The Official 2017 Entertainment Guide Coming Soon
Opening Ceremony Friday, 5:15pm
NEW FOR 2017!
The sport, which features the top lumberjack athletes in the country competing in thrilling chopping and sawing competitions, will host its U.S. Pro and Collegiate Championship at GERMAN FEST!
In the sport’s 32-year history, this will be the first time the Championship takes place at Milwaukee.
Friday, July 28, 2017 – Qualifier Event from 4-9 pm – Top 20 athletes in 2 pools of 10
Saturday, July 29, 2017 – Championship Event from 5-8 pm – Top 8 athletes
Sunday, July 30, 2017 – Collegiate Championships from 3-5 pm – Top 8 athletes
The 6th Annual Battle of the Mascots soccer game and photo session takes place Sunday, July 30th at 5:00pm. More info can be found here.
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”.
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.
And they’re off! Information about the 12th Annual Dachshund Derby Race can be found here.
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
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 email@example.com.
German 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
Always a crowd favorite, the Glockenspiel performance takes place every day. Check the schedule and don’t miss seeing this German clock come to life!
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.
Saturday, 5:30pm – 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.
German Fest is proud to bring you authentic local and professional featured entertainment. You can find a schedule for the stages here.
Saturday, 3:00pm – 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.