Polish Festival Houston Fun 11th Annual Celebration
The Polish Festival Houston is now over. The dates for this 11th annual event in 2017 were May 5th to May 7th. It is the largest Polish festival in the State of Texas so look for its return next year.
It was our first time to attend this festival. There was plenty of free parking available on a grassy area adjacent to the church. People could elect to pay $10 to park on a paved lot. Since the ground was dry we saw no need to pay money to park our car.
Entrance prices were very reasonable! It was only $5 for adults. Children under 12 and senior citizens above 65 were admitted free of charge. Wrist bands allowed a person to go in and out of the festival all day long if desired.
The festival grounds were colorfully decorated! Cutouts of men and women in native costumes could be seen in several places.
Colorful artificial flowers and Polish flags added to the festive atmosphere. Obviously many hours were spent creating all of the flowers!
To the front of Our Lady of Czestochowa Catholic Church where the Houston Polish Festival was being hosted was a children’s area.
The church was not open to the public on the day of our visit which was Sunday. Click here to see a 360 degree panoramic tour of the inside of this beautiful church.
The sculpture featured atop a pedestal is that of Saint Pope John Paul II. It is called the Houston Polonia Memorial and it is a small plaza built in 2017 to the front of the church. The architect’s name is Hector Villarreal.
The attractions for children did not end here. To the back of the church were areas where the little ones could get their faces painted, play in the sand, play on swings and even do some arts and crafts.
For children and adults alike there were many booths in which items could be purchased. From Polish t-shirts to jewelry to art…that and more could be found here. There was even a silent auction to entice visitors to place bids upon items of interest.
Except for the children’s zone in front, most of the action was to the side and back of the church.
Like so many brightly colored butterflies an abundance of umbrella tables was filled with people eating, drinking and listening to the entertainment.
Speaking of entertainment, it was non-stop the entire time we were there!
At times the stage was filled with costumed folk dancers. Below is a video showing the Dance Group Wawel performing at a past Polish Festival Houston.
Other times visitors to the Polish Festival were up on the stage dancing to the music or playing games. The video below shows the type of fun had at another festival.
There was much music and fun to be had by all festival attendees whether participating on stage or simply watching and listening from nearby tables.
Of course there was the food…lots of choices in fact! Tickets were sold at a cost of $2.50 each and then tickets were exchanged for the food and drink. I chose the golabki (cabbage rolls) and my husband wanted the sausage on a bun topped with sauerkraut. We shared some of each and both choices were delicious. It would have been fun to try more but we were ‘stuffed to the gills.’ The portions were more than generous!
My hubby and I had a delightful time at the Houston Polish Festival. We would recommend attending future Polish festivals at this church location in Spring Branch to anyone interested in Polish entertainment, food and culture. The address is 1731 Blalock Road, Houston, Texas 77080.
Below is a comprehensive video taken last year at this entertaining festival.