Planning committee for Serb Fest 2017 meets – Sunday, Apr. 23

The planning committee for Serb Fest 2017 will meet Sunday, April 23 at 1:00 p.m. in the Pavilion in preparation for the annual festival taking place August 4, 5, and 6 at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, Indiana.

Everyone is welcome to attend and contribute to the planning of this important and special annual festival.

The goal of this meeting will be to review a new proposed Serb Fest layout, discuss and assign area leads, discuss items regarding publicity, music, and raffle.

In these early planning stages, questions about the festival, volunteers, donations, and any other feedback may be directed to the Serb Fest 2017 Planning Committee Chairmen Ray Radjenovich ( and Vlade Stevanovic (

For more than three decades the Serb Fest at St. Sava has been among the most celebrated cultural festivals in Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland. Music, dancing, barbecue lamb and pork, cevaps, a variety of other Serbian classic dishes, and the Famous Serbian Bake will all return this summer, along with more special announcements evolving in the coming weeks.

Tours of the Church interior will be available along with a special exhibit by the Historical Society at St. Sava Church in the museum located in the North Wing of the Church complex. The main activities of the festival will take place in the newly completed Pavilion, one of the most modern event venue facilities in Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland, available for rental to the general public throughout the year for weddings, business meetings, conferences, and conventions.

While the emphasis of Serb Fest is the celebration of culture, it is also important to note that Serb Fest serves as a primary fundraiser to support the aims and programs of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church throughout the entire year (learn more about the aims of the church).

It takes support of the entire congregation and the wider Northwest Indiana community to make Serb Fest the success it has been for generations. As the committee seeks to build the best festival experience to date, the entire planning committee expresses appreciation to the volunteers and visitors who have enjoyed the festival over the years and continue to provide support.

The St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church-School Congregation looks forward to welcoming you to Serb Fest 2017 – August 4, 5, & 6.

View memories from last year as we prepare to announce the newest details for Serb Fest 2017 at the website.

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