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Passport Europe Festival

A German dance trio

September 24-25, 2016

Join us for a trip around Europe with our 2nd Annual Passport Europe Cultural Festival on September 24-25, 2016. No need for a passport, experience authentic music, dance, cuisine, and more in one weekend. 


European Tree Collections

Take a quick trip to surround yourself with European trees! 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 and Dance Performances:

Norway Spruce Stage (Arbor Court)

Saturday and Sunday:
10:00am-Salt Creek Ballet Company, ballet dance performance
11:00 am- Frank Lamphere & Rat Pack Jazz, Italian and Italian-American music
1:00pm- Trillium, Celtic folk music
2:00pm- Ana Munteanu, French-style jazz music
3:00pm- McNulty Irish Dancers, Irish dance performance
Sunday Only:
Noon – Leikarringen, Norwegian folk dance performance

Bavarian Forest Stage (Picnic Area at Main Parking Lot )

Saturday and Sunday:
10:00am-Danny Mateja & The IPA Tribute Band,  Polka music
11:00 am- Prazna Flasa Tamburitza Orchestra, traditional Balkan music
Noon – Guitarra Azul, Spanish flamenco music
1:00pm- Jimmy’s Bavarians, German oompah music
2:00pm- Chicago Spelmanslag, Scandinavian music
3:00pm- Thistle & Heather Highland Dancers, Scottish dance performance
Saturday Only:
3:30pm- Polonia Ensemble, traditional Polish dance performance

Scots Pine Stage (Meadow Lake)

10:00am-Walstadttänzer,  German dance performance
11:00 am- Chicago Cossacks, Russian and Ukranian music and dance
Noon – Barynya, Russian dance performance
2:00pm- Dionysus, Greek dance performance
3:00pm Borozda Ensemble, Hungarian dance performance
Saturday Only:
1:00pm- Ensemble Espanol, Spanish dance performance
Sunday Only:
1:00pm- Polonia Ensemble, traditional Polish dance performance


Storytelling and Activities:

Meadow Lake Point:

10:30am and 11:30am- Chris Fascione, European folktales
Noon and 2:00pm- Barb Sorensen, German folktales and music

Meadow Lake Lawn:

10:00am-4:00pm Croquet, pick up a mallet and learn to play
10:00am-4:00pm Hurling, learn about the Irish sport
10:00 am - 4:00 pm Food Trucks, get your fill on classic European dishes

Children’s Garden:

11:00am-4:00pm Crafts, learn to make a pinecone European Hedgehog


European Trees:

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.

Can you spot the European Trees?
Take a walk around Meadow Lake Trail and identify the following trees native to Europe. Did you know the Arboretum has tree collections from around the world?

  • European beech tree
  • European larch
  • Norway Spruce
  • English Oak


Vendor Expo

Save time to walk to through the Meadow Point Lake to shop for European goods. 

Participating Vendors: 

  • Language Stars, learn a new language
  • Mayflower Tours, enter to win a Christmas Market Cruise vacation
  • The Spice & Tea Merchant, sample a variety of teas
  • The Russian Gift Shop, get a little gift for yourself or a friend


Food and Refreshments:

Al Fresco European Cuisine

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Delight in European flavors to complete your trans-atlantic trip. 

Participating Vendors:

  • DönerMen
  • Pierogi Street
    Suzettes Creperie
  • Mario's Cart (Sunday Only)

Beer Garden and Snacks

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Try European brews and snacks while you enjoy live music

Ginkgo Grill in Arbor Court

All fired up! Serving classic grilled favorites and with some European flair.

Gingko Restuarant and Cafe

Try our European-inspired special as well as regular menu service inside the Visitor Center.



Passport Europe Festival FREE with Arboretum admission


Arts programs at The Morton Arboretum are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency

Illinois Arts Council Agency
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