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2021 USA Krampusläufe

2021 USA Krampusläufe

According to folklore, Krampus shows up  the night before December 6, known as Krampusnacht, or Krampus Night. Today the tradition live on in Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic involves folks dressed as devils, who take over the streets for a Krampuslauf—a Krampus Run of sorts, when people are chased through the streets by these “devils.”
Anastasiia Chokhliad
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Over 300 Oktoberfests Coming up this Fall

Over 300 Oktoberfests Coming up this Fall

After a year where all public events had been, we were all looking forward to getting back to normal life. While the pandemic is not over yet, we can still enjoy some of the things we have all been missing so much - restaurants, outings, concerts, and of course - Oktoberfests. That's why we are so excited to share with you a mega list of 168 events happening all over the US starting September 2021! Just click the event title to find out more details.
Anastasiia Chokhliad
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Upcoming German Festivals

Upcoming German Festivals

It's been a long and stressful year, but things seem to finally be getting back to normal. After zillions of online meetings, e-parties, virtual events, and increasing vaccination rates, everyone is super excited to finally get together in person again. I am delighted that some of our favorite summer events are resuming this year!

Our team has put together a list of upcoming German festivals, part of them are already happening this upcoming weekend so be sure not to miss it! So, here is the list of 21 German Festivals happening around the US this summer… the perfect place to wear your dirndl!

Anastasiia Chokhliad
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How to Throw a Virtual German Dinner Party

How to Throw a Virtual German Dinner Party

I really do love being at home. But that love for being at home only really works if I have something to look forward to, like getting together with friends and family... and in this time in our lives, that isn't something that can be accomplished 😔:pensive:. But I'm always up for a good challenge!!
Erika Neumayer
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German Karneval & Fasching: The BIGGEST Party in Germany!

German Karneval & Fasching: The BIGGEST Party in Germany!

During the winter months, there is a tradition in Germany that dates back to the 16th century and is one of the oldest German customs. Centuries older than the celebration of Oktoberfest, and to most folk's surprise, much more popular! Today, many German’s carry on this long lived tradition with parades, parties and events that draw out millions of locals and visitors to the streets.  
Erika Neumayer
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6 Tips for Getting the Most out of Wurstfest in New Braunfels, Texas

6 Tips for Getting the Most out of Wurstfest in New Braunfels, Texas

“Sprechen sie fun?” If you’re not familiar with Wurstfest, it is an epic German Festival in New Braunfels, Texas and absolutely worth a visit. This 10 day extravaganza has a Texas meets Munich Oktoberfest vibe and below are the 6 steps to getting the most out of your experience in New Braunfels!  
Erika Neumayer
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Top 5 German Festivals in the US that aren’t Oktoberfest

Top 5 German Festivals in the US that aren’t Oktoberfest

We all know that Oktoberfest is hands down the most popular Bavarian festival both here and in Germany. But did you know that there are lots of other German events and festivals throughout the US that are NOT Oktoberfest? Here are our Top 5.  
Erika Neumayer
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Top 5 German Festivals in the US that aren’t Oktoberfest

Top 5 German Festivals in the US that aren’t Oktoberfest

We all know that Oktoberfest is hands down the most popular Bavarian festival both here and in Germany. But did you know that there are lots of other German events and festivals throughout the US that are NOT Oktoberfest? Here are our Top 5. 
Erika Neumayer
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Oktoberfest at Home – How to throw your own personal Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest at Home – How to throw your own personal Oktoberfest

It was just a regular ‘ol Wednesday when I decided… you know what? Let’s make this a special Wednesday! My husband had left for work for the evening, so it was just me and my son (who is 1.5) and we (well… me I guess) decided to have our own little Oktoberfest. We made a whole afternoon out of it and it was so much fun.
Erika Neumayer
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Girl's Guide to Wurstfest

Girl's Guide to Wurstfest

"Sprechen sie fun?" If you’re not familiar with Wurstfest, it is an epic German Festival in New Braunfels, Texas and absolutely worth a visit. Now I must admit… I have not had the pleasure of attending, so I asked two of my great friends who have been multiple times for their advice on this gem of a festival. Here is Jennifer and Jessica's Guide to Wurstfest
Erika Neumayer
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6 Fun Oktoberfests coming up this weekend

6 Fun Oktoberfests coming up this weekend

It has been BEYOND FUN to see all my social media feeds filled with ladies in dirndls at Oktoberfests all over US and Canada! Although it's "late" in the season, there are still many Oktoberfest's coming up this weekend.
Below are 6 of the BIG ones!
Erika Neumayer
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The Ultimate German Festival Checklist

The Ultimate German Festival Checklist

The summer and fall is full of sunshine, beautiful weather and German Festivals galore! Before you get dressed in your dirndl or lederhosen for Bavarian Blast, Zinzinnati Oktoberfest or Wurstfest here is the quick, must-have checklist to get the most out of whichever fest you are going to.

I’ve committed to staying hydrated. Having a water in between beers is key to keeping hydrated during the usually warm to hot fest season. But even if it’s an Oktoberfest and the weather is cool, a cup of water between the Schnapps, Wein und Bier is a good idea. So don’t foget the Wasser!

I’ve checked the forecast and have packed appropriately. Pack a sunscreen with a higher SPF because a blouse burn or a lederhosen-tan is like afarmers-tan hopped up on Schnapps! Nobody likes that sweetheart neckline for the rest of the summer! On the flip side… the open air fest grounds might have some tents, but if it starts to rain you may need to venture out from under the shelter for another beer, so don’t forget an umbrella. 

◊ I am ready to get my polka on! Don’t just loiter around the dance floor… get out there!! If you don’t know how, maybe there are some dance groups performing that you can watch and get some pointers, or you can check out some YouTube video polka bands like Alex Meixner and practice at home before the event. How are you going to become a pro if you don’t practice?  

I also had the opportunity to talk to Alex about his performances at different festivals and he said, “Earlier in the day we cater to more of the traditional and family crowd... so if you want to learn about and enjoy the culture and background of the songs- those shows are more likely to be your cup of tea... (and I always enjoy having conversations with people about the differences in the Austrian/ Slovenian repertoires as opposed to the North German and Egerlander styles, etc...). Later in the evening, it's generally a younger, drinking, party atmosphere where our band will bring out more of our mashups with American rock anthems and international drinking songs. But… I do my best to keep everyone satisfied so there's a chance you might hear an errant Ozzy request fulfilled at the 2pm set and a Strauss Waltz in the 10pm set 😄. 

◊ I’m mentally prepared to try new foods! Yes, the brats and pretzels are good… but try some Spanferkel, Knoedel, Kasseler Rippchen, Kartofelpoffer, or Goulash. Those are just some of my favorites that are offered at some of the German Festivals. 

◊ I’m aware that excessive amounts of German beer, wine and schnapps may result in a little hangover… but I have ibuprofen at the ready. Sometimes we get a case of the “hanging Sundays”, but that’s nothing a good ol’ kartofflepuffer (potato pancake), 2 ibuprofen and some water can’t fix!

 I’ve got my Dirndl and Lederhosen ready!  You know what makes every German Festival more fun? Dressing the part!! If you don’t have a trachten shop in your area (which isn’t very unlikely) you can check out online retails like Rare Dirndl, Bavarian Specialties or Ernst Licht. However, the $40 beer wench or a Brüno costume you got at Halloween Headquarters… not appropriate. Save that for another day (like never). 

 I’ve checked off everything on this list and I’m ready for the fest!!

Looking for a local Oktoberfest in your area or a German restaurant to wear your dirndl to? Click here to get our FREE Resource Guide full of articles and a comprehensive list of festivals and restaurants.

Erika Neumayer
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