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2015 Event Details

Friday, August 14th - 5pm to 11pm
Saturday, August 15th - 12pm to 11pm
Sunday, August 16th - 12:00pm to 6pm
Public Invited! Admission is FREE!
On-site Parking $2.00

Join the Dayton Liederkranz as we celebrate the 32nd 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
  • On-Site Parking $2
  • Authentic German Food - Schnitzel Dinners, Brats, Metts, German Potato Salad, 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
  • Huge Raffle - Grand prize Trip for 2 to GERMANY + $1000 spending money!
  • Bavarian Fashion Show - Saturday
  • 5K and 10k Race/Walk - Friday 6:30 p.m.  (Click on link for Registration Form)
  • Heritage Booth featuring: 125 Years Dayton Liederkranz Turner


The 2015 winners of Scholarships and Academic Grants have been selected and will be announced soon.  CONGRATULATIONS! Their checks will be 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 2015 Cultural Display will focus on the 125th Anniversary of the Dayton Liederkranz Turner. We have a long and rich history - let's celebrate it! If you have any ideas or memorabilia to share, please contact us at  Danke!


Interested in your German Heritage? 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.
To help with Setup on Friday at Carillon Park, click here -
The help with Tear down, click here -
To help with Cleanup  on Monday at the Liederkranz, click here-
To help sell our Raffle Tickets, click here -
To help serve our delicious food in the big Food Tent, click here -
To help out with the Children’s Area, click here -
To donate our serve our delicious Baked Goods, click here -
If you are a Truck Driver with CDL who can help us out this weekend, click here -
To work in the Sandwich Booth, click here -
To help set up our Culture Display, and greet out guests during the weekend, click here -
To participate in the German Fashion Show on Saturday afternoon, click here -
To sing in the Polka Mass Choir on Sunday Morning, click here- help grill our delicious brats and metts, click here -
To help with restocking pop/water stations in Main food tent and Sandwich tent. Teens welcome and encouraged!


Courtesy of Event Photos by Tracy, are available here:

5k / 10k:

Picnic (Including Friday Night and Saturday):


Overall Event Sponsor : $7,000 – Exclusive naming rights with name/logo on all PR including all media (ads, brochures, etc), on fest signs/banners, on  volunteer tee shirts; participation in opening ceremonies; booth space and facilities and food/drink tickets for booth staff.
Overall Event Supporter: $5-$7,000 – Similar to above, but less prominent.
Major Venue Sponsor:   $2 - $5,000 – Venues include Liederkranz Food Tent, Heritage Exhibits, Spass Platz (band tent), two Bier Gartens, Kidz  Zone; Craft Vendor Tents; signs & banners at venue;  listings in PR materials and over 5,000 programs; booth space/ facilities.
Major Activity Sponsor: $1 - $2,000 – Activities include Opening Ceremonies,Trachten Fashion Show, 5k/10k Run/Walk, Worker Party; Parking Shuttle: sponsor signage and promotion as appropriate;  PR listings; booth space/facilities                                                                                                                                                                
Supporter/Donor: $100 - $1,000 –   Listings in PR as appropriate; signage at the Main Event Stage
In Kind/Community Service   -   Opportunities exist for numerous “in kind”  donations/sponsorships  and for community service work crews. Appropriate levels of PR or compensation will be matched to fit.


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