There are big weekends and then there are really big weekends…however, this weekend is HUGE!!! I hope everyone is well rested because this weekend’s schedule of events will have you rockin’ all weekend long. First up is Nashwood, Highwood’s celebration of all things Nashville featuring a great line up of musical acts and food all weekend long. If you want to amp up the excitement, head on over to Skokie for the annual Backlot Bash, featuring more music, a carnival and more activities than I can think of! If that wasn’t enough there is also the Port Clinton Art Festival, one of the country’s top five art festivals held in conjunction with the taste of Highland Park, featuring even more live music. But the action doesn’t end there… seekers can also head to the Farewell to Summer Luau in Winnetka or Glencoe Beach’s End of Summer Fire Party. And last but certainly not least, dog and golf lovers can rejoice at the Mutt Putt, a community celebration of National Dog Day held at the Canal Shore Golf Course.


Aug. 25: 4 pm – to bar close; Aug. 26: 11 am – to bar close., Aug. 27: 11 am – 3 pm
Various location throughout Downtown Highwood 

Always wanted to visit Nashville, but never could?  Well, Nashville is coming to you.  Every restaurant and bar in Highwood will bring live country, southern rock, blues, blue grass, folk, jazz, gospel and more from day into the late-night hours.  There will be live music everywhere.  There will be no cover charge at any establishment, as tips will support the bands when you jump from place to place. In addition to live music, throughout the weekend, many of the restaurants will feature southern dishes commonly featured in the wonderful dining world of Nashville.  These dishes will include, but of course are not limited to, Nashville hot chicken, chicken and waffles, fresh biscuits, shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, and more!!  For more info: 847-668-1213 or click here.

Port Clinton Art Festival/Taste of Highland Park
Aug. 25: 5 – 10 pm; Aug. 26: 8 am – 10 pm, Aug. 2727: 10 am – 6 pm
Port Clinton Square, 1st & 2nd Streets, Highland Park 

The Port Clinton Art Festival, one of the country’s top five festivals, offers fine art from more than 260 of the world’s most celebrated artists. Young artists, ages eighteen and under, shine in the Youth Art Division of the show, which offers younger artists an opportunity to exhibit and participate in a real art festival. Throughout the weekend festival-goers will have the opportunity to enjoy art activities for kids, interactive art demos and, of course, original artwork offered by master artists from around the world. In conjunction with the art festival, attendees can also enjoy sampling food from local restaurants and listening to live music performances throughout the weekend. For more info, click here.


Skokie Backlot Bash
Aug. 25: 6 pm – 10 pm, Aug. 26: 8 am – 10 pm, Aug. 30: 7:30 am – 8 pm
Downtown Skokie, Lincoln Ave., Skokie               

End the summer with a bang! Set over three days, the Skokie Backlot Bash features more than 15 hours of free live music (featuring Saturday night headliner Soul Asylum, an amusement park/carnival, a 5K Run, free family programming at the historic Skokie Theatre, a car show, a corn maze, farmer’s market, mechanical bull, fun teen activities, bingo, food, beer and more! Now you know why they need 3 days to get it all in!  For more info: click here.


Farewell to Summer Family Luau
Aug. 26: 4 – 8 pm
Tower Road Beach, 899 Sheridan Rd., Winnetka 

Do not pack up the swim suits just yet! Enjoy an awesome family get together at Tower Beach Road to say goodbye to summer, Luau style. Lifeguards will be on duty until 6:30 pm. Food will be served throughout the event, along with music performed by Barefoot Hawaiian. From 6:30 - 7:30 pm there will be a live luau dance and fire show. Registration required. Note: Tower Road Beach will only be open to those who have registered for the event. Maple Street Beach will be staffed with lifeguards during the event and will be open to the public. $5 res/$10 nr per person (Beach Passholders); $10 res/$20 nr per person (Non-Beach Passholders). For more info, click here.


End of Summer Fire Party
Aug. 26: 7 – 9 pm
Glencoe Beach, 35 Hazel Ave., Glencoe 

Enjoy the night by firelight at Glencoe Beach’s End of Summer Fire Party! There will be a fire dancing show, s’mores, and glow-in-the-dark fun! Bring a picnic to enjoy or purchase dinner from the concession stand. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Lifeguards will not be on duty; swimming is prohibited. Registration required. For more info, click here.


Mutt Putt
Aug. 26: 10 am – 2 pm
Canal Shores Golf Course, 1030 Central St., Evanston 

Canal Shores Golf Course, the 18 hole, par 60 golf course that winds through Evanston and Wilmette where dog owners and golfers play alongside one another, hosts the first-ever Mutt Putt, a community celebration of National Dog Day. The Mutt Putt is free and open to the public and includes activities like agility and obedience demonstrations, a photo booth, a dog parade for kids and their pets, a caricature artist, games and putting for people. There will be dog rescue and foster agencies, dog trainers, groomers, retailers, veterinary clinics and food for people and pets. In the event of rain, the Mutt Putt will move to Sunday, August 27, 2017 from 10 am to 2 pm. For more info, click here.


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