Taco Fest & Highwood Days

Highwood Days Taco Fest 2022

JULY 21 - 24, 2022

Taco 5K Run, Walk & Stroll


SATURDAY JULY 23, 2022, 9 A.M.

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Note- Except for the 2022 dates above everything below is from our 2021 events. This will give you an idea of what to expect in 2022. Check back for updates.


Thursday and Friday 5-11pm
Saturday noon – 11pm
Sunday noon – 9 pm

Windy City Amusements Covid Safety Protocols

Thursday 5-10
Friday 5-11
Saturday 1-11
Sunday 1-9

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Taco Fest will take place rain or shine

Taco Fest Music & Vendors will be on North Avenue

Taco Fest Carnival will be held in the
Downtown Highwood Metra Station parking lot

Toagie music


Celebrate Highwood invites you to the new Taco Fest, offering mouth-watering food from both taco and hoagie-centric restaurants, caterers and food trucks! Taco Fest will be combined with the 54th Annual Highwood Days, the City’s most celebrated festival in its history complete with carnival rides, live music and more!

“Taco Fest is all about celebrating the eclectic taste of tacos and the culinary diversity of Highwood. There is something for everyone with the combination of great food and drinks, live music and a carnival,” says M. Brad Slavin, President of Celebrate Highwood. “We love hosting events that both kids and adults can enjoy and are thrilled to be hosting outdoor events again throughout the year.”
Highwood Days Taco Fest Tent-2018

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!

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.

What's Happening at Highwood Days & Taco Fest

Carnival Schedule
Band Schedule
Toagie 5K Walk Run Stroll

Highwood Days & Taco Fest Schedule

Thursday, July 155pm -10pm
Friday, July 165pm - 11pm
Saturday, July 17 - Toagie 5K Run, Walk & Stroll9am
Saturday, July 20 - *North Shore Toagie Fest1pm - 11pm
Sunday, July - Toagie Fest1pm - 9pm
Sunday, July 18 - Toagie Contest Winners Announced6pm

Highwood Days Carnival Schedule

*Tickets required for rides, prices vary

Thursday, July 155pm - 10pmUnlimited Rides Special 5pm - 9pm
Friday, July 165pm - 11pmPrime Time Unlimited Rides Special 5pm - 9pm
Saturday, July 171pm - 11pmUnlimited Rides Special 1pm - 5pm | Prime Time Unlimited Rides Special 5pm - 9pm
Sunday, July 181pm - 9pmUnlimited Rides Special 1pm - 5pm


Thursday, July 156:00 - 7:30pmTrouble Ahead (Grateful Dead Tribute)
8:30- 11:00pmThe Black Diamond Sessions (Blues)
Friday, July 163:00 - 5:30pmChris Minardi (One Man Jam)
6:00 - 7: 30pmSecond Hand Tunes (Acoustic Rock; The Beatles, Tom Petty, Simon & Garfunkle)
8:30 - 11:00pmPino Farina Band (Covers & Originals)
Saturday, July 1712:00 - 2:30pmScott Dubose
3:00 - 5:00pmLeo Sclamberg
6:00 - 7:30pmThe Luxmen (Classic Covers)
8:30 - 11:00pmDeja Vu (Party Band)
Sunday, July 181:00 - 3:30pmStevie Craig
4:00 - 5: 30pmSaturday June Band (Covers & Originals)
6:30 - 9:00pmEric & The Dynamos (Eric Clapton/Derek & The Dominos)

Highwood Days and Taco Fest Vendors

Taco Fest will offer tacos from over 20 different vendors, a booze tent featuring Cuervo Traditional tequila and margaritas and a variety of beer from Ravinia Brewing Company

Crazy Dogs
Culinary Gangster
Depidy Dawg
El Campeon
El Poblanito
Elsie Mae's Canning & Pies
Gaby's Funnel Cakes
Juice Jester
La Casa de Isaac & Moishe
La Plancha Loca
La Union Tacqueria
Magic Circle Crepes
Maria's Mexican Food