What is Spanferkel? A Roasted Pig, Perfect for German Festivals!

I’d heard there would be Spanferkel at Germanfest, and I was a bit confused… What is Spanferkel? A “Ferkel” is a little Pig” (it’s also what my mom would call me when I came home particularly muddy) and “Span” is wood chips. Pig in Wood Chips? That can’t be right. It was time to learn more. My introduction to Spanferkel…

German Fest Milwaukee 2018! Thank You & PHOTOS!

UPDATE- Thursday before German Fest weekend is always a fun “gathering” day. 2 Years ago I was there with my family… this year, Covid-19 cancelled the event. Still… there’s always next year! Loving these KIDS!!! Isn’t it funny how time spent having fun just FLIES by? Seems like only yesterday I was packing my bags to go to German Fest…

The Freistadt Alte Kameraden- A “Glorious” Display of Generosity

Proving their amazing generosity once again… the Freistadt Alte Kameraden Band raised $2400 for charity in one weekend of GermanFest… that’s $1000 more than last year! And it all goes to kids who need it. I’m proud to know these guys! Permission for all photos from Dale Blank   The Freistadt Alte Kameraden and “Gloria” The Freistadt Alte Kameraden Band…

A Generous Germanfest Milwaukee Community Donates to Kids

  In a tremendous display of generosity, the Germanfest Milwaukee community and the Freistadt Alte Kameraden donated over $10,000 to children’s charities this week. It just goes to show you that a little effort, combined with a big heart adds up to some amazing things. Germanfest Milwaukee Community Donates $10,000 to Kids Eric Radue, the Germanfest President, members of the Germanfest…

Plymouth Junge Kameraden Band- An American High School Band Playing German Music!

  “So ein Tag, so wunderschön wie Heute“… when I heard those words sung, I immediately flashed back to my childhood. My mother playing this on her record player… my Oma’s radio… singing in German school. But the source was unexpected; the singer was a beautiful High School girl, standing in front of the Plymouth Junge Kameraden Band, the first…

My Weekend at Germanfest Milwaukee- Music, Food, and FUN!

  Get Your Tickets to Germanfest Milwaukee July 29-31, 2022 HERE–> Germanfest Tickets A Heartfelt THANK YOU and VIELEN vielen Dank!!! Well, I’m home again from GermanFest Milwaukee. The bags are unpacked, laundry is sorted and the first loads are in the machine… I’ve started sifting through the film and photos, and slowly am sorting through my notes. But before…

German Fest Milwaukee- Celebrating German Culture in America!

UPDATE- I wrote this post a year ago for German Fest Milwaukee 2016… and I had an absolutely AMAZING time there!(Read about it here–> Thank you Germanfest Milwaukee). Sadly, I won’t be attending Germanfest this year (too many bits of life just got in the way), but I AM moving mountains in order to be there again. And who knows……

The History of the Freistadt Alte Kameraden Band

What I enjoy the most about German Girl in America is meeting new people and learning about all the ways they maintain their German Heritage here in America. Dale Blank has been sharing loads of wonderful information about a great band he plays with,  the Freistadt Alte Kamaraden. Since 1942 the band has been performing for festivals and events both…

German Festivals in America, Events and Celebrations

 Looking for German Festivals in America? Events and Celebrations? Take a look at our list! There’s  something for everyone! Maifests, Sommerfests, Oktoberfests, Christkindlmarkt, Concerts, and More!! We also have a special page set aside for Christmas Markets in the United States and Canada–> German Christmas Markets  Do you know of any Events or GermaFestival that’s not on the list? Send…

What is Maifest? What is a Maibaum? Germany Celebrates May Day!

Maifest celebrates the end of the long dark winter, and the beginning of warm weather and light. It’s a time of reawakening and joy! Best of all… it’s a fun reason to have a party, now that Karneval is behind us, and Oktoberfest is still a few months away. Celebrating the end of winter dates back to the Pagan times,…

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