Friday, June 16, 2023 5pm to 11pm Saturday, June 17, 2023 12pm to Midnight Downtown Youngstown, OH (Click Here for Map)

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SIMPLY SLAVIC, the festival created specifically to celebrate Youngstown’s Slavic community, will take place on Friday, June 16th, 2023 from 5pm to 11pm and Saturday, June 17th, 2023 from Noon to Midnight on Federal Plaza East and the Central Square in Downtown Youngstown. The event will include live music, folk dance performances, homemade food, children’s learning areas, educational exhibits, and ethnic vendors. A full weekend of entertainment and education is planned. Admission is $5.00. Children 12 years old and younger will be admitted free of charge both days. 

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 BelarusBosnia and HerzegovinaBulgariaCroatiaCzech Republic, North MacedoniaMontenegroPolandRussiaSerbiaSlovakiaSlovenia 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 presence.

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.


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is brought to you by these major sponsors and contributors


The Lariccia Family Mahoning County Convention and Visitors Bureau Moderns Methods Brewing Company Natalie Lariccia & Dr. Gregory Huang Penguin City Brewing City of Youngstown WFMJ WBCB WKBN In Memory of Carol, Susan & Patrick Bacon Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Braydich Dental FCSLA Life Carpatho-Rusyn Society The Slanina Family Basia Adamczak Youngstown 7th Ward City Councilwoman American Slovak Cultural Association of the Mahoning Valley NSS Life Jones Wealth Management Ohio One Corporation Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Churchs SMARTS Marquee Creatives



Thank you to our festival sponsors and friends!