The City of Evanston will kick off a busy special events calendar this Saturday with Holi Fest and ring in the year with traditional lighting ceremonies as part of a 2022 special events calendar approved at the City Council meeting of Evanston on March 14.
DowntownEvanston.org and the Evanston Association of India host Holi partyan Indian festival that marks the beginning of “spring, renewal and love”.
The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 at Raymond Park, at the corner of Lake Street and Chicago Avenue.
Attendees of the celebration will throw colored powder in the air – and at the attendees themselves – and there will be dancing to Bollywood music, the bands’ app said.
Other new events added to the city’s special events calendar are:
- A Palm Sunday Procession scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on April 10, from the Lake Street Church, 607 Lake Street. The church plans that the procession, which will be led by a donkey and its handler, will take place in the streets surrounding Raymond Park.
- Curt’s Cafe 10th Anniversary Celebration, scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on May 1. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Curt’s plans to host a community picnic in the Ladd Arboretum outside of the Ecology Center, 2024, boul. McCormick. Community members who helped start Curt’s should share stories about the café, which provides job training and life skills to young adults at risk.
- Childcare Network of Evanston (CNE) plans to host a family walk by the lake 10 a.m. to noon on May 14. The group organizes the event to raise awareness of the importance of early childhood and to raise funds for the CNE, which offers a wide range of programs, such as Head Start/Early Head Start, which are designed for children from birth to 5 years and their families, teachers and caregivers.
- The Kitchen Table Stories Project and Melissa R. Molitor, a local artist, educator and activist, plan to organize the Umbrella Arts Festivall from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on May 14, place de la Fontaine. The festival is a celebration of the Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander (ASAPI) community in Evanston as part of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The event will include artist booths, food booths and music.
- Molitor and its Kids Create Change group are also planning a Floating Lantern Ceremony 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 30, Memorial Day, on the lakeside Arrington Lagoon. The event draws inspiration from the many different ASAPI cultures that use the lantern as a symbol of celebration and commemoration. Community members will be invited to float a pre-made paper lantern in the lagoon in memory of someone they have lost.
- Soccer’s ability to bring people of different backgrounds together will be celebrated at Evanston Unity Football Festival, from 1 to 6 p.m. July 9, on the grass courts outside the Robert Crown Community Center, 1801 Main St. Elliott Hurtig, a graduate of Evanston Township High School and English teacher at the Deerfield High School, launched the event in 2015 to celebrate the multicultural diversity that “makes Evanston residents proud of our town.” The motto of the festival is “Goals are not the goal” in games where the binding force of football is celebrated. If the Robert Crown fields are unavailable, the event will revert to Kamen Park, officials said.
- The Evanston North Shore Black Business Consortium will sponsor Market square and exhibition LeTour De Noir from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 16, in Dawes Park adjacent to the Arrington Lakeside Lagoon. The Expo is an annual event with food and music that offers local business owners the opportunity to mingle and buy each other’s products and services.
- The Evanston Environmental Association plans to host a free movie as well as food trucks at James Park, Oakton Street and Dodge Avenue, as part of its Wild and Scenic Film Festivalwhich will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on August 26.
City Council’s approval of the schedule included return events without change, according to the memo from Audrey Thompson, the city’s acting director of parks and recreation.
Return of park events unchanged: Starlight Concert Series, Starlight Movie Series, Race Against Hate 5K, Fourth of July Fireworks, Great Lake Plunge, North Shore Century Bike Ride, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, 1 Million Steps for OCD Walk, Flying Turkey 5K Run and Rotary International Staff Picnic.
Events not related to the lakeside park: Garden Fair, Bird Buzz, Backyard Botanicals, Starlight Concert Series, Starlight Movie Series, Thursday Night Live, Evanston Haitian Community Organization Picnic, Second Baptist Church Picnic, Jamaica Day Celebration, Out of SPACE Concerts, Fall Fest and Outdoor Market, Holiday Light Celebration .
Return of out-of-park events without change: Early Northwestern University; Race Against Hate; 4th of July Parade; Central Street Sidewalk Sale; Northshore Youth Triathlon; Starlight Concert/Food Truck Fest; Taste of Armenia Festival; Malankara Catholic Church Procession; Block Party Kits, Cats and Kids; Cycle the ridge; Evanston Art and Big Fork Fest; Cubmobile; Flying Turkey Run; Evanston Holiday Lighting; Evanston Made Creators Markets; vintage garage sale; June 19 Parade; and Concerts outside SPACE.