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Polish Festival Houston: Annual Celebration of Festivities

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

Folk Dancers at the Polish Festival in Houston

Folk Dancers at the Polish Festival in Houston

The Annual Polish Festival Houston

We attended the Polish festival for the first time in 2017 for their 11th annual event. It is the largest Polish festival in the State of Texas, and some people we know return to it year after year. After attending it, we could understand why.

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 spend money to park our car.

The 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. Bright artificial flowers and Polish flags added to the festive atmosphere. Many hours were spent creating all of the flowers!

Location: Our Lady of Czestochowa Catholic Church

To the front of Our Lady of Czestochowa Catholic Church, where the Houston Polish Festival was held was a children’s area. The church was not open to the public on the day of our visit, which was Sunday.

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 the year 2017 to the front of the church. The architect’s name is Hector Villarreal.

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.

Vendor Booths

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.

Entertainment

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.

Fun For Everyone

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.

Many Food Choices

Of course, there were food choices, lots of options! Tickets cost $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!

The food we enjoyed at the Polish Festival

The food we enjoyed at the Polish Festival

Location

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 video that was taken in 2016 at this entertaining festival.

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© 2020 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 02, 2020:

Hi Robert,

Our lives will never get back to normal until we start mitigating the spread of the coronavirus. Some states appear to handle it better than others. We all need to do our part. I hope you are feeling better these days.

Robert Sacchi on November 01, 2020:

Hopefully, things will get to a semblance of normalcy. New York now requires people coming in from out of state to take a COVID-19 test 3 days before arriving and then undergo 4 days of quarantine. NY seems a good state to cross of the travel list if possible.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 01, 2020:

Hi C E Clark,

I would put the Polish Festival high on our list of fun ones to attend out of the many that we have in Houston. Thanks for the shares and well wishes.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 01, 2020:

Hi Robert,

All kinds of festivals were put on hold this year. Hopefully, the Polish Festival, and many others, will be in full swing next year. The Polish Festival was a lot of fun!

C E Clark from North Texas on October 31, 2020:

This does look like there are lots of fun things to do! The photos are fantastic as always. Posting this too aH & FB.

Stay healthy and safe.

Robert Sacchi on October 31, 2020:

It does seem a fun event to attend. I presume this didn't happen this year because of COVID-19.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 27, 2020:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

It was pretty warm when we attended the Polish festival. If you noticed from the photos that I took, many people were wearing shorts. So those dancing in costumes, probably did get pretty hot. But it did not seem to dampen their spirits!

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 25, 2020:

This does look and sound like fun. I image the summer in Houston dressed in those costumes has to be nearly unbearable!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 20, 2020:

Hi Dora,

It really was a fun festival to experience. Thanks for your comment.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 20, 2020:

It certainly seems like lots of fun activities, and it would be a treat to try Polish foods. Beautiful costumes! Thank you for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 19, 2020:

Hi Liz,

I agree! Hopefully, once again, in the not too distant future, we will be able to participate in festivals and other fun gatherings. Stay safe!

Liz Westwood from UK on March 19, 2020:

At a time when such events are off the agenda, it is a treat to visit this festival through your article. It brightens up the day when there is so much gloom around.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 17, 2020:

Hi Manatita,

The Polish festival in Houston is festive in every way possible. Glad you liked this glimpse of it.

manatita44 from london on March 17, 2020:

They are most certainly very high-spirited and colourful. The traditional pieces are very entertaining and seems family orientated and harmonious. Lovely!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 16, 2020:

Hi Ruby,

Many people were up on the stage dancing at different times. Sounds like you would truly enjoy this!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 16, 2020:

This looks like another fun filled place to visit in Houston, esp. the children and the food looks delicious. I love to dance so that is where you'd find me.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 16, 2020:

Hi Lorna,

Thanks for passing this information on to your friends. If they live anywhere near Houston, they might wish to attend this festival sometime.

Lorna Lamon on March 16, 2020:

I have Polish friends Peggy and will pass on this article to them. I find Polish food similar to German food - equally satisfying. Another interesting and informative article with wonderful photos.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 16, 2020:

Hi Pamela,

The Polish festival was a lot of fun. Hopefully, by the time it is scheduled to do it again, the coronavirus will be under control so that it can happen. Right now, everything is getting shut down for safety reasons.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 16, 2020:

The Polish festival looks like great fun, Peggy. I would be interested in the unique food from Poland. The entertainment looks fun also and it would be a nice family outing.

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