Commentary: Even as the Central Terminal continues slow progress toward restoration, the Art Deco venue attracts attention on Dyngus Day for a few reasons: its vast size is convenient for large crowds, it doesn't take too much of a mental leap to think of the terminal as bustling with activity for roughly half a century, and it's relished as a major hub of the city's Polish history.
Polka party band Those Idiots, as well as Lenny Gomulka and the Chicago Push, bring two different Polish flavors to the musical entertainment, and authentic Polish food and drink will be available from Potts Deli and Catering, too. Proceeds from the event benefit the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation.
2) Dyngus Day in the Pussywillow Party Tent, 2 to 11 p.m. April 2 on Paderewski Drive. Cost of entry is $10, or just $2 with a Pussywillow Pass, available at Wegmans locations and all participating festival sites.
Commentary: Snagging a Pussywillow Pass before or on Dyngus Day will make your celebration more financially responsible, as the $10 badge permits free use of the shuttle buses, which run until 11:30 p.m. around inner Polonia, and as well as $2 entry into a host of participating venues.
Texas band Brave Combo, which polkas among a versatile list of other genres, is slotted for 7:30 p.m. in the tent, while Box On (3 p.m.) and Ludowa Nuta (5 p.m.) get the festivities in motion. A beer garden whets palates, too, and the area is generally swimming in pussywillows and squirt guns.
3) Dyngus Day in the Adam Mickiewicz Library, doors open at 3 p.m. April 2 at 612 Fillmore Ave. Admission is $10, or $2 with proof (like a Pussywillow Pass, for instance, even though the two are not directly affiliated) that you were at another Dyngus Day event.
Commentary: There are subtle twists to each of the Dyngus Day parties listed, even though all of them are within roughly a half-mile of each other.
While one choice is not necessarily better than the others, expect the Central Terminal gathering to be a wee bit more buttoned-up, the Pussywillow Party Tent to be a touch more messy and this entry, the Adam Mickiewicz Library extravaganza, to be a lively dance party in close quarters. Hey, that's just how they've been in years past.
At the peak of the evening, Mickie's can hit capacity, so sometimes a little patience is warranted. But as you can see from last year's Smiles gallery, the payoff is worth it. Take a moment to appreciate the throwback bar and the collection of Polish beers that are tough to pronounce. The Hocus Polkas and True Colours are both slated to perform, and there's a complimentary buffet of Polish food.
Scroll to the bottom of the page for a list of other Dyngus Day event options.
Commentary: You're in luck! Buffalo Goes Gatsby, a 1920s-themed event styled after the "The Great Gatsby," sold out in 2017, but tickets still remain for this year's edition. Four hours of open bar, live music from the Fredtown Stompers and more, plus hors d'oeuvres are some of the perks, but the chance to dress up as a flapper or gangster with thousands of others likely takes the cake.
VIP passes allow for entry an hour before general admission, a private open bar with high-end drinks, a chance to sample Buffalo Distilling and Tommyrotter Distillery spirits, a ritzy bag of swag and private lounge areas.
5) Michael Ian Black, 8 p.m. March 29, 7:30 and 10 p.m. shows March 29 and 30 in Helium Comedy Club (30 Mississippi St.). General admission is $20 for the Thursday show, then $23 for the weekend shows. Ticket info here.
Commentary: If he doesn't eat himself sick from the burritos and wings, comedian Michael Ian Black - whom you might recognize from "State" or a "Wet Hot American Summer" - will perform five shows in the Cobblestone District through Saturday night.
In his interview with News contributor Mark Ciemcioch, Black explains why it's disingenuous to not tackle politics in his material, then delves into his at-times trolling approach to Twitter.
Commentary: Tennessee-born country musician Dustin Lynch doesn't produce a ton of studio albums - just three since 2012 - but his full releases have been a shoo-in for mainstream success. While Easter Weekend doesn't quite scream out "country concert!", it's an off-the-beaten path alternative, and judging by ticket sales, a popular one.
September 2017's "Current Mood" has hung around the Billboard.com Country Album charts for 28 weeks, peaking at No. 2, nearly reaching the heights of his self-titled debut album.
7) Experience the Easter rush at the Broadway Market, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 29 and 30, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 31, closed on Easter Sunday, April 1, at 999 Broadway. Free to attend.
Commentary: If you like a lot of people in tight spaces - or just being a part of a bustling scene - Easter Week at the Broadway Market is the place to be. While the venue hosts events and shows at other points of the year, this week sees it packed with vendors selling products from butter lambs (literally butter intricately shaped as lambs) and flowers to meat and desserts.
For a taste, meet jovial Margie Hawkins from Margie's Soul Food or read about the family tradition of placek from E.M. Chrusciki, both courtesy of News contributor Elizabeth Carey.
8) 10th annual Edible Book Festival, 3 to 6 p.m. March 31 in the Western New York Book Arts Center (468 Washington St.). Cost is $5 at the door, and only $3 for members of the Book Arts Center.
Commentary: This festival isn't specific to Buffalo; it's an internationally celebrated day where art mingles with dessert, and the local community benefits. Prizes will be awarded for Most Book-Like, Best Tasting and Most Creative Use of Materials.
There's still time to submit a book cake - the registration closes at midnight Friday - and any competing cake should be delivered to the Book Arts Center between noon and 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Each person who submits a cake for review receives two tickets to get in.
Commentary: If throwing your week out of whack by partying on a Monday causes concern, Flying Bison will throw a big indoor-outdoor party on Saturday afternoon to satisfy Dyngus Day-related desires.
Local polka band Those Idiots will perform under the giant tent in the brewery's parking lot, pussywillow branches will be doled out and two Polish food trucks - Ru's Pierogi and Polish Villa 2 - will be on the scene.
Admission entitles each attendee to two drinks and a food voucher.
10) Sonic Garden: Grateful Dead tribute, 9:30 p.m. March 31 in Sportsmen's Tavern (326 Amherst St.). Cost is $10 at the door.
Commentary: Former Dive House Union guitarist Todd Eberwine joins Sonic Garden for one night as a tribute show to the Grateful Dead. A tribute band, as a reminder, is a step beyond a cover band; Sonic Garden - led by Kevin Klay - has spent the better part of three decades emulating the material, performances and nuances of the Dead.
BONUS - More Dyngus Day events to tickle your fancy:
*The Dyngus Day Parade departs from Paderewski Drive at 5 p.m. - floats begin to line up as early as 2.
*Millennium Hotel's annual Dyngus Day Party with 90 West, Rockin' Revue.
*Polish Cadets on Grant Street's Dyngus Day party
*Arty's Dyngus Day Weekend .5 K on Peckham
*Official Dyngus Day after party at DBGB
*Note: Three shows - Sylvan Esso in Town Ballroom, Eric Martin Unplugged in the Adam's Mark and Buckethead's first showing in Buffalo Iron Works - have both sold out in advance of this post.