features exciting new highlights, July 28-30

July, 2017

GERMAN FEST has brought music, food and gemutlichkeit to Milwaukee’s beautiful Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds) for 37 years.

   In 2017, the event adds the excitement of the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® U.S. Pro & Collegiate Championship.

 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 Alex Meixner, whose high-energy performances have made him a Grammy-nominated musician and producer. The Obenheimer Express Band hails from Alsace and “sets the stage on fire” with rock and roll, ballads, 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 in part by Discovery World).

    Children’s activities include the giant playground, inflatables 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.

   More than a dozen mascots compete. In the past, mascots have included Milwaukee Admirals’ Roscoe, UWM’s Pounce, Milwaukee Wave’s Brad Beach and Milwaukee Bucks’ Bango.

     The 2017 Culture Pavilion theme is “German Traditions,” with all new displays. The Musik Garten Stage features local musicians, marionette puppet show and travel films. On Sunday, there is a wooden shoe carving demonstration.

     Meet Veronika Hummel at the Mader's Tower Gallery booth and have a special 2017 Hummel personally signed. (800) 558-7171 or maderstowergallery@yahoo.com to pre-order. Visit germanfest.com for the 2017 Official German Fest Hummels and Steins available.

     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 12th annual Dachshund Derby at 1pm includes a costume contest. (Register at germanfest.com.)  A worship service at 10:30am on Sunday morning is celebrated in English and German and features a 120-string chorus.

Food and drink are always a high point

Dining - Bratwurst, potato pancakes, bienenstich (German coffeecake filled with a special custard and topped with almonds and honey), kasseler rippchen (smoked pork chops), sauerbraten (marinated beef), kirschtorte (Black Forest cherry cake) and spanferkel (roasted whole pig) are among the favorites.

Drinking - Wein-Bauer Inc & Schlink Haus, official wine of German Fest, offers tastings. At the Niche Schnapps’ Garten, savor spirits from some of Germany’s oldest and most renowned distillers. Also available is Kleiner Feigling, a brand of naturally-flavored fig liquor that is the official spirit of German Fest, as well as Barenjager Liqueur, the original German honey liqueur.

Hours of the festival

• 3pm-midnight Fri.  • Noon-midnight Sat.   • Noon-9pm Sun.


• $12/advance

• $15/general admission

• $7/seniors (60+)

• $7/students (with current school ID). Children 12 & under are free when accompanied by an adult.

• 2017 entrance to German Fest doubles as admission to STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® U.S. Pro & Collegiate Championship.

     For more information and updates, visit germanfest.com.


U.S. Pro & Collegiate



This competition brings the top 20 professional and eight collegiate lumberjack athletes in the country to Wisconsin for the first time in its 32nd season. Thrilling and grueling chopping and sawing competitions take place at the BMO Harris Pavilion. The series airs on ABC in the fall, with re-airs on ESPN, ESPN2 and NBC Sports.

• Friday, July 28: Qualifier Event, 4-9pm, Top 20 Athletes

• Saturday, July 29: Championship Event, 5-8pm, Top Eight Athletes

• Sunday, July 30: Collegiate Championships, 2-4pm, Top Eight Athletes


German Fest