“We are proud to show off our German traditions each year,”
explained Festival Chair Timothy Pecsenye. “Our
popularity among the people of this area helps us to support
many philanthropic programs,” including the German and Swiss
cultural center in Oregon and a variety of scholarship, athletic
and other programs in the Toledo area.
The German-American Festival is among the Midwest’s largest
ethnic festivals and is famous for its wide variety of great
food, including “Old World” style frankfurters, bratwurst,
Leberkas, Kasewurst and Schnitzel, potato pancakes, sauerkraut
and a beautiful selection of homemade pastries and desserts. A
selection of 46 international beers (more than the Oktoberfest
in Germany), several featured cocktails and five selections of
German wines will be available.
Another popular feature of the Festival is the collection of
special events and contests that celebrate the German Heritage.
Continuous live music is also featured at three stages
throughout the 10-acre wooded property, from local Germanic and
ethnic bands (including featured bands Austrian Express from
Milwaukee, Wisc., and Alpen Echos from Cincinnati), a strolling
button box artist from Germantown, Wisc., and “The Brothers
Grimm” strolling musicians from Detroit.
And while this dedication to Old World tradition is what draws
the crowds of over 30,000 attendees, the GAF Society made an
impressive change for 2013. New this year is an expanded list of
shuttle locations, including a special Sunday Shuttle from Bar
145 on Monroe Street. Shuttles will run from 6:00 p.m. to 1:00
a.m. Friday, Aug. 23 and 4:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Saturday, Aug.
24 (with the last shuttle leaving the departure locations at
10:00 p.m. and departing the festival grounds at 1:00 a.m.); the
Special Sunday Shuttle will run from 2:00 to 10:00 p.m. from Bar
145 only (with the last shuttle leaving Bar 145 at 7:00 p.m. and
leaving the festival grounds at 11:00 p.m.). Shuttle ticket and
departure locations include:
Bar 145, Monroe St. (use former Cinema for parking)
Berger’s Olde Tyme, Laskey Rd.
Lucas County Recreation Center, Maumee
Mayfly Tavern, Summit St., Point Place
Anchor Inn, Suder Ave., Point Place
The Attic on Adams, Downtown Toledo
Ye Olde Cock n’ Bull Tavern, Downtown Toledo
Shawn’s Irish Tavern, W. Bancroft St., Sylvania Township
Icons Eatery and Entertainment, Navarre Ave., Oregon, which
provides a free shuttle Friday from 6:00 p.m. to close,
Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to close and Sunday from noon to
The festival also features a collection of amusement rides and
face painting for children, an abundance of German and Swiss
shopping and traditional dancing groups to ensure entertainment
for all ages. Wander the Hofbrauhalle outdoor pavilion, Bier &
Wein Garten, Sidewalk Café and Swiss Essen Haus to experience a
recreation of a real German village.
Festival hours: Friday, Aug. 23 – 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. (Parade
and Opening Ceremonies begin at 8:00 p.m.); Saturday, Aug. 24 –
2:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 25 – Noon to 11:00 p.m.
(German language worship service at 10:30 a.m.)