CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Two festivals have joined forces to provide a day of Czech family fun, with the St. Wenceslaus Church Goulash Day and CzechFest in Czech Village, both on Sunday. Sept. 22, 2019.
While the two still operate independently, free hayrack rides across the Bridge of Lions will allow visitors to easily participate in both festivals.
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St. Wenceslaus — a Czech national parish at 1224 Fifth St. SE — has hosted Goulash Day for decades, featuring its namesake goulash (what some might consider a beef and vegetable stew) served with rye bread and a variety of desserts.
“Wencburgers” are another popular feature at the festival, but the biggest draws are the kolaches, a Czech favorite sold in traditional flavors of cherry, poppyseed, apricot and prune.
Bingo, raffles, a country stores, children’s games and face painting are among other activities.
Live music also is a mainstay of the festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a 10:30 a.m. Mass featuring the St. Wenceslaus choir and Czech hymns.
Performances include the Czech Plus Band at 11:45 a.m., Svetlusky dancers at 1:15 and 3:15 p.m., Mike Lasack & his Rhythm-Aires at 1:30 p.m. and the Iowa Accordion Club at 3:30 p.m.
Across the Cedar River, Czech Village hosts CzechFest from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Activities include live music, pumpkin decorating, a scarecrow contest, 50/50 raffle, Broom Hockey Shoot-Out, bubble pond and more.
Admission is free to both festivals.