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Polish Festival Houston: Annual Celebration of Festivities

Updated on March 15, 2020
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Folk Dancers at the Polish Festival in Houston
Folk Dancers at the Polish Festival in Houston | Source

The Annual Polish Festival Houston

We attended the Polish festival for the first time in 2017 for their 11th annual event. It is the largest Polish festival in the State of Texas, and some people we know return to it year after year. After attending it, we could understand why.

There was plenty of free parking available on a grassy area adjacent to the church. People could elect to pay $10 to park on a paved lot. Since the ground was dry, we saw no need to spend money to park our car.

The entrance prices were very reasonable! It was only $5 for adults. Children under 12 and senior citizens above 65 were admitted free of charge. Wrist bands allowed a person to go in and out of the festival all day long if desired.

The festival grounds were colorfully decorated! Cutouts of men and women in native costumes could be seen in several places. Bright artificial flowers and Polish flags added to the festive atmosphere. Many hours were spent creating all of the flowers!

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Entrance to Polish Festival
Entrance to Polish Festival | Source
11th Annual Polish Festival Houston
11th Annual Polish Festival Houston | Source
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Polish Festival Houston Decorations | Source
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Polish Festival Houston Decorations | Source
Decorations at the Houston Polish Festival
Decorations at the Houston Polish Festival | Source
More Decorations at the Houston Polish Festival
More Decorations at the Houston Polish Festival | Source

Location: Our Lady of Czestochowa Catholic Church

To the front of Our Lady of Czestochowa Catholic Church, where the Houston Polish Festival was held was a children’s area. The church was not open to the public on the day of our visit, which was Sunday.

The sculpture featured atop a pedestal is that of Saint Pope John Paul II. It is called the Houston Polonia Memorial, and it is a small plaza built in the year 2017 to the front of the church. The architect’s name is Hector Villarreal.

Attractions for children did not end here. To the back of the church were areas where the little ones could get their faces painted, play in the sand, play on swings, and even do some arts and crafts.

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Children’s area at Polish Festival Houston
Children’s area at Polish Festival Houston | Source
Polish Festival Children’s Area
Polish Festival Children’s Area | Source
Houston Polonia Memorial & Children’s Zone at Polish Festival
Houston Polonia Memorial & Children’s Zone at Polish Festival | Source
Sculpture of St. Pope John Paul II
Sculpture of St. Pope John Paul II | Source
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Closeup of Sculpture | Source
More attractions for children at the Polish Festival
More attractions for children at the Polish Festival | Source

Vendor Booths

For children and adults alike, there were many booths in which items could be purchased. From Polish t-shirts to jewelry to art…that and more could be found here. There was even a silent auction to entice visitors to place bids upon items of interest.

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Items for sale at the Polish Festival Houston | Source
Many booths offering items for sale at the Polish Festival Houston
Many booths offering items for sale at the Polish Festival Houston | Source

Entertainment

Except for the children’s zone in front, most of the action was to the side and back of the church.

Like so many brightly colored butterflies, an abundance of umbrella tables was filled with people eating, drinking, and listening to the entertainment. Speaking of entertainment, it was non-stop the entire time we were there!

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Many Umbrella Tables at the Polish Festival | Source
Entertainment at the Polish Festival
Entertainment at the Polish Festival | Source
In the back of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church
In the back of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church | Source
Back of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church
Back of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church | Source
Folk Dancers at the Polish Festival Houston
Folk Dancers at the Polish Festival Houston | Source
Polish Festival Houston
Polish Festival Houston | Source

Dance Group Wawel

At times the stage was filled with costumed folk dancers. Below is a video showing the Dance Group Wawel performing at a past Polish Festival Houston.

Fun For Everyone

Other times visitors to the Polish festival were up on the stage dancing to the music or playing games. The video below shows the type of fun had at another festival.

There was much music and fun to be had by all festival attendees, whether participating on stage or simply watching and listening from nearby tables.

Many Food Choices

Of course, there were food choices, lots of options! Tickets cost $2.50 each, and then tickets were exchanged for the food and drink.

I chose the golabki (cabbage rolls), and my husband wanted the sausage on a bun topped with sauerkraut. We shared some of each, and both choices were delicious. It would have been fun to try more, but we were ‘stuffed to the gills.’ The portions were more than generous!

The food we enjoyed at the Polish Festival
The food we enjoyed at the Polish Festival | Source

Location of the Houston Polish Festival

My hubby and I had a delightful time at the Houston Polish Festival. We would recommend attending future Polish festivals at this church location in Spring Branch to anyone interested in Polish entertainment, food, and culture. The address is 1731 Blalock Road, Houston, Texas 77080.

Below is a video that was taken in 2016 at this entertaining festival.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Peggy Woods

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      11 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Dora,

      It really was a fun festival to experience. Thanks for your comment.

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      Dora Weithers 

      11 days ago from The Caribbean

      It certainly seems like lots of fun activities, and it would be a treat to try Polish foods. Beautiful costumes! Thank you for sharing.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      12 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Liz,

      I agree! Hopefully, once again, in the not too distant future, we will be able to participate in festivals and other fun gatherings. Stay safe!

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      Liz Westwood 

      13 days ago from UK

      At a time when such events are off the agenda, it is a treat to visit this festival through your article. It brightens up the day when there is so much gloom around.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Manatita,

      The Polish festival in Houston is festive in every way possible. Glad you liked this glimpse of it.

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      manatita44 

      2 weeks ago from london

      They are most certainly very high-spirited and colourful. The traditional pieces are very entertaining and seems family orientated and harmonious. Lovely!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ruby,

      Many people were up on the stage dancing at different times. Sounds like you would truly enjoy this!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      This looks like another fun filled place to visit in Houston, esp. the children and the food looks delicious. I love to dance so that is where you'd find me.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lorna,

      Thanks for passing this information on to your friends. If they live anywhere near Houston, they might wish to attend this festival sometime.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      2 weeks ago

      I have Polish friends Peggy and will pass on this article to them. I find Polish food similar to German food - equally satisfying. Another interesting and informative article with wonderful photos.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pamela,

      The Polish festival was a lot of fun. Hopefully, by the time it is scheduled to do it again, the coronavirus will be under control so that it can happen. Right now, everything is getting shut down for safety reasons.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      The Polish festival looks like great fun, Peggy. I would be interested in the unique food from Poland. The entertainment looks fun also and it would be a nice family outing.

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