The community of Hallettsville has a proud history rooted in the immigrants from Germany and Czechoslovakia that began settling there in the mid 1800s. Kolache Fest is a tribute and celebration of this rich heritage. A “kolache” is a Czech pastry with a fruit filling. If you’ve never had one, they’re perfect served warm and enjoyed with a hot cup of coffee, and they abound in shops and bakeries throughout this region of Texas. Some of the older residents will delight you with stories about how nothing tasted as good as the kolaches their grandmothers would make. Hot from the oven and melt-in-your mouth delicious! It’s only fitting that this Czech festival be named after this beloved treat.
Held the last Saturday of September at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Kolache Fest has something for everyone! From the Eating Contests to the arts and crafts booths to the classic car show featuring cars from all over the area.
Perhaps the highlight of the day for children young and old is the Kolache Fest Parade through Hallettsville’s Downtown Square. Other activities for the children include games and activity booths.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Czech festival without polka music. Throughout the day polka bands are on hand to entertain guests and delight visitors.
The night is finished off with the Kolache Fest dance featuring bands that are local and regional favorites. If you’re looking for an opportunity to discover what Texas heritage is all about, come to Kolache Fest and learn the wonderful Czech philosophy. Dance to the polka, and sing the songs of the musician. Taste the true ethnic food and lend your soul to the fulfillment of the Czech cultural heritage.