No, but really, what?

The Milwaukee Polka Riot is America’s first and (as far as we know) only alternative polka festival.

What began as a fever dream shared among Keith Gaustad, Tahrim Tatum and Evan Maruszewski, finally came to fruition for the very first time on October 21st, 2017.

In clandestine meetings with Jim Rice, Eoin McCarthy and Frank Chandek, the Milwaukee Polka Riot grew from a germ of a questionable idea to a full-fledged, ridiculous reality.

Whether you like it or not, The Milwaukee Polka Riot is an annual festival showcasing a host of amazing, off-kilter bands you’re unlikely to see all in one place, anywhere else.


We are back for 2021! Watch the announcement video below and stay tuned for further information regarding our final location, the roster of bands and more!