The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival 2017

 Community Appreciation Night October 5
Festival October 6 - 8

Benefitting Make-A-Wish Illinois

Welcome to The Great Highwood Festival 2017

The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival is the quintessential kick-off event to celebrate the Fall season!

Be a part of history as we attempt to break the Guinness World Record of for the most pumpkins carved and lit at once (30, 851) and help us raise money for Make-A-Wish Illinois.

Come experience a full schedule of family-friendly activities and the charm of our small town that’s bursting with good will and family fun.

Activities and Events Schedule - Here | Music Schedule - Here

2017 Calendar

Thursday October 5 Community Appreciation Night

Join Celebrate Highwood for our inaugural Pumpkin Fest Community Appreciation Night. With a relaxed atmosphere, this preview night features free admission, carnival rides, live music, a full bar and more. We welcome the community to come out, carve pumpkins and help us fill the scaffolding before the event officially kicks off. The Highwood restaurants and bars will be open and many of our festival vendors will be open for business as well. Our mission is to bring community together with a common goal to grant wishes for Make-A-Wish Illinois. Meet up with old friends or make new ones while working to make a difference in the lives of children and their families with life-threatening medical conditions in Illinois. Join us on this special night. Community, Charity, Celebrate Highwood!

5pm – 10pm Community Appreciation Night - Free Admission, Pumpkin Carving, Live Music, Cash Bar and More

BYOP (Bring Your own Pumpkin). The quantity of pumpkins delivered on site by the organizers alone will NOT be enough to break the world record. To help us break the record, bring a carved pumpkin. Place a candle in the pumpkin, and bring it to our Pumpkin Drop Off location in front of City Hall. All those who bring carved pumpkins will receive a FREE admission pass to the weekend event. BYOP pumpkins will be accepted through Sunday afternoon on Oct 8th.

Friday October 6 Events

4pm Festival Opens - Rides, Vendors Activities, All-You-Can-Carve Pumpkin Stations (while supplies last), Carnival and More
4pm - 6pmTrick-or-Treating Throughout Festival Grounds
5pm – 9pmUnlimited Carnival Ride Special - ONLY $25 per person
7:45pmMake-A-Wish Family Presentation on Main Stage and Wall Lighting
10pmFestival Close

View full event schedule including October 7 & 8 here

Friday October 6 Music Schedule

Tito's Handmade Vodka Main Stage
5:30pm - 7:30pm7th Heaven
8:15pm - 10:30pmAmerican English
Banner Kitchen & Bath Showroom School of Rock Stage
5pmSchool of Rock Highwood House Band
6:15pmSchool of Rock Arlington Heights House Band
7:15pmSchool of Rock Fort Wayne House Band
8:15pmSchool of Rock Glen Ellyn
Music Gallery Acoustic Stage
4pm - 5pmJackson Santucci
5pm - 6pmJim & Marion Fine
6pm - 7pmBirds That Pray
7pm - 10pmBill Uhler

View full music schedule including October 7 & 8 here


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What better way to test out your Halloween costume than showing it off for judges, Mike Caplan, Meteorologist at Fox 32 and Pretty Late with Patti Vasquez, during our 12 & Up Costume Contest! Sign up in order to compete to win fun prizes. See you at the The Music Gallery Acoustic Stage in the Tito's Handmade Vodka Lounge at 3 PM!

To register visit: goo.gl/86HW1z
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What better way to test out your Halloween costume than showing it off for judges, Mike Caplan, Meteorologist at Fox 32 and Pretty Late with Patti Vasquez, during our 12 & Up Costume Contest! Sign up in order to compete to win fun prizes. See you at the The Music Gallery Acoustic Stage in the Titos Handmade Vodka Lounge at 3 PM!

To register visit: goo.gl/86HW1z

Imagine the streets lit up only by glowing balloons! Come grab a light-up balloon from Muller Honda Volkswagen Of Highland Park Muller Subaru to shine when we shut off the street lights! Let's light our way to HOPE with Make-A-Wish Illinois on Saturday October 7th! ... See MoreSee Less

Imagine the streets lit up only by glowing balloons! Come grab a light-up balloon from Muller Honda Volkswagen Of Highland Park Muller Subaru to shine when we shut off the street lights! Lets light our way to HOPE with Make-A-Wish Illinois on Saturday October 7th!

My Little Pony: The Movie is coming soon to theaters near you and... SOME SPECIAL PONIES ARE ALSO COMING TO PUMPKIN FEST!

Stay tuned for details!
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My Little Pony: The Movie is coming soon to theaters near you and... SOME SPECIAL PONIES ARE ALSO COMING TO PUMPKIN FEST!

Stay tuned for details!

Do you think you have what it takes to be named The Fastest Carver? Sign up for the Fastest Carver Competition October 7th at 2 PM in front of City Hall to put your skills to the test!

To register visit: goo.gl/MT2onL
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Do you think you have what it takes to be named The Fastest Carver? Sign up for the Fastest Carver Competition October 7th at 2 PM in front of City Hall to put your skills to the test!

To register visit: goo.gl/MT2onL
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