Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Friday, June 1: Top Note Music

Movin’ and Groovin’ in the Morning

10:30-11:00 am, Ages 0-6 with an adult; Youth Program Room

Space is limited. Free day-of tickets will be available at the Youth Services Desk on a first-come, first-served basis.

Top Note Music:  Learn basic music concepts, interact with a variety of musical instruments, and enjoy a sing-a-long.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Sunday, June 10, 2:00-4:00 pm, Auditorium

Sunday Classical Concert:  ‘Trio Jayus’

Enjoy a concert of classical music with Trio Jayus featuring pianist Alice Zhang, violinist Tim Lee and cellist Adam Lee. These talented members of Midwest Young Artists were Honorable Mention in the 2018 National Discover Chamber Music Competition.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Monday, June 11, 2:00-3:30 pm, Auditorium

Old-Time Radio and the Great American Songbook

Join radio host Steve Darnall of “Those Were the Days” on WDCB for a presentation examining how radio helped develop the Great American Songbook. This show features some of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century, including Johnny Mercer, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and a rare 1934 performance from George Gershwin.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Summer Reading Club: Reading Takes you Anywhere

Summer Reading Kick-Off Party with Jeanie B! Concert

Monday, June 18, Library Lawn, 6-8 pm, All ages

Start Summer Reading Club with a concert by award-winning songwriter Jeanie B! Bring a picnic dinner beginning at 6:00 pm. There will be face painting and free ice cream on the lawn from 6:00-6:45 pm. The performance starts at 7:00 pm. In case of rain or extreme heat, meet in the Auditorium.

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Friday, June 22, 7:00-8:30 pm, Auditorium

Adult Summer Reading Club Kick-Off: Tom Sharpe of Mannheim Steamroller Concert

Kick off summer at the Library! Tom Sharpe blends his classical orchestral background with Middle Eastern, African and rock music. Proficient on an array of percussion and keyboard instruments, Tom moves between traditional instrumentation and electronics during his performance.

Stories Wrapped in String 

Saturday, June 23, 10-11 am

William Harris Lee & Co.
1138 Central Avenue, Wilmette

‘Stories Wrapped in String’ is presented by The Lucky Trikes the fourth Saturday morning each month all year from 10-11 am at William Harris Lee & Company’s shop in downtown Wilmette.

The Lucky Trikes are Deirdre Harrison as story teller and on uke, Kyle Price as composer and on percussion, plus a third special guest on viola, violin, cello or bass each month.  The musical story series features improvised and classical music accompanying award-winning stories and original songs.

Older strings students also make guest appearances.  Visitors can see the luthier shop and try instruments after each session.

Snacks!  Free and open to the public.

Sounds of Summer!

2018 Outdoor Entertainment Schedule

Wallace Bowl in Gillson Park, on the lakefront at Michigan & Washington

ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE.  Shows start at 8 p.m.

Friday, June 22: ABBA Salute
This community favorite returns to kick off the summer season.  Send an S.O.S.!  The dancing queens are back!

Saturday, June 23: Rosie & The Rivets

   2017’s most requested band returns!   High energy dance music from the 50’s & 60’s.

Friday, June 29: Spoken Four

      High energy pop, dance and party music!

Saturday, June 30: Johnny Russler & The Beach Bum Band

      Sweet island sounds and laid back tunes.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, July 12-28: ‘Footloose’
Presented by Wilmette Park District Center for the Arts

 Friday, Aug. 3:  Hoopla
Kicking off “Locals Weekend” with North Shore bands.

Saturday, Aug. 4: South Boulevard Band

      Continuing “Locals Weekend” with bands from the North Shore.

Sounds of Summer Thursday Night at Wallace Bowl in Gillson Park, on the lakefront at Michigan & Washington

Get an early start on the weekend.  These events start at 7:00 pm.

Thursday, June 21: Wilmette Rocks
Local teens perform at the Wallace Bowl.

Thursday, Aug. 2:  Wilmette Rocks

     Local teens perform at the Wallace Bowl.

Weather uncertain?
Call 847/920-7949 after 6 p.m. the day of the performance.

In case of inclement weather, shows are cancelled and there are no rain dates.

Performers are subject to change based on availability.

Wallace Bowl is designated “No Smoking” and “No Dogs” for all performances.

Seating:  Seating areas in the Wallace Bowl will not be reserved before 6 p.m. Items left earlier will be removed. Blankets are not permitted in the main seating grass area and may not be used to reserve space for chairs. Lawn chairs may be used only in the grass; wooden benches are provided on the stone terracing.

Lakefront Parking: Unrestricted parking in the Gillson Beach Parking lot begins at 6:30 pm for all Wallace Bowl events. Before 6:30 pm, you must display a 2018 Lakefront Parking decal ($25 resident, $150 non-resident) or purchase a Daily Parking Permit which is available Monday through Friday from 9 am to 8 pm for $12. Weekend parking permits are $15 for Wilmette residents and $20 for non-residents.

Sounds of Summer Children’s Concerts at the Mallinckrodt Park Gazebo

Concerts start at 12:30 pm and run for 60 minutes. Mallinckrodt Park is located at Elmwood Avenue and Ridge Road, Wilmette (1041 Ridge Road)

Wednesday, June 27: Wendy & DB
Interactive show with the dynamic duo!

Wednesday, July 18: Scribble Monster
High energy music, dancing and learning!

Wednesday, July 25: Super Stolie
A creative, musical celebration.

Wednesday, August 1: Little Miss Ann & Her Band
The area’s favorite “Kindie Rock” artists!

Wednesday, Aug. 8: Animal Farm
Music, sketches, and comedy for kids and grownups

Sounds of Summer Sunday Afternoon Concerts at the Mallinckrodt Park Gazebo

Concerts start at 4 pm and run for 90 minutes. Mallinckrodt Park is located at Elmwood Avenue and Ridge Road, Wilmette  (1041 Ridge Road)

Sunday, June 24: The Corner Boys
Acoustic covers in 3-part harmony.

Sunday, July 15: Shamrock Ragsters
Dixieland, Bluegrass, Irish and Celtic tunes.

Sunday, July 29:  The Guthrie Brothers
Covering Everly Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel and more.

Sunday, Aug. 5: Sam Fazio

      Jazz standards and pop classics.

Weather uncertain?
Call 847/920-7949 after 6 p.m. the day of the performance.

In case of inclement weather, shows are cancelled and there are no rain dates.

Performers are subject to change based on availability.

Wilmette Park District

Plaza del Lago Annual Summer Music Series

1515 N. Sheridan Road, Wilmette

Celebrate summer at Plaza del Lago, featuring free Thursday Night concerts.

June 28 – July 26, 6:00-8:00 pm

June 28: Shout Out – Playing today’s greatest hits – dance, dance, dance

July 5: Hillbilly Rockstarz – Covering the latest hits in country music

July 12Kaleidoscope Eyes – Beatles Tribute Band – Rock Nostalgia

July 19:  Pirates Over 40 – Tropical favorites – beach, buffet and beyond

July 26:  Four C Notes – Recreating the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

** In the event of inclement weather, check the website for concert status.**

Music on the Green

Village Hall Front Lawn, 1200 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Third Tuesday of the month — June 19, July 17 and August 21, 7 pm

The Music on the Green summer concert series, presented by the Village of Wilmette, starts Tuesday, June 19th. There will be three concerts on the 3rd Tuesday of the month on the front lawn of Village Hall.  Have dinner at your favorite Village Center restaurant, grab a bottle of wine and a picnic blanket, and enjoy a night of music.

June 19:  Final Say – A high-energy band playing music of the 60-s through today’s rock, pop and Top 40

July 17:   Swingabilly Slim and the Slim-Tones – An unexpected blend of swing and rockabilly music with an original twist

August 21:  Chris Karabas and Band – exploring country music in poetic fashion


Wilmette Community Band (now in its 37th season)

Dr. David Fodor, conductor

Summer Concerts:

Wednesday, 4th of July – Parades in Niles (9 am), Skokie (12 noon) & Evanston (2 pm)

Thursday, July 12 @ 7 pm: Trinity United Methodist Church Ice Cream Social

                                            1024 Lake Avenue, Wilmette

Monday, August 6 @ 4 pm: Grosse Point Lighthouse Concert, 2601 Sheridan Rd, Evanston