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) the Polish Confederatka cap, and more.  The Polish sheepdogs, rabbits and chickens will also return.  

Polish Fest will celebrate the 100th year of Polish Independence with a special exhibit located in the Cultural Village. An exhibit from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Poland, featuring Poland's architecture during 1918-1939 will also be displayed.

This year marks 20 years of the Chopin Youth Piano Competition at Polish Fest. A special exhibit featuring highlights of the past 20 years of the Chopin piano competition is located in the cultural tent north of Main Gate.

 Polanki’s sales tent featuring handmade Polish pottery (Boleslawiec), Christmas ornaments, recipe books and other folk art are both located in the Cultural Village. This year, Polanki's book sale is also located in the sales tent.  

The Polish Genealogical Society of Chicago and the Milwaukee County Genealogical Society will at Polish Fest

  

Speakers Forum 

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?”

3-4 p.m. 

The Polish School of Wisconsin: "Beautiful Poland"

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

5:30 - 8 p.m.

The Polish School of Wisconsin, Students & Staff: Let's Learn Polish and About Poland, Mini Lessons

Saturday, June 16th
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Dr. Helena Pycior, Professor of History, Emerita (UW-Milwaukee)
"Let's Remember Marie Skłodowska Curie! What a Century of Anniversary Celebrations of Her Milestone Years(1867,1898,1903,1911) Tell Us"

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 Political Science, Emeritus (UW-Milwaukee)
“Poland’s Rebirth:  Three Who Made It Happen:  a Soldier, a Politician, and a Virtuous Pianist”

4:30-5:30 p.m. 

The Polish School of Wisconsin: "Beautiful Poland"

5:30 - 8 p.m. 

The Polish School of Wisconsin, Students & Staff: "Let's Learn Polish and About Poland, Mini Leasons

8-9 p.m.

Tales of Polonia

Join in on audience told stories- celebrating our families, journeys, communities, and traditions.

Sunday June 17th

12:00 - 2 p.m.

The Polish School of Wisconsin, Students & Staff: Let's Learn Polish and About Poland, Mini Leasons

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.”

4:30 - 5:30

The Polish School of Wisconsin: "Beautiful Poland"

5:30 - 8 p.m.

The Polish School of Wisconsin, Students & Staff: Let's Learn Polish and About Poland, Mini Leasons


Learn to Cook With Flair

Polish Fest will once again feature cooking demonstrations in the Food Demonstration tent located north of the Main Gate. Local Polish cooks walk you through the steps to make your favorite Polish foods.

Friday
1:00 pm       Anne Kagerah - Golabki (stuffed cabbage rolls)
3:00 pm      James Derdzinski - Paczki (yeast donut)
5:00 pm      Anne Wal - Pierogi featuring various cheese fillings

Saturday
1:00 pm       Ela Wasielewski - Placki Ziemniaczane (potato pancakes)
3:00 pm      Michael Krass - Kielbasa (Polish sausage)
5:00 pm      Anne Wal - Pierogi featuring mushroom & sauerkraut fillings

Sunday
1:00 pm      Anne Kagerah - Golabki (stuffed cabbage rolls)
3:00 pm      TBD
5:00 pm      TBD