About Us

The American Polish Festival

an event sponsored by

The American Polish Century Club

of Sterling Heights, Michigan

The American Polish Century Club (APCC), is an ethnic social and cultural organization. Its purpose is to preserve the Polish culture and promote unity among peoples of Polish descent and their descendants.

The festival is located in Sterling Heights, MI. This is just a few miles north of Hamtramck, MI.

Poles are the second largest ethnic group in Michigan and are a significant part of the history of the Detroit area and all of Michigan. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, Michigan is home to the third largest Polish population after New York and Illinois. The current population of Michigan’s Polish Americans is concentrated in Macomb County.  Sterling Heights has become one of the centers of Polonia in Michigan since they migrated from Hamtramck.

The Club facility including the Century Banquet Center,  is located in Sterling Heights, MI.  Our club extends its membership to the residents of Michigan, as well as other states. The club membership goals are to provide good fellowship and government of the club. Consequently, the members continue to support events:

  • the annual “American Polish Festival & Craft Show
  • the annual “George Hempel Vocational Scholarship Charity Golf Classic
  • multiple dances and dinners throughout the year
  • participation in other civic events in Macomb County
  • supporting “Polish American” nights at Comerica Park and Jimmy John’s Field
  • thousands of dollars of scholarships for students going to college

The American Polish Festival was founded to celebrate Polish heritage and introduce southeastern Michigan residents to talented chefs, artists and musicians from around the area.

The festival offers a diverse mix of local music, art and Polish/American cuisine at a very reasonable cost.

At the start, APCC members, together with the Warren Lions Club, held a “Polish Kitchen” in Heimlich Park each June for several years in the sixties and early seventies. Later, we hosted the APCC Mushroom Festival for several years at our site. With the festival outgrowing the available site, the APCC relocated the festival to Macomb County’s Freedom Hill Park.  In 2009, the American Polish Festival came home to the grounds of our club facilities in Sterling Heights.

For over 40 straight years, our membership again is hosting a premier … and largest … three-day American Polish Festival over the weekend of June 21th thru 23th, 2024.

In 2019, we had over 15,000 guests, and we’re looking forward to another great crowd this year. We have spent thousands of hours creating an experience that has something to offer to everyone, in a child-friendly, safe and secure environment.

Come join us for a weekend of Polish ethnic pride.

And there is more to do than just Polka in Southeastern Michigan and the Detroit area:

  • We are just a few miles north of Downtown Detroit, home to the Detroit Tigers, Lions, Red Wings & Pistons
  • 3 of the largest Midwestern Vegas-style casinos
  • Do not miss visiting Greenfield Village and The Henry Ford Museum
  • Enjoy boating and fishing and other watersports? We are 9 miles west of Lake St. Clair … one of the world’s finest freshwater lakes
  • We also have the nation’s finest shopping and retail centers at the Somerset Collections, The Mall of Partridge Creek and Lakeside Mall.

Make the APPC’s The American Polish Festival a full weekend destination for fun!

And if that’s not all, you’re only minutes away from the International crossings to Windsor (30 mins) or Sarnia (1hr 15mins), Ontario, Canada!