North Shore Pride Fest

June 2, 2018

To kick off Pride Month, Celebrate Highwood is ‘showing its pride on the north side’ at its 6th Annual North Shore Pride Fest on Saturday, June 2rd throughout Downtown Highwood. The full day of activities will feature a Pride Family Picnic, Family Friendly Drag Show and Taste the Rainbow (adult only) Pub Crawl, sponsored by Van Gogh Vodka.

Pride Family Picnic
Location: Everts Park | 130 Highwood Ave. Highwood, Illinois 60040

Conveniently located within walking distance of the Highwood Metra Train station, North Shore Pride Fest welcomes people of all ages from around the Chicagoland area for a full day of fun, celebrating diversity. Events kick off Saturday, June 2nd with a Pride Family Picnic in Everts Park (130 Highwood Avenue) from noon-2 p.m. Families are invited to bring their picnic baskets, blankets and chairs, and enjoy the great outdoors. There will be music, a bounce house, an ice cream truck, and family crafts and games lead by the North Shore School District 113 Spectrum Club.

Family Friendly Drag Show & Taste the Rainbow Pub Crawl
5pm-til bar close
Location: downtown Highwood

At 5 p.m. the party moves indoors for the Family Friendly Drag Show at 210 Live Restaurant & Lounge, which will also be the starting point of the Taste the Rainbow (adult only) Pub Crawl. Each location will serve a different Van Gogh Vodka mixed drink inspired by a different color of the rainbow:

5pm - 6 pm – Family Friendly Drag Show at 210 Live Restaurant & Lounge, ­210 Green Bay Road – Red Honey Pomegranate

6pm -7pm – Ballaro, 214 Green Bay Road– Orange Mango Tropical Screwdriver

7pm - 8 pm – Santi’s Gardens, 324 Green Bay Road – Yellow Citrus Fizz

8pm - 9 pm - The Humble Pub, 336 Green Bay Road – Green Mojito

9pm - 10 pm - The Toadstool Pub, 327 Waukegan Avenue – Blue Skies a La Ella

10 pm til bar close - The Wooden Nickel, 444 Lake View Avenue – Purple Açaí-Blueberry Lemonade and ‘End of the Rainbow’ celebration with DJ Versage

Taste the Rainbow Pub Crawl- View Schedule

The Icla da Silva Foundation Bone Marrow Registry Drive at North Shore Pride Fest!

Be the Match bone marrow registry will be on site during the Family Friendly Drag Show at 210 Live Restaurant & Lounge and at the End of the Rainbow celebration at The Wooden Nickel, offering anyone, between the ages of 18-44, the opportunity to possibly save the life of a patient, most often suffering from blood cancer. Joining the registry is easy, requiring a consent form and fast cheek swab. Only 1 in 430 people who join will ever match a patient. Unlike blood donation, the bone marrow registry welcomes everyone in general good health, regardless of sexual orientation. If you are not able to attend the North Shore Pride Fest, anyone can join the bone marrow registry online at