Evening Gourmet Market Highwood

Highwood Evening Gourmet Market

Wednesdays, June 5 -August 28, 2024
4:30 - 9:30 pm
(No market July 3)
Location: Everts Park | 111 North Ave. Highwood, Illinois 60040

Celebrate Highwood is proud to announce the return of its acclaimed Evening Gourmet Market on Wednesdays, June 5 - August 28, from 4:30-9:30 PM (no market July 3). In its 16th season, attendees can expect a variety of 60 incredible food, beverage and artisan craft vendors alternating each week, and live entertainment for all ages. Additionally, Celebrate Highwood is thrilled to announce its monthly theme nights and the return of its Historical Highwood Cocktail Tour dates:

Historical Highwood Cocktail Tours, Wednesdays, June 12, July 10 & August 14, 7-9 PM
The Historical Highwood Cocktail Tours will be held monthly during the Highwood Evening Gourmet Market on Wednesdays, June 12, July 10, and August 14, from 7-9 PM. Registered attendees will join tour guide Bruce “Buzzy” Bertucci on a walking tour of Highwood’s historical past. Participants will learn hidden secrets and stories about the buildings and businesses of Highwood over the past 100 years and see why Highwood is recognized as “Whiskey Junction.” Food and cocktails will be available for purchase at each stop.

Inferno Fest (RETURNS!), Wednesday, June 26, 4:30–9:30 PM, Everts Park
Back by popular demand, Celebrate Highwood is fired up to bring back Inferno Fest after a five-year hiatus. Showcasing a plethora of the hottest and spiciest foods and beverages, Inferno Fest will test the taste buds of the most fearless food enthusiasts. For those worried they may not be able to handle the heat, have no fear, the event will take place in conjunction with all the fabulous vendors at the weekly Highwood Evening Gourmet Market. For adults 18 years an older in for a challenge, there will be an Inferno Fest Eating Contest!

Margarita Night, Wednesday, July 17, 4:30–9:30 PM, Everts Park (111 North Ave.)
This festive theme night invites attendees to dress in their favorite Jimmy Buffet-style, Parrot-head and Hawaiian gear to party to the sounds of a Jimmy Buffet tribute band. There will be beach balls, flamingos, margaritas, Mexican food, key lime pie and more!

Garlic Fest, Wednesday, August 14, 4:30–9:30 PM, Everts Park (111 North Ave.)
The smell of garlic brings people from near and far to this festive food-filled fest that showcases a plethora of dishes with the ever-popular taste (and scent) of garlic, with live music and plenty of family-friendly activities to entertain all evening long. Attendees come to sample a variety of sweet and savory garlic creations, from out-of-the-ordinary garlic-infused chocolate, cookies, ice cream, cupcakes, and cocktails, to classic, savory options like pastas, sandwiches, sauces, and spreads. The Fest features a Taste of Garlic Competition for the best Savory and Sweet creations, and the innovative dishes never disappoint!

“It doesn’t get much better than a Wednesday evening in Highwood, spending time with family and friends.” says Eric Falberg, President of Celebrate Highwood and Highwood Alderman. “With the newly remodeled park, unbelievable vendors, top-notch entertainment, and historical cocktail tour, Wednesday nights in Highwood are THE place to be all summer long!”

A weekly outdoor market of this caliber is hard to find. With its “Live Evening Concert Series” and “Ravinia Festival-like” atmosphere, families are encouraged to set up their picnic blankets and chairs and enjoy the evening in the park, dining on local goodies and jamming to the sounds of great local bands. This vibrant market has become a tradition for friends and family seeking great food, spirits, and entertainment. Updates on vendors and the live music schedule will be posted on the website.


Wednesday, June 5
Music event6-9 PM – IN THE STIX DUO - (Modern Country Cover Band)

Wednesday, June 12
Music event 6-9 PM – KINGS & ASSOCIATES - (Blues)

Wednesday, June 19
Music event 6-9 PM – ISABELLA – (Country)

Wednesday, June 26 (Inferno Fest)
Music event 6-9 PM - BOB & SHAWN iPOP DUO UNPLUGGED - (Rock and Pop)

Wednesday, July 10
Music event 6-9 PM - AUSTIN ENGLISH DUO - (Country)

Wednesday, July 17 (Margarita Night)
Music event 6-9 PM - VIBRATION FOUNDATION - (Reggae/ Island Sounds)

Wednesday, July 24
Music event 6-9 PM - UNCLE PIGEON DUO - (Alternative and Americana)

Wednesday, July 31
Music event 6-9 PM - ABBY KAY TRIO - (Cover Artist/Midwestern Rock)

Wednesday, August 7
Music event 6-9 PM- BIG BOSS & THE TOES UNPLUGGED - (Rock ‘n’ Roll)

Wednesday, August 14th (Garlic Fest)
Music event 6-9 PM - BILL PANTLE & THE TRIBUTE TO OLD BLUE EYES - (Sinatra/Jazz)

Wednesday, August 21
Music event 6-9 PM - JUSTIN WALLACE – (Rock, Country, Pop & Alternative)

Wednesday, August 28th
Music event 6-9 PM - TELSTAR DUO – (Reggae and Blues)

Encouraging the community to “make a night of it,” Highwood’s Evening Gourmet Market showcases a wide range of gourmet snacks, homemade breads and pastries, an array of ethnic delicacies and local artisan wares. Guests are able to enjoy dinner and cocktails while exploring the market, catching up with friends, and listening to different live music acts each week. To view vendors and entertainment line-up and to purchase tickets to the cocktail tour, visit the Historical Cocktail Tour page.

This year marks Celebrate Highwood’s eigth season as an official 501(c)(3) with the mission of raising funds for worthy non-profit organizations through its festivals and events. Although all festivals are FREE to the public, a portion of proceeds benefit various charities.

A special thanks to Celebrate Highwood Sponsors that help make producing the Highwood Evening Gourmet Market possible including: 888rentme2.com, American Place Casino, Brian Lock Insurance Agency, Highland Park Bank & Trust and Hive2O.