Celebrate Czech Village culture and history May 19-21 during the 40th annual Houby Days! Throughout the weekend celebration, you’ll enjoy live music, carnival rides and games, food and artisan vendors, and discounted admission to the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library. You’ll also have a chance to taste and admire the festival’s namesake houbys (pronounced HOE-bees) – the Czech word for mushrooms – which Czech and Slovak families gather in the woods and eat dried, fried or pickled.

Purchase a commemorative Houby Days Button at participating businesses for just $2 each. Not only can you win cash or prizes, but you can use the buttons for specials throughout the event! This year’s buttons were created by Marj Nejdl, master Czech folk artist and longtime community member.

Houby Days kicks off Friday with the Museum Guild of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library’s 16th annual Taste of Czech & Slovak from 5-7 pm. Sample delicious appetizers, soups, salads, sides, entrees and desserts handed down by generations of Czech and Slovak cooks. Admission is $15.

Start your Saturday and Sunday with yoga on the bridge and an egg and houby breakfast at the Frog Pub & Eatery. Don’t miss Saturday’s highlights, including the Houby Days Parade, Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa Queen Pageant, maypole and of course, a houby contest judging the biggest, smallest and most unusual mushrooms.

Kids can get crafty during a make-and-take Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and enjoy laughs with local clowns Sparkles and Sprinkles. Sunday includes children’s games, Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre Company’s show “Stories and Cuentos,” and a costume walk for people of all ages. You’ll also get a chance to meet the festival’s crown prince and princess.

Visit the Czech Village Association’s Facebook page for information about the upcoming event!