Schedule of Events

Friday August 24, 2018

11 am Festival Opening
12 pm - 3:30 pm Dave Slivinski’s Noteables
12 pm Polish National Anthem and USA National Anthem - Official Kickoff with Kaylin Heydenburg
2:30 pm Polish Star Ornament Demo with PHS President, Marilyn Lignell
5:25 pm Polish National Anthem and USA National Anthem with Jarek Kozal
6 pm Paczki Eating Contest! Apply at the Token Booth to enter!
7 pm Cooking Demo - Golumbki Stuffed Cabbage with That Polish Girl Catering
7:30 pm Adult Polish Twister
4 pm - 11 pm Gerry Kaminski’s Polka Network & Tri-City Drive Polka Band from Chicago, IL

Saturday August 25, 2018

11 am Recorded Music
12 pm Polish National Anthem and USA National Anthem - Official Kickoff with Kaylin Heydenburg
12:10 pm - 4 pm Gary Szotko’s GPS Polka Band
12-2 pm Kid’s Food Basket Lunch Bag Decorating
1 pm Paczki Eating Contest! Apply at the Token Booth to enter!
1-3 pm Children’s Face Painting with former PHS President and artist, Andy Budnick
1-3 pm Balloon Animals with Dave Bogdan
1-3 pm Polish Headpiece Making with Char Czarnecki
1-3:30 pm Children’s Assorted Arts and Crafts
1:30 pm Children’s Polish Twister
3:15 pm Polish Story Telling by the Pulaski Queen and Court
3:30 pm Cooking Demo - Pierogi with the Mileski Sisters
4:30 pm PRCUA Malbork Dance Ensemble
5:25 pm Polish National Anthem and USA National Anthem with Jarek Kozal
5:30 pm PRCUA Malbork Dance Ensemble
7 pm Polish Citizen of the Year Award - Stephanie Kovitz
8 pm Cooking Demo - Nalesniki (Polish Crepes) with PHS President, Marilyn Lignell
4 pm - 11 pm Daryl Welton and the New Brass Express & John Zalasko and the Project Polka Band

Sunday August 26, 2017

​12 pm Polish National Anthem and USA National Anthem - Official Kickoff with Jarek Kozal
12 pm - 5 pm Polski Chix Polka Band along with Ray and Julie Watkoski and Friends
12:45 pm Learn to Dance Polka with PRCUA Malbork instructor, Michelle DeBack
1-3:30 pm Children’s Assorted Arts and Crafts
1:30 pm PRCUA Malbork children’s dance ensemble
2:30 pm PRCUA Malbork children’s dance ensemble
12 pm - 2 pm Busia Queen Contest Applications
2 pm Busia Queen Contest begins
3 pm Cooking Demo - Beet Soup with Polish Citizen of the Year, Stephanie Kovitz
5 pm End of Festival

​​Amber Sponsors

-  Mobile GR & Parking Services

​-  Alliance Beverage

-  City of Grand Rapids

-  Val Pak of West Michigan

-  Farmers Insurance - The Porczynski Agency

-  Marges Donuts

-  MLB Electric

-  Brightview Electric

-  Micron Manufacturing

-  Sacred Heart Benevolent Society - Eastern Hall

-  Jeffrey Portko - Advocate Law

-  Barton Chiropractic

-  Crown Lift Trucks

-  Meijer

-  Polish Falcons

-  Van Eck Auto Body

-  Advocate Law Office

​-  Arsulowicz Brothers Mortuary

-  Benevolent Aid Society

-  Modernistic

-  American Legion Post #459

-  Polish Falcons Ladies Aux

-  Bielsko Biala Sister Cities

-  Polish Roman Catholic Union of America

-  Grand Rapids Children's Museum

-  Grand Rapids Art Musuem

-  Gerald R Ford Museum

-  The Great Escape Room


-  Altitude Trampoline Park

-  Bud and Stanleys

-  Creston Brewery

-  Marie Catrib's

-  Little Caesars Pizza

-  Juhas and Sullivan Jewelers

-  All Weather Seal

-  Bob's Bar

-  Grand Rapids Bicycle Company

-  Harmony Hall

-  Mansfield Dentistry

-  Pulaski Days Committee

-  San Chez

-  Scully Statewide Moving

-  Sobie Meats

-  Sundance Bar and Grill

-  The Rapid

-  Villa Maria Retirement Community

-  Greg & Marie Herda Family

-  Rykowski Family

-  Gerry Kaminski

-  Bob & Cheri Wojcik

-  Dr Richard and Mary Panek

-  Harry and Pat Wojtas
-  Bob and Dolores Rudzinski
-  Char Czarnecki

-  Brian and Sally Stephenson
-  Pete Rkowski Family
-  Tess and Stan Milanowski

-  Thresa Palaszek, MD

-  Monsignor Edward Hankiewicz

-  Barbara Rylko-Bauer

-  Kozal Family

​​Media Partners
-  Fox 17
-  Wood TV 8
-  WZZM 13
-  iHeartMedia


-  Alliance Beverage (Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)

-  Polish Pottery with Krystina Sweeny

​-  Amber Treasures - Amber Jewelry

-  E&A Graphics - T-shirts, sweatshirts, clothes, etc

-  Novelty Trade - T-shirts other novelty items

-  WRM Designs -  Polish Glass and Crystal

-  SandyBands - Non-slip Headbands

-  Sigma Solutions - Polish Amber and paraphernalia

​-  A Spice Above Dips - Spices for dips (samples provided!!!)

-  Polish Folk Art for sale

-  Kids Food Basket

-  Comcast

​-  West Michigan Polish Catering - Home Made Pierogi's for sale (Take a taste of Poland home with you)


We welcome you to the 39th Annual Polish Festival, held by the Polish Heritage Society; the longest continuous Festival held in the City of Grand Rapids!  Come to Rosa Parks Circle to celebrate the Polish culture, entertainment, food and drinks on Grand Rapids, on August 24, 25, and 26, 2018.  

Location: Rosa Parks Circle
135 Monroe Center

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Parking and how to get Downtown

Location​ is at Rosa Parks Circle.  135 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Get the best parking deal downtown just over the bridge on the westside. Parking Lot Areas 7, 8, and 9 are $2-3 for a full day of parking! Plus you get a 15 minute walk to burn off those pierogis and cabbage rolls.

Check out these links for directions to great deals on parking. On Friday, you can hop on the DASH with free bus rides every 8 minutes or they’re free.

Area 7 Parking Lot - $2 per day
301 Mt Vernon Ave NW

Area 8 Parking Lot - $3 per day
325 Winter Ave NW

Area 9 Parking Lot - $2 per day
250 Seward Ave NW

Scribner Parking Lot - $4 per day
309 Scribner Ave NW

 Skip the walk across the bridge and park nearby at ramps within a couple minutes’ walk:

Louis Campau Ramp - $8 for special events
43 Monroe Ave NW

Ottawa Fulton Ramp - $12 for special events
50 Ottawa Ave NW

Monroe Center Ramp - $8 for special events
37 Ionia Ave NW

Pearl Ionia Ramp - $3 for Friday special events and $7 for Saturday and Sunday special events
28 Pearl St NW

Rates reset at 4:00 AM, so be sure to move your car before then. For other tips and tricks to getting around downtown, visit  



Tour of Poland    ---------------------------------------        12 tokens
    Beef Cabbage Roll, Handcrafted Pierogi, Grilled Polish Sausage, Roasted Garlic Dill Redskin Potatoes, Sautéed Sauerkraut, Rye Bread & Pickle
Golabki Dinner     ---------------------------------------      10 tokens
    2 Beef Cabbage Rolls w/ Roasted Garlic Dill Redskin Potatoes, Sautéed Sauerkraut, Rye Bread & Pickle
Pierogi Dinner (Vegetarian) --------------------------------  9 tokens
     3 Handcrafted Polish Pierogies w/ Roasted Garlic Dill Redskin Potatoes, Sautéed Sauerkraut, Rye Bread & Pickle

Grilled Homemade Polish Sausage  -----------------------  6 tokens
    On a Bun w/ Sautéed Sauerkraut
Dressed Up Polish Boy     ------------------------------      9 tokens
     Grilled Homemade Polish Sausage Topped w/ Roasted Garlic Dill Potatoes & Sautéed Sauerkraut on a Bun

Homemade Polish Pierogies  ------------------------------ 2 tokens each
Cabbage Roll w/ Rye Bread ------------------------------  4 tokens each
Sautéed Sauerkraut w/ Rye Bread    --------------------  4 tokens
Roasted Garlic Dill Potatoes ------------------------------ 4 tokens            

Polish Crepes (Nalesniki)    --------------------------   3 tokens each
With Sweet Cream Cheese Topping & Strawberry Compote

Knights of Columbus – Basilica of Saint Adalbert

Kielbasa Idol – “People’s Choice Winner” Campau Corner Market  --------------    6 tokens
    Kielbasa on a Bun with or w/o Kapusta – the West Side’s Old Fashioned “Park Side Recipe”
Pierogies       ---------------------------   1 token each / 5 for 4 tokens
    Potato & Cheese
Basilica Burger      ----------------------  6 tokens
    Hamburger with or w/o Kapusta
Cathedral Dog --------------------------  3 tokens
    Hot Dog with or w/o Kapusta
Pickle Stick    --------------------------   1 token each

Diamond Hall – Saint Isadore’s Benevolent Society

Combo Plate  ------------------- 12 tokens
     Keilbasa, Kapusta, Pierogi, Golumbki, Bread & Butter
Diamond Dog ------------------   6 tokens
    Keilbasa Dog w/ Kapusta & Diamond Sauce
Keilbasa Dog -------------------- 6 tokens
    With or w/o Kapusta
Hot Dog     -------------------     3 tokens
Pierogies (4)  ------------------  5 tokens 
Golumbki (1) ------------------- 5 tokens
Cucumber Salad   ----------      4 tokens
    Cucumber, Onion, & Sour Cream

Italian Ice

12 oz+ Cup of Italian Ice    -----------------    5 tokens
12 Amazing Flavors, Gluten Free, Fat Free, Non-dairy,
Real Fruit With No Artificial Colors of Flavor

10 oz Cup of Ice Cream   -----------------       7 tokens
Soft Pretzel   ----------------------------------  3 tokens

Paczki Palace                         
Paczki (various flavors) ------------------------- 2 tokens each

Pop and water ------------------------------------1 token


Heritage Society