Enjoy family friendly entertainment packed with live music, dance, and culture during the Centennial Oktober Festival. Each day has a different program and will include something for everyone. Participate with your family at a traditional puppet show, face painting and storytelling or take Polka lessons, dance, and enjoy Czech food & beer while we entertain your child. Or celebrate in an elegant 1920s setting the Czech nation’s centennial birthday with life music, wine, fascinating talks, and an intriguing exhibit about facts that may surprise you.
A fun afternoon for kids & parents!
Oktober Festival Day One: Oct. 13, 2018
The Czech Center Museum Houston will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Czech and Slovak independence throughout the month of October. We have an exciting exhibit planned detailing the historic traditions of Czech culture and the inspirational stories behind the success of achieving Czech freedom. On weekends, we will be hosting free movie nights of classic Czech movies for the public to enjoy with snacks and refreshments.
The true celebration kicks-off on the 13th of October with our festival full of fun and games that begins at 12 P.M. We welcome families and kids of all ages to come help us celebrate this magical moment in Czech history. Our entertainment includes different booths around our museum with activities like face-painting, balloon animals, and a kolache station generously provided to us by the Kolache factory. A visiting puppeteer who has a vast knowledge of Czech marionettes will put on an enchanting show for our audience and explain how marionettes have been a significant part of the Central European culture.
Our collection of popular Czech toys from different eras will be on display. Just like in America, people in the Czech culture have traditional interactive games they played in their childhood. People will have the chance to participate in a few of these games and win some awesome prizes. With so much to do, the festivities will continue for five hours so everyone will have time for all the amusements we have planned. This is a great opportunity for people from all over to come and experience all the famous Museum District of Houston has to offer and learn about the unique ways Eastern European culture has influenced the American heritage since the 19th century.
12:00 PM – Doors open to public
· Face Painting by SolShine Arts
· Balloon Animals
· Traditional Czech Toys
· Kolache and Refreshments Table
· Caricature and Drawings
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM – Puppet Show by Jean Keucher from Jean Keucher Marionette Playhouse
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM- Traditional Czech Children’s Games
· “The Golden Gate is Open”
· “Sugar, Coffee, Lemonade”
· “Honza, Wake up!”
· Jump Rope
· Hop- Scotch
Celebrate and dance to Polka beats with your whole family!
(including your children)
Oktober Festival Day Two: Oct. 20, 2018
On the third Saturday of October, we will be hosting a night full of festivities to continue celebrating the centennial event. The Czech and Slovak cultures have deep-rooted traditions that go beyond one hundred years of history. We want to give our guests a chance to experience the unique elements of these Eastern European cultures that traveled overseas with our migrating ancestors and remain a significant part of the American way of life.
We will be serving a dinner full of traditional European dishes. An open bar will be available stocked with a variety of refreshments that include fine wine and original Czech beers. As the night continues, we will be offering the chance to learn the popular Eastern European dance called the Polka. People will be instructed by a certified dance professional who has performed in and won multiple dance competitions.
For our guests with young children, we will be providing family-friendly entertainment for the kids. Parents can be assured their children will be enjoying themselves as they themselves can socialize and enjoy this wonderful evening of tasty foods and lively entertainment.
6:00 PM – Doors open to public
6:30 PM to 10:00 PM – Dance Lessons by Anthony and Rose Lewis from Anthony Lewis Dance Company
· Live music by The Czech Melody Masters
· Children’s table of games, coloring books, and more
7:30 PM – Dinner made and served by Rudi Lechner’s Restaurant
Czech and German dishes
Fine Wine and Czech Beer
11:00 PM – Event ends
Celebrate a Centennial of history in an 1920s ambiance.
Go back in time and learn about the beginnings of the Czech & Slovak nation.
Oktober Festival Day Three: Oct. 27, 2018
On October 28th, 1918, Czechoslovakia became its own country. We will be celebrating this glorious day almost exactly one hundred years later in our closing event of our month- long celebration. We want to commemorate the beginning years of this young country that made it a cultural playground and a thriving economical enterprise.
In the 1920’s, the years between WWI and WWII, Czechoslovakia took advantage of its new status as a free state. The people were able to express themselves without censorship and create an identity all their own. To honor their newfound independence, our party on the last day will be a 1920’s themed affair of Eastern European history coupled with bustling entertainment.
We encourage the public to come dressed in their version of 1920’s attire. Our fun-filled afternoon will begin at 1 PM and includes a full schedule of musical entertainment, delicious Chlebicky, and some Czech related activities. We will treat our guests to a fashion show of different traditional Czech clothing called the Kroj. Also, we’ll see how well the public knows their American Beer from their Czech alcohol.
Our main event will be an engaging lecture from a Professor of Czech studies. We are honored to invite Dr. Christian Hilchey to educate our audience about the miraculous story of Czech and Slovak independence and large Czech population that settled in America. Dr. Hilchey will introduce our Centennial Celebration exhibit and provide his own insight on how Czechoslovakian freedom impacted the native population and their future generations.
The last day of celebration will be the true honoring of Czech and Slovak independence that changed the face of history forever. We invite people of all ages and backgrounds to come help us celebrate these vibrant Eastern European cultures in one of the most diverse cities in America.
1:00 PM- Doors open to public
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM- Czech and Slovak related activities
· Live music by Forza Tango Trio
· Serving of Czech Hordorves, Chlebicky
· Best Dressed of 1920’s Style Competition
· Kroj Fashion Show
· Beer Tasting
· Czech Trivia Games
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM- Historical Lecture on Czechoslovakia Independence by Dr. Christian Hilchey from UT Austin Liberal Arts Program
4:30 PM to 5:00 PM- Questions and Answer Session with Dr. Christian Hilchey
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM- Introduction of Centennial Celebration Exhibit by Dr. Christian Hilchey