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Monthly List of Featured Events

Northwestern University is a vibrant place with numerous ways for everyone in the community to learn and participate, often free of charge. Every month, Neighborhood and Community Relations provides a catalogue of on-campus events and opportunities open to the public. These include special performances from world-renowned musicians, family-friendly events for children, Big 10 athletics, and lectures in the humanities and sciences.

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Highlighted July Events

Community Picnic and Ryan Field Movie Night
Sat, 8/3, 3:30 PM, free, Ryan Field, 1501 Central St, Evanston
Join us for our fourth annual community picnic with free food and movie screening for the whole family! Please RSVP using this form.

Summer Fun Art Fridays
Begins Fri, 6/28, 1:00-5:00 PM, free, Norris University Center, ARTica Studio (Underground floor), 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston
Every Friday this summer, visit ARTica Studio in Norris Center from 1-5pm for some fun, open studio activities! Everything is free and supplies are limited, so come early and flex your creativity. Participants must be 9 years of age or older.

Lunch on the Lake 2019
Begins Wed, 7/10, 12:00 PM, free, Norris University Center, East Lawn, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston
Join us for noontime concerts with $12 lunch menus available for purchase featuring summer cuisine favorites and lake breezes every Wednesday through July 31.

Norris Summer Cinema 2019
Begins Wed, 7/10, 8:00 PM, free, Norris University Center, East Lawn, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston
Northwestern's family-friendly summer cinema begins on 7/10. Screenings include Captain Marvel, Shrek 2, Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse, and Little. Each film will be screened at dusk (around 8:00 p.m.), featuring free fresh popcorn, a bubble station and a special offer for that week. 

Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture and Exchange across Medieval Sahara Africa
Now to Sun, 7/21, free, Block Museum of Art, Mary and Leigh, 
40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

Caravans of Gold presents more than 250 artworks and fragments spanning types, styles, and religious practices, representing over five centuries and a vast geographic expanse. The works, both European and African, weave a story of the global networks and multi-directional trade at play in the medieval world. The exhibition is notable for an unprecedented number of loans from the national collections of Africa, including many works never before seen in the United States.

Hans Christian Anderson
Fri, 7/19 to Sun, 7/28, performance times varies, $12-$20, Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts, Ethel M. Barber Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, 1949 Campus Drive, Evanston
Directed by Rives Collins and based on the life and imagination of Hans Christian Andersen, this brand new musical, which features a score by legendary Broadway composer Frank Loesser and an original libretto by Timothy Allen McDonald, follows the inspiring coming of age journey of a young penniless storyteller who would ultimately become one of the most celebrated writers of all time. Just as his stories have inspired countless generations, young and old alike, this enchanting summer production is recommended for all ages. 

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