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Passport Europe Festival

Immerse yourself in the diverse cultures of Europe with culinary delights, authentic musical performances, impressive dancing demonstrations, and much more. 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 grounds.

Live Music & Performances

Norway Spruce Stage

Saturday–Sunday:
1:00 p.m. – Frank Lamphere & Rat Pack Jazz, Italian music
2:00 p.m. – Guitarra Azul, Spanish music with flamenco dancers

Saturday:
10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – Can Candrea, French can-can performance and instruction
11:30 a.m. – The Brothers Grimm, Fairy tale performance

Sunday:
3:00 p.m. – Thistle & Heather Highland Dancers, Scottish dance performance

Scots Pine Stage

Saturday–Sunday:
11:00 a.m. – Illinois Piper, Bagpiper marching from Arbor Court to Meadow Lake
11:30 a.m. – McNulty Irish Dancers
3:00 p.m. – Polonia Ensemble Dance, Traditional Polish dancing

Saturday:
12:30 p.m. – Nordic Folk Dancers of Chicago, Scandinavian dance performance and instruction
1:30 p.m. – Can Candrea, French can-can performance and instruction
2:00 p.m. – Dionysos Dance Troupe, Greek dance performance and demonstration
4:00 p.m. – Thistle & Heather Highland Dancers, Scottish dance performance

Sunday:
1:00 a.m. – The Brothers Grimm, Fairy tale performance

Bavarian Forest Stage

Saturday–Sunday:
Noon to 3:00 p.m. – Jimmy’s Bavarians, Oompah music from Germany

Meadow Lake Point

Saturday–Sunday:
Noon – Trillium, Celtic folk music

Vendor Expo

Meadow Lake Point

Saturday–Sunday:
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Vendor Expo, Enjoy European goods and foods
The Olive Tap Downers Grove - Viking Treasures - The Russian Gift Shop - Language Stars - The Spice Merchant and Tea Shoppe

Storytelling and Activities

Meadow Lake Point

Saturday–Sunday:
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

Games

Meadow Lake Lawn

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

Botanical Activities

European Tree Collections

Take a self-guided hike to our European Collections on the west side of the Arboretum to discover trees native to central and northern Europe.

Arbor Court

11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Stop by and visit with our Arboretum team to take a virtual tour of trees from our European Collections. Spin the wheel to learn more about the history of our collections and answer tree trivia.

Food and Refreshments

Food Truck Lane

Enjoy European flavors to complete your trans- Atlantic trip.
Pierogi Wagon - Suzette’s Creperie - Chicago Pizza Boss

Beer Garden and Snacks

Enjoy European brews and snacks from Noon to 3:00 p.m.

Ginkgo Grill in Arbor Court

All fired up serving classic grilled favorites with some European flare.

Ginkgo Restaurant and Café

Try our European-inspired special as well as regular menu service

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION: 

September 6-7
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

FEES AND ADMISSION: 

Passport Europe Festival FREE with regular admission