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For their 34th and biggest year yet Dayton Germanfest Picnic is moving to Riverscape Metropark in Downtown Dayton.
Dayton Germanfest Picnic invites you to “Get YOUR Gemütlichkeit on” this weekend! Though an imperfect translation, the invitation is to come, be cheerful, friendly, and comfortable. The fact that this event is celebrating its 34th year is evidence that we know how to and enjoy “Getting OUR Gemütlichkeit on”.
In their first year at Riverscape MetroPark Germanfest Picnic is extending festival hours. Featuring traditional German food, bier, music, cultural displays, a kid zone with inflatables, face painting, a puppet show, genealogy assistance, 5K & 10K races, souvenirs, crafts, other vendors, and a Polka Mass on Sunday. There is truly something for everyone.
Meter parking in downtown Dayton is free after 6p weekdays and all day on weekends. RTA is providing a free shuttle service all weekend from major parking garages, as well as the marked shuttle stops. The buses will operate in a continuous loop so festival goers will only have to wait a few minutes at a stop to catch the next bus with the Germanfest Picnic window card and “shuttle” on the destination sign. Ride your bike and receive FREE Bike Valet Parking (limited hours). Parking details here.
For more information, see Germanfest Picnic 2017
How it all started:
In 1983 Dayton Foundation President Fred Bartenstein asked Wanda Wiedman to create something like the Oktoberfest Dayton Art Institute produces each fall. Wanda suggested a summer picnic; Fred went for it and the first Germanfest Picnic took place in 1984. The first year there was no electricity or music and members brought their own grills. In year two the Sauerkraut German Band composed of military and civilian members from WPAFB played music. By year three bands from Austria and Germany were added, the festival expanded to two days and later the entire weekend.
Dayton Liederkranz-Turner German Club's purpose is to promote and preserve German culture and traditions in the Miami Valley. DLT presents the Germanfest Picnic annually. Funds raised at the picnic enable them to preserve the Miami Valley’s rich German heritage in addition to providing several scholarships.
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