Cultural Events

Polish Fest is proud to offer a variety of cultural events that give attendees a chance to experience all different aspects of Polish tradition and spirit. Whether your family history is deeply rooted in Polish Culture or you are new to Polish customs, join us in exploring the proud Polish Culture. You can learn more about Polish Culture through cooking events, Polish forums with local historians, folk art demonstrations and much more.

All year long the Polish Center of Wisconsin offers a variety of events. 


2018 Cultural Village Exhibits

 The 2018 Cultural Village will feature folk artists demonstrating traditional Polish crafts, including wycinanki (paper cutting), pisanki (decorated eggs), wianki (floral head wreaths) and more.  The Polish sheepdogs and rabbits will also return.  

Polish Fest will celebrate the 100th year of Polish Independence with a special exhibit.  

The Maly Sklep (“little store”) with Polish food and other goodies and Polanki’s sales tent featuring handmade Polish pottery (Boleslawiec), Christmas ornaments, recipe books and other folk art are both located in the Cultural Village.  

The Polish Genealogical Society and the Milwaukee County Genealogical Society will again be at Polish Fest in a new location, east of the demonstrator tent.   


Polish Forum 

Visit the Forum Tent to hear local historians speak about Polish-related history in Milwaukee and abroad.
Friday, June 15th
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Steve Szabados, Genealogy Columnist for the Polish American Journal and Author
“Finding Babcia’s Grandma - From where did your Polish ancestors leave? What did they do?”

4:00-5:00 p.m.
Dr. Neal Pease, Professor of History (UW-Milwaukee)
“100 Years of US-Polish Relations, 1918-2018”

Saturday, June 16th
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Dr. Helena Pycior, Professor of History, Emerita (UW-Milwaukee)
"Marie Skłodowska Curie's Enduring Relevance: A Century of Celebrations of Her Milestone Years"

2:30-3:30 p.m.
Dr.Donald Pienkos, Professor of History, Emeritus (UW-Milwaukee)
Dr. Neal Pease, Professor of History (UW-Milwaukee)
PANEL DISCUSSION - “A Look Back:  The 100th Anniversary of Poland’s Rebirth and Its Significance”

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Dr. Donald Pienkos, Professor of History, Emeritus (UW-Milwaukee)
“Poland’s Rebirth:  Three Who Made It Happen:  a Soldier, a Politician, and a Virtuous Pianist”

Sunday June 17th
3:00-4:00 p.m.
John Gurda, Milwaukee-born writer and historian
“The Struggle for Independence in America:  Polish Workers and the Eight-Hour Movement
of 1886.”

Learn to Cook With Flair
Polish Fest will once again feature cooking demonstrations in the Food Demonstration tent. Local Polish cooks walk you through the steps to 
make your favorite Polish foods.

1:00 pm       Anne Kagerah - Golabki (cabbage roll)
3:00 pm      James Derdzzinski - Paczki
5:00 pm      Anne Wal - Pierogi w/cheese filling

1:00 pm       Ela Wasiewski - Potato Pancakes
3:00 pm      Michael Krass - Polish Sausage
5:00 pm      Anne Wal - Pierogi w/mushroom & kraut filling

1:00 pm      Anne Kagerah - Golabki
3:00 pm      TBD
5:00 pm      TBD