After an enthusiastic reception from the neighbors and the general public last year, the 39th Annual Germanfest Picnic will return to the historic St. Anne's Hill neighborhood for 2022.
Dayton Germanfest Picnic invites you to “Get YOUR Gemütlichkeit on” August 12-14, 2022! Though an imperfect translation, the invitation is to come, be cheerful, friendly, and comfortable. The fact that this event is celebrating its 39th year is evidence that we Daytonians really know how to and enjoy “Getting OUR Gemütlichkeit on”.
Based at the Liederkranz-Turner clubhouse in beautiful, historic St. Anne's Hill and adjoining Fifth Street, the Germanfest Picnic features traditional German food, bier, music, cultural displays, a kinder korner, souvenirs, crafts, other vendors, and a Polka Mass on Sunday. There is truly something for everyone.
FREE parking is available on Saturday and Sunday at Stivers High School and all weekend at the the SOITA Center at Fifth and Keowee Streets. Just follow the signs.
For more information, see www.GermanfestDayton.com
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.