GET STOKED to celebrate the end of summer at Highlands Day! For seventeen years Highlands Council, together with the support of local businesses, has grown from a small community block party to a four-hour festival with expected attendance of over 3,000 people! We are trying something new this year. We moved the date to the last Saturday in August in hopes that everyone will be home from summer vacations since school starts the following Tuesday. We are also shifting the time to the end of the day to take advantage of a setting sun during the finale performance by Sunshine from Polynesia!
The Highlands Council staff and a committee of resident volunteer-leaders have been working hard for months to make it EASY for you and your family to celebrate community and the end of summer.
Here is what you need to know:
Park Drive Road Closure: We will close Park Drive between 25th Ave NE and 30th Ave NE at NOON on Saturday, August 29th to finish festival set up. Cars not moved from the venue area by NOON will be towed at the owner’s expense. This section of Park Drive will reopen by 10pm. #SPE15-00030
WHAT to Wear: Deck out your family, your stroller, your wagon, your dog in the craziest Hawaiian gear you can find! Listen for calls to the stage for BEST DRESSED competitions!
HOW to Get There: Don’t worry about finding parking! Walk or hop on the FREE Paradise Party Trolley! This FREE trolley will run from 4pm-8pm with stops in front of Regal Cinema at Grand Ridge Plaza, West Highlands Park, Discovery Heights/The Brownstones, 15th Ave at Park Drive, and Grand Ridge Elementary.
WHEN to Arrive: It is a Highlands Day tradition to open with a Community PARADE! Decorate yourselves, you bikes, strollers, long boards, and pets and meet at the top of Village Green Park at 3:45pm. The parade will start promptly at 4PM and make a loop around the Park before the festival activities open.
WHAT to Bring: Bring cash or credit card to the festival; there is a ton of FREE stuff to see and do and there are ticketed activities as well. Ticketed activity prices vary. Tickets are $1 each or buy a $10 activity bracelet for unlimited 4-hours of fun! Concessions and vendor booths will also accept cash or credit cards. There is no ATM on the venue.
HOW to Arrive: HUNGRY! It is the dinner hour after all! Food Trucks, Kettle Korn, and so much more to satisfy your family’s cravings.
For more details, see the Festival Guide in this month’s Connections news.