Aug 272012

‘Tis the festival season! Plenty of Central European fun in and around Portland in the coming weeks, starting this Thursday, all the way through October. Event copy and images are from the local media and event organizers.

Bulgaria: Angel Nazlamov & Daniela Ivanova-Nyberg, 8/30

  • Thursday, August 30, 7:30 p.m.
  • Podkrepa Hall, 2116 North Killingsworth St., Portland, Oregon
  • Suggested donation $8-$10 at the door

A great warm-up for balkanalia 2012! In honor of our Thursday dances we are going to treat ourselves with live music by special guest, accordion player Angel Nazlamov from Bulgaria and a “little” help with the steps from our own Daniela Ivanova-Nyberg. Come and join us for a potluck dance party!

The Balkans: balkanalia!, 8/31–9/3

Spend the long Labor Day weekend (Friday evening through Monday morning) immersed in Balkan music and dance, with friends from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy three idyllic days with an incredible gathering of campers, musicians, dancers and singers. The kid- and beginner-friendly camp features daytime classes and evening parties with live music.

  • Friday, August 31—Monday, September 3
  • Camp Angelos, Corbett, Oregon
  • Prices vary
  • Event website:

Romania: Romanian Festival, 9/1–9/2

  • Saturday, September 1—Sunday, September 2, 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
  • St. Mary Romanian Orthodox Church, 13505 SE Stark Street, Portland
  • Free

Party like a Transylvanian! Guest artists, the Romanian folk dance troupe “Doina” from Canton, Ohio, will highlight St. Mary’s 9th annual Romanian Festival. The ensemble, renown for their authentic performances, music and costumes, is considered the premier Romanian group in the U.S. Featured also are children’s attractions, historic heroes portrayed, tours of the traditional Romanian Orthodox Church and a drawing for a trip to Romania. The event will offer ethnic cuisine, traditional pastries and imported Romanian wine & beer.

Czech/Slovak Republics: Hospoda, 9/4

  • Tuesday, September 4, 6:00 p.m.–close
  • McTarnahans Taproom, 2730 NW 31st, Portland
  • Free

The monthly gathering of Portland’s Czech and Slovak community. Guests welcome.

Eastern Orthodoxy: Middle Eastern Festival, 9/9

The 35th annual Middle Eastern Festival will feature food, games, Middle Eastern folk dancing, music and church tours. There will be a number of children’s games and activities, and Orthodox Christian jewelry and other goods for sale.
Cappella Romana, a Pacific Northwest-based chamber vocal ensemble, will perform two free concerts at 2:30 and 4 p.m., performing Slavic music from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Serbia: Serbian Fest 2012, 9/15-9/16

  • Saturday, September 15, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.—Sunday, September 16, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Saint Stephans Serbian Orthodox Church, 11447 SE 27th Ave, Portland
  • Free

Please join us for the 6th Annual Serbian Festival, a celebration of food (BBQ roast pig and lamb and desserts), wine, dance and culture of the Serbian Orthodox people.

Special Guests: Krebsic Orkestar

The Balkans: DJ Boombar, 9/15

  • Saturday, September 15, 10:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.
  • Ararat Bakery and Club, 5716 SE 92nd Ave, Portland
  • 18+ only, dress to impress
  • $10 before midnight & BiG Sound Events present I Heart BALKAN, with DJ Boombar from Canada spinning Balkan hits all night long.

Poland: Polish Festival, 9/22–9/23

  • Saturday, September 22 11 a.m.–10 p.m.—Sunday, September 23, noon–6:00 p.m.
  • Between Polish Library and St. Stanislaus Church, N Interstate Ave. at N. Failing Street, Portland
  • Free

Two festive days of the best Polish food, dance and music, the 19th annual Polish Festival is an event for families and singles, adults and children, for food connoisseurs, music lovers, concert goers, and dance enthusiasts. Non-stop stage performances, including a few dance groups and music bands, polka contest on Saturday and Sunday, a street dance, delicious Polish food, and imported Polish beer.

Russia/Eastern Europe: Chervona, 9/30

  • Sunday, September 30, 10:00 p.m.
  • Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside, Portland
  • $12 advance, 21+
  • Event Facebook page

Chervona parties up with Firewater at the Doug Fir.

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