Dutch Festival

The 25th Annual Elim Dutch Festival is quickly approaching on Saturday, September 26, 2020.

Dutch Festival is Elim’s largest fundraiser of the year with all proceeds directly impacting hundreds of children and adults with disabilities. 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 26, 7:30 AM – 4 PM
Elim Main Campus – 13020 S. Central Avenue, Crestwood, IL 60418


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2019 Schedule


7:30–10am Pancake Breakfast
8am–4pm Stores & Ticket Booths Open
8:30–9:30am Dutch Organ
9am–3:30pm Pony Rides
9am–4pm Food Court, Games, Petting Zoo, and Train Rides
9:30–10:20am Parade & Opening Ceremonies (main stage)
10:20–10:50am Elim Worship Team (main stage)
11am–1:00pm Elim Experience
10:50–11:10am Dutch History Live Wooden Shoe Dancers (store area)
11:00–11:45am Vinnie Adams & Band (main stage)
11:00am–12:15pm Reptile Show (Door A39)
12:00–12:45pm Vinnie Adams & Band (main stage)
12:45-1:00pm Dutch History Live Wooden Shoe Dancers (store area)
1:00-1:45pm Robyn Vitson & ‘RVQ’ Jazz Quartet (main stage)
1:00-2:15pm Reptile Show (Door A39)
1:45–2:05pm Dutch History Live Wooden Shoe Dancers (store area)
2:00-2:45pm Robyn Vitson & ‘RVQ’ Jazz Quartet (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.