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German Karneval Fasching Celebrations in the United States

German Karneval Fasching Celebrations in the United States

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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]

California

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

Anaheim

The Phoenix Club

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

Moorpark

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

San Jose
Germania Verein
German Family Karneva TBD
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

Colorado

Pueblo

Pueblo German Club Fasching Feb. 11

Florida

Lake Worth

American German Club
Weiberfasching- TBD
For More Information- American German Club

Georgia

Helen

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

Illinois

Chicago

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

Minnesota

Bloomington

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

 

Nevada

Las Vegas

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

New York

Rochester

Federation of German American Societies Mardi Gras Feb 11

Ohio

Cincinnati

Germania Society of Cincinnati

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

Oregon

Portland

German American Society of Portland Fasching Celebration– Feb 11

Washington

Leavenworth

Winterkarneval -January 27th, 28th & 29th

 

Washington DC

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

West Virginia

Helvetia 

Fastnacht- Feb 18
For more information- Helvetia 

Wisconsin

Milwaukee

Muller Fasching Verein
January 8th, 2022: Muller Bummel Tour
January 15th, 2022: United Donauschwaben of Milwaukee Schlachtfest at the Schwabenhof
February 5th, 2022: Spielmannszug Milwaukee Maskenball
February 12th, 2022: Fasching with the Mullers, Tickets Required Presented by the Kegel’s Inn
February 26th, 2022: Rheinischer Verein Milwaukee Maskenball Presented by the Rheinischer Verein Milwaukee
March 1st, 2022: 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
Maskenball- Feb 18
Kehraus- Feb 25
For more information- Rheinischer Verein Milwaukee

Spielmannszug  Mardi Gras schedules
Maskenball – Feb 5th
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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Comment(12)

  1. 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

  2. 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?

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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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