It’s Dyngus Day in South Bend

For some, it’s just another Monday. It is Easter Monday for others. For South Bend, it is Dyngus Day, and we wouldn’t want it any other way!

South Bend Mishawaka’s large Polish-American population can be thanked for this unique celebration. Dyngus Day originated in Poland as a celebration of the March equinox. Because of the area’s Polish demographic, the event became popular in South Bend in the 1950s. Since then, The Bend has adopted Dyngus Day as a day-long celebration full of dancing, eating and drinking. Similar to how everyone celebrates St. Patrick’s Day even if they are not Irish, everyone celebrates Dyngus Day in South Bend Mishawaka. It has been said “everyone is Polish on Dyngus Day.”

Local facilities will be offering feasts of Polish sausage, noodles, potatoes, sweet and sour cabbage and more as families and friends gather to share a drink, enjoy each other’s company and experience the Polish tradition of polka music!

Mark your calendars! Dyngus Day will be on Monday, April 2, 2018.

Some local establishments joining in on the fun include:

South Bend Brew Werks

Location: 216 S. Michigan St. South Bend, IN 46601

Time: 12:00 – 10:00pm

Summary: Come celebrate Dyngus Day the South Bend Brew Werks way — with beer brats! We’ll be serving up fresh made beer brats from Rochester Deli & Meats, along with kraut and mustard.

First United Methodist Church

Location: 333 N. Main St. South Bend, IN 46601

Time: 4:00 – 8:00pm

Summary: A traditional Dyngus Day meal will be offered as well as live Polish folk music and instructional polka dancing. Admission is $15, all proceeds benefit the Upper Room, a recovery community in The Bend.

ZB Falcons

Location: 323 S. Sheridan St. South Bend, IN 46619

Time: 11:00am – 9:00pm

Summary: Along with live, Polish-inspired music, you can enjoy authentic Polish cuisine, including sausage sandwiches, kluski noodles, boiled eggs, and pierogies.

PNA #3078

Location: 55969 Tulip Rd. New Carlisle, IN 46552

Time: 11:00am – 7:00pm

Summary: Bring your friends and a big appetite as Porky Paul’s BBQ will be serving up Polish sausage, Pusia’s Polish noodles, and plenty more. There will even be Polka music playing throughout the day.

Crumstown Conservation Club

Location: 59440 Crumstown Hwy, North Liberty, IN 46554

Time: Doors open at 7:00am; Concert begins at 9:00am

Summary: Live music and incredible food; Admission is $8 with t-shirts and keepsake shot cups available.

South Bend Elks 235

Location: 3535 W McKinley Ave, South Bend, IN 46615

Time: 4:30pm – 12:30am

Summary: General Admission is $8; Enjoy Polish food, live music and DJ. T-shirts will also be available for purchase so you will be able to remember this day of food and fun. There will even be a raffle on April 2 where you can walk away with $1,000, a 55” 4K UHD ROKU TV, or a fun-filled Yeti Cooler.


Join the Dyngus Day celebration and find out where to grab some delicious Polish cuisine and get some polka dancing underway!

Photo Credit: Hillary Powell, WSBT22 News