Throughout the year, PACIM organizes and sponsors special activities and events to not only celebrate Polish culture and heritage, but to also provide contemporary programming to discuss current events in Poland. Activities include:
Bal Karnawałowy – This carnival ball honors a pre-Lenten celebration dating back several centuries in Poland. Highlighting the Bal is an award ceremony recognizing strong contributors to the work of PACIM and the Twin Cities Polish Communities. The formal event also includes a multi-course dinner, dancing to live music, and a silent auction.
Festival of Nations – This celebration of global arts, traditions, music, dance and food, usually in May of each year, is home to PACIM’s Polish Café. Thousands of festival participants visit the café for delicious Polish food and to experience Poland’s hospitable, gracious and generous culture.
Polish Soup Festival – Poland is famous for soups and for more than 20 years, PACIM’s fall SoupFest boasts having all of Babcia’s favorites. Sample over a dozen types of traditional soups (including vegetarian soups), fresh breads and cakes. Enjoy live music, a children’s area, and vendors selling books, prepared foods and artisan folk gifts from Poland.
Wigilia – This family-friendly, intimate PACIM event offers a traditional Polish Christmas Eve dinner in December, complete with the sharing of opłatki and carols in Polish and English. Proceeds from the event support designated Polish orphanages (Domy Dziecka).