In my opinion, one can never have too many tacos or too much ice cream. If you feel the same way, then this weekend has got your name written all over it! Indulge yourself at Highwood North Shore Taco Fest/Highwood Days, or enjoy a few scoops at two area ice cream socials/family fun days.  Still room for more? Head on over to Greek Fest, take in a tour of Ragdale and then dance the night away at Winnetka’s Centennial Celebration Party!


North Shore Taco Fest & Highwood Days
July 20: 4 – 10 pm, July 21: 4 – 11 pm; July 22: 11 am – 11 pm, July 23: 11 am – 9 pm
Everts Park/ Highwood Metra Station, 130 Highwood Ave., Highwood


This year marks the 49th anniversary of Highwood’s oldest festival. Complete with carnival rides, funnel cakes, live music and tons of food from local vendors – this is the most traditional festival and will not disappoint! In addition, there will be a beer and margarita garden and the North Shore Taco Fest where we the region’s best taco-centric restaurants, caterers and food trucks will offer a wide range of mouth-watering taco creations. Want to burn some calories before the fest…don’t miss the North Shore Taco Run 5K at 9 am. For more info and line up of events, click here.

Glenview Greek Fest
July 22 & 23: 1 – 9 pm
Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, 1401 Wagner Rd., Glenview 

Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church celebrates Glenview Greek Fest. For the first time in 10 years, the festival is back outside and features live music, dancing and expanded children’s activities. Traditional Greek favorites – including pork souvlaki, Athenian chicken, gyros and spanakopita – will be served, as well as delicious, sweet loukoumades and homemade pastries. For more info and complete entertainment schedule, click here.


Ice Cream Social
July 22: 1 – 4 pm
Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood St., Evanston 

Enjoy an afternoon of cool summer fun! Come listen to music, watch Kevin Kelly’s hilarious and entertaining magic show, enjoy a serving of Andy’s Frozen Custard, and enjoy free admission to the Dawes House! This is a summer favorite for kids and adults and it is entirely free! For more info, click here.


Centennial Celebration Party
July 22: 6 – 11 pm
Winnetka Gold Club, 1300 Oak St., Winnetka 

Replacing the Annual Party on the Pier, adult celebrants (21 years and older) can enjoy a fun evening of open bar, food and music by the Breakfast Club, the ultimate 80’s cover band! Trolley service available throughout the event with drop off at all three train stations (Hubbard Woods, Winnetka and Indian Hill). Tickets: $72, through July 21, Day-of: $90 per person. For more info, click here.


Ragdale Tour
July 22: 10 am (Additional date: Aug. 19 & Sept. 23)
Ragdale, 1230 North Breen Bay Rd., Lake Forest

Ragdale, the nationally acclaimed artists’ retreat offers monthly, docent-led tours from June – September. Located on the former country estate of Arts and Crafts architect Howard Van Doren Shaw, a Ragdale tour includes: the historic Ragdale House, visual artist studios, exquisite gardens, an introduction to the Shaw family history and the artists’ residency program that serves over 150 artists and authors each year. Admission is $10/person and online reservations must be made in advance. For more info, click here.


Family Day on the Farm
July 23: 2 -4 pm
Elawa Farm, 1401 Middlefork Dr., Lake Forest 

Help Elawa Farm celebrate its 100th anniversary with a day full of family fun activities and an ice cream social! Tickets $10; under 2: FREE! For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.


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