Mon 4/22 @ 10AM-9:30PM
The drinking starts early at Dyngus Day, a celebration of the end of the Lent season that was started by Cleveland’s Justin Gorski aka DJ Kishka nine years ago. So don’t be surprised to see a celebrant in an “It’s good to be drunk and Polish” T-shirt, lofting a piwo (Polish for beer) before noon.
Originally located around Gordon Square, the festival now sprawls over four neighborhoods — in addition to Gordon Square events take place in Tremont, Hingetown and Ohio City, with a trolley taking revelers between the neighborhoods
Gordon Square is still where a lot of the main activities take place including polka bands — the Chardon Polka Band, the Don Wojtila Band and the Alex Meixner Band — on the main stage, the Miss Dyngus Day pageant (5-6 pm — don’t miss it!), an accordion parade, a food & drink area with traditional foods such as paczkis, pierogis and kielbasa, and new this year, an arts & crafts market with two dozen vendors. Be sure to stop in Kishka’s Beer Heaven tent for food, shopping and official festival merchandise.
Then jump on the trolley and head over to Great Lakes Brewery, ABC Tavern and Hansa Brewery in Ohio City, Jukebox in Hingetown, and Forest City Brewery, the Southside, Sokolowski’s, the Tremont Tap House, the Ukrainian Museum Archives, the Polish Veterans Post 58, Hi and Dry Bowling & Beer, and Prosperity Social Club in Tremont, among others, where more celebrating, with ethnic food, drink and musicians, will be taking place. And Tremont is running its own free Brew Bus so you can more easily travel from one venue to another.