Polacek Family Johnstown Slavic Festival

See you Sept. 20-21, 2024!

Currently this site contains information for the 2023 festival. We’ll update it as the 2024 dates get closer!

The festival is back for two full days of Slavic entertainment, food and fun!

Slavs have a rich history in Johnstown

From 1880 until 1920, thousands of Slavic immigrants came to Johnstown, Pennsylvania to find employment in the area’s mills and mines. By 1920, 25 percent of Johnstown’s residents were of Slavic descent. They created a rich network of churches and social clubs to support their way of life and culture.

Johnstown went through tough economic times in the 1970s and 80s, and many people were forced to leave the community. Johnstown’s ethnic organizations suffered. Today, many young people want to know about their ethnic heritage, and the culture and history of their Slavic ancestors.

Join us for this free festival!

Come celebrate this rich heritage at the annual Polacek Family Johnstown Slavic Festival! The festival is planned by a volunteer committee in cooperation with the Johnstown Area Heritage Association (JAHA), and is held at one of JAHA’s museums, the Heritage Discovery Center. Museum admission will be free during the event, too!

Here’s how to find the Heritage Discovery Center

We plan a festival full of:

  • Authentic Slavic music
  • Slavic folk dance performances
  • Homemade Slavic food, as well as Slavic beer
  • Educational speakers
  • Ethnic vendors

Images from past festivals

Crafts, dancing, vendors and more are part of the festival!