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Passport Europe Cultural Festival

Join us for a trip around Europe with our second annual Passport Europe Cultural Festival on June 20-21, 2015. 

No need for a passport, experience authentic music, dance, cuisine, and more in one weekend. Enjoy pictures from last year's event here.

Hike the trails and explore the Arboretum's collections of trees and plants native to central and northern Europe, some of the oldest collections on the Arboretum’s grounds. learn more

Live Music & Performances

Norway Spruce Stage (in Arbor Court)
Saturday and Sunday:
10:00 a.m. – Salt Creek Ballet Company, ballet dancing
10:30 a.m. – McNulty Irish Dancers, Irish dancing
11:00 a.m. – Jutta & the Hi-Dukes, Balkan, Greek, Scandinavian, Klezmer music and more!
12:00 p.m. – Frank Lamphere & Rat Pack Jazz, Italian and Italian-American music
  1:00 p.m. – Robin Pluer, French Chanson music with a twist!
  2:00 p.m. – Can Candrea, French can-can performance and instruction

Bavarian Forest Stage (Picnic Area at Main Parking Lot)
Saturday and Sunday:
10:00 a.m. – Chicago Cossacks, Russian and Ukrainian music and dance
11:00 a.m. – Trillium, Celtic folk music
12:00 p.m. – Jimmy’s Bavarians, German oompah music
  1:00 p.m. – Rakija Bend, Croatian tamburica music
  2:00 p.m. – Danny Manteja & the IPA Tribute Band, Polka music
  3:00 p.m. – Guitarra Azul, Spanish music with flamenco dancers

Scots Pine Stage (Meadow Lake Area)
Saturday and Sunday:
10:00 a.m. – Waldstadttänzer, German dance performance
11:00 a.m. – Barynya, Russian music and dance performance
12:00 p.m. – Polonia Ensemble, Polish dance performance
  1:00 p.m. – Thistle & Heather Highland Dancers, Scottish dance performance
  2:00 p.m. – Dionysos, Greek dance performance
  3:00 p.m. – Borozda Ensemble, Hungarian dance performance
Sunday only:
  1:30 p.m. – Midlothian Scottish, bagpipers and drummers


Storytelling and Activities

Meadow Lake Point
Saturday and Sunday:
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Vendor Expo, Shop European goods and foods
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Language Stars Learning Booth, Learn a new language today!
10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – Chris Fascione, European folktales
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Dots and Splashes, Face painting
12:15 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. –The Brothers Grimm, Fairy tale performance


Meadow Lake Lawn
Saturday and Sunday:
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Croquet, Pick up a mallet and learn to play croquet.

European Tree Collections

Learn more about the Central and Northern European tree collections at The Morton Arboretum. We invite you to take a hike on our West Side for a day-trip to Europe. LEARN MORE


June 20-21, 2015

Outdoors near the Visitor Center and Meadow Lake 

10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


Passport Europe Festival FREE with Arboretum admission