Dutch Festival

You don’t have to be Dutch to love the Dutch Fest!

There’s something for everyone at the annual Elim Dutch Festival! Join us on Saturday, September 23, 2023 for the 27th Annual Dutch Festival.


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The Dutch Festival offers fun for the whole family! Begin the day with a free and delicious Pannenkoek “pancake” Breakfast (donations accepted) which runs from 7:30-10:00 am. Browse the colorful Farmer’s Market and Elim’s Dutch Village shops from 8 am-4 pm. High-quality toe-tapping Entertainment acts will delight audiences of all ages throughout the day from the Main Stage tent (9 am-4 pm).

Be sure to come hungry because you’ll want to nibble throughout the day at the Food Court on great Dutch and American cuisine like banket (pastries with almond filling), hutspot (beef and potatoes), oliebollen (Dutch pastry), pizza, hamburgers, bratwurst, hotdogs, and more – all at affordable prices.

Everyone in your family will be delighted by the Dutch “Wooden shoe” dancers and amazing reptile shows, and kids will also enjoy the petting zoo, train rides, and pony rides, in addition to the Children’s Games area.

Parking, shuttle bus service, and admission are free.

All proceeds from the Dutch Festival event go to support the mission and work of Elim – equipping children and adults with disabilities to thrive at Elim and beyond. Elim is an oasis where everyone is celebrated, loved, and equipped to pursue their God-given potential. You will feel that when you step onto our campus that Saturday morning, and you’ll leave feeling blessed by having contributed to this work!

You can also support this event by volunteering or by sponsoring this event! Click here for more information on volunteering for the Dutch Festival and click here to find out more about promoting your business at the Dutch Festival through an event sponsorship.

The Dutch Festival is held on the east campus of Elim Christian Services – 13020 S Central Ave, Crestwood, IL, 60418 – approximately 23 miles South/Southwest of downtown Chicago. For questions, contact Lori Kuehl at lori.kuehl@elimcs.org.



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