The National Polka Festival was presented as an idea to the Chamber of Commerce in Ennis, TX, all the way back in 1967. In just a few short years, it grew to be wildly successful, as it still is today. This Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28, will be the festival’s 51st celebration. Below are a few reasons you should consider attending The National Polka Festival in 2017. 

It’s So Much More Than Polka 

While one would think that the National Polka Festival would mainly consist of Polka music, there’s so much more to it than that. While you’ll have your fair share of the music, there are many different aspects of the three-day fest that are sure to keep you entertained. 

19th Annual PolkaFest Run 

During The National Polka Festival, there are 10k and 5k races, as well as a 1-mile fun run/walk. You’ll wind your way through residential neighborhoods, giving you the perfect opportunity to see Ennis on foot, whether you’re a local or visiting for the festival. After the race, you’ll be able to enjoy food, drinks, and live entertainment. 


A colorful parade kicks off the main festivities for this event. There will be live polka music, of course, as well as decorative floats, and maybe even a recognizable face. It’s a great way for The National Polka Festival to get started. 

Kolache Eating Contest 

Who wouldn’t want to try their hand at a Kolache (a pastry with fruit in the center) eating contest? You could be especially successful if you participate after the run!  

Downtown Street Dance 

While you can listen to a number of amazing polka bands, you’re also given the perfect opportunity to dance! On Saturday and Sunday, you can groove the afternoon away at a street dance featuring a number of live bands. 

Attending the National Polka Festival 

Tickets for each individual day of The National Polka Festival are available, as well as a three-day package. Children 12 years of age and younger are free. 

Ticket Pricing:

Friday, May 26th — $9
Saturday, May 27th — $13
Sunday, May 28th — $10 
Three Day Package — $29

All downtown activities for The National Polka Festival are free!