Save the date!  The Annual Elim Dutch Festival is Saturday, September 24, 2016! The Elim Dutch Festival offers something for everyone! Click here to download the festival brochure. 



7:30 – 10a
Pancake Breakfast (donations accepted)
8a – 4p
Stores & Ticket Booths Open
9a – 4p
Food Court, Games, Petting Zoo, & Train Rides
9a – 4p
Chair Massages ($5 for 10 minutes)
9:30a - 10:20a
Parade & Opening Ceremonies (main stage)
10a - 12:30p Elim Experience (Door B14 behind Dutch Shops)
10:20 – 10:40a
Elim Worship Team (main stage)
10:40 – 11:00a
Dutch History Live Wooden Shoe Dancers (store area)
11 - 11:45a
Reptile Show (Door A39)
11a – 12p
Frankfort Brass Band (main stage)
12 - 12:45p Reptile Show (Door A39 near main entrance)
12 - 12:30p Dutch History Live - Cultural Presentation (main stage)
12:30 – 1:30p
Frankfort Brass Band (main stage)
1 – 1:45p
Bubble Show (Door A39 near main entrance)
1:30 – 2p
Dutch History Live Wooden Shoe Dancers (store area)
2 – 3p
Gloryland Band (main stage)
Schedule subject to change

*Main Stage events are in bold print.


Children will enjoy the petting zoo, magic show, face-painting, Kid’s carnival, train rides, and musical entertainment throughout the day.

Adults will love the Christmas collectibles, delft, unique Dutch groceries, baked goods, Farmer’s Market, and Wooden Shoe Carver.  

Everyone will enjoy Dutch treats such as oliebollen (Dutch doughnuts), poffertjes (little treats), rodekool (red cabbage), pea soup, pigs-in-a-blanket, banket (pastry with almond filling) and hutspot (beef and potatoes).  For more conventional appetites - hamburgers, pizza by the slice, bratwurst, hot dogs, baked potatoes, pie slices, brownie sundaes, caramel apple delights, walking tacos, popcorn, coffee and soft drinks are all available.

The day begins at 7:30 am with a home cooked pannekoeke (pancake) breakfast.  The Dutch Village shops open at 8 am and the children's games and Petting Zoo open at 9 am.  There will be entertaining performances by the Frankfort Brass Band & Gloryland Band, Elim's Worship Team, Reptile Shows and a Bubble Show, and the Dutch dancers doing klompendanskunst (Dutch clogging).  The Festival's events end at 4 pm.

The Elim Dutch Festival takes place on the campus of Elim Christian Services in Palos Heights, Illinois (13020 S. Cenral Avenue, Palos Heights, IL 60463).  Admission is free.  Free parking with shuttle bus service is also provided.  You can find out more about promoting your business at the Dutch Festival (through event sponsorship) by clicking here!  The 2016 Dutch Festival Major Event Sponsors include:  Dutch Farms, Fifth Third Bank, K. Hoving Recycling & Disposal, Inc., Providence Bank and Trust, Schepel Buick GMC Cadillac, Van Drunen Farms, and Van Til's Supermarket.

All proceeds benefit Elim Christian Services!  Elim’s mission is to equip children and adults with disabilities to achieve to their highest God-given potential.  Elim pursues this mission by providing educational, vocational, therapeutic, and residential services to over 900 persons with developmental disabilities.