The Official 2018 Entertainment Guide Coming Soon

2018 Music Schedule Coming Soon


Die Lauser

MUST SEE!  Returning to rock German Fest 2018, direct from Austria, it’s Die Lauser!  More info can be found here.



For a complete list of 2018 German Fest bands, click here.


Returning to Milwaukee, Wisconsin
for one more year!




Catch all of the thrilling chopping and sawing action!  Your entrance to GERMAN FEST doubles as admission for the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Series Men’s, Women’s and Collegiate U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Check out the Athletes HERE

Complete schedule coming soon.




Battle of the Mascots

The 7th Annual Battle of the Mascots soccer game and photo session takes place Sunday, July 29th at 5:00pm next to the Sprecher Oktoberfest Tent.  More info can be found here.




Carousel Organ
Association of America

The Carousel Organ Association of America is devoted to enjoying, preserving and sharing knowledge regarding all outdoor mechanical musical instruments including: band, fair, and street organs; calliopes and hand-cranked organs of all sizes. These instruments provide what enthusiasts refer to as “The Happiest Music on Earth”.





Children’s Fairy Tale Parade

Sunday, 3:30pm – All children at the fest are invited to participate along with dance groups and of course, Fritzi, German Fest’s lovable mascot and the Usinger Elves! The Parade starts near the Glockenspiel and weaves its way through the festival grounds ending at the Sprecher Oktoberfest Tent.


4:00pm Children’s Dance Showcase on the Sprecher Oktoberfest Stage immediately following the Parade.


12030361_10153943186018352_3470465496106467342_oDachshund Derby Race- Sunday 1PM in Dachshund Park near Mid Gate
Sponsored by Fromm Family Pet Food

And they’re off! Information about the 13th Annual Dachshund Derby Race can be found here.



Dance Groups

The heart and soul of German Fest!  As you enjoy the music and food at German Fest, be sure to see the local German dance groups performing traditional dances found throughout the German speaking countries of Europe. You can find more information on the specific dance groups at our festival here.



Fireworks fill the sky at 10:30PM on Friday & Saturday!

Fireworks Sponsored by Discovery World

Discovery World


German Fest Parade

Saturday, 4:00pm – Bands, clubs in traditional dress and Mardi Gras Royalty are all part of this German Fest tradition. If you have a convertible and would like to volunteer to drive it in the parade, email info@germanfest.com.



GF13_0819German Fest Sports Area

A great place to relax and enjoy your food and beverage while being entertained by various sports organizations.  Fun for all ages!  For the complete schedule, click here




Glockenspiel – A Must See!

Always a crowd favorite, the Glockenspiel performance takes place daily.  In the same style as the Rathaus Glockenspiel, on the Marienplatz, or central town square in Munich, the ‘Glockenspiel’ depicts a comedic snapshot of a day-in-the-life of the Holzhacker, or Lumberjack.  Accompanied to music, the Lumberjacks perform their daily job, chopping wood and sawing logs, as well as taking breaks to dance and typically enjoy a little refreshment. Located on the south end, near the BMO Harris Pavilion, it’s a German Fest MUST SEE.

Performance Times:
Friday 4:00, 6:00, 8:00;
Saturday 2:00, 6:00, 8:00;
Sunday 2:00, 4:00, 6:00


Glockenspiel Sponsored by Wein-Bauer, Inc.






Located on the South end of the festival grounds near the Glockenspiel. One of the most photographed subjects of German Fest, the Maibaum represents each of German Fest’s participating societies.  A German tradition, unique Maibaums are erected May 1st in towns and villages depicting their individual cultural groups and prevalent trades and commerce.  They signify the beginning of Spring and are put up with much pomp and celebration.


Mardi Gras Show

Saturday, 6:30pm – Called Karneval, Fastnacht, or Fasching, the events cover the whole carnival season with famous parades held in Cologne, Mainz, and Düsseldorf on Rosenmontag (Rose Monday) the Monday before Ash Wednesday. This is a showcase of Mardi Gras costumes and traditions.



Milwaukee Police Department K9 Unit

The Milwaukee Police K9 Unit has been serving the citizens of Milwaukee since 2007. The unit currently has nine K9 teams. The K9s are German Shepherds from Germany and are trained for suspect apprehension, drugs and firearm detection. Members of the MPD K9 Unit, the MPD K9 Foundation and the German-American Police Association will be on grounds Sunday, July 30th.  Stop by their booth located near the Sprecher Tent to learn more about these special German Shepherds and their handlers.



Freistadt Alte Kameraden BandSchedule

German Fest is proud to bring you authentic local and professional featured entertainment. You can find a schedule for the stages here.





Saturday, 2:30pm – Join us for a cultural display featuring traditional clothing (called Tracht) seen at German Fest. See a variety of costumes from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.



VW Club of Milwaukee & Greater Milwaukee Model T Ford Club

Come see these classic cars on display! The Volkswagen Club of Milwaukee will display 25-30 of their vintage Beetles, Dune Buggies, Fire Engine, and more!  The VW club will be on the grounds all weekend.

The Model T Ford Club, established in 1960, will display their classic cars from days gone by on the grounds and in the parade on Saturday only, from 1-4pm.