Marking 20 Years as a community on Saturday, August 25th from noon – 4pm at Blakely Hall and Village Green Park with a birthday party themed festival!
Twenty years ago, the very first residents of this urban village moved into their brand new homes! Each year Highlands Day has a different theme. What better way to mark the milestone of our first homeowners than with a community birthday party?! On festival day, we will celebrate our community with birthday cake, party favors, live entertainment, food trucks, and plenty of games and attractions for all ages. We hope you’ll come and celebrate with us!
Join our Highlands Day Party Crew!
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Getting to the Festival
Location: Blakely Hall and Village Green Park, 2550 NE Park Drive, Issaquah WA 98029
Don’t worry about finding parking or pushing that stroller up the hill. We’ll have two FREE party trolleys to help you get to the party on time, thanks to the generous financial support of Shelter Holdings.
Trolley stops include:
- Park Drive (in front of Regal Cinemas)
- West Highlands Park
- Discovery Drive at 10th Ave (between The Brownstones and Discovery Heights apartments)
- Park Drive at 15th (in front of Wynhaven Apartments)
- Grand Ridge Elementary
- Dropping off/picking up at the festival entrance at Park Drive and 25th Ave
First trolley run: 11:30 AM
Last trolley run: 4:15 PM
Attention Issaquah Highlands residents: Don’t be a party pooper! Please move your car from Park Drive (between 25th Ave NE and 30th Ave NE) by 7:00am on August 25 or your car will be towed off-site.
What to Wear
Come dressed to party! Bring your party hat and wear comfortable shoes so you’ll be fit to party all festival long!
Highlands Day is rain or shine — please dress appropriately for the weather.
Residents: When you arrive at the festival, check in with one of our two ticket booths to receive a colorful name tag to wear during the festival. Colors will coordinate to the community district where you live. What better way to meet a new neighbor than when you see someone you don’t know wearing the same color name tag as you! Introduce yourself!
What to Bring
Don’t forget to bring money for activity tickets, food and shopping!
Credit cards accepted for activity tickets and bracelets. Other vendors may accept credit cards, but not guaranteed. There is no ATM on the festival venue.
Stay hydrated! Last year’s Highlands Day was hot! Please feel free to bring a refillable water bottle on festival day — a water fountain is available inside Blakely Hall for your use. Water may also be available for purchase from our food vendors.
Food & Drink
Arrive hungry! There’s more than just cake at this birthday party. Don’t miss this year’s incredible food truck line-up, with delicious cuisine for every palette!
Have a seat! Enjoy a unique view of the Highlands Day action while you dine in festive style at our Party Central Eating Tent on Village Green, sponsored by Safeway.
Our 2018 Lineup:
Tacos La Flaca
This food truck’s motto is: How tacos should be, made with love. First serving at Highlands Day back in 2016, Tacos La Flaca will offer a trio of tacos for $9, $11 burritos, $8 Mulitas, chips, salsa, flan, and traditional Mexican beverages. Muy Bueno!
Big House BBQ
Follow your nose to the Big House BBQ trailer, a fully functional mobile kitchen with a 900 lb. smoker, creating the absolute best Memphis-style BBQ including ribs, turkey legs and BBQ sandwiches with prices ranging from $9 to $12.
Gemini Fish Too
Local to Issaquah, this food truck describes itself as, “a badass food truck delivering killer Rockfish Tacos, Fish & Chips, Salmon Burgers, Crab cake sandwiches, and more!” From $4 cups of chowder to Alaskan Halibut & Chips for $16; nobody in your family should feel crabby about this fish fare!
Celebrating Highlands Day with our community for the first time, these chefs are bringing affordable, authentic, Indian food to the party. With dishes starting at $6.60 the menu offerings will be a locally sourced as possible, with all-natural ingredients, and made with love.
Dantes Inferno Dogs
Who doesn’t love a Seattle Dog? The cream cheese, the onions and peppers, over a tasty hotdog in a warm bun…and a great value, too! Hotdogs $5 and sausages only $7! Most-requested food vendor for our Highlands Youth events. We will see you in line on festival day!
Both the Chinese word for ‘chicken’ and the Japanese word for ‘outside,’ ‘Gai’ is the perfect word to describe this chicken-and-rice concept. Chicken is prepared in fragrant herbs and spices. Enjoy Thai Chicken & Rice for $9, Kolbi Shortrib & Rice for $10 and Teriyaki Chicken or Tofu & Rice for $8.
Issaquah Ice Cream Trike
Save room for ice cream! Our own Ben Armlin, THE Issaquah Ice Cream Trike guy, has been partying with our community at neighborhood pop-up parties all summer long. It would not be Highlands Day without that blue bike full of frosty treats!
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Truck
Our own Mark Mullet and Jonathan Stebbins have brought the ice cream LOVE to Highlands Day for years! We are especially grateful to Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream for sponsoring our Highlands Day Festival volunteers. Don’t miss their cool ice cream truck on the festival venue for its second year!
Stop by for a slice or cool off with an adult beverage on the patio to watch the Highlands Day action.
Need a caffeine fix? Come in for a “$2 for any 12 oz. iced coffee” Highlands Day special. Don’t miss the sweet treats!
Highlands Day Birthday specials! Get 50% off shaved ice all festival day. Book a birthday party on August 25 and receive 20% off your party!
Rides & Games
Purchase activity tickets and unlimited activity bracelets from two conveniently located ticket booths at the festival.
Tickets are $1/each. Unlimited activity bracelets are $10/each or 3/$25. Cash or credit card accepted. Tickets and bracelets are not replaceable if lost or stolen. Non-refundable.
Rides and inflatables provided by National Event Pros.
Skip the line and get your activity bracelets now! $10/each or 3/$25. Stop by Blakely Hall (Get Directions), Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm, starting August 1 through August 24, to purchase. Cash (exact change), credit card or check accepted. Non-refundable.
Our 2018 Lineup:
Fun Fair Park Jr.
Sponsored by Matt Jensen RE, The Agency
Cyclone Swing Chair Ride
Sponsored by Timberlake Church
Sponsored by the Highlands Youth Advisory Board
Leaps N’ Bounds
Sponsored by Harborstone Credit Union
Tubs of Fun
Sponsored by Eastridge Church
Wild One Jr.
Sponsored by Allegro Pediatrics
Gumball Bounce House
Sponsored by Candy Mâché
Sponsored by Highlands Dentistry
Party Games for All! Enjoy games for kids, teens and adults! Sign up to play at the Village Green Park Stage — space is limited! View complete schedule
Our 2018 Lineup:
Sponsored by City of Issaquah Arts Commission
Musical Chairs with a Twist!
Games just for littles, teens and adults!
The DJ and Emcee extraordinaire returns!
School of Rock, Issaquah
Rock out with our talented young rockstar musicians
Birthday Cake Eating Contest
Sponsored by Safeway
Take a crack at it, for littles, teens and adults!
Memorable Moments of Magic!
Roving magician, GG Green
Fun with professional balloon artists, Robin Ganstrom & Rich Waters
2018 Festival Vendors
- City of Issaquah Community Engagement Office
- Highlands Council
- Highlands Youth Advisory Board (The HY)
- Issaquah Highlands Chinese Heritage Club
- Issaquah Highlands Travel Club
- Highlands Fiber Network
- Issaquah High School Robotics Team
- Liberty High School Robotics Team
- AM Wolf Piano
- Downtown Issaquah Association
- Eastridge Church
- Summit Life
- Timberlake Church
- Atkinson Wealth Strategies
- Durham & Bates Insurance
- Edward Jones Investments
- Harborstone Credit Union
- HomeStreet Bank
- Orca Insurance Agency
- VOYA Financial
- Allegro Pediatrics
- Arena Sports
- The Balanced Spine
- Cascade Crossfit
- Cobblestone Animal Hospital
- Gunners Soccer Club
- Highlands Dentistry
- i9 Sports Association
- Issaquah Fitness
- Issaquah Highlands Dental Group
- Issaquah Highlands Physical Therapy
- Jet Gymnastics
- MOSAIC Children’s Therapy
- Relay for Life
- SpringFree Trampoline
- Whole Health Chiropractic
- YMCA of Sammamish
- Art of Problem Solving Academy
- Eastside Academics School
- Eastside Catholic School
- French Immersion School
- Girl Scouts of Western WA
- Huntington Learning Center
- Issaquah History Museums
- Issaquah Schools Foundation
- School of Rock
- St. Joseph Parish School
- Usborne Books
- Candy Mâché
- Smith Brothers Farms
- Eastside Baby Corner
- Eastside Fire Rescue
- Issaquah Citizen Corps/CERT
- Issaquah Food Bank
- Issaquah Police Department
- Soup Ladies
- City of Issaquah Office of Sustainability
- Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery
- Issaquah Highlands Community Association (IHCA)
- Puget Sound Energy
- Western Wildlife Outreach
- Woodland Park Zoo
- Enchanted Traveler
- EVO3 Marketing
- The Grange
- Inspired and Organized
- Marlow’s Fine Jewelery
- Origami Owl
- Waxing the City
Thank You 2018 Highlands Day Sponsors
Party Crasher Sponsors
Allstate Insurance, Polygon Homes