**Look for updates as we get closer to YEA! 2020!**

When is the YEA Festival?

  • Saturday, May 16th, 2020 from 10am-3pm in Raymond Park.

    • Raymond Park is located at the corner of Lake Street and Chicago Avenue in Evanston.

Do I have to pay to attend the YEA Festival?

  • The YEA Festival is OPEN AND FREE to the public- all are invited to participate and attend. Speak to your school art teacher for info on what and when your school is displaying/performing.

  • The YEA Festival is a volunteer run non-profit art festival- donations are never required upon entering the festival, but greatly appreciated when guests are able to support. Donations to the festival can be made online or at the info booths located at each corner of the park on the day of the festival.

My child has work in the YEA Festival- how do I find it?

  • Schools are mostly listed in alphabetical order and grouped by age- please see the YEA Festival map to locate your school.

My child is performing on a stage at YEA - where do I go and when?

  • Each school will have a different performance slot- please inquire with your home school teacher on your call time and performance expectations. 

 Where should I park?

  • You will be responsible for finding your own street parking. There will be plenty of neighborhood parking available at that time of day. Please note: no parking is allowed in the First Presbyterian Church parking lot. Violators will be towed.


What can I expect at the YEA Festival?

  • A diverse selection of food and beverages will be available for sale via food trucks and the ‘YEA Cafe’ throughout the day (see festival map).

  • Dozens of local organizations and businesses will be conducting hands on ‘make and take’ activities for FREE in the park that will appeal to all ages.

  • Two stages of music and performance running throughout the day.

  • Interesting, creative and imaginative art displays from D65 and private schools.

  • And much more (Keep coming back for more announcements!)

What happens if I have an emergency?

  • Lost children should be brought to one of the four corners of the part to an info booth. YEA staff will be at these booths and on radio and able to connect with the Evanston Police Department who will have a presence at YEA. If you have lost your child please go to one of these four info booths. 

  • Minor injuries (scrapes, non-threatening cuts etc.) can be treated by a Registered Nurse at the ‘Nurse’s Office’ tent located on the path closest to Lake and Hinman (see map).

  • For serious injuries please dial 911.

  • Evacuation- if inclement weather becomes threatening the YEA producers will call for a park evacuation. Those in the park will exit at one of the four corners and make way to shelter. There is a public parking garage at Sherman and Grove .

What if it rains?

  • The YEA Festival will relocate to the ETHS Fieldhouse in the case of bad weather.

  • Festival organizers will decide on Thursday evening before YEA if a rain plan will go in effect, and will notify participants by email on the Friday before YEA.