Two words: polka festival. Either you're already rollin' your eyes, or you're hearing the music and envisioning a kolache in one hand and a Pilsner Urquell in the other. This Memorial Day weekend Ennis, Texas will host the 42nd Annual National Polka Festival. Located 30 minutes south of downtown Dallas, Ennis was settled in 1872 by a large group of Czechs. Today, the city and the festival organizers strive to conjure a "little bit of old Czechoslovakia" through traditional food, colorful costumes, street dancing and, of course, polka bands. Squeezing their accordions in 2/4 time, more than a dozen bands will fill the city's three Czech dance halls with the sounds of traditional polka, waltz and folk music. The festival kicks off Friday at 7 p.m. with a dance contest and live music and continues Saturday morning with a parade touted as "one of the largest in The Metroplex." Admission is $7 on Friday, $11 on Saturday and $8 on Sunday. Kids 12 and under get in free. Free shuttle busses will ferry attendees from the local hotels and motels to events. For more information on the scheduled events and concert times, call 972-878-4748 or visit nationalpolkafestival.com.
Fri., May 23; Sat., May 24; Sun., May 25, 2008