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German Karneval Fasching Celebrations in the United States

German Karneval Fasching Celebrations in the United States


Do you want to celebrate Karneval Fasching like a German?

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.

In 2023-
Weiberfastnacht falls on Thursday February 16
Ash Wednesday falls on  February 22

Learn More About Karneval / Fasching Here- What is Karneval Fasching?

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]


GAMGA- Jan  in Las Vegas 13-15
Join us in Las Vegas, NV at the Rio Hotel & Casino to celebrate 36 years of German Mardi Gras


The Phoenix Club

NO Karneval celebrations this year because of the move. For More information Anaheim Karnevalgesellshaft 

El Cajon

San Diego Karneval Wild West Night Jan 28
Kinder Karneval Feb 5
for more Information- German American Societies of S D Inc


Energren Brewing Rosenmontag Feb. 20
With Festmeister Hans!
For more information- Energren Brewing

San Jose

Germania Verein
German Family Karneval Feb 18
for more information- Germania Verein

San Luis Obispo
California Central Coast German Club
Karneval Party at Beda’s Biergarten Sunday, Feb 5
For more information- CCCGC



Pueblo German Club Fasching Feb. 11


Lake Worth

American German Club
Fasching Maskenball- Feb 11
For More Information- American German Club




Faschingverin Helen
Fasching Party- Feb 3
March to River & Parade- Feb 4
Fasching Party Feb 11
Fasching Party Feb 18
For more information –>Fasching Verein Helen



Maskenball Karneval Samstag Feb 18

Rheinischer Verein Chicago
Feb 12
Maskenball — Feb 26
Rosenmontag — Feb 28
For more information  –Rheinischer Verein



Spielmannszug Minnesota
Feb 4
Kostümball – Feb 19
Weiberfastnacht- Feb 24
for more information- Spielmanzug Minnesota



Las Vegas

GAMGA Gala Karneval Jan 14th & 15th
For more information – German American Mardi Gras Association

New York


Federation of German American Societies Mardi Gras Feb 11



Germania Society of Cincinnati

Gala Maskenball –Feb 4
Kinderfasching– TBD
Kehraus Party— Feb 25
For more information– Germania Society



German American Society of Portland Fasching Celebration– Feb 11



Winterkarneval -January 27th, 28th & 29th


Washington DC

Washington Saengerbunds
Fasching Masquerade Ball–cancelled
For More Information- http://saengerbund.org/

West Virginia


Fastnacht- Feb 18
For more information- Helvetia 



Muller Fasching Verein
January 8th, 2023: Muller Bummel Tour
January 15th, 2023: United Donauschwaben of Milwaukee Schlachtfest at the Schwabenhof
February 5th, 2023: Spielmannszug Milwaukee Maskenball
February 11th, 2023: Fasching with the Mullers, Tickets Required Presented by the Kegel’s Inn
February 18 th, 2023: Rheinischer Verein Milwaukee Maskenball Presented by the Rheinischer Verein Milwaukee
Feb 21, 2023: Muller Fasching Verein Nordamerika & Big Boy (Used to be Old Town), Fat Tuesday
Join us as we celebrate the official end of the Fasching Season with Big Boy. German Bier Stube
Various locations  for more information- Milwaukee Mullers

Rheinischer Verein Gruen Weiss
Weiberfastnacht Feb 16 (CANCELLED Snowstorm)
Maskenball- Feb 18
Kehraus- Feb 25
For more information- Rheinischer Verein Milwaukee

Spielmannszug  Mardi Gras schedules
Maskenball – Feb 4th
Lumpenball– March 5th
For more information- Spielmannszug 

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


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  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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