Frankenmuth Oktoberfest 2017

9 Sep

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On October 12, 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig of Munich, Germany, married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen, and the citizens were invited to attend the celebration held on the fields in front of the city gates.  Afterward it was decided that the horse races held during this celebration would be repeated the following year, creating the new tradition of Oktoberfest.

More amusements were added to this yearly event, which generated an increase in visitors, and now Oktoberfest is known as the largest festival in the world.  In 1996, Frankenmuth’s Oktoberfest became the first to operate with the blessing of the original festival in Munich.  Now you can experience Frankenmuth’s unique German heritage and join the festivities on September 14-17, 2017 in Heritage Park.

Looking for more information on this event?  Click here to learn more!

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Auto Fest 2017

31 Aug

Mark your calendars for Frankenmuth Auto Fest – September 8-10, 2017.  For more information visit http://www.frankenmuthautofest.net/

Join the Bavarian Inn Lodge on Saturday night (Sept. 9th, 2017) for the Prime Rib and Chicken Buffet in Oma’s Restaurant

Food Truck Festival, August 10, 2017

2 Aug

Frankenmuth River Place Shops presents this special event….

Join us on Thursday, August 10th for the first Food Truck Festival at Frankenmuth River Place Shops!  Enjoy food options from 10 unique trucks as well as a beer & wine station.  There will be a live radio remote, children’s play zone, yard games, and more.  This event is also pet friendly!

http://frankenmuthriverplace.com/food-truck-festival/

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Cass River Colonial Encampment 2017

3 Jul

 

History Comes to Life at Frankenmuth’s Cass River Colonial Encampment

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. June 20, 2017 — Visitors to Frankenmuth River Place Shops will have a chance to experience history like never before on July 15 and 16, during the annual Colonial Encampment.

This all-day event will feature tactical battle reenactments, a flag raising, musket firing, period concerts, games, a fashion show and many other events. Visitors will be able to tour military camps and shop at historical vendors.

With more than 250 actors, the annual event, which is free to attend, reenacts troops from the Revolutionary and French and Indian wars battling each other with everything from cannons to bare hands. Lighter moments are also featured, with historical actors playing voyageurs exploring the vast American wilderness from those times.

Frankenmuth’s Cass River property features a historic wooden bridge, which provides a perfect backdrop for this event.

“This event is a fun learning experience for the whole family,” said Michael Keller Zehnder, Cass River Encampment Event Coordinator and General Manager of the Bavarian Inn Lodge, who is thrilled to see history come to life.

If you are interested in participating in this family-fun event, reenactors can contact Brent Kemmer at kemmerc@hotmail.com Voyagers can contact Merlyn Hodge at lafalcon@tds.net.

 

About Frankenmuth River Place Shops

Frankenmuth River Place Shops (www.frankenmuthriverplace.com) is an authentic re-creation of a Bavarian village located just minutes from the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Lodge. The outdoor mall features more than 40 shops and attractions at one location. In addition to great shopping opportunities, visitors can enjoy historic architecture, floral gardens, streams, waterfalls, a full-service day spa, video arcade, tons of fudge, candies, popcorn and ice cream.

2017 Bavarian Festival

1 Jun

Make plans to attend the 2017 Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival!

The finishing touches are in the works for the 2017 Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival, which will take place Thursday, June 8 through Sunday, June 11, 2017. The festival, which is Michigan’s largest celebration of Bavarian heritage, has been a Frankenmuth tradition for over 50 years.

The event, created by William “Tiny” Zehnder and his wife Dorothy, started in 1959. The initial event was planned to celebrate the grand opening of the Bavarian addition of Fischer’s Hotel (now the Bavarian Inn Restaurant).

The first Bavarian Festival Parade in 1961 was attended by an estimated 10,000 people. Today, this festival in “Michigan’s Little Bavaria” has grown even bigger and was named one of the state’s “Top 5 Festivals” by AAA’s Michigan Living Magazine. This year continues the tradition with a new twist.

(Tiny & Dorothy Zehnder were the original Grand Marshals of the Bavarian Festival)

Visitors to this year’s festival will be greeted by a different format from years past, according to Frankenmuth Civic Events Council President Russ Uphold. “This year’s Bavarian Festival will be a ‘strassenfest,’ – a street festival, which will be taking place along Main Street near the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the Zehnder Park. We expect to have three main stages, with a different form of entertainment at each venue, such as polka music, Top 40 tunes, and more,” Uphold said. He noted the new location will include a Sommergarten, where festivalgoers can feast on traditional German fare and enjoy a frosty beverage. Children’s activities will be nearby.

(Bill Zehnder drives a group of guests in the Folkswagen tour Trolley in 1968)

The festival will be held in downtown Frankenmuth, with the main tent in Zehnder Park hosting a number of traditional German entertainers. There will also be a “rock” tent behind Tiffany’s, which will feature the Sinclairs and Bromantics on Friday and Saturday night. But that’s not even scratching the surface of what visitors can enjoy. The festival will start off on Thursday with a Princess Coronation and Keg Tapping. On Friday, guests can take part in a Chicken BBQ and Maypole Raising Ceremony. There will also be Festival Olympics at 7 p.m.

(Tiny & Dorothy Zehnder along with friends at one of the early Bavarian Festivals)

The fun starts early on Saturday, with a pancake breakfast and Bloody Mary bar starting at 8 a.m. There will be events for all ages – from Kinder Platz kids’ activities, a children’s/kids parade at 10 a.m., an Instagram Scavenger Hunt, to a brat, snacks and beer meal! Click here to view the fesitval’s schedule of events.

(Matriarchs Dorothy Zehnder & Irene Bronner pose at a recent Bavarian Festival Parade)

Everything is wrapped up with the big Bavarian Festival parade on Sunday, June 11, with more than 100 marching units making their merry way along Main Street.

Sounds like fun? Mark your calendar and celebrate the heritage of Frankenmuth. Start planning your visit by making reservations at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the Bavarian Inn Lodge because bookings fill up quickly as the festival dates grow nearer. Hope to see you here!

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Dog Bowl & Balloons over Bavarian Inn

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2017 Mother’s Day Buffet at Bavarian Inn Lodge

29 Apr