Frequently Asked Questions for the National Polka Festival®

Q: Are credit cards accepted for admission into the halls? 

A: No, it is cash only for admission to the halls. There are ATM machines at the KJT Hall and Sokol Hall. Admission for Friday night is $9, admission for Saturday is $13, Country Concert (Bart Crow) is $15/Advanced and $18 if purchased the day of the Country Concert Event (beginning at 12:00 AM), admission for Sunday is $10. Children 12 and under are FREE.

Q: Is there a three day pass offered? 

A: Yes, but only on Friday night, May 26, at the King/Queen Dance at the KC Hall. It is $29 for the weekend, cash only, which is a $3 savings.

Q: Can you bring dogs to the festival?   

A: Pets are only allowed at the downtown festival, not the halls. All pets most be on a leash and no exotic animals are allowed (reptiles, etc.). Service dogs are permitted in the halls.

Q: How does the free shuttle work?     

A: The shuttles travel from downtown Ennis and to the halls during specific hours. The shuttles will start going to the halls after the parade.  Saturday: Continuous shuttle from downtown to halls until 11 pm.  On Sunday, there will be continuous shuttle service from NOON - 6 pm from downtown Ennis to the halls.  The shuttle is available in downtown at corner of NW Main and W. Baylor. The shuttle service is sponsored by Brookshires.

Q: Is there a cost for parking? 

A: Free parking is available in downtown Ennis and at the halls.

Q: Where do I park? 

A: Parking is free at the halls and in downtown where there is availability.

Q: Is there handicap parking for the parade? 

A: Yes, there is limited handicap parking at the Ennis Public Library at 501 W. Ennis Ave, Ennis, Texas 75119.

Q: Where is the polka mass? 

A: The polka mass will be held on Sunday, May 28 at 9:00 am at  St. John Nepomucene Church, located at 401 E. Lampasas Street, Ennis, Texas 75119.

Q: Is there an admission fee for the downtown part of the festival (arts/crafts/street dance)? 

A: There is no admission fee to the downtown part of the festival. However, activities at the festival (children’s activities, food, beer at the Pivo Pavilion) are fee based.

Q: What time does the parade start? 

A: It will start in downtown Ennis at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 27 and will run from N. Clay, then left on W. Ennis Ave through downtown, then right on SW Main Street.  It is suggested to come as early as 9 am to line up to watch the parade.

Q: Is there alcohol served at the festival? 

A: Various types of alcohol are served at each participating hall in the bar and beer only will be served in downtown Ennis at the Pivo (Beer) Pavilion.

Q: Do the bars at the halls accept credit cards? 

A: The hall bars accept cash only.  There is an ATM on site at the halls for KJT and Sokol Hall.

Q: How does admission work at the halls? 

A: One hall/polka admission fee gets you into the participating halls all day long with one paid admission for polka entertainment.  Once you pay at one of the halls, a wrist band will be placed on your wrist so that you may enter each hall for the rest of the day. The Country Concert is not included in the hall/polka admission. See below for more details.

Q: Is the Country Concert separate admission from the hall admission?   

A: Yes, there is a separate admission to the Bart Crow / Ray Johnston Band Country Concert.

Q: Where can I purchase the Bart Crow / Ray Johnston Band Country Concert Tickets?   

A: Click here to purchase you Bart Crow Country Concert. You may also purchase tickets at Doc’s Beverage/Kolache Depot Bakery 1103 E. Ennis Ave, Ennis, Texas the week of the festival, and at the door at KC Hall on the night of the concert..

Q: Are there polka dance lessons available at the halls?   

A: There are no dance lessons offered but feel free to grab a partner and hit the dance floor.

Q: Is there food sold at the halls and in downtown?   

A: Yes, food is being sold at the halls while supplies last. If you plan to eat a meal at the halls, we suggest you arrive early. Once the meals sell out, only sandwiches, etc., will be available. The downtown festival also has food for sale from vendors.

Q: Can you go and eat at the halls at lunch without paying admission?   

A: You can eat at the halls and have an hour to do so without paying admission. After that, an admission must be paid to continue to enjoy the bands at the halls.

Q: Can you buy alcohol at the halls without a hall admission wristband?   

A: No, you must have a paid hall admission wristband to buy alcohol.

Q: Where can I purchase an Official National Polka Festival T-shirt?   

A: You may purchase the t-shirts at Doc’s Beverage/Kolache Depot Bakery starting May 10. You may also purchase t-shirts at the Friday night dance at KC Hall.

Q: Are there RV hookups for camping?   

A: Sokol and KJT have a limited amount of space for overnight RV stays. Please contact either of them directly for more information.

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