Harmony Fest 2021 continues in less than optimal weather conditions, especially compared to Friday evening. However, Saturday night’s precipitation appears to be in dissipation mode according to weather radars for northern Illinois and northeastern Illinois. All radar returns for precipitation in northern Illinois were decreasing at 7:00 p.m.
The fall and end of summer party Friday October 1, 2021 and Saturday October 2, 2021 always looks like a end of summer party with temperatures that are maintained in the lower 70s even on an October day after 7:00 p.m.
Crowds were significantly reduced on Saturday night compared to Friday, but could increase as people realize it looks like the rain will stop for at least the next two or three hours.
Harmony Fest is a new event, replacing the Taste of Arlington and Million Dollar Block evenings, but will also feature food vendors, live music, family entertainment, and trade exhibit.
There are 50 vendor stalls, which will include 18 popular Arlington Heights restaurants serving a variety of food and drink. Food is often prepared and cooked directly on the street in tents. A business lounge is also in the spotlight, just like the previous one Taste of Arlington, Million Dollar Block Party weekends in the past.
A new feature is a side stage at Dunton Avenue and Campbell Street in addition to the annual main stage at the south end of Harmony Park.
Sellers Friday and Saturday
Kilwins • Bangkok Café • Beer on the Wall • Big Shot Piano Lounge & Restaurant • Chuck’s Dockside • Fausto’s Italian Kitchen • Garibaldi’s Italian Eatery • Hey Nonny • Kona Ice Arlington Heights • La Tasca • Armand’s of Arlington Heights • Big Shot Piano Lounge & Restaurant • La Zingara Trattoria • Mago Grill & Cantina • Passero • Peggy Kinnane’s Irish Restaurant & Pub • Porky’s BBQ • Salsa 17 • Tuscan Market & Wine Shop
Harmony Fest runs from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, October 1, and from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, October 2, 2021.
The event is hosted by the Arlington Heights Village Special Events Commission and the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce.
Here is the Harmony Fest program …
Friday October 1
– 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Children’s activities
– 6.15 p.m .: Rico!
– 8:30 p.m .: Mike & Joe
saturday 2 october
-Side scene (Dunton & Campbell)
– 1:00 p.m. El Rey musical showcase
– 2:30 p.m. No lighting of red
– 4:15 p.m. Big Brothers vinyl
– 6.30 p.m. Kings of the sofa
Main stage (Harmony Park)
– 12 pm-3.30pm: Group Cultural Shows
– 4:15 p.m. Rock School
– 5:30 p.m. Les Alright Maybes
– 7.15 p.m. Little Kings
– 8:30 p.m. 7th Heaven
Bring yours food or alcohol is not allowed. It is also forbidden to save seats with blankets, tarpaulins or chairs in Harmony Park. Parking in nearby private car parks is prohibited – watch for signs. A parking plan [PDF] and additional event information is available on the Village of Arlington Heights website at www.vah.com.
Unfortunately for regular downtown diners, Harmony Fest marked the end of Arlington Alfresco’s 2021 season. The setup for Arlington Alfresco was removed last week, as of the end of activities on Tuesday evening September 28, 2021. The Arlington Alfresco setup has been replaced with the Harmony Fest setup, which is roughly the same as the previous Taste. of Arlington, Million Dollar Block Party Setup. The Taste of Arlington Weekend and Million Dollar Block Party coincided with the Arlington Million Race at Arlington Heights International Racecourse, now closed permanently.
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Armand d’Arlington Heights
Sliced Pizza, Meatballs
Drinks: Beer, Pop, Water
Bangkok Cafe (Thai cuisine)
Sesame Chicken, Chicken Satay, Rangoon Crab, Egg Rolls, Fried Rice, Pad Thai, Potstickers
Drinks: Smoothies, Pop, Water
Beer on the wall
16 oz. Oktoberfest Beers, 8 oz. Drafts Revolution Barrel Aged “Deep Woods” 16 oz. Craft Cans – Hoppy Beers & Sour / Wild Ales (Hop Butcher, Phase Three, MORE, Riverlands, Old Irving, Hubbard’s Cave, Une Annee), 12-16 oz. Craft Cans – Easy Drinkable Beers (Dovetail, Half Acre, Maple Wood, Goose Island, Bell’s Revolution, Off Color, Lagunitas), 12-16 oz. Craft Hard Seltzer Cans (Untitled, Art Smooj, Lulz, Humble Forager, Agra, City Water), 12-16 oz. Craft Hard Cider Cans (2 Fools, Eris, Right Bee, Vertu, Stem, 2 Towns Misbehavin)
Big Shot Piano Lounge & Restaurant
Pasta with basil pesto, hummus with pita chips, spicy chicken skewers
Drinks: draft and canned beer, martinis, wine, premium cocktails
New England clam chowder, lobster rolls (Maine style – dressing with Duke’s mayo and celery; Connecticut style – served hot with butter); Whoopie pies
Fausto’s Italian cuisine
Sub-Sandwiches, Avancini, Panzerotti, Pizza by Slice, Chicken Parmesan,
Mozzarella Sticks, Tiramisu, Cannoli, Biscuits
Drinks: Pop, Water
Garibaldi’s Italian restaurant
Pizza – Cheese, Sausage, Pepperoni,
Drinks: Pop, Water
Crab cake sandwich; Empanadas, fries, bacon and cheese fries
Drinks: Hurricane, Beer, Wine
Taster Scoop Ice cream, sample bags of chocolate treats
Drinks: Lemonade, Lemonade, Hot chocolate, Water
Kona Ice Arlington Heights
Hawaiian crushed ice
Chicken and Chorizo Skewers, Beef Skewers
Drinks: Beer – Coors Light, Blue Moon, Anti Hero, Lagunitas Lil ‘Sumpin Sumpin, Red Sangria
Trattoria La Zingara
Mostaccioli with sauce of your choice, Sausage with Pepper and Onions, Eggplant Lasagna, Meatballs, Pana Cotta, Pasta Salad, Caprese Salad, Burschetta, Tiramisu
Drinks: Peroni, Moretti, Sangria, Mule, Wine, Limoncello shots, S. Pellegrino
Mago Grill & Cantina
Chicken Empanadas with Roasted Tomato Salsa, Beef Empanadas with Chimichurri Sauce, Tacos al Pastor, Tacos Carne Asada, Guacamole & Chips, Roasted Salsa & Chips, Tomatillo Salsa & Chips
Drinks: Canned beer – Corona, Modela, Negra Modelo, Corona Premier, 3 Floyds Gumball Head, Topo Chico Seltzer, Frozen Margaritas (El Jimador Reposado Tequila), Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite
Double Cheeseburger (Stagel Farms Beef, American Cheese, Garlic Aioli, House Choice, Red Onion
Wisconsin Beer Brat on Pretzel Roll with Grilled Onions and Brown Mustard
Beer Cheese Curds – Buttermilk Ranch
Drinks: Dockside Mai Tai, Miller Lite, Leinenkugel Oktoberfest; Chop Pschoor, Heffer Weisen, Pop & Water
Peggy Kinnane Irish Restaurant and Pub
Ruben Rolls, Jameson Pork Sliders, Chicken Fingers, Spicy Pickle Fries, Tator Tots, Cheese Curds
Drinks: Magners Cider, Spaten Oktoberfest, Freshie Seltzer, Tito’s & Lemonade, bottled water, honest juice boxes
Pulled pork sliders with sauce of your choice, Pulled beef chuck sliders (Chuckie’s) with sauce of your choice, Mini pork fries with sauce of your choice
Drinks: lemonade preparations
Tacos (Dos Puercos (carnitas / pork belly), Al Pastor, Grilled Steak, Grilled Chicken)
Buttercorn, Sonora Dog – Hot Dog Wrapped in Bacon with Pico, Guacamole, Crema, Chips & Guacamole, Chips & Salsa
Drinks: Sangria (Red / White), El Guapo Margarita (One the Rocks / Frozen), Beer (Corona, Corona Premier, Negra, Modelo), Water
Tuscan market and wine merchant
Drinks: Miller Lite, Blue Moon, Revolution, Cripin Cider, Three Floyds Zombie Dust, Revolution Anti Hero, White Claw Mago / Black Cherry, Wine
** Menu items are subject to change **