Upcoming and Annual Events

Upcoming Events

Takeout Picnic

Takeout Picnic

Please RSVP on Eventbrite. The event is free and your RSVP is not required, but it helps us with head count.

On June 20 from 5:30 - 8PM, Central Street Evanston is hosting the third annual summer evening Takeout Picnic - with a parking lot pop-up twist. Order take out from one of our many Central Street restaurants, pull up a seat at one of our community dining tables, and celebrate the Summer Solstice with La Tosca Italian Mambo Ensemble and family-friendly activities at 2100 Central Street and Stewart Avenue.

Where: 2100 Central St. and Stewart Ave. Parking Lot
When: June 20 | 5:30-8pm
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Evanston Made’s Annual All Members Group Show | Evanston Art Center

Evanston Made’s Annual All Members Group Show | Evanston Art Center

The Evanston Art Center (EAC) is excited to welcome the public to our upcoming exhibition, Evanston Made’s Annual All Members Group Show. The exhibition will be on display from June 1- 28, 2024, and will be free and open to the public.

The Evanston Art Center (EAC) is excited to welcome the public to Evanston Made’s Annual All Members Group Show. 
 
Evanston Made’s Annual All Members Group Show is a non-juried, open-call, exhibit of our members’ art created in the last calendar year. This exhibit and our arts organization are inclusive, welcome to artists of all levels, and rooted in our organization’s values to open doors and clear paths for artists. 

Where: Evanston Art Center | 1717 Central Street
When: June 1 - 28
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Wellness Wednesdays

Wellness Wednesdays

Central Street is home to so many great health and fitness businesses. June - August, we'll be teaming up with a variety of fitness and wellness studios to bring you "Wellness Wednesdays" a series of free classes! This series will run every week on Wednesdays at health and fitness businesses throughout Central Street. *We will not be hosting this event in Independence Park this year due to anticipated construction. 

Where: At health and fitness businesses throughout Central Street
When: June - August
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Live Music Nights at Beer On Central

Live Music Nights at Beer On Central

Live music at BoC is back! 🎶
Mark your calendars for June 1st & 15th for some good tunes and good beer. No charge. BYOF. 21+ encouraged. 
See you there! 😎

Where: Beer on Central | 1930 Central Street
When: Saturday | June 15 7-9pm
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Mustards Last Stand Anniversary Party! | 1613 Central Street

Mustards Last Stand Anniversary Party! | 1613 Central Street

Save the date. Mustards Last Stand is celebrating 55 years in business on June 30 from 10am to 3pm! Come for a cool free car show, great food, and family fun. Rain date July 7th.

Where: Mustards Last Stand | 1613 Central Street
When: June 30 | 10am - 3pm
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Independence Day Parade

Independence Day Parade

Celebrate Independence Day in Evanston. Since 1922, the 4th of July celebration has been bringing the community together to commemorate our nation's independence. The annual parade proceeding from the west end of Central Street to the east end beings at 2PM. Organized by the Evanston Fourth of July Association. 

Where: Central Street
When: July 4, 2:00 PM
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Material Matters Exhibition - Evanston Art Center | 1717 Central Street

Material Matters Exhibition - Evanston Art Center | 1717 Central Street

The Evanston Art Center (EAC) is excited to welcome the public to our upcoming exhibition, Material Matters: Uncommon Approaches to Mixed Media. The exhibition will be on display from July 6–28, 2024, and will be free and open to the public. In Material Matters: Uncommon Approaches to Mixed Media, artist Dean Habegger works with a wide variety of materials and processes, including painting, drawing, and mixed media collage and assemblage, often incorporating dried organic materials in his works. Along with creating new works on paper, canvas, and wood, Habegger also upcycles materials and reworks older, incomplete pieces. Material Matters: Uncommon Approaches to Mixed Media is an exhibition employing some or all of his processes. Through reflection, he establishes a visual vocabulary that demonstrates his personal symbolism and iconography, with repetitive use of imagery and conceptual motifs. 

Where: Evanston Art Center | 1717 Central Street
When: July 6 - 28
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Central Street Evanston Annual Sidewalk Sale

Central Street Evanston Annual Sidewalk Sale

Thursday, July 25 to Saturday, July 27, come out for the BIGGEST sales of the year at your favorite local merchants on Central Street! From the east end to the west end, shop outside tables and racks filled with fabulous discounts, grab local eats, and enjoy special activities and entertainment! 
*Insidewalk Sales continue on Sunday at participating businesses.

Where: Central Street Business District
When: July 25-27, Thursday through Saturday | Sunday Insidewalk Sales at participating businesses

Annual Events

Takeout Picnic | June 20

Takeout Picnic | June 20

On June 20 from 5:30 - 8PM, Central Street Evanston is hosting the third annual summer evening Takeout Picnic to support our great Central Street restaurants. Order take out from one of our restaurants, bring it to our event area and pull up a seat at one of our community dining tables. Celebrate the Summer Solstice with and family-friendly activities at 2100 Central Street and Stewart Avenue.
When: June 20 | 5:30-8pm

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Annual Sidewalk Sale | July 25-27

Annual Sidewalk Sale | July 25-27

Come to Central Street for the biggest sale of the year! *Some businesses may be hosting in-sidewalk sales on Sunday.
When: JULY 25-27 | Insidewalk sales on Sunday at participating businesses
Wellness Wednesdays | June - August

Wellness Wednesdays | June - August

Central Street is home to many great health and fitness businesses. June - August, we'll be teaming up with a variety of fitness and wellness studios to bring you "Wellness Wednesdays" a series of free summer classes! This series will run every week on Wednesdays at select Central Street locations. Note: Independence Park is getting a facelift, so classes will be held at select locations throughout Central Street.
When: June -August | Class times vary

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Central Street Trick Or Treat | October 19

Central Street Trick Or Treat | October 19

Family fun awaits! Celebrate Halloween on Central Street, Saturday, October 19. Trick-or-treat at participating Central Street businesses, enjoy Halloween-themed crafts, and more.
When: SATURDAY | OCTOBER 19
Central Street Annual Meeting | October 24

Central Street Annual Meeting | October 24

SAVE THE DATE for Central Street Evanston's Annual Meeting. This is an open meeting to Central Street merchants and the community, where we talk about highlights from 2024, thank our outgoing Board Members, welcome new Board Members, enjoy a sneak peek of what's to come, and share a glass of wine to toast a great year. More information to come!
When: THURSDAY | OCTOBER 24
Small Business Saturday | November 30

Small Business Saturday | November 30

Light the way to your holidays on Central Street! Shop small on Central Street November 30, and show your support in a big way. When you invest your dollars at a local business, you are also investing in your local community.
When: NOVEMBER 30
Late-er Night on Central | December 12

Late-er Night on Central | December 12

Shop and dine with us during Later-Night Central on December 12! Enjoy extended shopping hours and dining specials until 7pm.
When: THURSDAY | DECEMBER 12
Central Street Holiday Stroll and Tree Lighting | November 16

Central Street Holiday Stroll and Tree Lighting | November 16

Get into the holiday spirit early this year! Spend the day shopping and dining on Central Street Saturday, November 16! Enjoy shopping specials, holiday festivities, a tree lighting ceremony at 5pm, followed by delicious dining. *Note: The tree lighting ceremony is tentative based on the new Independence Park construction this year. More updates to come!
When: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16
Winter Sales & Promotions!

Winter Sales & Promotions!

Enjoy seasonal sales and promotions by participating Central Street businesses.
When: JANUARY

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EXPERIENCE CENTRAL STREET | APRIL 18-20

EXPERIENCE CENTRAL STREET | APRIL 18-20

In honor of spring and Earth Month, come explore Central Street...the best place on earth! Enjoy spring shopping and dining promotions, special experiences, and pre-Earth Day celebrations at participating businesses.
When: April 18-20

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Sweet On Central | Valentine's Day Specials and Promotions

Sweet On Central | Valentine's Day Specials and Promotions

Valentine's Day is right around the corner. From cards to gifts and all things sweet, we also have restaurants for date night on our beloved Central Street. Give a gift from the heart and support a local business! - Stay tuned to this page for sweet deals and promotions. -
When: FEBRUARY