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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

17 May

Frankenmuth Auto Fest 2015

9 Sep

Frankenmuth Auto Fest 2015

9/11/2015 – 9/13/2015

Located in Heritage Park on Weiss Street in Frankenmuth. Over 2500 classic cars, street rods, and muscle cars. Come and enjoy a weekend of fun and entertainment for all ages. Friday night Big Block Party on Main Street from 5-10pm. Saturday and Sunday view the classic cars in Heritage Park. Oldies fest dance in the Harvey Kern Pavilion on Saturday from 7-midnight.

For more information please call (989) 652-6964

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Come out to Frankenmuth for Scarecrow Fest!

4 Oct

SCARECROW FEST 2014

October 18 – 19, and 25-26, 2014

Frankenmuth has something to crow about… scarecrows that is.

The town is full of unique and clever costumed  scarecrows.  Text to vote for your favorite! Fall festivites also held at Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

(800) FUN-TOWN

http://frankenmuthriverplace.com/scarecrow-fest

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2014 Bruckelaufe (Bridge Race)

29 Sep

Covered Bridge in Frankenmuth

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Come run Bruckelaufe (Bridge Race) in Frankenmuth!

October 4th, 2014

The Frankenmuth Jaycee’s are proud to bring the Bruckelaufe Half Marathon and 5k to their series of races.  The Bruckelaufe crosses 13 bridges in its 13.1 miles!

http://www.bruckelaufe.org/

Summer Music Fest 2012

5 Aug

Frankenmuth Summer Music Fest
August 7-11 & 17-18, 2012
Located in the Harvey Kern Pavilion in Heritage Park on Weiss Street. A celebration of music. Polka, “Folk”, Polish, German & Solvenian ethnic style music.  Food, drinks and dancing on a wooden floor August 7-11. Fabulous Hub Caps will be entertaining the crowds on August 17 and 18, 2012.
Call 1 800 FUN-FEST for more info.

Farm Fest 2012

31 Jul

Join us for the 13th Annual Frankenmuth Historic Farm Fest Friday August 3rd through Sunday August 5th, 2012! Experience Grandpa Tiny’s Historic Farm with:
• Hands-on Petting Farm
• Barrel Train Rides (Children)
• Tractor & Machinery Parade (Saturday Only)
• Wagon Rides
• Musical Entertainment
• Cowdrop Raffle (Saturday Only – Sponsored by the Frankenmuth Jaycees)
• corn Maze
• Vendors and Exhibitors
• Demonstrations of the Newly Restored Barn
• Threshing & Corn Husking Demonstrations
• Antique Tractor and Engine Display
• Sheep Shearing (Friday and Saturday only – Sponsored by Frankenmuth Woolen Mill)

Take a tour! Take a wagon ride across the Black Bridge to tour the Hart One-Room Schoolhouse. Tour Grandma’s Haus, or turn-of-the-century farmhouse

Farm Fest is a great family event and admission is only $3.00 per person and children 12 and under are FREE! Parking is also Free. This educational opportunity and exposure to agricultural history is made possible by the William and Dorothy Zehnder Foundation.

For more information call 989-652-5437 or 989-652-6613

7775 Weiss St. Frankenmuth, MI 48734