Dutch Days Festival


History of Dutch Days

The first weekend in May the residents of Fulton celebrate their Dutch heritage.The first permanent Dutch settler arrived at what was to become the City of Fulton in 1835.

It has never been explained why so many Holland immigrants were attracted to this small Midwestern area. The Dutch came in small numbers at first. In 1872 there were only 59 families. This grew to 198 families in only 19 years. Nearly all of these immigrants were members of the Dutch Reformed Church. The editorial comment at the time was that they made industrious, law-abiding citizens. An unknown local reporter wrote: "Their great fortune then was that they were all about evenly poor." The number of immigrants decreased gradually until after World War II when a small number of families came over.

In1974 the Community Christian School Auxiliary organized the first authentic Dutch Dinner. From this, the entire festival has developed.

Dutch Days 2014:  May 2 & 3

2014 Schedule:  pdfDutch Days Schedule 2014.pdf

All Day Events held Friday & Saturday include:
Arts & Crafts Vendors
Food & Concession Stands
Windmill Tours
Dutch Dancing & Costumes
Antique Tractor Display, 8th St. & 14th Avenue
Dutch Treasures Display, Masonic Lodge 1014 4th St.
Heritage Canyon w/Early American Crafters, 515 N. 4th St.
Hindeloopen Painting Demo & Sales, Masonic Lodge 1014 4th St.
Stippling Display, Masonic Lodge 1014 4th St.
Parade - Saturday, 3pm

Events held at Heritage Canyon
May 2 & 3, 2014 • 10am - 4pm
The Early American Crafters portray pioneer living.
Cost: $2 adults and $1 children
A free shuttle service to Heritage Canyon will be available on Saturday, May 3, from 10am to 4pm.  The shuttle will run continuously from Fulton City Hall (415 11th Avenue) to Heritage Canyon.  The last pick up will be at 4pm from Heritage Canyon. 

Arts & Craft Show Vendors, Food Vendors, Run/Walk participants, Parade participants, and 3 On 3 Basketball participants - please download registration forms below.  


  • Address: Downtown Fulton
  • City, State Zip: Fulton, IL 61252
  • Phone: (815) 589-4545
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  • Season Open: First weekend in May