Rain a Disappearing Act for Harmony Fest on Saturday Night, October 2, 2021

7th Heaven crew preparing for concert Saturday night October 2, 2021 at Harmony Park
7th Heaven crew preparing for concert Saturday night October 2, 2021 at Harmony Park.

Harmony Fest 2021 is continuing in less than optimal weather, especially compared to Friday night. However, precipitation Saturday night seems to be in dissipation mode according to weather radar of northern Illinois and northeast Illinois. All radar echoes for precipitation in northern Illinois were diminishing at 7:00 p.m.

The fall and end of summer celebration Friday, October 1, 2021 and Saturday, October 2, 2021 still feels like an end of summer celebration with temperatures holding in the lower 70s even on an October day after 7:00 p.m.




The crowd was greatly diminished Saturday night compared to Friday, but may increase as people realize it looks like rain will hold off for at least the next two or three hours.

The Alright Maybes on the main stage at Harmony Fest in downtown Arlington Heights on Saturday, October 2, 2021.
The Alright Maybes on the main stage at Harmony Fest in downtown Arlington Heights on Saturday, October 2, 2021.

Harmony Fest is a new event, replacing the Taste of Arlington and Million Dollar Block party, but similarly will feature food vendors, live music, family fun, and a business expo.

There are 50 vendor booths, that will include 18 popular Arlington Heights restaurants serving a variety of food and drinks. Food is often prepared and cooked right on the street in tents. A business expo is also featured, just like the previous 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.

Well for the most part, a rainy night helps with social distancing at Harmony Fest, Saturday, October 2, 2021
Well for the most part, a rainy night helps with social distancing at Harmony Fest, Saturday, October 2, 2021.
Much larger crowd Friday  night, October 1, 2021 at Harmony Fest at Dunton Avenue and Campbell Street in Arlington Heights
Much larger crowd Friday night, October 1, 2021 at Harmony Fest at Dunton Avenue and Campbell Street in Arlington Heights.




Vendors Friday & 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 is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, and from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021.

The event is hosted by the Village of Arlington Heights’s Special Events Commission and the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce.

Here’s the Harmony Fest Schedule …

Friday, October 1

– 5 – 8 p.m.: Kids Activities
– 6:15 p.m.: Rico!
– 8:30 p.m.: Mike & Joe

Saturday, October 2

-Side stage (Dunton & Campbell)
– 1:00 PM El Rey Music Showcase
– 2:30 PM No Turn on Red
– 4:15 PM Big Brothers Vinyl
– 6:30 PM The Sofa Kings

Main Stage (Harmony Park)
– Noon-3:30 p.m.: Cultural Group Performances
– 4:15 PM School of Rock
– 5:30 PM The Alright Maybes
– 7:15 PM Petty Kings
– 8:30 PM 7th Heaven

Looking west on Campbell Street during setup for Harmony Fest
Looking west on Campbell Street during setup for Harmony Fest.

Bring-your-own food or alcohol is not permitted. Saving seats with blankets, tarps, or chairs in Harmony Park is also not permitted. Parking in private lots nearby is prohibited — watch for signs. A parking map [PDF] and additional event information is available on the Village of Arlington Heights’s website at www.vah.com.

Unfortunately for regular downtown diners, Harmony Fest marked the end of the 2021 Arlington Alfresco season. The configuration for Arlington Alfresco was taken down this past week, beginning at the end of business on Tuesday night, September 28, 2021. The Arlington Alfresco configuration was replaced by the Harmony Fest configuration, which is about the same as the previous Taste of Arlington, Million Dollar Block Party configuration. The Taste of Arlington and the Million Dollar Block Party weekend coincided with the Arlington Million race at the now permanently closed Arlington Heights International Racecourse.

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Menu

Armand’s of Arlington Heights
Pizza by the Slice, Meatballs
Beverages: Beer, Pop, Water

Bangkok Cafe (Thai Cusine)
Sesame Chicken, Satay Chicken, Crab Rangoon, Egg Rolls, Fried Rice, Pad Thai, Potstickers
Beverages: Smoothies, Pop, Water

Beer on the Wall
16 oz. Drafts Oktoberfest Beers, 8 oz. Drafts Revolution Barrel Aged “Deep Woods” Beers, 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 Drinking Beers (Dovetail, Half Acre, Maplewood, 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, Virtue, Stem, 2 Towns Misbeehavin)

Big Shot Piano Lounge & Restaurant
Basil Pesto Pasta, Hummus w/ Pita Chips, Spicy Chicken Skewers
Beverages: Draft and Canned Beer, Martinis, Wine, Premium Cocktails

Chuck’s Dockside
New England Clam Chowder, Lobster Rolls (Maine Style- dressing with Duke’s Mayo & Celery; Connecticut Style- served warm with butter); Whoopie Pies

Fausto’s Italian Kitchen
Sub Sandwiches, Avancini, Panzerotti, Pizza by Slice, Chicken Parmesan,
Mozzarella Sticks, Tiramisu, Cannoli, Cookies
Beverages: Pop, Water

Garibaldi’s Italian Eatery
Pizza – Cheese, Sausage, Pepperoni,
Beverages: Pop, Water




Hey Nonny
Crab Cake Sandwich; Empanadas, Fries, Bacon & Cheese Fries
Beverages: Hurricane, Beer, Wine

Kilwins
Taster Scoop Ice cream, Chocolate Treats Sampler Bags
Beverages: Lemonade, Limeade, Hot Chocolate, Water

Kona Ice Arlington Heights
Hawaiian Style Shaved Ice

La Tasca
Chicken and Chorizo Kabobs, Beef Kabobs
Beverages: Beer- Coors Light, Blue Moon, Anti Hero, Lagunitas Lil’ Sumpin Sumpin, Red Sangria

La Zingara Trattoria
Mostaccioli w/ choice of sauce, Sausage w/ Pepper and Onions, Eggplant Lasagna, Meatballs, Pana Cotta, Pasta Salad, Caprese Salad, Burschetta, Tiramisu
Beverages: Peroni, Moretti, Sangria, Mule, Wine, Limoncello shots, S. Pellegrino

Mago Grill & Cantina
Chicken Empanadas w/ roasted tomato salsa, Beef Empanadas w/ chimichurri sauce, Tacos al Pastor, Tacos Carne Asada, Guacamole & Chips, Roasted Salsa & Chips, Tomatillo Salsa & Chips
Beverages: 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

Passero
Double Cheeseburger (Stagel Farms Beef, American Cheese, Garlic Aioli, House Pickes, Red Onion
Wisconsin Beer Brat on Pretzel Roll with Grilled Onions and Brown Mustard
Beer Battered Cheese Curds- Buttermilk Ranch
Beverages: Dockside Mai Tai, Miller Lite, Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest; Hacher Pschoor, Heffer Weisen, Pop & Water

Peggy Kinnane’s Irish Restaurant & Pub
Reuben Rolls, Jameson Pork Sliders, Chicken Fingers, Spicy Pickle Fries, Tator Tots, Cheese Curds
Beverages: Magners Cider, Spaten Oktoberfest, Freshie Seltzer, Tito’s & Lemonade, Bottled Water, Honest Juice Boxes




Porky’s BBQ
Pulled Pork Sliders w/choice of sauce, Pulled Beef Chuck Sliders (Chuckie’s) w/choice of sauce, Mini Pig-Sty Fries w/choice of sauce
Beverages: Lemonade Shake-ups

Salsa 17
Tacos (Dos Puercos (carnitas/pork belly), Al Pastor, Grilled Steak, Grilled Chicken)
Buttered Corn, Sonora Dog- Hot Dog wrapped in Bacon with Pico, guacamole, crema, Chips & Guacamole, Chips & Salsa
Beverages: Sangria (Red/White), El Guapo Margarita (One the Rocks/Frozen), Beer (Corona, Corona Premier, Negra, Modelo), Water

Tuscan Market & Wine Shop
Beverages: Miller Lite, Blue Moon, Revolution, Cripin Cider, Three Floyds Zombie Dust, Revolution Anti Hero, White Claw Mago/Black Cherry, Wine

**Menus Items are subject to changes**

Rain is done and the air is balmy for Saturday night at Harmony Fest
Rain is done and the air is balmy for Saturday night at Harmony Fest.
Rain holds back crowds at Harmony Fest, early evening Saturday, October 2, 2021
Rain holds back crowds at Harmony Fest, early evening Saturday, October 2, 2021.