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2017 Annual Polish Festival

Date and Time: Friday October 6: 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. (21+ only), Saturday the 7th: 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday the 8th: Noon to 5 p.m.
Location: St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 1735 Grand Avenue
Price: $5
Ages: Ages 16 and over only Saturday and Sunday, 21 and older only on Friday, please

Every year thousands of people descend on Pacific Beach to celebrate their Polish culture or enjoy learning more about it. Polish culture is about much more than the polka or kielbasa, and that is very obvious to those who enjoy the Polish Festival. There are traditional costumes, amazing foods, good beer, music and dancing.

In addition to the food and drinks, there will be music, dancing and all kinds of fun for adults, ages 16 and over. Because alcohol features so prominently in this festival, they do not allow children. If you’re looking for something to do before or after visiting Pacific BeachFest, the Polish Festival is a great option!

Enjoy Polish Folklore, Music and Dance

There is always a range of musical acts and performers at San Diego’s annual Polish Festival. This year, there will be a diverse line-up of musicians, including live bands and even DJs. Performers include Team “224 Kościuszko,” the Polonaise San Diego Dance Club, Janusz Supernak, and Kris Wiszniewski and the Krakusy Band.

Another exciting tradition includes the adoration of the Church’s relic from St. Maximilian Kolbe, a beloved priest who wound up in the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp. He spent his time there ministering to others incarcerated, often provoking the ire of his captors. After several men tried to escape, the Nazis decided to starve ten people in an underground bunker. St. Maximilian Kolbe actually volunteered to die in place of a total stranger, because he cried out about his wife and children.

Food and Beer That Will Have You Waiting for Next Year

Of course you know that there will be kielbasa there, but there are many other amazing foods on the menu at the Polish Festival. The simplest way to try a little of everything is to order the Polish Dinner, which has kielbasa, bigosu (Polish Hunter’s Stew), stuffed cabbage and pierogies. Pierogies are Polish dumplings, usually stuffed with onion, potato cheese or even sauerkraut.

You can order a lot of the dishes a la carte, including kielbasa sausages, two different kinds of pierogies, stuffed cabbage in tomato sauce, beetroot borcht and even potato pancakes. Save room for dessert, because there is a range of sweet treats, including the iconic Polish doughnut, the Paczki.

While you can order coffee, tea, soda or wine with your food, why would you? There are four amazing Polish beers available, and you won’t be sorry you decided to try them! The options include Okocim, Żywiec, Tatra and Łomża Wyborowe.

Learn about other festivals happening around San Diego here!