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Come to Highland Park to enjoy fine art, taste the local food favorites, and listen to great local bands. There is no limit to the entertainment available in Highland Park.

Taste of Highland Park   August 22-24, 2014
Port Clinton Art Festival   August 23-24, 2014
                   

Scrumptious delights from the City’s finest eateries highlight the 2014 Taste of Highland Park. Visitors can satisfy savory and sweet cravings with everything from sushi to tacos to ice cream. Visit booths beginning Friday, August 22 at 5:00 p.m. Enjoy entertainment all weekend at the Taste Stage, including tribute bands playing hits from The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Michael Jackson and much more.

For more information on the schedule of events and a list of all participating Highland Park restaurants, please click here.

Recognized as one of the most successful juried art festivals in the country, the Port Clinton Art Festival attracts more than 250,000 art enthusiasts annually and features art from more than 260 of the world’s most celebrated artists. The festival also hosts a Youth Art Division, offering kids 18 and under the opportunity to participate in one of the finest art festivals in the country. Throughout the weekend, families can enjoy kid-friendly art activities, including an art scavenger hunt, spin art, interactive demos, performance speed painting and more. 

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
November 22, 2014
                   

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.
                   


Back in 2015:

Bitter Jester Battle of the Bands
Friday Nights in June & July 4
                   

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.







                   

 

  

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

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



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