Simply Slavic, the festival created specifically to celebrate Youngstown’s Slavic
community, will take place on Saturday, June 18th, 2016 from Noon to Midnight
on Federal Plaza East in Downtown Youngstown.
The event will include
live music, folk dance performances, homemade food, children’s learning areas, educational
exhibits, workshops, and ethnic vendors. A full day of entertainment and education
Visiting the greater Youngstown area and planning to attend Simply Slavic? Staying in town for the festival is easy! Multiple hotel districts are located within minutes from the Downtown location of the festival. For more information on visiting the greater Youngstown area, travellers and festival goers are encouraged to visit the Mahoning County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The Simply Slavic Heritage Festival showcases the rich traditions of the Slavic ethnicities
present in the Mahoning Valley. The modern-day European nations representing the
origins of our region’s Slavic ancestors are Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Montenegro,
Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and
Ukraine. In addition, we also have many descendants of Carpatho-Rusyn
immigrants present in our area, who are represented at the festival. Individually,
each group’s numbers may not seem large, but together, they represent a powerful
Numerous respected organizations, churches and area businesses support and participate in this effort. These include the City of Youngstown, PolishYoungstown, The American Slovak Cultural Association of Mahoning Valley,
The Carpatho-Rusyn Heritage
Society and many others. By enhancing the community’s knowledge
of these lively peoples through a joyful, family-friendly experience, we hope to
honor the shared past of our beloved ancestors by educating and enriching the lives
of a future generation.
Please explore our site to see photos, maps and information regarding not only the
festival but also general information which may begin your journey learning more
about your ancestry and the beautiful places in Europe from which your Slavic ancestors
originated. We also work year-round to provide information regarding local and regional
Slavic ethnic performances, picnics and festivals on our Simply Slavic Facebook
Please view the details of our sponsorship packages and the participation opportunities
we are offering for this exciting event! You may do this by clicking on the sponsorship/donation
links below or submitting your sponsorship online.
2016 simply slavic forms