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.

Slavic In The Schools

Simply Slavic in the Schools featuring Harmonia

Thanks to the generous sponsorships of Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home, the Ethnic Heritage Society and others, Simply Slavic was able to inaugurate a new program this year offering Mahoning Valley students the opportunity to learn about our Slavic culture through music.

On Tuesday, May 29, two members of the band Harmonia traveled to the Youngstown area and presented programs at different locations in an elementary school, middle school and high school.

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.

Free T-shirts for Volunteers

Simply Slavic volunteers

Help! There are still many opportunities to volunteer this summer at the Simply Slavic festival in Downtown Youngstown on June 16. Volunteers had a great time helping at last year's festival by being a major part of the festivities, assisting guests and vendors, and having plenty of fun. This year every volunteer gets free admission, cold water, and the first 50 volunteers will receive free Simply Slavic T-shirts.

Second Annual Slavic Baking Contest

Simply Slavic is proud to be holding a second annual ethnic baking competition at this year's festival. Contestants are invited to prepare their best slavic baked goods and recipes. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. Winners will be announced at the Judging Event at the Simply Slavic Festival on Saturday, June 16, 2012 by 5 PM. For more information Click Here to Download the Baking Contest Entry Form.

Half Way To Simply Slavic Wrap Up

The Slavic Clans of the Mahoning Valley gathered at the Lemon Grove Café on Friday, December 2, 2011. This was a first-ever Simply Slavic event held indoors and was organized to raise funds to help defray costs associated with the large outdoor festival held each June in Downtown Youngstown. The evening was filled with Slavic-themed entertainment non-stop from 5 pm until 2:30 am. Also featured during the event were several imported beers from some of the Slavic nations, šljivovica- the potent plum brandy beloved by so many Slavs, and an extremely popular kolachi tasting. A Russian-inspired Beef Stroganoff plate was offered by the Lemon Grove chefs to help maintain the Slavic theme of the evening. Special drawings were held and enabled event organizers Dave Slanina, John Slanina, Ken Shirilla and Aundréa Cika-Heschmeyer to mingle with the crowd sprinkled with local descendents representing most of the lands where Slavs originated in Europe. Even a smattering of people wearing ethnic costumes could be seen among the revelers, and those were rewarded with a chance at a special prize.

Simply Slavic on TV!

The Simply Slavic Heritage Festival is only 2 days away! Until then, check out these great videos of Simply Slavic on location at beautiful St.Casimir's Parish in historic Brier Hill. Get up to date before the festival on some slavic history, preview the ethnic beer selection that will be available, and get a sneak peak at some delicious ethnic baked goods!

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