Saturday June 20, 2015 12PM to Midnight Downtown Youngstown, OH (Click Here for Map)

Festival Countdown


Simply Slavic, the festival created specifically to celebrate Youngstown’s Slavic community, will take place on Saturday, June 20th, 2015 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 is planned.

In this way, we will continue to showcase 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 will also be represented at the festival. Individually, each group’s numbers may not seem large, but together, they represent a powerful presence.

Numerous respected organizations, churches and area businesses have already enthusiastically signed on to 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 page.

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.

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