Dutch Festival

The 24th Annual Elim Dutch Festival is quickly approaching on Saturday, September 28.

Dutch Festival is Elim’s largest fundraiser of the year with all proceeds directly impacting hundreds of children and adults with disabilities around the world. Elim’s mission is to equip children and adults with disabilities to pursue their God-given potential by offering person-centered services and partnering with their communities.

Saturday, September 28, 7:30 AM – 4 PM
Elim Main Campus – 13020 S. Central Avenue, Crestwood, IL 60418

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2018 Schedule

7:30–10am Pancake Breakfast
8am–4pm Stores & Ticket Booths Open
8:30–9:30am Dutch Organ
9am–4pm Food Court, Games, Petting Zoo, and Train Rides
Chair Massages ($5 for 10 minutes)
9:30–10:20am Parade & Opening Ceremonies
10am–12:30pm Elim Experience
10:20–10:40am Dutch History Live Wooden Shoe Dancers (store area)
10:30–11:15am Gloryland Band (main stage)
11:00am–12:15pm Reptile Show (Door A39)
11:30am–12:15pm Vinnie Adams & Band (main stage)
12:15-12:30pm Dutch History Live Wooden Shoe Dancers (store area)
12:30-1:00pm Elim Worship Team (main stage)
1:00-2:15pm Reptile Show (Door A39)
1:15–2:00pm Vinnie Adams & Band (main stage)
2:00-2:20pm Dutch History Live Wooden Shoe Dancers (store area)
2:15-3:00pm The Singing Men of Oakbrook (main stage)
3:00-4:00pm Dutch Organ
Schedule subject to change *Main Stage events are in bold print.

Come hungry because the day’s festivities kick off with a delicious pannenkoek “pancake” breakfast.  After breakfast, you’re free to nibble away the rest of the day on great Dutch and American cuisine like banket (pastries with almond filling), hutspot (beef and potatoes), oliebollen, pizza, hamburgers, bratwurst, and hotdogs – all at affordable prices. You’ll love browsing the Dutch Village shops and colorful farmer’s market. High-quality entertainment acts delight audiences of all ages and there’s something fun for everyone at Dutch Festival.




“Every person, young or old, and in between, will find something great to enjoy at Dutch Fest,”

says Dan Vander Plaats, Director of Advancement at Elim. “My own family counts down the days to every year’s festival, looking forward to great foods and shopping, and lots of options for kids and adults throughout the day. My great hope is to introduce new people to Dutch culture and to the incredible global ministry that sits right here in their own backyard. You won’t just enjoy the festival, you’ll enjoy knowing that your participation is making it possible for people with disabilities to thrive.”

The Elim Dutch Festival takes place on the Main Campus of Elim (13020 S. Central Avenue, Crestwood, IL 60418).  Admission and parking are free, but tickets are needed for making purchases at the food court and in the children’s games area. Tickets can be purchased in advance before Tuesday, September 17th. Free parking with shuttle bus service is also provided.

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