Family Fun

 Make German Fest YOUR Family Tradition!

Named by Travel Wisconsin in 2018 as one of the top 5 Kid-Friendly Festivals for Families that belong on your Summer Bucket List.

At German Fest, families will find plenty of entertainment throughout the grounds every day. Fireworks, parades, carousel organs, German candies in the Marktplatz, a playground, the Battle of the Mascots, Dachshund Derby, Glockenspiel, German dance performances and more!  Here are a few of our special Children’s Activities:




Culture Village


European Train Enthusiasts Display
Interactive Displays
Passport Program




Children’s Activity Area

South End, near the Glockenspiel

Friday 4 pm-8 pm
Saturday 1 pm-7 pm
Sunday 1 pm-7 pm




Children’s Arts & Crafts
Bring your children ages 4-10 for an hour of FREE, unsupervised but volunteer assisted, make-and-take and hands-on craft activities. Parents welcome to stay and play too!

German Language Games
Kids of ALL ages can come and test their German language knowledge with games like “Worterklatsche,” German Scrabble, Word Searches, “Zungenbrecher” (Tongue Twisters), matching German words to pictures and other German language games.

T-Shirt Tent
Purchase and design an original German Fest T-Shirt! Create your own shirt using various colors and stamps such as dachshund, soccer ball, teddy bear, German & American flag, pretzel and many more.


Glockenspiel Park

Kids of all ages love the famous Glockenspiel show which takes place every day.  Check the schedule and don’t miss this special performance!  Located on the south end, near the BMO Harris Pavilion.


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






HARIBO® Sampling

Ready for yummy gummies? Throughout the weekend HARIBO® will be handing out delicious HARIBO® GOLD-BEARS® right alongside the official Bear mascot! Swing by for some free HARIBO® GOLD-BEARS® gummies (located near the main gate), a big bear hug and an exclusive opportunity to take a photo with the HARIBO® Bear! Oh—and be sure to watch for the Bear in Saturday’s parade. Kids and grown-ups love the happy world of HARIBO®!




Music on the Move

Inflatable children’s activities located on the South end of the grounds.






Sunday Family Fun Day Features

Battle of the Mascots

Sunday, NEW TIME, 3 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.

Children’s Dance Showcase

Sunday, 4 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.

Dachshund Derby

Sunday, 1 pm – And they’re off! Information about the 15th Annual Dachshund Derby Race can be found here.

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 26th.  Stop by their booth located near the Sprecher Tent to learn more about these special German Shepherds and their handlers.