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.
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. A cash 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. 28, 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 Wine from their Czech alcohol.
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
· Serving of Czech Hordorves, Chlebicky
· Best Dressed of 1920’s Style Competition
· Kroj Fashion Show
· Wine Tasting
· Czech Trivia Games
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM- Historical Lecture on Czechoslovakia Independence
4:30 PM to 5:00 PM- Questions and Answer Session
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM- Introduction of Centennial Celebration Exhibit