Highland’s Annual Street Art Festival –held the 2nd Saturday in September – This unique festival is an art lovers dream with something to appeal to young, old and everyone in between!
More than fifty talented artists participate and prizes awarded as street painters transform the pavement into a temporary art gallery, creating colorful masterpieces of amazing depth and complexity – with chalk!
The Art Expo, sponsored by the Highland Arts Council, features the work of a number of area artists. Fine artwork in many mediums such as photography, painting, jewelry and clay is on display and available for purchase.
Musical art is also featured as musicians perform throughout the day on Saturday. Budding young artists can search for artistic treasure at the Kreative Kids Korner where special projects, activities and games are planned for kids, guaranteeing a fun and memorable art experience.
Fine art, great music and a variety of tasty foods and beverages—all on Highland’s beautiful Downtown Square! Bring your family and friends and plan to spend the day!
For more information about the Street Art Fest and Art Expo, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 618-654-3721 or check out the Street Art link on the web at www.highlandartscouncil.org. To download and print a Street Artist Application form, click here.
Peanut Butter & Jam Festivals – Fridays, 11:30-1:00, held in late May/early June. Enjoy your lunch hour on the historic downtown Square. Both kids and adults will enjoy the free outdoor entertainment, PB&J sandwiches and popcorn. Other lunch time favorites are available for sale from local vendors. Interested in becoming a vendor? Please download and return our PBJ Vendor Form.
For more information contact the Highland Chamber of Commerce or 618-654-3721.
Schweizerfest– Second weekend in June Highland’s homecoming is the celebration of our Swiss heritage. At the Schweizerfest, visitors enjoy activities, rides, entertainment and food in addition to parades both Saturday and Sunday nights.
This event is sponsored by the Highland Jaycees. For more information go to the Jaycees website at www.highlandjaycees.com. [Top]
Municipal Band Concerts – Fridays, 8 pm, mid-June through mid-August, on the Downtown Square
This talented 50 person band entertains audiences with a variety of musical selections including marches, Broadway hits and more. Concerts are free to the public. Bring lawn chairs.
For more information contact Sandra Allen at 618-363-0818 [Top]
Madison County Fair – Last full week in July Traditional county fair with product displays, livestock, arts and crafts, carnival rides, food, live music and arena events such as stock car race, tractor pull, demolition derby and 4-H show.
For more information go to www.madcofair.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org [Top]
St. Paul's Kirchenfest – Fourth weekend in August This two-day church festival has become a popular community event offering food (including the Bavarian dish prepared in a 500 pound skillet and a sit-down chicken dinner), live music, games, a competitive run, bike ride and much more.
For more information contact St. Paul Church at 618-654-2339 or go to www.kirchenfest.com [Top]
Highland Harvest Days – First weekend in September Sponosored by the Highland Historical Society, this three day event is packed with activities including demonstrations of threshing, old-time crafts, gas and steam engines, antique tractors, kids activities and tours of the most modern house around in the early 1900’s. Enjoy refreshments as you sit in the shade listening to old-time music.
For more information go to www.highlandilhistory.org. [Top]
Family Night Hike – Mid-September
This fun family activity takes place at Highland’s Silver Lake Park. Follow the trail and look for a variety of animals and insects. Then, look to the stars through a telescope and see what hides in the sky. The evening finishes up with refreshments by the fire.
For more information contact the Highland Parks and Rec Department at 618-651-1386 or go to www.highlandillinois.gov. [Top]
Art in the Park – Second weekend in October The vibrant colors of Autumn provide the perfect canvas to paint a relaxing weekend filled with fine art, mouth-watering food and superb entertainment. Lindendale Park offers a tranquil setting where nearly 70 professional artists display their works of fine art. Festival attendees can shop for works of art in twelve categories. Children, too, can shop for just $5.00 at a special art gallery of work donated by the artists.
For more information go to www.highlandartscouncil.org [Top]
PumpkinFest – Third Saturday in October
The Highland Civic Women’s Club sponsors this 2-day event for the whole family, with rides, concessions, craft vendors, home sales vendors, food and beverages. Pumpkin pie eating & carving contests and pumpkins for sale. Music by The Other Guys, photography by Voegele Studio and 50/50 drawing.
For more information contact the Highland Chamber of Commerce or 618-654-3721. [Top]
Annual Lighted Christmas Parade – Friday after Thanksgiving
This annual holiday parade culminates with the official lighting of the downtown Square where musicians, madrigal singers, carriages rides, hot chocolate, kettle corn and Santa himself await visitors. For more information contact the Highland Chamber of Commerce or 618-654-3721. Click here to download a parade entry form [Top]