Highwood Days & North Shore Taco Fest

Highwood Days July 18-21, 2019 (Thursday through Sunday)

North Shore Taco Fest July 20-21 (Saturday - Sunday)

Highwood Days Taco Fest Tent-2018

**Rain or shine! Enjoy the live music, cocktails and tacos under our tent!**

This year marks the 51st anniversary of Highwood’s oldest festival. Complete with carnival rides, funnel cakes, live music and tons of food from local vendors – this is the most traditional festival and will not disappoint! To add to the excitement, in 2016 Celebrate Highwood added a beer and margarita garden and the annual North Shore Taco Fest where we will bring together the region’s best taco-centric restaurants, caterers and food trucks to offer a wide range of mouth-watering taco creations. New this year, we are adding red and white sangria to our bar. So come on out, grab an ice cold cocktail, enjoy the live music and the best festival food offerings on the North Shore!

Location: Highwood Metra Station | 317 Green Bay Rd. Highwood, Illinois 60040

Free Admission
Rain or Shine Event
Food Vendors, Food Trucks & Full Bar
No Smoking or Vaping
Parking Information

Vote for your favorite taco!

Sponsored by
Highland Park Bank Highwood Bank

During Taco Fest, more than 20 vendors will be sharing their unique take on the ever-popular taco while competing to be the best in town. Attendees can choose from a variety of tacos from the traditional carne asada to the more unique braised short rib and brussel sprout taco or healthy mahi mahi or sweet potato taco, and cast their vote in the ‘People’s Choice Award’ in three categories: Best Authentic Taco, Best Unique Taco, and Best “Healthy" Taco. The winner in each category will receive a trophy and bragging rights. The winners will be announced at the stage on Sunday, July 21 at 6 pm. Come on out, eat tacos, enjoy a cocktail, listen to some great music and don’t forget to cast your vote! Thank you to our ballot sponsor Highland Park Bank & Trust and Bank of Highwood-Fort Sheridan.

North Shore Taco Run

North Shore Taco Run 5K
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What's Happening at Highwood Days & Taco Fest

Carnival Schedule
Band Schedule
North Shore Taco Run 5K
Previous Winners

Highwood Days & Taco Fest Schedule

Thursday, July 184pm -10pm
Friday, July 194pm - 11pm
Saturday, July 20 - North Shore Taco Run 5K9am
Saturday, July 20 - *North Shore Taco Fest11am - 11pm
Sunday, July 21 - *North Shore Taco Fest11am - 9pm
Sunday, July 21 - Taco Contest Winners Announced6pm

Windy City Carnival Schedule

*Tickets required for rides, prices vary

Thursday, July 184pm - 10pmUnlimited Rides Special 5pm - 9pm
Friday, July 194pm - 11pm-
Saturday, July 201pm - 11pmUnlimited Rides Special 1pm - 5pm
Sunday, July 211pm - 9pmUnlimited Rides Special 1pm - 5pm

Band Schedule

Thursday, July 186:30pm - 8:00pmThe Mighty Grouper (A Pan Seared and Satisfying Combination of Classic Rock, Blues and Soul)
8:30pm - 10pmCatfight (Chicks that Rock! Covering Pop and Rock Hits from the 80’s to Todays Top 40)
Friday, July 196:30pm - 8:30pmSuede Diamond (Neil Diamond Tribute Band)
9:00pm - 11pmDeja Vu (One of the Nation's Most Popular Cover Bands)
Saturday, July 203:30pm - 5pmLos Perros Cubanos (Features the Music of Cuba's Golden Age of the 1940's and 1950's)
5:30pm - 7pmJon Allegretto Collective (Performing a Wide Range of Music from Ballads to Gritty Rock 'N' Roll and Soulful Blues)
7:30pm - 9pmRollover (Local Favorites Specializing in Blues and Classic Guitar-Driven Rock)
9:30pm - 11pmRico! (Modern Day Santana Tribute and Crowd Pleasing Covers)
Sunday, July 213:30pm - 5pmForte Band (Specializing in Crowd Pleasing Favorites in a Variety of Genres)
5:30pm - 7pmJoe Rendon & Friends (Latin Jazz Group that Transcends Many Styles of Music)
7:30pm - 9pmManny Torres with LeftJones (American Idol Finalist Backed by a Collective Fusing Jazz, Hip-Hop, Rap, and Soul)

Highwood Days and Taco Fest Vendors

Vendors marked *  will be here for Taco Fest only on Saturday and Sunday
Vendors marked ** are Previous Winners

Angel's CateringBurgers, jumbo hot dogs, Polish sausage, bratwurst, Italian sausage, Cuban sandwiches
El CampeónPiña Colada and Mango Colada Acapulco Style (non-alcoholic)
La Casa de IsaacTacos, quesadillas, tamales, chips & salsa, guacomole and more!
Culinary Gangster Food TruckBurgers, fries, gyros, meatballs, popcorn cauliflower, tater tots and more!
Depidy Dawg Prepackaged ice cream in different brands & varieties; bottled water
*Elsie Mae's Canning & Pies
Dessert pie tacos, cookie ice cream tacos, jams, Bloody Mary mix, lemonade concentrate, ready-to-drink lemonades.
Fine Harvest Concessionaires LLCTacos, burritos and assorted fruit juices
Kona IceHawaiian-style shaved ice with self-serve flavor dispensor
Longitud315South American pulled pork, milanesa, cubana and ham & oxaca cheese tortas, a variety of traditional tacos and huaraches
Magic Circle CrepesSweet & savory crepes, soda, bottled water
Mean WienerHot dogs, burgers, tacos, fried shrimp, french fries, churros, buffalo wings; bottled water
The Otherdoor
Duck and hominy tacos; beef barbacoa tacos; roasted corn equite
La Plancha Loca
A variety of tacos: steak, chicken, al pastor, beef, tongue, chorizo, shrimp & fish.
Popcorn Jester, Juice JesterKettlecorn and cheese popcorn; freshly squeezed lemonade shake-ups with raspberry, strawberry, lime or cranberry flavors with cane sugar or truvia
Psychic Chakra StudioPalm and tarot card readings
Quang NoodleChicken teriyaki, egg rolls, lo mein, chicken fried rice, corn dog w/ fries
Ravinia Brewing CompanyTaco plate w/ choice of carnitas, barbacoa, chicken tinga or veggie; individual tacos w/ choice of carnitas, barbacoa, chicken tinga or veggie; chips and guacamole
Salt Creek TacosSmoked pork shoulder tacos; fresno chile, lime and carne con queso with house-made chips
Señor CornCorn on the cob roasted with toppings; packets of Cheetos & Takis; flavored water & soda
*Taco VidaA selection of tacos: tinga de pollo, pork al pastor, carne asada, shrimp; guacomole; churros
Taquizas El PoblanitoTacos: beef, pork, chicken, chorizo, fish; quesadillas w/ your preferred option; enchiladas: green or mole; cemitas: beef breaded w/ quesillo, avacodo, onion, chipotle peppers; water, sodas, Jarritos
*Three Legged TacosTacos: tofu, tuna, pork, chicken, brisket; Salads: frisee, simple greens; Sides: goat tamal; elotes; chips & salsa