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1st Summit Bank Johnstown PolkaFest

May 31 - June 2

Visit Johnstown PA PolkaFest

PolkaFest was created in 1998 by “Polish Bill” Marano and his late wife Debbie, who pursued their dream of creating a world-class Polka festival in Johnstown. The Maranos’ knew that Johnstown’s ethnic heritage would make it the perfect setting for the festival. The Maranos’ partnered with the former Johnstown Business District Coalition to coordinate the festival in 1998 and 1999, which was held in multiple locations throughout downtown Johnstown.

Visit Johnstown, in coordination with the Maranos, assumed the operation and promotion of the festival in 2000. In 2001 the evening dances were moved to the Masonic Temple on Valley Pike, which was a perfect dancing venue with its large sprung wooden dance floor. The Masonic Temple remained the festival’s home until 2006 when the festival moved to Cambria City and was staged at multiple locations. In 2008, St. Mary’s became title sponsor and primary host site. PolkaFest features the country’s best bands, as well as local and regional favorites. The lineup regularly consists of bands and musicians who have been nominated for or who have won Grammy Awards. Johnstown’s PolkaFest is one of only a few to combine Polish and Slovenian styles at one festival, alternating sets, a format that has proven to be successful over 25 years. PolkaFest has also featured other Polka styles including German, Country, and even Rock, and continues to attract a younger audience.

PolkaFest’s daily admission is $5 Friday and Saturday, Sunday is Free. Minors accompanied by an adult are free.

PolkaFest is always the first weekend after Memorial Day. It attracts an estimated 10,000 people from multiple states and the region throughout the weekend, generating visitor spending throughout the community.


May 31
June 2
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90 Johns Street
Johnstown, PA 15901 United States
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