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2016 Event Details

Friday, August 12th - 5pm to 11pm
Saturday, August 13th - 12pm to 11pm
Sunday, August 14th - 12:00pm to 6pm
Public Invited! Admission is FREE!
On-site Parking $2.00

Join the Dayton Liederkranz as we celebrate the 33rd 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 -
             Prost on Friday night from 7 to 11 pm and Saturday from 12 to 2:30.     
             Chardon Polka Band
  3 till 6:30 pm on Saturday and 3 till 6 pm on Sunday
             Alpen Echos  7 till 11 pm on Saturday and 11 till 2:30 on Sunday
             Organ Grinder Ted Guilluam  5 till 8 pm on Friday2 till 7 pm on Saturday. and noon till 4 pm on Sunday
  • On-Site Parking $2
  • Authentic German Food - Schnitzel Dinners, Brats, Metts, German Potato Salad, Sauerkraut and desserts. New this year - Gürkensalat (Cucumber Salad)
  • Friday - Opening Ceremonies and Keg Tapping - 6:30 p.m.
  • Kidz Zone - Games, Rides and Puppet Show
  • ATM Located in Kettering Building and Brewery Building
  • German Import Haus 
  • German Marktplatz - Merchandise and Craft Vendors
  • Polka Mass - 11:00 a.m. Sunday
  • Genealogy Support in Kettering Building
  • Huge selection of German Draft and Bottled Beer as well as German-style craft beers from Ohio Breweries. Tasting Flights available.
  • Biergarten and Weingarten
  • Membership Opportunities
  • Huge Raffle - Grand prize Trip for 2 to GERMANY + $1000 spending money! Tickets $2 each, or 6 for $10
  • Bavarian Fashion Show - Saturday 1 p.m.
  • 5K and 10k Race/Walk - Friday 6:30 p.m.  (Click on link for Registration Form)
  • Heritage Booth featuring: Fachwerk Houses  - That "Fairytale Look" of Germany.


Scholarships are just one of the ways proceeds from the Germanfest Picnic are used. This year's winners will be announced at the Opening Ceremonies on Friday, August 12.


The 2016 Cultural Display will focus on Fachwerk Houses. That's the traditional building style that gives so much of Germany its fairy-tale appearance.


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 2017!  Do it today!


It's here!!! Your official link to sign up to help at the Germanfest Picnic. There are volunteer opportunities in many different areas, on all three days and many different time slots. Sign up today and experience the Germanfest Picnic from a whole new persprctive. Danke!


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."