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German Fest – A Milwaukee Tradition

July 26 July 28


The lively 3-day celebration of brats, beer, polka and culture returns to Henry Maier Festival Park July 26-28. Tickets are available at germanfest.com

The festival once again packs three days with live music, traditional dance, timbersports, sheepshead battles, children’s activities, a Dachshund derby, history, wine tasting and much more. 

Live music includes spirited performances from German and Austrian bands, including Die Alpenkracher, Die Freistadt Alte Kameraden Band, Alpine Blast, Copper Box, The Biermen, and more.

Watch musicians entertain audiences at the Musikgarten, located near the Culture Village on the north end of the festival grounds. 

Food & Drink

From soft pretzels to goulasch, rollbraten and sauerkraut to frankfurters, and, of course, delicious tortes and kuchen (cake), German Fest offers a variety of culinary delights.

Quench your thirst with a cold beer from Lakefront Brewery or a shot of Jagermeister. Partake in a wine-tasting, sampling imported Wein-Bauer wines.


Learn more about Germany through photos, displays, memorabilia, genealogists and handcrafted items. 

Stihl Timbersports


Watch the nation’s best athletes compete at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater in this exhilarating extreme sports competition, which includes three axe and three sawing disciplines, among them Springboard, Underhand Chop, Standing Block Chop, Stock Saw and Hot Saw. July 26, 4-6:30pm: U.S. Women’s ChampionshipJuly 27, 1-9:30pm: U.S. Men’s Semi-FinalsJuly 28, 2-5pm: U.S. Men’s Championship.


Dachshund Derby: July 28, 11am-5pm includes a blessing of Doxies, races and a costume contest at the south end.   

Glockenspiel Show: July 26 at 4, 6 & 8pm; July 27 at 2, 6 & 8pm; July 28 at 2, 4 & 6pm

Fireworks: July 27 at 10:30pm 

Worship Service: July 28 at 10:30 am featuring a Chorus of 120+ Voices at Lakefront Oktoberfest Pavilion

Hours of the festival 

Friday, July 26: 3 pm to Midnight (Opening Ceremony 5:15 pm)
Saturday, July 27: Noon to Midnight
• Trachtenschau 2:30 pm
• Parade 4:00 pm
• Mardi Gras Show 6:30 pm
• Fireworks 10:30 pm
Sunday, July 28th: Noon to 7 pm (Dachshund Derby 1pm)


$30/3-Day Admission
$18/Advanced Tickets
$20/general admission
$7/Seniors (60+)
$7/Students (with current school ID). 
Children 12 & under are free when accompanied by an adult. 
Free admission for all Veterans and a companion
Free for active military


• $5 admission for everyone, all day

Free admission noon-3pm at south gate with donation of three cans of healthy fruits or veggies  to support the Hunger Task Force.