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. 


 Cultural Village 2019 

Polish Folk Arts- The 2019 Cultural Village will feature folk artists demonstrating traditional Polish crafts, including wycinanki (paper cut design), pisanki (decorated eggs), wianki (floral head wreaths), the Polish Confederatka cap, straw weaving, and wood carving.

Special Exhibit – Poland Regained: Polish Posters from the 1890s to the 1930s- Created in partnership of Warsaw’s Poster Museum (Wilanów Museum,) the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington D.C., the Polish Cultural Institute of New York, and in cooperation with the Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Chicago, Polish Fest is proud to bring you this remarkable centennial display. Poland Regained tells the story of an emerging independent country and darker events in the advent of WWII, uniquely presented by some of Poland’s notable visual and graphic artists of the period.

Fathers of Independence (Ojcowie Niepodległości), a bilingual exhibit created by the Institute of National Remembrance in Poland, commemorates the restitution of the Polish state after 123 years of partitions. It includes a calendar of important events and showcases the contributions of six leaders whose efforts led to the formation of the Second Polish Republic in 1918 and 1919:  Józef Piłsudski, Ignacy Paderewski, Roman Dmowski, Wincenty Witos, Wojciech Korfanty, and Ignacy Daszyński.

Genealogy- Experts from the Milwaukee County Genealogical Society and Polish Genealogical Society of Chicago will be available to assist you in tracing your family’s Polish roots.

Budka Fotograficzna- Family Photo Booth – Celebrating our heroes, builders, and fathers. Make Your Dad a King!

Polanki Sales Tent- Shop from an assortment of Bolesławiec pottery, Christmas ornaments, Polish recipe books, hand carved items and more. Polanki’s used book sale is also located in this tent.

Polish Forum Tent

Forum Speakers
*Polish Fest is pleased to bring you a mini clinic with Steve Szabodos, Genealogy Columnist for the Polish American Journal.

Friday 
4 pm   *Immigration to America – When, Where, Why and How
            How Polish history influenced immigrations – and why early U.S.
            documents can be misleading. Note: This session repeats Saturday at 1 pm.
6 pm   *Polish Genealogy – Four Steps to Successful Research
            Jump start your research and enjoyment of your Polish heritage. 
            Note: This session repeats Saturday at 3 pm
7:30 pm   Jacek Przepióra    Travel to Poland – Dos and Don’ts

Saturday
1 pm   *Immigration to America – When, Where, Why and How
            How Polish history influenced immigrations – and why early U.S.                                                          documents can be misleading.
2 pm    Jacek Przepióra    Travel to Poland – Dos and Don’ts
3 pm   *Polish Genealogy – Four Steps to Successful Research
            Jump start your research and enjoyment of your Polish heritage.
4 pm    Piotr Puchalski, Ph.D. candidate at UW-Madison
            “Remembering 1919 and 1939: Another Look at Poland’s Interwar Diplomacy." 
5 pm   Jacek Przepiora   Travel to Poland - Dos and Don'ts

Sunday
4 pm      Martin John Kozon, Ph.D. candidate at UW-Milwaukee
              “Cathching Up to History: Polish Society and Historiography since 1989.”
5 pm      Jacek Przepióra    Travel to Poland – Dos and Don’ts

Cooking Demonstrations- Look for Polish Fest’s wildly popular cooking demonstrations in the large forum tent, which will be located directly north of the main gates. See details posted in the Cultural Village Polish Forum, Exhibit, and the Polanki Sales tents.
Friday – TBA

Saturday – 2:00pm Milwaukee Sausage Company (Kielbasa)
                   6:30pm- Bigos- Demonstrated by James Derdzinski
                   7:30pm- Pierogi: New Tips and Tricks- Anne Wal

Sunday –   1:00 pm- Kielbasa and Sauerkraut Soup- Andy Schmidt
                  3:00pm- Blochowiak Dairy Cheese Torte- Camille Shaw

Polish Sheepdogs- Poland’s Highland Tatra dogs will be wagging their tails to greet you at Polish Fest once again. Look for them on the lakefront side of the Cultural Village. These remarkable dogs will only be in the village during the day.

Children’s Activities- Ask for details at the Cultural Village Exhibit Tent