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Windmills, Vikings, and Beers... OH MY!
Join us on Friday, May 24th and Saturday, May 25th for Elk Horn’s 44th Annual Tivoli Fest! Tour the historic windmill, taste homemade aebleskiver, watch Vikings mint coins, and take in everything the Danish Villages have to offer during Tivoli Fest 2024!

. Check back for updates or follow our Tivoli page on Facebook. Call 712-764-7472 for more information.

Tivoli Fest shirts now available at! T-shirts will be available for purchase online or at the Danish Windmill through the festival. They will also be sold at the Elk Horn Fire Station on Friday night of the festival. All proceeds go towards funding Tivoli Fest for future generations. 

Tivoli Fest is an annual ethnic celebration in the Danish Villages of Elk Horn and Kimballton, Iowa. Every year thousands of people gather in our small, rural heartland to celebrate Danish cultural heritage. Tivoli is a timeless tradition with fun for all ages. Taste classic Danish foods, listen to Danish music, take in a wide offering of Danish culture and traditions, and experience everything local businesses and organizations have to offer in the largest rural Danish settlement in the United States. 

Tivoli Fest is a two-day festival held every year on Memorial Day weekend, capped by a grand fireworks display on Saturday night. Read on to learn more about the festival highlights and everything you don't want to miss! 

Ristet hotdog | Cafeteria Storebælt

From aebleskiver and medisterpølse to wood-fire pizza, Tivoli Fest has it all. The Danish highlights are aebleskiver (pancake balls), smørrebrød (open-face sandwiches), fresh-baked kringle, and loaded Danish røde pølser (hotdogs). And no Danish meal is complete without a ice-cold pint of Carlsberg beer! 

Beer, hard seltzer, and other beverages will be available at the Tivoli Beer Garden located in the Elk Horn Fire Station. Beers and hard seltzers are $4.00 each including Bud Light, Busch Light, Michelob ULTRA, Budweiser, Carlsberg Pilsner, Truly Hard Seltzer, and NÜTRL Vodka Seltzer.

Aebleskiver & Medisterpølse: Saturday, 7:00 - 3:00 (Fire Station)
Danish Hotdogs: Friday, 6:00 - sold out (Fire Station)
Open-faced Sandwiches: Saturday, 12:00 - 4:00 (Elk Horn Town Hall)

Tivoli Fest features great live music from local performers and rising stars to renowned musicians. Anyone interested in hearing some authentic Danish folk music can't miss our signature performance by the Dwight Lamb band featuring Dwight Lamb, Bill Peterson,  and Tom Carlson.

This year's full LIVE music schedule is:

5:00 - 7:30: Aiden Flathers (country and rock)
8:00 - 11:00: Nielsensation Band (classic rock country)

2:00 - 3:00, 4:00 - 5:00: Dwight Lamb Band (Danish folk music)
6:00 - 8:00: Van Meyer (acoustic duo)
8:00 - Midnight: Shifting Gears Band (rock, country, alternative)

Thank you to Danish Mutual Insurance for sponsoring this year's entertainment! 

Sounds of Danish folk music fill Blair church | Washington County Enterprise

It wouldn't be a proper Tivoli without our folk dancing demonstrations! We have two local Danish dancing troupes, kids and adults, that will perform on the outdoor stage in view of the windmill. Additional performances are given by the Scandinavian Folk Dancers of Omaha. 

Famous Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen, will also be wandering around to regale us with his fanciful tales.

Walk back in time through our historic windmill! Climb all the way up the windmill and see how the gears turn as the sails spin in the wind. Grinding demonstrations held throughout on Friday and Saturday. The windmill is packed with new exhibits for everyone to learn about the windmill and its rich Danish history. 

We will be offering FREE ADMISSION into the windmill Friday-Sunday. The windmill will be open to enter at any time, but we will also have guided tours running every 15 minutes for those interested in a more interactive experience. 

And don't forget there is stone-ground rye and wheat flour in the gift shop! 

FREE Windmill caps will be given out to the first 100 takers on Saturday! 

The Vikings are coming! Witness our live Viking demonstrations downtown and around the windmill. Tour our authentic Vikinghjem and take in demonstrations from the blacksmith forge including coin minting. Our demonstrators will be onsite to give lectures and demonstrations on various aspects of Viking culture including battles and one-to-one combat in the field. 

We'll have some axe throwing kits onsite and a wide variety of Viking souvenirs for kids and adults in the windmill gift shop. View some of our selection here.

LIVE VIKING BATTLES: Saturday at 1:30 and 4:00 PM!

Explore the creative exhibits and beautiful grounds of the Museum of Danish America all weekend with Free Admission. Their feature exhibits include: 

Nature as Sovereign: Paintings and Sculpture as Inger Nova Jorgensen – Gallery talk Friday at 2pm - Come hear the artist discuss her creative process and the ways she seeks to blur the boundaries of the human and natural worlds, inspiring introspection, and reconsideration of the physical world around us.

Nature-Culture/Natur-Kultur – This exhibition aims to explore the intersection of Danish cultural values and environmental action, both historically and in the present day.

Also check out the museum's Genealogy and Education Center located on Main St. Feature exhibit: The Denmark-Russia-America Journey by Annette Andersen.

Bedstemor's House – Saturday , 12pm - 4pmTravel back in time and tour a Danish Grandmother’s house from the early 1900’s.

Jens Jensen Prairie Landscape Park
30 acres of prairie, located on the Museum of Danish America grounds, picnic areas, authentic homesteader’s cabin, mowed and hard surfaced walking trails, outdoor fitness equipment and green roof.

Contact Museum of Danish America for more information.

Explore the craft and antique booths of the open street market steps away from the amazing Egg Krate Anqtique Mall.

Discover retro, vintage, rare, and unique items of all kinds in addition to delicious jams, preserves, and baked goods. 

Food trucks and wood-fire pizza will also be available. 

In search of more shopping? Head up Main St. and take in the wonderful selection of affordable clothing at our newest boutique, Love You Mor

Tivoli Fest has fun things to do for the whole family from caricature art to axe throwing! Be sure to check out the Kids' Lego Contest held at the Elk Horn Public Library

Contestants can submit one creation per class. Limit of 2 people per group. The classes are:
1. Read - Renew - Repeat
2. Danish
3. Book Theme

Bring your creations to the Elk Horn Public Library between Wed. May 22nd and Friday May 24th, 12:30 - 4:30PM. Entries will be displayed from 12:00 - 3:00 on Saturday. Entries available for pickup 3:00PM Saturday or following week during regular hours. Winners receive free Tivoli t-shirts! 

Saturday activities at the library include indoor games, a car race challenge, a canvas painting contest, and Iowa PBS's STEAM trailer! Visit the library's website for more information. 


Friday, 3:00 - 5:00
Submit 6 of your most creative aebleskiver prepared at home to the Elk Horn Fire Station. Judging by Museum of Danish America staff and volunteers begins at 5:30. 

Winners and prizes for Best Tasting, Most Creative, and Best Presentation will be announced at the Elk Horn Fire Station between bands at 7:30 PM. 


Saturday, 8:15 AM
Start at Windmill
$5 / person
Registration table in parking lot near windmill

Race finishes at the Little Mermaid fountain in Kimballton. T-shirts given to winners by age-group. 


Saturday, 11:00
Start at EEHK School on Madison St., runs North to South down Main St. 

Free to participate, no registration. Line up on Madison St. in front of the school.

Parade winners announced at fire station at 3:00. 


Saturday, After Dark
Downtown Elk Horn

Presented by the Waymire Brothers

Seneca Studios

Danish hand-poked flash tattoos
Friday by appointment
Saturday walk-ins: 10:00 - 7:00

Book your appointment today:

Danish Countryside Winery

Open Daily: 12:00 - 5:00

19 varieties of locally-made wine and quality chocolate in a rustic setting

Danish Countryside Winery

OPEN 12:00 - 5:00 Daily

19 varieties of locally-made wine and quality chocolate in a rustic setting

Old Danish Workshop

Birdhouses, canes, crosses, pencil holders, windmills, wooden toys, and more.

Kringleman Bakery

Enjoy fresh-baked kringle in a variety of flavors plus Danish letters, stroopwaffels, creamed-horns, and more. 

Don't forget to check out the Little Mermaid fountain in Kimballton! The statue is a replica of the original in Copenhagen. Surrounding the fountain are sculptures of several of Han Christian Andersen's most famous fairytale characters. 

And just a few steps away is Audubon County's Freedom Rock! 

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