26th Annual Ukrainian Folk Festival
Sunday, August 27, 2017
12:00 8:00 P.M.

Ukrainian Independence Folk Festival at Tryzubivka

By Eugene A. Luciw
Photos Courtesy of Christine Syzonenko

Ukrainian Independence Folk Festival at Tryzubivka

Over 2,800 attended the 26th Annual Ukrainian Independence Folk Festival, on Sunday, August 27, at the Ukrainian American Sport Center - Tryzubivka. On this stellar, gorgeous summer afternoon, a cool shady festival glade, adorned with the flags of the United States and Ukraine, and with the vibrant and colorful Ukrainian embroideries, folk arts and crafts, jewelry, emblems, motifs and wares displayed by the vendors, welcomed a very diverse crowd of festival-goers.

Ukrainians, haling, directly or through ancestry, from nearly all regions of Ukraine, demonstrated solidarity with their homeland and her people through their spirited attendance, clothing and accessories: Beautiful embroidered shirts and blouses (including also those of our Crimean Tatar and Kuban Kozak Ukrainians), flags, Tryzubs, Ukrainian sports and thematic jerseys and our beautiful colors and language affirmed the presence of Ukraine’s immortal and immutable spirit, well before the concert had even started.
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Festival Featured on USA State Department’s Share America publication: ”In photos: Americans celebrate Ukrainian Independence Day 
By Mary Jane Maxwell, Aug 17, 2017


Every year in August, communities across America — from San Francisco, to Houston, to Chicago, to New York — celebrate Ukrainian Independence Day.

Nearly 900,000 people with Ukrainian heritage live in the United States. Many mark August 24, the day Ukraine gained its independence from the former Soviet Union... Read More »



Photo Gallery - Festival 2017
Courtesy of Christine Syzonenko

Photo Gallery - Festival 2017

Celebrating the 26th Anniversary of
Ukraine's Independence

Exciting, spectacular, dazzling, breathtaking, exhilarating, spirited, soulful, enchanting, captivating, and intriguing – modest words which describe but by no means capture the full essence of Ukrainian folk art, song, music, and dance.  From the rich color and deep symbolism of the delicate “pysanka” (Ukrainian Easter Egg) to the thunderous rhythm and power of “HOPAK” – the world’s most exciting ethnic dance - and every brilliant “Kolomiyka” (polka) and soulful folk song in between, experience the 26th Annual Ukrainian Folk Festival.


A Resplendent Outdoor Summer Concert
Marking Ukraine’s Independence, the Unity of her People, Their Struggle for Freedom and Dignity and Ukraine’s Entry into the Family of Advanced Democratic Nations!

The artists (dance troupes, musicians, singers and ensembles that have performed in previous years) have created a dynamic and integrated collaborative program. The artistic unity underscores the theme: United Ukraine; United with Us.  

Recent events in Ukraine, the Euromaidan Protest and Revolution of Dignity as well as the twilight struggle against unlawful Russian aggression, have forged a unified Ukrainian national identity, both in Ukraine and in the Diaspora. America’s support of Ukraine’s commitment to a self-determined democratic future - to life, liberty, freedom and justice – has created permanent bonds of friendship between the two nations. This year’s festival honors these special relationships and developments.

Featured Performers:

Special Guests:

Popstar singer-songwriter Iryna Lonchyna Efsane Crimean Tatar Ensemble
Popstar singer-songwriter Iryna Lonchyna Efsane Crimean Tatar Ensemble

Գ . “One of the largest Ukrainian Festivals on the US East Coast took place in the Philadelphia area”, a report by Voice of America journalist, Alex Yanevsky



Homemade Ukrainian Ethnic
 Foods & Baked Goods

Festival Vendors Welcome

Click for Application

Festival Food MenuFestival Vendors WelcomeFestival 2016

Ukrainian Folk Arts & Crafts
Market and Displays

  BBQ & Picnic Fare
      Drinks and Cool Refreshments

Children’s Area: Fun & Games,
Amusements and Free Face-Painting

Homemade Ukrainian Ethnic  Foods & Baked Goods

Photo courtesy of Christine Syzonenko


12:00pm – Live Music & Dancing - Concessions, Vendors’ Grove & Children’s Fun Open

1:30 PM - Opening Ceremonies
2:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. Outdoor Festival Concert in Park

4:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. - Social Dance (“ZABAVA”) – to Live Music
Vox Ethnika: traditional, modern, contemporary, Ballroom & Polka

Admission - $15; Students - $10; Children 14 & under - Free; Free Parking

Purchase tickets online for only $10 »
Tryzub members showing their cards at the gate will be admitted for $10.


Ukraine performers

Photo courtesy of Christine Syzonenko

Sponsor Friend of UASC Tryzub
UKRFCU Manor College


12:00 p.m. – festival begins; vendors; food; kid's fun area, refreshments   
12:00 to 1:30 PM – Karpaty Orchestra: Music & Dancing    
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM – Concert in the Tryzub park

4:30 PM – 8:00 PM – Public Social Dance (“Zabava”)
Vox Ethnika Orchestra – traditional, modern, ballroom and Polka


Photo Galleries

Photo Gallery - Festival 2016

Photo Gallery - Festival 2016


Full Length Video of Festival 2016 Concert



Photo Gallery - Festival 2015

Photo Gallery - Festival 2015

Photo Gallery - Festival 2014


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Photos Courtesy of Christine Syzonenko