The Sixth Annual Polkapocalypse

Event Category: 
Texas Folklife Event
Event Date: 
Sun Oct 27, 2019 - 12:00PM to 5:30PM



Produced by Elisabet Ney Museum & Texas Folklife

Sunday, October 27, 2019


Come celebrate Oktoberfest the Elisabet Ney way with five incredible Polka bands to include a crazy mix of Tejano, Czech, German, Polish, Gypsy, and Norteno sounds! Program emceed by local favorite, Spike Gillespie with a costume contest, German eats, dance floor, and activities for all ages.

FREE and open to the public

Austin Polka Band
Fabulous Polkasonics
Eva Ybarra
Patricia Vonne
Brave Combo

Ted's Farm
Quack's 43rd Street Bakery

-Costume Contest: Dress in your best Polka attire to win prizes from local businesses Quack's 43rd Street Bakery, JuiceLand, and The Parlor

-Passport Guide: Grab your passport guide at the info table and stop by participating booths, play games, and collect all your stamps! Follow the guide and you will receive a limited edition ‘I Voted for the Ney’ poster after filling up your passport

-The Quick Draw Photo Booth: 19th Amendment themed games with prizes

-Bibliographia: On-site screenprinting of the classic Polkapocalypse design. Be sure to bring your own shirt!

-Friends of Elisabet Ney Museum: Learn more about the Ney and make your own one-of-a-kind Elisabet Ney button

-National Trust for Historic Preservation: Did you know the Ney has a chance to win $150,000 in National Trust for Historic Preservation grant dollars? Vote for the Ney online everyday at and then vote onsite at Polkapocalypse at the National Trust booth for us to win an additional $50,000!

Yes: Admission is FREE!
Yes: There will be a dance floor.
Yes: Bring the family and a picnic and chairs if you wish.
*If we need to change the venue (which seems very unlikely) we will announce by Friday afternoon. There is a rain site so the show will go on!
Yes: There will be food and beverages. There are also many options within a couple of blocks of the museum if you don't find what you need here! Coolers are totally allowed, beer alas is not.
Yes: Parking is available at the Hyde Park Christian Church about 1/8 of a mile east of us on 45th street. There's also the Fresh Plus parking lot at 43rd & Ave G. Please be kind to our residential neighbors. Better yet, BIKE OR BUS! There are SEVEN Capitol Metro bus lines that stop within a 1/4 mile of here!

POLKAPOCALYPSE! is produced by the Elisabet Ney Museum and Texas Folklife, with support from Texas Commission on the Arts. Texas Folklife receives support from the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin. The Elisabet Ney Museum is a part of Austin Parks and Recreation Department!

The City of Austin is proud to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require assistance for participation in our programs or use of our facilities, please call (512) 974-6700