48th Annual Custer Fair Festival of the Arts

Dates: Father’s Day Weekend: June 20-21, 2020Custer Fair Festival of the Arts
Location: Chicago Avenue and Main Street, Evanston, Illinois
Hours: 10AM-9PM both days
Attendance: 100,000
Demographics: Primary: A25-54, upscale, educated white collar families
Beneficiary: Evanston Festival Theatre
Admission: Free
Theme: Celebration of visual and performing arts


Evanston’s largest, and one of its oldest outdoor events, is celebrating its 48th anniversary in 2019.  This unique, eclectic art festival takes place on the weekend of the Summer Solstice, the longest days of the year- and has become one of the harbingers of summer to Evanstonians.  It’s ranked as one of the region’s top art festivals, but as any visitor or local will tell you – it is so much more than the average art festival.

Known as the Custer Fair by locals, the event is art-centered, featuring more than 300 high quality arts and crafts booths offering a diverse mix of ceramics, paintings, pottery, photographs, jewelry, graphic arts, wearable art, home crafts, antiques, and collectibles. Each of the arts and crafts vendors are selected by a panel of experts. More than 130 commercial booths are added to this mix, and approximately 30 food booths offer a wide variety of international cuisine.

Unique is the operative word when describing the Custer Fair. Over its 48 years, the event has developed many colorful, unique traditions that set it way, way apart from other large events.  For starters- where else can you experience a variety of high -end theater both indoors and outdoors in the middle of a huge street festival, for free, for two straight days?

On opposite sides of the event site three entertainment stages are in full operation. The Festival Stage features continuous live music in a variety of formats- jazz, rock, classic rock, folk and fusion. The Show Stage offers a more intimate experience with a lineup that includes the thrilling music of an authentic Drum Circle, and performances by musical greats such as Corky Siegel, Zak Brach, Chris Greene and more.

All of this unique festival fare makes the Custer Fair a destination not only for Chicagoans, but for families throughout Northern Illinois.

Events & Venues

Please click on the month for the events list.
Download a .pdf of the entire Event Calendar

January Events

There are no events listed for this month.

February Events

Randolph Street Market

March Events

St Paddys Day Run

May Events

American Brain Tumor Walk
The Lucky 13
Do Division
Southwest Half Marathon
San Diego Taco Fest
Randolph Street Market
Taste of Mexico
Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival
Sheffield Music Festival
Lincoln Park Greek Fest

November Events

Polish Independence 10K Run/Walk
Randolph Street Market

Year Round Opportunities

Norine Smyth

Sponsor Chicago Logo

Sponsorship Opportunity

Attendance: 100,000

The Custer Fair Sponsorship Benefits Menu offers sponsors a variety of ways to impact this large audience of North Shore families and university members at this iconic event.

The Sponsor Benefits Menu includes but is not limited to:
• Naming Rights
• Media inclusion on ads and collateral
• Links, logos and landing page on event website
• PR
• Signage
• Stage Signage
• Exclusive on-site sales
• On-site activation with varying footprint sizes ranging from 80’X100′ to 10’X10′
• Customized promotions