at the new Fountain Square in beautiful Downtown Evanston! NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.

Before you catch some tunes at the final Thursday Night Live concert at Fountain Square, join us for a happy hour painting party! You will be supplied with everything needed to create your own masterpiece on an 11x14 take-home stretch canvas - artist instruction, all painting supplies & apron. Follow our instructor as they replicate this image or choose to paint something else. The choice is always yours! 

Meet and Greet begins at 5:00 p.m.
Painting Instruction from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

More info and tickets below! 

Where: Fountain Square, intersection of Davis St. and Sherman Ave.
When: Thursday, August 23, 5-7pm
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Industrious Hosts "Marketing Essentials for Small Business" Workshop on Aug. 23

Industrious Hosts "Marketing Essentials for Small Business" Workshop on Aug. 23

Come at 5pm to enjoy heavy appetizers provided by Green Spoon Kitchen and drinks provided by Industrious Evanston

The presentation will begin at 6pm. DM Marketing Group will present "Marketing Essentials for Small Businesses: Strategy Vs Tactics" 

At 7pm there will be open networking so bring your business cards and connect with other business professionals from the Chicagoland area

Where: Industrious Evanston, 909 Davis St., Ste. 909
When: Thursday, August 23, 5-7pm
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France Willard House Hosts Kid-Friendly Tour on August 23

France Willard House Hosts Kid-Friendly Tour on August 23

Looking for something to beat the end of summer blues and get the kids out of the house? Come to the Frances Willard House Museum on Thursday, August 23rd for special, kids-focused event. Enjoy a 30 minute tour that will include stories and props aimed to engage with the whole family.  Afterwards guests will be invited to participate in a craft activity.

Tours will take place at 1:00, 2:00, & 3:00 p.m. and tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for children aged 6-12, and free for children under 6 or for FWHM members.  

RSVPs are suggested for space considerations, and can be emailed to info@franceswillard.orgor by calling 847-328-7500.

For more information, visit: www.franceswillardhouse.org

Where: Frances E. Willard House | 1730 Chicago Ave.
When: Thursday, August 23, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm
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One River School Hosts Fall Open House on August 25

One River School Hosts Fall Open House on August 25

Join us for a fun and free Open House - Art Rocks! We have sample classes in art and design for kids, teens and adults.

Open House Schedule

12:15-1:00PM - Kids Art Shuffle (K-2)

1:15-2:00PM - Kids Art Shuffle (3rd-5th)

1:45-2:30PM -  Kids Digital Art Shuffle (3rd-5th)

2:15-3:00PM - Teen Focus on Manga

2:45 - 3:30PM - Teen Digital Art Shuffle

3:15 - 4:00PM - Kids Focus on Cartooning

3:45 - 4:30PM - Teen Photo shuffle

4:15 - 5:00PM - Teen Art Shuffle

4:45 - 5:30PM - Adult Photo Shuffle

Free and Open to the Public
Space is limited! RSVP at link!

Where: One River School | 1033 Davis Street
When: August 25, 2018 | 12:00-5:30 PM
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CycleBar Hosts Class to Raise Monday for Action for Healthy Kids on August 25

CycleBar Hosts Class to Raise Monday for Action for Healthy Kids on August 25

Take a class at CycleBar Evanston to raise money for Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK). AFHK is a nonprofit that fights childhood obesity, undernourishment and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places so kids can live healthier lives. AFHK works with over 45,000 schools across the nation—probably some in your own community—and is a trusted expert in the health field. By supporting AFHK, you’re giving kids the keys to health and academic success in the classroom, in the cafeteria, and on the playground, by making it possible for them to eat nutritiously and play actively every day.
 
100% of the money raised from this event goes directly to AFHK!

Where: CycleBar Evanston | 1702 Maple Ave.
When: Saturday, August 25, 1-2pm
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Evanston Rocks Local Band Night Every Wednesday

Evanston Rocks Local Band Night Every Wednesday

Calling all local bands! Sign up to play a show at Evanston Rocks every Wednesday night! All genres welcome. Submit an email to stephanie@oshows.com. 


Where: Evanston Rocks | 1012 Church St.
When: Every Wednesday
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Kits, Cats & Kids Block Party on September 13

Kits, Cats & Kids Block Party on September 13

Celebrate the new school year at the annual 'Kits, Cats & Kids Block Party on Thursday, September 13 at the new Fountain Square! From 4:45pm to 7:30pm there will be games, arts and crafts and more filling the street, a performance by the ETHS and NU Marching Bands, pep rally style speeches and DJ music to get everyone dancing! 

Come hungry and grab a bite to go from one of the nearby restaurants - Boltwood Restaurant, Freshii, Edzo's Burger Shop, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Aloha Poke, Trattoria Demi, Koi, Next of Kin or World of Beer or check out the food trucks stationed on Sherman Avenue in front of Rotary International and Beacon Academy. Krave will be serving 200 free hot dogs thanks to sponsorship from First Bank & Trust. 

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Where: Fountain Square Plaza, intersection of Davis and Sherman
When: Thrusday, September 13, 4:45-7:30pm
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Evanston Games & Cafe September Special Events

Evanston Games & Cafe September Special Events


Ticket to Ride Organized Play event on September 12 at 6 PM
Each player will get a quick brief on how to play, and then the tournament will start at 7 PM. Entry to the tournament is $5. Each participant will receive exclusive train set, and the first place winner will receive a custom-made deluxe train set.

Magic: The Gathering Open House on September 22
Stop by the next Magic Open House on September 22 from 11:30 AM to 5:30 to learn to play Magic: The Gathering in about 30 minutes. This is a great intro event for new Magic players. Come on in, learn to play, and take home a free welcome deck and exclusive promo card! And don’t worry—experienced players are more than welcome to come teach newer players the ropes.



Where: Evanston Games & Cafe | 1610 Maple Ave.
When: September 12 & 22
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