Last year, the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Series Men’s and Collegiate U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS came to German Fest for the first time. The championships return in 2018 for one more year of wowing crowds. The addition of the women's pro championship competition this year adds to the excitement.
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 Die Lauser, coming direct from Austria to rock German Fest. 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 Pavilion Passport Program. On Sunday, there is a Children’s Fairy Tale Parade at 3:30pm and a Battle of the Mascots soccer scrimmage at 5pm.
Meet your favorite mascots and snap a picture before the game. In the past, mascots have included Milwaukee Admirals’ Roscoe, UWM’s Pounce, Milwaukee Wave’s Brad Beach and Milwaukee Bucks’ Bango.
The 2018 Culture Pavilion theme is “German Inventions.” Visitors will be surprised to learn how very German the most trivial things in your daily life are. Some examples include the computer, the television, the automobile, MP3-format and beer.
See local and international musicians perform at the Musik Garten Stage as well as a marionette puppet show and travel films.
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.
On Sunday, the rollicking 13th annual Dachshund Derby at 1pm includes a costume contest. A worship service at 10:30am on Sunday morning is celebrated in English and German and features a 120 member chorus.