For a complete list of German Fest bands, click here


Battle of the Mascots

Sunday, NEW TIME 3:00 pm – The 9th Annual Battle of the Mascots soccer game and photo session takes place 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 Dance Showcase

Sunday, 4:00 pm – Local children’s dance groups with participants 3 to 18 years of age represent various influences of the different regions of Germany:  the Bavarian schuhplattler groups from the mountain regions of Germany; the Pomeranian from the North Sea area; the Mardi Gras troupe representing Karneval or Fasching; the Donauschwaben representing the countries of Austria, Yugoslavia, Romania and Hungary along the Danube River.


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

And they’re off! Information about the 15th 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 10:30 pm on Friday & Saturday!

Fireworks Sponsored by Discovery World

Discovery World





Soccer exhbition games take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Dachshund Park near the main gate.  Grab some food and beverage and find a spot in the shade to watch them play!


 German Fest Parade

Saturday, 4:00 pm – Bands, clubs in traditional dress and Mardi Gras Royalty are all part of this German Fest tradition.






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!





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.





South end – One of the most photographed subjects, 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, 6:30 pm – 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

Sunday – 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.  Stop by their booth located near the Sprecher Tent to learn more about these special German Shepherds and their handlers.



Muller Fasching Verein

Have you ever wondered about the Hexen (witches) roaming the German Fest grounds?  Click here to learn more about the Muller characters, who bring the spooky story of the four seasons to life!

The Muller Fasching Verein has successfully brought the customs of the Rumer Muller across the Atlantic and is the only club of its kind in North America.



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, 2:30 pm – 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 1:00 – 4:00 pm.