exciting highlights, July 26-28
German Fest has brought music, food and gemütlichkeit to Milwaukee's beautiful Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds) for 39 years.
For the third year, entrance to German Fest includes admission to the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Series U.S. Men's, Women's and Collegiate Championships. These athletes wow crowds with thrilling feats of chopping and sawing.
As always, Old World culture meets contemporary fun with live music and dance, fireworks, cultural displays, children's activities, food, beer and spirits, shopping, parades and more.
Musical favorites include Grammy-nominated Alex Meixner Band and Obenheimer Express (musicians from Alsace who fire up the audience with rock and roll, ballads and recent hits and oldies). Bands from Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota also keep festgoers dancing and singing.
"Don't miss" features include local German dance groups performing all weekend and German Fest's "living" Glockenspiel. Fireworks light up the skies at 10:30pm Friday and Saturday (sponsored by Discovery World).
Children's activities include the giant playground, children's arts and crafts and the Culture Village Passport Program. There is a Battle of the Mascots soccer scrimmage at 5pm. Meet your favorite mascots and snap a picture before the game.
The 2019 Culture Village theme is "German Castles." Posters, pictures and memorabilia depict these magnificent structures. Included are defensive constructions built to protect towns as well as fairytale wonders built just for the pleasure of kings.
See local and international musicians perform at the Musik Garten Stage as well as a marionette puppet show.
On Saturday, don't miss the Trachtenschau display of traditional clothing, German Fest Parade at 4pm, Mardi Gras showcase of costumes and Greater Model T Ford Club display.
Sunday, the rollicking 14th annual Dachshund Derby at 1pm includes a costume contest.
$7/students (with current school ID). Children 12 & under are free when accompanied by an adult.
Entrance to German Fest doubles as admission to STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® U.S. Pro & Collegiate Championship.
• $3 admission for everyone, all day
• Free admission for all veterans
• Free Admission for all Disabled/Physically Challenged with one escort, 3-6pm
Free admission noon-3pm at south gate with three cans per person of peaches or pears in 100% juice to support the Hunger Task Force.
Free for active military and their immediate family