DadFest sprawls across Willow’s expansive parking lot, lakeside lawn area, and throughout the Main and Lakeside lobbies.

Expect to see plenty of

CARS (and other vehicles)

  • Classic and new cars
  • Hot rods and race cars
  • Exotic and custom cars
  • Boats
  • Trucks
  • Farm tractors
  • RVs and campers
  • Motorcycles
  • Helicopter

Many owners allow kids (and grown-ups) to gently touch or sit in vehicles. Just ask first, and honor all posted signs.

Beyond the Cars

There are plenty of activities beyond the car show. Pick up a DadFest map, available after weekend services, and check out the full listing of family-friendly activities. And keep checking this site for updates, as more events and activities are added.


This year’s DadFeast includes food from favorite local vendors. Dads get coupons for free food items; Promiseland kids and Elevate students get free hot dogs. Water is free (for everyone), and all other food choices are available at significantly reduced prices.

Family Activities: Enjoy giant slides, a golf range, inflatable obstacle course, a petting zoo (Sunday only), and a pinewood derby. New this year: Saturday night fireworks! Bring a blanket or chairs and hang out on the lakeside lawn.

What is DadFest?

DadFest is Willow Creek’s annual celebration of dads on Father’s Day Weekend. This year’s DadFest takes place on June 14/15, during and after weekend services:

5:30 p.m., Saturday, June 14
9 and 11:45 a.m., Sunday, June 15

What are this year’s DadFest activities?

DadFest has family-friendly activities located throughout Willow’s campus, indoors and out. This year’s activities include: Great music, a car show, family games and inflatables, outdoor sports activities, a petting farm on Sunday, a pinewood derby, and plenty of food for purchase from your favorite local vendors. Dads receive a coupon toward free food! Free hot dogs for kids!

Will there be a message at the service?

Yes. Senior Pastor Bill Hybels is looking forward to delivering a celebratory, high-impact message to dads.

Will DadFest activities be going on during services?

The car show vehicles will be on display, but no food will be served and the family activities will not be open during service times.

What music will be playing at DadFest?

Plenty of great summer tunes keep the atmosphere festive throughout the DadFest areas!

How do I register a vehicle to display at the car show?

You may register online or call John at (224) 512-2074.

Do I need to register or buy a ticket to attend DadFest?

No! DadFest is a free event. Just show up! The only elements of DadFest that require purchase are the cash-only food items from your favorite local vendors, which vary in price similar to Taste of Chicago. Dads receive a coupon good toward any free food item of their choice. Free hot dogs for kids!

Is there food and if so, how much does it cost?

What’s DadFest without food? This year’s DadFest includes a wide variety of great food options from your favorite local restaurants, available at a discount for purchase. Dads receive a coupon for a free food item, valid at any food vendor. Chilled water (free) is available to all.

Do you need volunteers?

Yes! Volunteers are the heart of DadFest and we’d love you to join the DadFest team! Learn more and sign up at the Volunteer page.

What are Willow Creek’s service times on DadFest Weekend?

5:30 p.m., Saturday, June 14
9 and 11:45 a.m., Sunday, June 15

(NOTE: On most weekends, our Sunday services are at 9 and 11:15 a.m., but during DadFest, we adjust the last service to 11:45 a.m. to make for a smoother traffic flow between service times.)

DadFest festivities begin after each service.

Where should I park?

You may park in any available spot in Willow’s parking lots. Because certain sections of the parking lot are being utilized for DadFest activities, we encourage you to take advantage of our convenient FastTrac parking lot (follow the signs from the Barrington Road entrance). Our free shuttle buses will drop you off at Entrance E near the Main Lobby. When you’re ready to head home, just grab a shuttle back to the FastTrac lot for a quick exit back onto Barrington Road. Or save gas and carpool to DadFest with friends!