Mark your calendars: Dyngus Day is set for April 10 this year. 

Never heard of it? Dyngus Day is one of The Bend's truly unique cultural celebrations. It's rich in history, tradition and a lot of fun. Let's get you up to speed on one of the most anticipated social events of the year.

Places to Celebrate on Dyngus Day

What can you expect on this most celebratory Monday? 

Social clubs, restaurants and bars offer feasts of Polish sausage, noodles, potatoes, sweet and sour cabbage. Families and friends gather — starting at 7 a.m. in some places — to share a drink and play cards. By mid-morning, the polka bands have started. Music and dancing takes over.

Curious enough to get in on the action? Dyngus Day is set for Monday, April 10. Here are some places where you can join in on the festivities:

American Legion Post 284

Location: 23571 Grant Road, South Bend
Details: Opens at 11 a.m. with Polish sausage sandwiches and more.

American Legion Post 297

Location: 486 E. Michigan St., New Carlisle 
Details: Open from 4:30-7 p.m. Polish dinner for $15 including chicken, sausage, noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, etc. 

American Legion Post 357

Location: 5414 W. Sample St. 
Details: Doors open at noon and the band starts at 3 p.m.

Crumstown Conservation Club 

Location: 59440 Crumstown Highway, North Liberty
Details: Doors open at 7 a.m. Music begins at 9 a.m. with incredible Polish food. Admission is $10.

DeAmici's Italian Club

Location: 302 W. 11th St., Mishawaka
Details: Open from 2-6 p.m. with an $8 Polish sausage sandwich meal.

Diloreto Club

Location: 914 Division St., Mishawaka
Opens at 5 p.m. with a Dyngus Day dinner special.

PNA 3078 

Location: 55969 Tulip Rd., New Carlisle
Details: Cash bar, homemade Polish food and music from 3-8 p.m. 

Simeri's Old Town Tap

Location: 1505 W. Indiana Ave., South Bend
Details: Opens at 10 a.m. serving full Polish dinners and sausage sandwiches.

South Bend Firefighters Local 362

Location: 4025 Lincolnway West, South Bend
Details: Doors open at 10 a.m. with free food from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. or while supplies last.

West Side Democratic & Civic Club 

Location: 617 S. Warren St., South Bend
Details: Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a full Polish meal available for $14.

ZB Falcons Nest 80 

Location: 323 S. Sheridan St., South Bend
Details: Adults only with a $5 entry fee from 11 a.m. to midnight. Music planned throughout the night. Food includes a $8 Polish dinner, $4 sausage sandwich and more. Live music begins at 2 p.m. in the main hall. 


Dyngus Day History

Dyngus Day originated in Poland as a celebration of the March equinox. Because of our area's Polish population, the event soared in popularity around South Bend during the 1950s as a way to celebrate the end of the Lenten season. Since then, Dyngus Day has blossomed daylong celebration of dancing, eating, drinking and, yes, some political campaigning. 

Local politicians will be out to meet the public and from time to time this has included some high profile names. Bobby Kennedy campaigned in South Bend on Dyngus Day in 1968. The Clintons did so in 2008. Former mayor Pete Buttigieg was a regular on the Dyngus Day circuit. 

But Dyngus Day isn't all about politics. 

It's often said everyone celebrates St. Patrick's Day, even if they're not Irish. Same goes for Dyngus Day in our area. Everyone is Polish on Dyngus Day.