Celebrate Serb Fest 2017 With Us!

August 4, 5, & 6

76th Annual SNF Serbian Basketball Tournament

About Serb Fest

Serb Fest is a special annual event hosted by St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, Indiana that celebrates culture, food, and friendship. For decades people throughout the communities of Northwest Indiana and Chicago have made Serb Fest a family tradition.

  • Great Serbian Food
  • Bar-B-Q Lamb
  • Sarma
  • Cevaps
  • Raznijice (shishkabob)
  • Fantastic Bakery
  • Palachinke (Crepes)
  • Strudels
  • Nut roll
  • Noodles
  • Church Tours
  • Historical Society Exhibits
  • Kolo Dancing
  • Live Music

Serb Fest News and Updates

Manda (Andrejich) Ellesin – Memory Eternal ✝ Vjecnaja Pamjat

June 21st, 2017|Categories: General Information/News, Obituaries & Memorials|

The Clergy, Executive Board, and Members of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church express condolences to the family of Manda (Andrejich) Ellesin. Memory eternal. Manda (Andrejich) Ellesin (nee Sertic), age 91 of Hammond, passed away peacefully

Folklore groups “Studenica” and “Hilandar” from Niagara Falls, Ontario to perform at St. Sava Intercultural Dance Festival in Merrillville – Saturday, May 20

May 20th, 2017|Categories: Folklore Groups, General Information/News|

Folklore groups "Studenica" and "Hilandar" from St. George Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church of Niagara Falls, Ontario in Canada will be among many groups performing at the Intercultural Dance Festival 2017 Saturday, May 20 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

“Intercultural Dance Festival 2017” at St. Sava in Merrillville begins at 6:00 p.m. – Saturday, May 20

May 19th, 2017|Categories: Folklore Groups, General Information/News|

A special showcase of dance from different cultures along with Serbian cuisine and the famous bake sale will all be on display at the third annual "Intercultural Dance Festival" taking place Saturday, May 20 beginning at

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Schedule Overview

Annual Serb Fest Cash Raffle – Up to $25,000 to a single winner

Up to $25,000 to a single Grand Prize winner with $50,000 in total prize money. Only 1000 tickets will be sold. To secure your ticket for a $100 donation, contact Mike Jaksich at 219-880-6307, David Gerbick at 219-588-3604, or the Church Office at 219-736-9191.

The drawing will take place the last day of the St. Sava Serb Fest Sunday, August 6 at 8:00 p.m. Winner need not be present.

Annual Serb Fest Cash Raffle Prize Listing

  • Grand Prize – $25,000
  • 2nd Prize – $10,000
  • 3rd Prize – $5,000
  • 4th – 6th Prize – $1,000
  • 7th-16th Prize – $500
  • 17th Prize (Early Bird Drawing July 16) – $1,000
  • 18th Prize (Early Bird Drawing June 4) – $1,000

Early Bird Drawing Winners are still eligible for final drawing last day of the St. Sava Serb Fest.

The Serb Fest Cash Raffle is organized by St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, Indiana Gaming Commission license number 140666. The license is on file with the Church Office.

Serb Fest Golf Outing – Friday, August 4

Register your foursome or individually for the St. Sava Serb Fest Golf Outing taking place Friday, August 4.

Player check-in at the course and shotgun start start times will be announced soon.

Includes 18-holes of golf with cart, refreshments, lunch buffet at St. Sava with spit roasted lamb, spit roasted pig, cevaps, sarma (stuffed cabbage), salad, homemade baked goods, and two drink tickets.

Cost: Per Person – Price to be announced / Foursome – Price to be announced

Registration deadline will be in early August – call the St. Sava Office at 219-736-9191 for more information.

Sponsorships for the Serb Fest Golf Outing

We are asking you, your business, or your organization to sponsor one or more holes at this year’s St. Sava Serb Fest Golf Outing.

  • Serb Fest Golf Outing Sponsorship Form – Coming Soon

The Outing kicks-off the first day of the three day St. Sava Serb Fest which runs Friday thru Sunday – August 4, 5, & 6.

Sponsorship is $100 per hole

Your sponsorship name will be placed on a banner and prominently displayed at the Serb Fest which is attended by thousands over the three days of the event.

St. Sava’s annual Serb Fest is recognized as one of the most popular summer events in Northwest Indiana, featuring spit roasted lamb, roasted pig, sarma (stuffed cabbage), cevaps, salads, home baked desserts, music, drinks, dance, and three days of fun!

Thank you for your sponsorship and we look forward to seeing you at this year’s St. Sava Serb Fest celebration!