The Weekend Ahead: Happenings on campus, in Evanston June 17-19


Illustration by Olivia Abeyta

See what’s happening on campus and in Evanston this weekend.

Nicole Markus, Summer Editor in Chief

The Weekend Ahead is back. Over the summer, we’ll highlight events on campus and in Evanston to help you craft the perfect weekend plans.

On campus:


Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts 

Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 2:00 p.m. 

$6 in advance for full-time NU students, see the website for other pricing 

Directed by Tucker DeGregory, “FORTITUDE or/AND GENTLENESS” is a play about a rehearsal for another play. It has some song and dance, includes references to Jane Austen and revolves around themes of “both-and” rather than “either-or.” 

Friday Nights at the Dearborn Observatory 

Dearborn Observatory 

Friday 9-11 p.m. 


Dearborn Observatory is open to the public every Friday night from April to September. Reservations are required for the first hour, but walk-ins are accepted during the second hour. To make a reservation, click here


Around town:

Juneteenth Parade and Celebration

Parade: from Robert Crown Community Center to Ingraham Park; Celebration: Ingraham Park 

Saturday 10:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.


To celebrate Juneteenth, the national holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved individuals, the city is hosting a parade and celebration. The parade will feature performances by the South Shore Drill Team and the Jesse White Tumblers, and includes floats, marching bands, cars and walking groups. The celebration, which follows the parade, will have music, food and art. 

Winnetka Music Festival 

510 Green Bay Rd 

Friday 5:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.; Saturday 11:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m. 

Friday general admission $45, Saturday general admission $60 

For its seventh year, the Winnetka Music Festival will take place over Father’s Day weekend. The two days of live music feature over 30 performances across four stages. Headliners include The Wallflowers, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Dip, and Neal Francis, among others. 

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