Germanfest Picnic

31st Annual Germanfest Picnic at Carillon Park

         Presented by Dayton Liederkranz-Turner       

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Thanks to all who volunteered,
and all who came out to enjoy
Please tell us about your experience!


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Event Details

Friday, August 8th - 5pm to 11pm
Saturday, August 9th - 12pm to 11pm
Sunday, August 10th - 12:00pm to 6pm
Public Invited! Admission is FREE!
On-site Parking $2.00

Join the Dayton Liederkranz as they celebrate the 31th Annual Germanfest Picnic at Carillon Park in Dayton! One of the best festivals of the summer with plenty of fun for the whole family.


  • Continuous Live Music - Pros't, Alpen Echos, Chardon Polka Band, Alphorn Gruezie, Organ Grinder Ted, Autobahn (Herb Albinus)
  • On-Site Parking $2
  • Authentic German Food - Schnitzel Dinners, Brats, Metts, German Potato Salad, Wurstsalat, Cabbage Rolls
  • Friday - Opening Ceremonies and Keg Tapping - 6:30 p.m.
  • Kidz Zone Games & Rides
  • ATM Located in Kettering Building 
  • German Import Haus 
  • German Marktplatz - Merchandise and Craft Vendors
  • Polka Mass - 11:00 Sunday
  • Genealogy Support in Kettering Building
  • Huge selection of German Draft and Bottled Beer
  • Biergarten and Weingarten
  • Membership Opportunities
  • Raffle Prizes and 50/50 Raffle
  • Bavarian Fashion Show - Saturday
  • 5K and 10k Race/Walk - Friday 6:30 p.m.   (Click on link for Registration Form)
  • Heritage Booth featuring: Augsburg and Dayton - Sister Cities for 50 Years in the Kettering Building


The 2014 winners of Academic Grants are Katherine Kleinberg, Damian Roderick and Peter Kleinberg.  CONGRATULATIONS! Your checks were presented  at the Germanfest Picnic Opening Ceremonies on Friday Evening at 6:30. The DLT scholarship/grant program is one of the benefits of membership.


The 2014 Culture Booth focused on the 50th Anniversary of the Sister City relationship between Augsburg, Germany and Dayton. Thanks to those who lent items or supplied information for the display. Thanks, too, to all who entered our contest which asked for a specific location for the copy of the Roman Column donated by Augsburg to its Sister City, Dayton, in 1979. The most precise correct answer we received was from Mark, who answered,  "On Courthouse Square, at the north-west corner of the Old Courthouse Building, at 3rd and Main Streets, Dayton, OH."  Close runner-up was Melissa K., with  N 39° 45.583 W 084° 11.000 - must be a geo-cacher!  :-)  And third place was Jeff D., who even drew a diagram!   Runners up were selected by a drawing from all the other correct entries: Ron W., David S., Kathy O., Mark L., Dave T., Thomas L., Ron D., Frances M., and  Ed R.,  Congratulations! Your prizes are large City of Augsburg Flags, compliments of the Augsburg Mayor's Office. Fly them proudly!


Interested in your German Heritage?Hope you were able to stop in and meet some representatives from the DLT Genealogy Group and ask some questions! And do be sure to visit The Geneaology Group, which meets monthly at the Liederkranz, with guest speakers and group discussions. Click on the genealogy button on the Liederkranz Homepage for more information.


The Dayton Liederkranz is always looking for new members. Click on the MEMBERSHIP button at the bottom of the homepage to download an application. GERMANFEST SPECIAL - If you join and pay your dues by SEPTEMBER 1, you receive FREE membership for the remaining four months of this year, PLUS all of 2016!  Do it today!


It takes many helpers to make an event like Germanfest Picnic successful. A heartfelt "DANKE" to everyone who signed up on line to help out.


Courtesy of Event Photos by Tracy, are available here:

5k / 10k:

Picnic (Including Friday Night and Saturday):



The Germanfest Picnic is very proud to be designated "A Dayton Original."