Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 26, 27 and 28, 2021
The Thanksgiving Polka Weekend returns bigger and better in 2021! The Holiday Inn
Cleveland South is the new polka headquarters as the National Cleveland-Style Polka
Hall of Fame hosts the 57th Annual Thanksgiving Polka Weekend, Friday, Saturday and
Sunday, November 26, 27 and 28, 2021. The Polka Hall of Fame Awards Show honors music
excellence with a gala stage presentation in the ballroom on Saturday, November 27,
Coronavirus restrictions have delayed dance festivals across the country. For safety’s
sake, the Polka Hall of Fame skips the Thanksgiving Polka Weekend and Polka Music
Awards Show for 2020. Dancers and fans are invited for an even greater polka experience
in 2021 with up to 40 hours of live entertainment packed into three days. Here’s
what’s new for next year:
• The Holiday Inn Cleveland South showcases America’s good-time music in the grand
ballroom with the main stage and dance floor. Party rooms spotlight specialty acts
and jam sessions. Free parking always. Convenient to I-77 and I-480 at 6001 Rockside
Road in Independence, Ohio, just fifteen minutes south of Downtown Cleveland. Dine
in or choose from restaurants around the hotel.
Three days of dancing Friday, Saturday and now Sunday with a live band at the new
Polka Brunch. The fun starts Friday afternoon with the finest polka bands until midnight.
Bring an accordion for the epic Button Box Jam. More music in the party rooms. Saturday
afternoon, the stars shine at the Polka Hall of Fame Awards Show. After the show,
pause for the Polka Mass. Stay for more polka music Saturday evening and jamming
beyond midnight. Dance through the gourmet buffet at the Sunday Polka Brunch.
Reserve rooms directly with Holiday Inn for a special rate of only $110 per night,
tax included, (216) 524-8050. Newly-renovated rooms are spacious and inviting. Free
parking, wi-fi, and a pool and fitness center. Free hotel shuttle service to Downtown,
casinos, attractions, and the airport. Save on airfare and car rental with Kollander
World Travel, (216) 692-1000 or toll-free (800) 800-5981.
Check out the 2021 line-up so far: Cleveland’s Eddie Rodick; Joe Grkman and Mikey
Dee from the Pittsburgh area; Michigan’s Linda Lee Brown and Rob DeBlander; and Nashville’s
Ed Klancnik & Friends.
The Thanksgiving Polka Weekend was founded in 1963 by the late polka radio personality
Tony Petkovsek and grew to become one of the leading polka festivals. The event benefits
the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame Museum and Archives in Euclid, Ohio.
The Cleveland-Style Polka emerged from the city’s Slovenian neighborhoods a century
ago and became a national dance sensation.
Plan now for the polka event of the next year. For more information on the 2021 Thanksgiving
Polka Weekend at the Holiday Inn Cleveland South, call the Polka Hall of Fame at
(216) 261-3263, toll-free 1-866-66-POLKA, or e-mail PolkaShop@aol.com