Where to Celebrate German Karneval in the United States

Karneval like in Germany! Fasching (in the South) and Karneval (in the North) are a time of celebration of food and fun in the time before the austerity of Lent. Costumes and Masks are meant to scare away evil spirits. Parades and dancing add to the fun. The celebration begins on November 11, the beginning of the 5th Season, when the Karneval Prinz and court are elected.  Often there are Karneval Parties, Balls and Gala events. The merriment kicks into high gear the Thursday (Weiberfastnacht) before Ash Wednesday… and continues until Faschnachtdienstag (Shrove Tuesday) the night before Ash Wednesday, and the beginning of Lent. Can’t make it to Germany? Find out where to celebrate German Karneval in the United States!

We’ve gathered a list of some local (to the US) German celebrations…. I’ve tried to put them into some order so you can find one close to you. Come join the Celebrations!

Feel free to add more in the comments or send me an email at [email protected]



Phoenix Club Party Bus to GAMGA Gala

Phoenix Club Piratenball

  • Saturday, January 20, 2024
    Time & Location TBD -> Phoenix Club

Phoenix Club Faschingsball

  • Saturday, February 3, 2024
    Time & Location TBD -> Phoenix Club

Phoenix Club Kinderkarneval

El Cajon

German Club San Diego Karneval Party

German American Societies of San Diego Kinderkarneval


Energren Brewing Rosenmontag TBD

San Jose

Germania Verein Family Karneval

San Luis Obispo

California Central Coast German Club Karneval Party

  • Beda’s Biergarten Feb 21, 2024
    For more information- CCCGC



Pueblo German Club Fasching


Cape Coral

Prinzenball German American Social Club

Casselberry (Orlando)

German American Society Narrensitzung

Lake Worth

American German Club

  • Fasching Wild West Night- Feb 10, 2024
    For More Information- American GermanClub


German American Friendship Society of Pinellas County



Faschingverin Helen

  • Fasching Party, Heidelberg- January 26, 2024
    March to River & Parade- January 27, 2024
    Fasching Pub Crawl  & Scavenger Hunt Feb 2/3, 2024
    Fasching Party Cowboys & Angels Feb 2, 2024
    Fasching Party Hofbrauhaus Feb 3, 2024
    Fasching Party Heidelberg Feb 9, 2024
    Fasching Party, Helen Chamber of Commerce Feb. 10, 2024
    For more information –>Fasching Verein Helen



DANK Haus Maskenball Karneval Samstag

Rheinischer Verein Chicago



Athenaeum Karneval Maskerade Party



Germania Gala Maskenball Anything Goes

  • Feb. 3rd, 2024
    For more information- Germania



Spielmannszug Minnesota Kostümball


Las Vegas

GAMGA Gala Karneval

New Jersey


Deutscher Club Fasching Party

New York


Federation of German American Societies Mardi Gras



Germania Society of Cincinnati

German-American Citizens League of Greater Cincinnati Fasching Fat Tuesday party




German American Society of Portland

Rhode Island


Karneval Party 2024




Winterkarneval Village of Lights

Washington DC

Washington Saengerbunds

  • Fasching Masquerade Ball–TBD
    For More Information-Saengerbund

West Virginia


  • Fastnacht
    Feb 10, 2024
    For more information- Helvetia 



Muller Fasching Verein

Rheinischer Verein Gruen Weiss

Spielmannszug  Mardi Gras schedules

  • Maskenball – January 27, 2024
    Lumpenball- tbd
    For more information- Spielmannszug

Remember also to check the Events Page for more German Festivals and Events–> Events Page


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14 thoughts on “Where to Celebrate German Karneval in the United States

  1. The actual celebrations of the German carnival take place 40 days before Easter ; they are the last big party before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.

  2. Minnesota is not mentioned. The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St Paul have Karneval club, Spielmannszug Minnesota that has been in existence since 1993 . We crown a new Prinzenpaar each year aling with having orher events during the Karneval Session. We have a facebook page and website

      1. Karen, check out Leavenworth, complete with umpapa band …

  3. Your home page lists a perfoormance on Jan. 21, Sat. at the Schwaubenhop in Menomonee Falls, WI but it does not list any specifics, such as what time, can anyone sign up, cost, etc. Can you give me that information?

  4. Awesome website, German Girl, keep up the good work! We enjoyed Fasnet in Southern Germany, Fasching in Central Germany, and Carnival in Cologne as well. Great culture, great fun! I just want to let you and your followers know about Fasching near D.C. The event is actually held in the D.C. suburb of Fairfax, Virginia. It is put on by the Saegerbund, the German singing society there. Please check out their website: http://saengerbund.org/ for those near Washington, D.C. and interested. Helau, Alaaf, Ahaa to all!

  5. Beethoven Damenchor will host their annual Fasching at the Beethoven Halle und Garten (422 Pereida St., San Antonio, TX) Saturday, March 2, 2019 beginning at 8 PM. There will be a costume parade with prizes awarded for best costumes; also dance music and snacks, cash bar, and raffle for a gift basket of German goodies. Helau!

  6. First, I want to add to the chorus of all the people you’ve made so happy with German Girl in America. I would like to request, however, that next year you include the DANK Haus, German American Cultural Center (just a stone’s throw from your friend Erica at Rare Dirndl) in Chicago to your list. This is the inaugural year of DANK’s Karneval Gala and Fundraiser. I’m happy to say it is completely sold out this year. Should be tons of fun

    1. Oh gosh! How did I miss that!
      (Usually I add things when people tell me about them… I’ll add this one to the list)

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