Milwaukee Polish Fest
Where art, heritage and entertainment come together
Polish Fest kicks off the 2018 ethnic festival season June 15-17 at Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds) on Lake Michigan.
There’s something for everyone at the largest celebration of Polish culture in the U.S. Fest-goers find loads of fun with food, music, dance and more on five stages of entertainment. Hours are noon-midnight Friday and Saturday and noon-8pm Sunday.
New this year
Is the Royal White Tiger Discovery Exhibit, a conservation and education program featuring real white tigers. The exhibit relates to the 2017 birth of four white tiger cubs at the zoo in Borysew, Poland.
Polish Fest brings fireworks to the lakefront Saturday at 10:30pm. The “Big Boomski” is sponsored by Nick Ignatowski of Planners Financial Group.
Participation is the name of the game at the Non-Stop Polka stage, with groups like The Knewz, Box On, The Main Squeeze and the Polka Country Musicians.
Top-notch performers at the Miller Contemporary Stage include Squeezebox with Ted Lange and Mollie B, The Larry Lynne Band, Steve Meisner, John Gora & Gorale and 76 Juliet.
Wowing crowds at the Chopin Vodka Cultural Stage are groups like Syrena Polish Folk Dance Ensemble, Korona Band (from Canada), Wesoly Lud Polish Folk Dance Company and The Silber Orkiestra.
The Children’s Stage and the Folk Stage also feature a wide variety of entertainment. The fun includes folk dance and polka lessons, as well as David Seebach’s Wonders of Magic, Wayne & Wingnut and Julie Sobanski (Magicienne & Escape Artist).
Great food, beer & vodka tastings
Restaurants offer delicious ethnic specialties like Polish sausage, pierogi and potato pancakes. At cooking demos, expert cooks prepare Polish favorites.
Polish Fest is the only ethnic festival to directly import beer (Tyskie) for its festival. Enjoy a cold one at the Tyskie Beer Garden. Meads and liqueurs also are available for tasting at the festival.