German Fest, Milwaukee’s Original Haus Party, Returns This Weekend

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

German Fest 2013

Its almost the end of July, and if you are a German-American in the upper-midwest, you probably know that it means its time to party in Milwaukee.  German fest, one of the largest German festivals in the US, kicks off this week with some familiar activities and some new ideas.  Over 20,000 bratwursts, 15,000 pieces of strudel, and 10,000 pounds of potato pancakes will be served up from Thursday, July 25 through Sunday, July 28.

Throughout the four-day event, you’ll be able to see a variety of German bands from the US and Germany perform a variety of traditional and new songs, including the always entertaining German party band BIBA & die Butzemänner and the kilt wearing Die Lauser.  There are also a variety of dance groups that take to the stage throughout the day as well.

Even if German music isn’t your thing, there is plenty more to do.  One of the most popular events is the Dachshund Derby which, now in its eighth year, has seen huge growth in popularity and an increased amount of training that dachshund owners have put into the competition.

Other events include the Second Annual Richard Williams Euro-Cup 3 v 3 Soccer Tournament, Sheepshead Tournaments, Battle of the Mascots, and the German Fest Stein Home Brewing Challenge.

We always recommend spending at least a whole day at German Fest, but if you need to cut the time short, we recommend being there in the evening to enjoy not only the enhanced musical experience but the spectacular fireworks display on Friday and Saturday.

If you’ve attended German Fest in the past, please feel free to share your own German Fest favorites in the comments below.


Sources: German Fest Milwaukee

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Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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