Highwood Days & North Shore Taco Fest

Highwood Days July 19-22, 2018 (Thursday through Sunday)

North Shore Taco Fest July 21-22 (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 50th 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.

Highland-Park-Bank Taco Fest


Vote for your favorite taco!

During Taco Fest, more than 20 taco vendors will be sharing their unique take on the ever-popular taco while competing for the best taco 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 22 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.

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

Free Admission
Rain or Shine Event
Food Vendors, Food Trucks & Full Bar
Parking Information

Volunteers Needed!
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North Shore Taco Run

North Shore Taco Run 5K
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Highwood Days & Taco Fest Schedule

Thursday July 194pm -10pm
Friday, July 204pm - 11pm
Saturday July 21 - North Shore Taco Run 5K9am
Saturday July 21 - *North Shore Taco Fest11am - 11pm
Sunday, July 22 - *North Shore Taco Fest11am - 9pm
Sunday July 22 - Taco Contest Winners Announced6pm

Windy City Carnival Schedule

*Tickets required for rides, prices vary

Thursday, July 194pm - 10pmUnlimited Rides Special 5pm - 9pm
Friday, July 204pm - 11pm-
Saturday, July 211pm - 11pmUnlimited Rides Special 1pm - 5pm
Sunday, July 221pm - 9pmUnlimited Rides Special 1pm - 5pm

Band Schedule

Thursday, July 195:30pm - 7:30pmKarma Commitee (Pop/Rock/Hip Hop/Boy Bands/Girl Power)
8pm - 10pmFool House (90's Dance Party Band)
Friday, July 205:30pm - 8pmMike Zabrin's Funktastic (Soul-Infused Funk/R&B)
8:30pm - 11pmGizzae (Award Winning Reggae)
Saturday, July 2112pm - 2pmDerrick Procell & the Redeemers (Blues/Rock)
2:30pm - 5pmUnfinished Business ("Deep Cut" Classic Rock to R&B)
5:30pm - 8pmSoul Commitments (A Tribute to the film “The Commitments”)
8:30pm - 11pmThe Piano Man (A Tribute to Billy Joel/Elton John)
Sunday, July 2212pm - 2:30pmAnthony Rosano & the Conqueroos (Contemporary Blues)
3pm - 5:30pmKyle Young Band (Funk/Jazz/Reggae/Blues/Pop)
6pm - 8:30pmDeja Vu (One of the Nation's Most Popular Cover Bands)

Highwood Days and Taco Fest Vendors

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

El CamperonPina Coladas (non-alcoholic)
La Casa de IsaacTacos, quesadilla, chips, salsa, guacomole, nachos, tamales and more!
* La Cocinita Food TruckTacos, arepas, rice & beans, plantains, empanadas, chips/salsa/guacamole, flan, horchata, soda, bottled water
Crazy DogsHot dogs, Italian sausage, Polish dogs, specialty sausages
Depidy DawgPrepackaged ice cream in different brands & varieties inlcuding Good Humor, Popsicle, Rich's & Blue Bunny
* Elsie Mae's Cannery & PiesDessert pie tacos, cookie ice cream tacos, jams, Bloody Mary mix, lemonade concentrate, ready-to-drink lemonades
Gaby's Funnel CakesFunnel cakes, ribbon fries, roasted corn, aquas frescas
Glamour Girlz CentralGlitter tattoos & glam makeovers; custom glitter & bling apparel, hair accessories, spa wear, jewelry, sequins pillows & accessories, toys, magic mood fans, summer accessories (towels/wet bags), camp gear, squishies, keychains and more!
Honey Bay's BBQRibs, shrimp, beef brisket, hot links, pulled pork, wings, chicken, tacos and more!
Just 4 Fun NoveltiesMarionette puppets, light up novelties, infinity lights, women's clothing, purses and more!
Longitude315South American pulled pork with rice and beans, churrascos with steak and chicken, pastor & steak tacos, grilled flat bread quesadillas
Magic Circle CrepesSweet & savory crepes, soda, bottled water
* The Mean Weiner & Lucky FishShrimp ceviche, guacamole, empanadas, costilla de res tacos - short rib tacos, pickled red onion, sweet peppers; smoked salmon tacos
* The Other DoorBarbacoa taco - pickled red onion, charred corn salsa, queso fresco; roasted duck taco - potato, hominy, lime, red cabbage slaw; and esquite taco - charred corn, lemon mayo, queso, cilantro, tomato; choice of salsa gringa or zeal of zapata
La Plancha LocaA variety of tacos: steak, chicken, al pastor, beef, tongue, chorizo. 2017 Winner for Most Authentic Taco for Taco Al Pastor!
Popcorn Jester, Juice Jester, Donut JesterKettlecorn and cheese popcorn; freshly squeezed lemonade shake-ups with raspberry, strawberry, lime or cranberry flavors with cane sugar or truvia; hot and fresh mini-donuts
Psychic Chakra StudioPalm and tarot card readings
Quang NoodleChicken teriyaki, egg rolls, lo mein, chicken fried rice
* Smita CreationHenna tattoos
Taquizas El PoblanitoTacos: beef, pork, chicken, chorizo, fish; cemitas poblanas; burritos, quesadillas, soda, water
Toasty Taco Food TruckStreet tacos, plaintain w/duck confit, burritos, tortas, quesadilla, tamales, chips & salsa. 2017 Winner for Best Healthy Taco for Plantain Taco with Duck Confit!