If you love music, love to dance, love festivals, love dressing up in costumes, or all of the above, then “Czech” out the National Polka Festival from May 28 to 30, 2021. Commemorate Memorial Day this year by heading to downtown Ennis, Texas, for this family-friendly polka party. Whether you know and love polka or not, it’s a fun and colorful cultural experience.
Established in 1967, the National Polka Festival celebrates traditional Czech heritage. It was conceived by a group of Ennis residents of Czechoslovakian descent, who wanted to share their culture and create an event to benefit the city. Today, the festival is one of the largest of its kind in the U.S. It draws as many as 50,000 people each year, while maintaining its authenticity and evoking the feeling of old Czechoslovakia.
All the Happenings
Whether you come for an afternoon or the whole weekend, there’s plenty to see and do over the festival’s three days. 15 live polka bands, including Grammy Award-winning Brave Combo, will entertain at Ennis’ three fraternal halls, which are all air conditioned and feature large dance floors. There’s also a country music concert starring John Wolfe and Jesse Jennings on Saturday night, and a parade through downtown on Saturday morning – complete with decorated floats, bands, and colorful costumes. There are plenty of other activities as well, including food and craft vendors, a beer pavilion, a dance contest, a Kolache eating contest, and children’s activities.
Tickets & Details
The festivities begin at 6 PM on Friday, May 28, and continue through 11:30 PM on Sunday, May 30. Admission to the downtown festival is free. Admission to the dance halls is $30 for a three-day pass, or $9 on Friday, $14 on Saturday, and $11 on Sunday for daily adult admission to all participating halls. Children under 12 are free. The country concert on Saturday evening requires a separate ticket that is $15 in advance and $18 the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased online or at the venues. Free parking is available and free shuttles are also running between downtown and the dance halls. Leashed dogs are allowed at the downtown festival, but are not permitted in the dance halls.
Enjoy all the toe-tapping fun at the National Polka Festival, and check out the Mosaic Dallas blog for more events, activities, and entertainment happening throughout the Dallas area.