Highwood Days with Taco Fest
Thursday, July 20th -
Sunday, July 23rd, 2023
“The combination of Highwood Days and Taco Fest offers something for everyone to come out and enjoy all weekend long with a variety of options from great food and drinks, live music and a carnival,” says Eric Falberg, President of Celebrate Highwood and Highwood Alderman. “Taco Fest celebrates the eclectic taste of tacos and the culinary diversity of Highwood.”
TACO FEST HOURS AT EVERTS PARK
Thursday and Friday 5-11pm
Saturday noon – 11pm
Sunday noon – 9 pm
HIGHWOOD DAYS CARNIVAL AT THE DOWNTOWN HIGHWOOD METRA STATION PARKING LOT
ALL YOU CAN RIDE WRISTBAND SPECIALS HOURS
Thurs 5-9pm $30
Fri 5:30-9:30pm $35
Sat 1-5pm $30 & 6-10pm $35
Sun 1-5pm $30
Taco Fest will take place rain or shine
Taco Fest Music & Vendors will be at Everts Park
Taco Fest Carnival will be held in the
Downtown Highwood Metra Station parking lot
Taco Fest will offer delicacies from over 20 taco-centric restaurants, caterers and food trucks along with a booze tent featuring Cutwater Spirits, margaritas, palomas and mules, Mexican beer and more!
Taco Fest vendors will be sharing their unique take on the ever-popular taco while competing for the ‘People’s Choice Award’ in the categories of Best Authentic and Best Unique Tacos. Attendees can choose from a variety of tacos from traditional carne asada to the more unique braised short rib and brussel sprout taco or healthy mahi mahi taco, and cast their vote at the Highland Park Bank & Trust/Highwood-Fort Sheridan Bank ballot booth. The winner in each category will receive a trophy and bragging rights. The winners will be announced at the stage on Sunday, July 23 at 6 PM.
Combined with the 56th Annual Highwood Days, the City’s most celebrated festival in its history, the 4-day festival will be complete with carnival rides and games! Come on out, eat tacos, enjoy a cocktail, listen to some great music and don’t forget to cast your vote!
In addition to the wide selection of flavorful food, live music and carnival, Celebrate Highwood is hosting Highwood’s only run of the year and for the first time, will be a timed run. The North Shore Taco 5K Family Fun Run, Walk & Stroll on Saturday, July 22 at 9 AM, will benefit North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic. Runners and walkers can sign up HERE now through midnight on Friday July 21. The registration fee is $40 per participant (stroller kids are free) and includes run t-shirt, complimentary taco from award winning La Plancha Loca, and for participants 21 and older, a choice of Cutwater Spirits Paloma, Mule or Margarita, beer or other cocktail to enjoy at Taco Fest, located at Everts Park or Highwood Days, located at the Highwood Metra Station parking lot through Sunday July 23.
A special thanks to our Highwood Days and Taco Fest sponsors: Buffos, College Lake County, Cutwater Spirits, Highland Park Bank & Trust/Highwood-Fort Sheridan Bank, Leaf Guard, Porsche Exchange, Revolution Solar, and Waterloo, and to our North Shore Taco 5K Family Fun Run, Walk & Stroll sponsors: Gearhead Outfitters, The Illinois Hammer Injury Attorneys, La Plancha Loca, and PromptMed Urgent Care.
2023 TACO FEST LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULE AT THE BANDSHELL IN EVERTS PARK
|Thursday, July 20||6:30 -8:00pm||McSTIRA (Fun, Acoustic Classics)|
|8:30 - 11:00pm||EZ FM (Yacht Rock favorites)|
|Friday, July 21||6:30 - 8:00pm||KRISTIN ROSE KELLY (A wide variety of acoustic rock pop and original music)|
|8:30 - 11:00pm||LIBIDO FUNK CIRCUS (80's to today/ Dance Pop)|
|Saturday, July 22||12:00 - 2:00pm||JOE CANTAFIO (Jade 50's/60's and more)JOE CANTAFIO (Jade 50's/60's and more)|
|2:30 - 5:00pm||THE BAD RIFFS (80s rock band from Charleston, SC)|
|5:30 - 8:00pm||MITCH THE LIP and THE SIDE HUSTLE (Funk, Soul, R & B)|
|8:30 - 11:00pm||THE PRISSILLA'S (All Female Rock show)|
|Sunday, July 23||12:00 - 3:00pm||JOEY ACOPIADO & JOSH SOROKA (Original Rock, and Blues - on guitar and keys)|
|3:30 - 6:00pm||SOUL SACRIFICE (tribute to Santana|
|6:30 - 9:00pm||JAH FEELGOOD BAND (reggae/ island hits)|