If you are a Czech ancestor or are only interested in Czech culture, you will be pleased to know that there are several vibrant Czech communities that are scattered across the United States. Here are the top ten list with festivals celebrating Czech culture …
Across America, there are numerous communities in which inhabitants of Czech heritage settled over decades. Many of these communities celebrate this heritage with an annual festival that brings together people who enjoy music, food and cultural traditions.
Each of these communities has an annual festival, and most are two or three days and held over the weekend. More details about each festival can be found on our website.
Here are our top ten favorites:
Tabor, South Dakota: Usually the third weekend in June is held, this festival often attracts 10,000 people, making it a real city. The camp has about 500 inhabitants.
Wilber, Nebraska: This central community in Nebraska, near Lincoln, has an authentic cultural shopping center on the main street in downtown. In 1987 it was declared the Czech capital of the United States. The celebration is usually held last weekend in July or early August.
Victoria, TX: About 45 minutes north of Corpus Christi, Victoria is a great small town in Texas that celebrates and barbecues and its heritage.
West, Texas: It is being held at the beginning of September, this weekend celebrates more than 25,000 visitors and has been held continuously since 1976.
Wilson, Kansas, Last weekend in July, you will find an authentic beer garden, a choice of beauty, and a lot of authentic food in this small central Kansas community.
Yukon, Oklahoma: This is the October festival and is held on the first Saturday in October. It has food, drinks, music and entertainment.
Clarkson, Nebraska: This community in northeast Nebraska hosts its annual Heritage Festival in late June. This is a three-day event that attracts visitors from several surrounding countries.
St. Louis, Missouri: It is held in April this spring festival featuring cooking demonstrations, a fashion show and an abundant dinner.
Lincoln, Nebraska: One of the more active hereditary communities and the capital of Nebraska, this vibrant little city holds a spring festival with an emphasis on music, crafts and authentic food.
Taborville, Ohio: Taborville is about 25 miles east of Cleveland. They hold a one-day celebration usually on Sunday in July.
The largest Czech communities in America are in central Texas, Nebraska and the wider Chicago area. Near the western suburbs, Chicago has some of the best Czech restaurants in the country, with authentic food, drinks and decor.
If we had to name our favorite Czech restaurant, it would be the historic Bohemian Cafe in Omaha, Nebraska, south of the city center. In the 1920s operation, it does not become more authentic than this! Portions are lovingly prepared, generous and cheap. If you visit Omaha, this is a great place to lunch or dinner.