EVENTS & ATTRACTIONS

HISTORIC WALKING TOUR

Year-Round

Embark on a journey through time and immerse yourself in the rich history of Downtown Highlands with our Historic Walking Tour. This captivating tour takes you on a leisurely stroll through our charming town, where you'll discover 14 significant stops featuring historically relevant buildings. Each stop is adorned with informative plaques that offer a glimpse into the past, providing fascinating insights into the architectural, cultural, and social history of our community. From the stories behind iconic landmarks to the hidden gems that have shaped our town, the Historic Walking Tour is an engaging way to connect with our heritage and appreciate the enduring charm of Downtown Highlands. Come take a step back in time and uncover the fascinating stories that have shaped our beloved town.

Brochures are available at the Township Building and the DDA office.

HIGHLAND FARMERS' MARKET

June-October, 2024

Excitement is in the air as we gear up for another fabulous season of the Highland Farmers' Market in the heart of Downtown Highland! Beginning on June 17th and running through October 7th, this vibrant market will be bustling at the intersection of Milford and M59/Highland Roads.

We're currently on the lookout for dedicated vendors and enthusiastic volunteers to make this event even more exceptional.

Stay connected with all the market fun by liking our Facebook page and following us on Instagram at Highland Farmers' Market Michigan. For a wealth of information and updates, be sure to visit our Farmers Market website HERE.

Join us in celebrating the bounties of the season and supporting local farmers and artisans at the Highland Farmers' Market. It's a community gathering you won't want to miss!

SOUNDS LIKE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

2023 Sponsorship opportunities are now open.
Click below for an application.

July-August, Every Tuesday at 7:00pm

Enjoy a great summer evening in Highland Station, with great eats from Howdy's Old Tyme Popcorn, selling concessions including Hot Dogs, popcorn, drinks, and more!
The 2023 Sounds Like Summer Concert Series
July 11th -Infinity & Beyond- Journey Tribute
July 18th Itchycoo Park Band-Woodstock Era
July 25th Leaky Tikis-Jimmy Buffet Tribute
August1st Dueling Pianos-Audience Participation
August 8th Teddy Petty-Tom Petty Tribute
August 15th Sound Station-Classic Rock
August 22nd The Mitten Strings-Classical Quartet in partnership with the Highland Township Public Library. (Special Time 6:30-7:30)

*Rain Location will be at the Highland Township Auditorium

 

Special thanks to:
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LADIES DAY OUT

Saturday, April 27th, 2024

Join your favorite merchants in Downtown Highland as we celebrate Ladies DAY OUT. Grab your girlfriends and join the merchants of Downtown Highland for a day filled with special sales, freebies, and complimentary snacks & beverages.

Thank you to participating businesses!
Casa De Amici- $5.00 off one $25.00 or more purchase.
Dukes of Highland-Drink Specials, plus 1/2 off any appetizer.
Earth-N-Soul will be offering 10% OFF, (including already discounted items) a raffle basket, and serving sangria!
Fragments-Free gift with purchase and surprise discount-snacks onsite.
Highland Nail Spa- Stop by for special sales and discounts.
Home Again Décor will be offering buy one get one free on all jewelry, buy one home décor item get the second at 20% off, and a raffle!
Huron Valley Council for the Arts-Visit the gallery for specials and discounts.
Maher Feed and Pet Supply-20% off gifts.
Odds & Ins-Raffle basket and huge spring reveal-snacks on site.
The Lift at STS-Save 10% off your bill, plus stop by to enter a raffle.
The Shed at Odds & Ins-Raffle basket and huge spring reveal-snacks on site.

FOUNDERS DAY FESTIVAL & PARADE

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Saturday, May 18th, 2024

Join us in celebrating the rich heritage and community spirit of Downtown Highlands at our Founders Day Festival and Parade! The festivities kick off with an annual parade at 10 AM, featuring our spirited youth baseball teams and various local organizations. The parade starts at the Highland Nazarene Church and winds its way down Livingston Road to John Street, filling the streets with joy and excitement. Following the parade, the festival unfolds with a delightful array of activities for all ages. Kids will have a blast in our free Kids Zone, complete with bounce houses, pony rides, a petting zoo, and even a bike giveaway. Crafters and vendors offer unique finds, and delicious food trucks keep everyone energized. Plus, don't miss the moving Veteran's ceremony, mini-train rides, face painting, and so much more! Join us for a day of fun, laughter, and community spirit as we celebrate Downtown Highlands' Founder's Day in style.

THE DIA'S INSIDE|OUT PROGRAM

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Throughout Summer

Downtown Highland is thrilled to participate in the prestigious Detroit Institute of Arts Inside|Out Program, bringing art to our streets and enriching our community with cultural experiences. This exciting initiative showcases stunning art pieces loaned from the DIA's renowned collection, strategically placed throughout our town for everyone to enjoy. From expressionist paintings to industrial portraits, these artworks transform our urban landscape into an open-air gallery, fostering creativity and inspiring exploration. Join us as we celebrate art, culture, and community, and embark on a journey of discovery right here in Downtown Highland.
Throughout Downtown Highland.

RED WHITE & BLUES FESTIVAL

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Saturday, June 29th, 2024

Get ready to paint the town with patriotic spirit at the Red, White & Blues Festival, our annual celebration of Independence Day right here in Downtown Highland! Join us for a day filled with live music, kids' activities, a bounce house, face painting, delectable food trucks, and a vibrant Craft & Vendor Show featuring local artisans. As the sun sets, prepare to be dazzled by a spectacular fireworks display that lights up the night sky in a dazzling array of red, white, and blue. This cherished event brings our community together to honor the nation's birthday in style, and it's a tradition we eagerly anticipate every year. Come on down and experience the magic of the Red, White & Blues Festival – where good times, great company, and the spirit of freedom unite!

305 N. John Street, Highland, MI 48357

SUMMER SIDEWALK SALE

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Friday & Saturday, July 19th-20th, 2024

All your favorite Downtown Highland Merchants will be offering amazing sales and discounts!

Thank you to participating businesses!

Brush Salon - Specials on hair products and a free haircut drawing
Casa De Amici - Enter for a special drawing with each purchase
Earth-N-Soul - Specials throughout
Ellembee Gifts (Friday July 21st only) - 25% off regular merchandise
Fragments - selected items at 1/2 off
Highland Pets - Specials on pet products
Home Again Decor - Jewelry is buy one get one free and clearance room accessories are 50% off
Huron Valley Council for the Arts - Michigan Authors' Book Giveaway
Maher Feed & Pet Supply - Porch items up to 70% off and in store gift items 20% off
Odds & Ins - 10% off shed items and in store will have tables with items selling at $1.00

 

DOWNTOWN DAYS

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All Week, September16-22, 2024

A charming culinary event where local restaurants come together to prepare dishes that pay homage to Highland’s unique flavors and history, offering a delightful journey through the heart and soul of our community’s heritage.

Thank you to the participating restaurants!

2024 Participants to be announced.

Click HERE for the official event page.

 

HAUNTED HIGHLAND

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Throughout October

Haunted Highland is a delightful adventure that promises enjoyment for both residents and visitors alike. We invite you to embrace the excitement of capturing photographs in the HDDA’s spooky skeletal selfie displays scattered around Downtown Highland. Find them at fifteen municipal buildings and businesses and engage with our spooky displays throughout October. Simply snap a pic, post it to social media, and tag it #HAUNTEDHIGHLAND

Click HERE for the official event page.

Special thanks to:

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LADIES' NIGHT OUT

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Tuesday, November 12th, 2024

Join us for a delightful evening featuring delicious dining and exclusive shopping offers. Start at the Huron Valley Council of Arts for our exclusive vendor market, Photo Booth, and swag bags for the first 50  guests. Support local charities with the Highland White Lake Business Association food drive for a chance to win prizes in our raffle. Throughout the evening, you can enjoy refreshments and take advantage of exclusive sales in our participating stores. Convenient WOTA transportation is also available for your convenience.
Come for the fun, shopping, and giving back!

 

Click HERE for the official event page.

SHOP SMALL

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Saturday, November 30th, 2024

Embrace the spirit of community and discover the magic of small businesses as we come together to celebrate Shop Small Saturday online! This special virtual event is all about supporting our local entrepreneurs and the unique charm they bring to our town, accessible from the comfort of your own home. Shop Small Saturday, a marketing initiative created and promoted by American Express, encourages us to explore a delightful array of online shops, boutiques, and eateries, each offering something special you won't find anywhere else.

Beyond shopping, there are numerous ways to show your support for small businesses online. You can leave positive reviews and ratings on their websites or social media pages, helping them build their online reputation. Consider sharing your favorite businesses with friends and family on social networks to increase their visibility. Engaging with their content, participating in online events or webinars they may host, or even purchasing gift cards for future use are additional ways to make a difference. When you choose to engage with and support small businesses in these various ways, you're not just making a purchase; you're actively contributing to their success and the well-being of your community. Join us for Shop Small Saturday online and be part of a community that values the power of small businesses, all from the convenience of your computer or smartphone.

FESTIVAL OF TREES

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Throughout December

Get ready to kick off the holiday season with a touch of magic as we introduce the Festival of Trees in downtown Highland! Our charming streets will soon be adorned with beautifully decorated Christmas trees, each sponsored by local businesses, organizations, and families. This heartwarming event allows locals to showcase their creativity and holiday spirit while spreading joy throughout the community. Throughout December, these festively adorned trees will grace our streets, creating a whimsical and festive atmosphere for all to enjoy. And don't forget to keep an eye on our Facebook page, where residents can cast their votes for their favorite decorated tree, adding a dash of friendly competition to the festivities. Join us for the Festival of Trees, and let's light up the season together!

Click HERE for the official event page.

Special thanks to:
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HOLIDAY PHOTO SPOT

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Throughout December

It's time to spread some holiday cheer!

We've created Holiday Photo Spots around town to bring your families, sweethearts or friends to snap some selfies or photos to celebrate the season. Tag your photo with #highlandholidayphotospot and you might be featured.

PHOTO SPOT LOCATIONS:
Veterans Park
Gateway Park
Maher Feed and Pet Supply
Colasanti's Market

TREE LIGHTING & KRIS KRINGLE MARKET

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Monday, December 2nd, 2024

VETERANS PARK/STEEPLE HALL
Parking available at Highland Elementary

TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY - 7PM
KRIS KRINGLE MARKET - 5-9PM

Come be a part of the warmth and joy at our annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Downtown Highland (Veterans Park and Steeple Hall area.) This is a celebration centered around family, community, and the joy of the holidays. No work, no sponsorships – just pure festive goodness.

FEATURING:

-Tree Lighting
-Enjoy Kid's Choir
-Visit and Photos with Santa!
-Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides
-Enjoy FREE Popcorn and Hot Chocolate
-Shop the Kris Kringle Market at the HVCA
-Stroll Through the Festival of Trees
-Visit Our Holiday Selfie Spots
-Shop & Dine Downtown Highland

Let's come together and make this holiday celebration one to remember!

ATTRACTIONS

Veteran’s Park on the corner of W. Livingston and N. John