Even though there's a wealth of event options on Dyngus Day, revelers typically wind up at one of three places: The Pussywillow Party Tent, especially if the weather cooperates; the Central Terminal, a historic setting with wildly popular Those Idiots; and the Adam Mickiewicz Library, a dance party in tight quarters that's set apart from the wildness near Paderewski Drive.
Explore that trio of Dyngus Day options in the sections below, but since post-Easter fatigue and a typical Monday of work may limit the people who can reasonably celebrate the uncommon Polish holiday, we've included several other non-Dyngus activities through Thursday.
Dyngus Day: Pussywillow Party Tent, 2 to 11:30 p.m. Monday, April 22 at Memorial Drive at Peckham Street. The Pussywillow Pass is $10, available on site, and allows for $2 admission into participating venues, plus free shuttle service.
Finally, a Dyngus Day that promises to be relatively comfortable outside. That bodes well for the Pussywillow Party Tent and celebrants planning to move around Polonia for the festivities, which center at Memorial and Peckham but extend all over Western New York.
The Pussywillow Pass is the most savvy financial move, but there's non-stop action at the party tent, too, which offers a nice view of the parade, welcomes a performance by polka legend Jimmy Sturr and includes a food truck alley and krupnik tastings. This is also one of the best places for pussywillow and squirt gun tussles.
If you were wondering where energetic, deep polka favorites Those Idiots were gallivanting this Dyngus Day, your answer is in the Central Terminal, from 7 to 10:30. With a wicked blend of horns, dancing and a relentless polka beat, the Dyngus Day veterans provide quite the spectacle.
Potts Deli, a regular vendor for the party, now presents the festival with the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation, and has added a few of its own touches: a photo booth, balloon drop, heaters and contests. Potts will still handle the authentic Polish fare, too. Check out this A Closer Look gallery, shot by News staff photographer Mark Mulville, which highlights the host site from several angles.
Long a bastion of the neighborhood's history and a major hub for Dyngus Day, the Adam Mickiewicz Library will rage with a full slate of activities, with a complimentary buffet offered at 5:30 and live music immediately following the parade. It's crowded and boisterous, with enough dancing and revelry to make your head spin.
Hocus Polkas will lead off the music at 6:30 p.m., with True Colors following shortly after.
5 more Dyngus Day ideas:
• Celebrate with the Polish Cadets
• Party in the DNIPRO Ukrainian Center
• Try a Mimoski at J&M's West End Inn
• Mosey to Cheektowaga at Millennium Buffalo
• Want more? DBGB hosts the after party
Food Truck Tuesday begins, 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 at Larkin Square (745 Seneca St.). Free to attend.
Welcome to Season 7 of Food Truck Tuesday, which hits Larkinville with several familiar and new trucks, plus live music to enjoy while munching and/or waiting in line.
This new event is a little out of the blue, and there's not much information available about presenters R&K Designs (there's no webpage, and the Facebook page discusses only the event), but this nacho party in Town Ballroom will benefit the SPCA Serving Erie County.
Colter Bay, Deep South, ABV, 40 Thieves, Doc Sullivan's and more will showcase their takes on nachos, varying greatly in their toppings. See the full list of participants.
After rapidly selling out their first announcement, Buckethead wisely added a second show last year in its run at Iron Works. The performer shrouded in relative mystery - he literally performs with a bucket over his head - must have enjoyed his stay, as he's back again, this time in Babeville.
He's known for odd stage props such as nunchucks, but in his last visit, he played in a retro Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls jersey and strummed part of a set with a haunting head extended from his guitar. See a gallery of that creepy-yet-well-attended performance.
Burgers & Bucha: Earth Day fundraiser, 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 22 in Ashker's on Elmwood (1002 Elmwood Ave.). Cost is $20, and only pre-sale is available. Limited tickets remain.
A healthier alternative to Dyngus Day would be this fundraiser by WNY Vegfest, serving as a chance to hat-tip Earth Day and indulge in a meal from vegan-friendly local businesses.
A ticket entitles the buyer to a slider from FatManFoods, a side of Cuban macaroni salad from Mama Rosa, a cookie from The Baker's Daughter, a 16-ounce kombucha from Bootleg and even a take-home plant from Joe Weber's Greenhouse.
[Related: WNY Vegfest presents Taste of Vegan 2019]
Buffalo's purveyors of Southern soul, Miller & the Other Sinners, headlines a Thursday gig dubbed "A Night of Original Sin," which is an odd touch for the week following Easter, but hey, good for lead singer David Michael Miller, saxophone player Jason Moynihan and their rotating cast of friends. Support will be from Tim Clarke's Soul-tet, a five-piece local act that mixes soul and jazz.
Coles' Street Food Dinner, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 25 at 1104 Elmwood Ave. Cost is $45 to attend, and tickets must be purchased by 10 p.m. April 24.
Asian favorites are the focus at Coles' second Street Food Dinner, with five courses ranging from poke to dim sum to Korean short ribs and more. Wine and beer is included in the meal, part of a series inspired by the world travels of Coles chef Nick Rada. The Japanese souffle pancake (served with fresh berries and strawberry gelato) is perhaps the most unusual - to Buffalo, at least - on the menu.
Here's a look back at the details of the first Street Food Dinner.
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Sold out: Aziz Ansari at the UB CFA.
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Runway 12.0 at the Burchfield Penney
The Traditional's Farewell Show in Mohawk Place
Cher in KeyBank Center
Silo City Boom Days
Spring Fling Disco in Salvatore's
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