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2014 Special Events
The City of Highland Park has several events set for 2014. Come and enjoy the Fourth of July Celebration, enjoy fine art, or taste the local food favorites. There is no limit to the entertainment available in Highland Park.

Bitter Jester Battle of the Bands

Now in its 9th year, the Bitter Jester Battle of the Bands holds its Grand Finale concert at Wolters Field leading up to the fireworks!  Semi-finalist bands are selected during battles in June on every Friday at 8:30 p.m. in Port Clinton Square.  Semi-finalists then compete against each other on the 4th of July for cash and other prizes and the chance to be named the 2014 Grand Champion!

Fourth of July Celebration
Information on July 4th can be found here.

Port Clinton Art Festival & Taste of Highland Park
For over 30 years, the Port Clinton Art Festival has been recognized as one of the most successful juried art festivals in the country, attracting more than 250,000 art enthusiasts annually. This distinguished outdoor festival offers fine art from more than 260 of the world's most celebrated artists. Exceptional artwork of all mediums is available at the festival, including ceramics, drawings, furniture, glass, jewelry, metal, paintings, photography and wood. In addition to the juried artists exhibiting, the festival hosts a youth art division, which offers young artists, ages 18 and under, an opportunity to participate in one of the finest art festivals in the country. Throughout the weekend festival-goers will enjoy art activities for kids, including an art scavenger hunt and spin art, interactive art demos, performance speed painting, and, of course, original artwork offered by master artists from around the world.  The 2014 Port Clinton Art Festival will take place Saturday, August 23 to Sunday, August 24 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Kicking off the festival weekend is the 8th Annual Taste of Highland Park, which opens the Friday in conjunction with the festival and runs throughout the weekend. The Taste features food from many of Highland Park's notable restaurants. In addition to the tasty fare, festival-goers will enjoy a variety of live musical performances from acclaimed bands and performers throughout the weekend.

Parking and admission for the Port Clinton Art Festival and Taste of Highland Park are free. Port Clinton Square is located in downtown Highland Park, 600 Central Avenue. For more information about the Port Clinton Art Festival or Taste of Highland Park, please visit www.amdurproductions.com or contact Amdur Productions at (847) 926-4300 or .

Holiday Lighting Ceremony
Winter festivities begin in downtown Highland Park with the Holiday Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, November 22, 2014.  The day’s events will feature musical performances with a special appearance by Santa. 

Enjoy a family-friendly scavenger hunt through downtown Highland Park with prizes at the end.  In addition, don’t miss free, live performances of The Nutcracker in the store window of Uncle Dan’s at the corner of Central Avenue and Second Street.  The afternoon events will conclude with Mayor Rotering flipping the switch to turn on the holiday lights in Port Clinton Square.  

Come early to shop and dine!

For more information, please contact the City Manager’s Office at (847) 926-1000. 




City Manager's Office
1707 St. Johns Avenue
Highland Park, IL 60035

Ph: (847) 926-1000
Fx: (847) 432-7625
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm