The Official 2017 Entertainment Guide Coming Soon
Opening Ceremony Friday, 5:15pm

NEW FOR 2017!


2017-stihl-logoThe STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series – The Original Extreme Sport – is coming to GERMAN FEST Milwaukee!

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


11887537_10153943178583352_1391273374084398680_oBattle of the Mascots

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.





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
Sponsored by Fromm Family Pet Food

And they’re off! Information about the 12th 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 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.


Mardi Gras Show

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.



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, 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.