Hotel Information for Out-of-Town Guests of the 2015 Simply Slavic Festival

Although plans are now in the works for a new hotel in downtown Youngstown, there are presently no facilities available within walking distance of the festival site. However, multiple suburban hotel districts are located within minutes from the festival area, easily accessible from major highways into the Youngstown metropolitan region. Travelers are encouraged to visit the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau's list of nearby hotels, motels, and inns in the Greater Youngstown and Mahoning County area, which includes Austintown, Boardman, Poland, and Canfield.

If arriving from the west (Cleveland/Akron), the OH 46/I-80 Hotel District has access nearby to the Ohio Turnpike and OH 11. From this hotel district, follow I-80 East to I-680 Youngstown, exit at Market Street Northbound and follow the Market Street Bridge into Downtown Youngstown. The Simply Slavic festival is located just a few blocks away on East Federal Street, with free parking available at the Covelli Center. Other parking is available throughout the city in any legal parking spaces and designated areas.

Slavic Bakers Invited to Show Their Skills

2014 Simply Slavic Baking Contest Winners

Growing up Slavic in the Mahoning Valley meant slices of kolachi or homemade chrusciki in your lunch box instead of Twinkies and Oreos. The organizers of Simply Slavic want to encourage the perpetuation of those recipes and traditions.

One way they do so is the Annual Slavic Baking Competition to be held at the 5th Annual Simply Slavic Festival on Saturday, June 20th 2015. Organizers are inviting the region’s best amateur bakers to put their favorite recipe to the test!

Filmmaker Coming to Youngstown May 16th to Show Final Mission

Final Mission

Dušan Hudec, independent Slovak filmmaker and his producer, Darina Zmržova, will be coming into Youngstown on May 16th to have a showing of the Final Mission film for us. We are so thrilled that they are stopping here between Washington D.C. and Chicago. This documentary film tells the story of American airmen shot down over Slovakia during WWII and taken in and hidden from the Germans by Slovak villagers. It is a story most people have never heard…neither here nor in Slovakia! It is especially appropriate since May 16th is also Armed Forces Day.

Festival Sponsorships Now Available!

You’re invited to participate in one of the largest celebrations of our Valley’s proud ethnic culture!

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. But to keep it a success, we need your help.

Save the Date! 2015 Flyer Now Available

Save the date! Simply Slavic will be taking place this year on June 20! Join us from 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM on Saturday, June 20th in Downtown Youngstown on Federal Plaza East, for a celebration of the Mahoning Valley's Slavic culture and heritage.

Simply Slavic 2015 Flyer

Festival Event Schedule

This summer's Simply Slavic Festival is looking to be bigger and even more exciting; expanding to two city blocks with music, food, beer, and entertainment until midnight! Below is the schedule for this year's festival on June 15, 2013 from Noon to Midnight in Downtown Youngstown, Ohio on Federal Plaza East. Admission is only $3, children 12 and under are FREE. Festival schedule is subject to change.

Looking for this year's Simply Slavic festival event schedule? This year non-stop live entertainment is planned until midnight. Find out more below.

12:00 Opening Ceremonies
Ecumenical Blessing
Parade of Flags
12:40 Tamburaški Orkestar Noćne Sove
(Night Owls Tamburitzans)
1:30 Youngstown Ukrainian Dancers
2:15 Del Sinchak Orchestra
3:00 Happy Hearts Junior Tamburitzans
Baking Contest Begins
3:45 Del Sinchak Orchestra
4:30 Living Traditions Folk Ensemble
(Polish Set)
5:15 Del Sinchak Orchestra
6:00 St. Nicholas Russian Dancers
6:45 Tamburaški Orkestar Noćne Sove
(Night Owls Tamburitzans)
7:30 Living Traditions Folk Ensemble
(Slovak-Rusyn Set)
8:30 Harmonia
Midnight Conclusion

Posters Now Available

Simply Slavic 2013 Poster

Simply Slavic posters are now available for this year's festival. Looking to help spread the word? You can download and print the Simply Slavic 2013 event poster!

Polish Day 2012

Polish Day 2012

This weekend celebrates the 4th annual Polish Day celebration. This year's festival will take place in the Austintown Plaza. A variety of fun, ethnic events are scheduled for this year including Friday Business Lunches, Saturday Nite Zabawa, a bigger children's area, and even more great vendors!

Simply Slavic 2012 Pictures

Simply Slavic 2012 Photos

Photographs from the 2012 Simply Slavic Heritage Festival are now available to view! Special thanks to Ronald Garchar, the photographer who took all of these wonderful images. View photos from the festival in Downtown, Youngstown on June 16, 2012. Check back soon for more information about the 2012 Simply Slavic festival.

Music Preview Featuring Harmonia

Members of the ethnic music band Harmonia and Simply Slavic's director Ken Shirilla offer an exciting preview of the great Slavic music and entertainment that will be featured at this summer's Simply Slavic Festival in Downtown Youngstown.

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