Tivoli Fest & Julefest - Danish Villages Traditions

Tivoli Fest

2014 Tivoli Fest Logo designed by Elk Horn-Kimballton Alum, Jordan Hansen

2014 Tivoli Fest Logo designed by Elk Horn-Kimballton Alum, Jordan Hansen

Tivoli Fest, The Danish Villages' annual Danish celebration, is held Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy Danish foods and specialties such as smorrebrod, aebleskiver and medisterpolse. Tours of the Danish Windmill, Bedstemor's Hus, The Museum of Danish America and visits to unique gift shops add to the experience. Including the annual Tivoli parade, Tour de Tivoli, an entertainment stage and vendors, there is something for everyone! The Danes of Kimballton have been folk dancing since the town began. It is the longest lasting activity of our Danish heritage.

Tivoli Fest 2014 will take place on the weekend of May 24th & 25th. The 34th annual celebration is themed "Denmark on the Prairie, Let the Festivities Begin".

-View the 2014 Tivoli Fest Guide HERE, complete with all events, times and details!

2014 Tivoli Fest Schedule & Events
Saturday, May 24th

8:00 AM: Opening Ceremonies @ Danish Windmill
8:00 AM-3:00 PM: Aebleskiver & Medisterpolse, an Elk Horn Tradition @ Elk Horn Fire Station
8:00 AM-7:00 PM: Tours, Gift Shop, VikingHjem @ Danish Windmill
8:15 AM: M & M Fun Run (Registration at 7:30) @ Danish Windmill to The Little Mermaid
9:00 AM-5:00 PM: Exhibits: "Schleswig-Holstein: Turmoil on the Danish-German Border" & "Nude Vases, Cubist Faces: Modernism at Rookwood Pottery", Tours, Refreshments @ Museum of Danish America
9:00 AM-5:00 PM: Veterans of '64 Photo Exhibit, Schleswig-Holstein War of 1864 @ Genealogy Center
9:00 AM-5:00 PM: Retails Shops and Boutiques @ Elk Horn, IA
10:00 AM-4:00 PM: Vendor Market and Crafts @ Elk Horn, IA
10:00 AM-4:00 PM: Tour a Danish Grandmother's House @ Bedstemor's House
11:00 AM: Tivoli Fest Parade
11:00 AM-12:00 AM: Iowa Craft Beer Tent @ Elk Horn Fire Station
12:00 PM: Danish Villages Folk Dancers @ Danish Windmill Entertainment Stage
12:00 PM: Ron Johnson, Singer and Accordionist @ Elk Horn Town Hall
12:00-3:00 PM: Lego Contest Exhibit @ Elk Horn Library
12:00-3:00 PM: Human Legoland Game @ Elk Horn Library
12:00-3:00 PM: Children's Activity Center and Elk Horn History Exhibit @ Elk Horn Library
12:00-4:00 PM: Danish Open-Faced Sandwiches and Desserts @ Elk Horn Town Hall
1:00 PM: Sand Volleyball Tournament @ Elk Horn City Park
1:00 PM: Hans Christian Andersen Children's Theater: "The Emperor's New Clothes" @ Danish Windmill Entertainment Stage
1:30 PM: "Ringridning" Children's Bicycle Competition @ Museum of Danish America
1:30 PM: Ron Johnson, Singer and Accordionist @ Elk Horn Fire Station
2:00 PM: Omaha's Scandinavian Folk Dancers @ Danish Windmill Entertainment Stage
2:00-5:00 PM: Firemen Water Competitions @ Elk Horn City Park
3:00 PM: Viking Enactment Demonstration @ Danish Windmill Entertainment Stage
4:00 PM: Omaha's Scandinavian Folk Dancers @ Danish Windmill Entertainment Stage
5:00 PM: Ron Johnson, Singer and Accordionist @ Danish Windmill Entertainment Stage
5:00-8:00 PM: Exira-EHK BBQ on the Lawn @ Danish Windmill
6:00-8:00 PM: Brad Myers and Friends Band @ Elk Horn Fire Station
7:00 PM: Tivoli Follies (Local Talent) @ Danish Windmill Entertainment Stage
8:00 PM: Tivoli Feud (Game Show) @ Danish Windmill Entertainment Stage
8:00 PM: Parade Winners Announced @ Danish Windmill Entertainment Stage
9:00 PM: Tivoli Fireworks Spectacular @ Elk Horn, IA
9:00 PM-12:00 AM: Crossover Band with Darla Hansen @ Elk Horn Fire Station

Sunday, May 25th
8:00 AM-12:30 PM: Aebleskiver & Medisterpolse, an Elk Horn Tradition @ Elk Horn Fire Station
9:00 AM: 6th Annual Tour de Tivoli Bike Ride (Registration at 8:00) @ Danish Windmill
9:00 AM: Antique Tractor Drive (Line-Up at Salem Street) @ Elk Horn City Park
9:00 AM: Iowa Craft Beer Tent @ Elk Horn Fire Station
9:00 AM: Dwight "Red" Lamb, Fiddler, Button Accordionist with Bill Peterson @ Elk Horn Fire Station
10:00 AM: Ron Johnson, Singer and Accordionist @ Elk Horn Fire Station
10:00 AM-4:00 PM: Retail Shops and Boutiques @ Elk Horn, IA
10:00 AM-5:00 PM: Tours, Gift Shop, VikingHjem @ Danish Windmill
10:30 AM: Community Church Service @ Danish Windmill Entertainment Stage
11:00 AM: Dwight "Red" Lamb, Fiddler, Button Accordionist with Bill Peterson @ Elk Horn Fire Station
12:00 PM: Danish Villages Folk Dancers @ Elk Horn Fire Station
12:00-5:00 PM: Exhibits: "Schleswig-Holstein: Turmoil on the Danish-German Border" & "Nude Vases, Cubist Faces: Modernism at Rookwood Pottery", Tours, Refreshments @ Museum of Danish America
12:30 PM: Aebleskiver Eating Contest @ Elk Horn Fire Station
12:30 PM: Aebleskiver Golf Chipping Contest @ Elk Horn Fire Station
12:30 PM: Leverpostej Contest (Bring Leverpostej in Loaf Pan with Recipe) @ Elk Horn Fire Station
1:00 PM: Hans Christian Andersen Children's Theater: "The Emperor's New Clothes" @ Danish Windmill Entertainment Stage
1:00-4:00 PM: Tour a Danish Grandmother's House @ Bedstemor's House
2:00 PM: Run for the Fallen and Walk of Honor and Five Star Ceremony @ Veteran's Memorial
2:00 PM: Dwight "Red" Lamb, Fiddler, Button Accordionist with Bill Peterson @ Danish Windmill Entertainment Stage

-Visit Tivoli Fest's Facebook Here


Julefest

Julefest is held annually during Thanksgiving weekend. The fun-filled Christmas festival features over 25 local businesses, organizations, historical sites and museums ready to help you get into the full swing of the holidays. Visit the distinct gift shops, large Christmas Boutique and more!

For more information, call: 1-800-451-7960.