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Bike the Ridge on Sunday!

Bike the Ridge

Pedal up and down Ridge Avenue, from Howard to Church Streets, as part of the annual Bike the Ridge event on Sun., Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy live music from the Evanston School of Rock, a variety of food trucks, bike registration and repairs, and free bike helmets while supplies last. 

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Enjoy the Downtown Evanston Oktoberfest


Join Downtown Evanston for the 5th annual Evanston Oktoberfest on Sun., Sept. 29, from noon to 6 p.m., at University Place and Oak Avenue. Come out with friends and family to enjoy an afternoon of beer tasting, delicious local food, live music and traditional Oktoberfest fun! 

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September is National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month encourages individuals and families to plan and prepare for emergencies and disasters before they occur. This year's theme is "Prepared, Not Scared." One way to be prepared is by signing up for emergency notification text, email or phone alerts through the EvanstonAlerts system! 

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Follow the FY2020-21 Budget Process


The City is preparing a proposed two-year budget for FY2020-21 in order to aid long-term planning. The budget will be presented to City Council in early October. View the City of Evanston Budget Overview for more information about the process. 

Remaining Budget Development Timeline:

  • Friday, October 4: Proposed Budget available on City website
  • Saturday, October 26: Budget Public Hearing at City Council Meeting
  • October and November: Budget discussions at City Council Meetings
  • December 31: Deadline for Budget Adoption
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Starlight Movie Series Presents "Hocus Pocus"

Hocus Pocus

The Sanderson sisters are back and they are ready to "Put a Spell on You." Head to Cartwright Park on Sat., Oct. 5 for a special showing of Hocus Pocus. Family-fun activities will begin at 6 p.m., with the movie starting at dusk.

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Jamming Jean Concert Series: South Boulevard Band 9/27

Jamming Jean

Enjoy a concert from the South Boulevard Band on Fri., Sept. 27, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., as a part of the Jamming Jean Concert Series at the Levy Center. This concert is free and open to the public. 


Pop América Pop In Opening at Block Museum of Art 9/28

Pop America

Join The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University for an open house on Sat., Sept. 28, from noon to 4 p.m., to celebrate the opening of Pop América, 1965–1975, an exhibition that brings together artists from North and South America to reframe our understanding of Pop Art.


Ward Meetings

7th Ward Meeting, 9/26

Ald. Revelle

Ald. Eleanor Revelle will host a 7th Ward meeting on Thurs., Sept. 26, 7 p.m., at the Evanston Ecology Center.

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Zombie Volunteers Needed for the Annual Zombie Scramble!

Zombie Scramble

Volunteer to be a part of this year's Zombie Scramble! Dress up in zombie attire and attempt to grab participants' flags as they make their way through the course. The Zombie Scramble will take place on Sat., Nov. 2.

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LiteHouse Whole Food Grill Grand Opening 9/30

Lighthouse Grill

Celebrate the grand opening of LiteHouse Whole Food Grill at the Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church St., on Mon., Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. A ribbon cutting will take place at 4 p.m.

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6th Annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes 9/28


Northwest CASA will host their Annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event on Sat., Sept. 28, at the Arrington Lakefront Lagoon Shelter. Put on those heels, raise awareness, and support the millions of women who are subjected to sexual violence every year. 

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City Meetings

Hispanic Heritage Month Meeting, 10/3

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the City of Evanston and Evanston Latino leaders invite the Latinx community to meet Mayor Hagerty,  and other public officials and learn more about serving on a City Board or Commission on Thurs., Oct. 3, at 6:30 p.m., at the Morton Civic Center.

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