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Karneval Fasching Celebrations in the United States 2017-2018

Karneval Fasching Celebrations in the United States 2017-2018


karneval fasching celebrations

faschingDo 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 before Ash Wednesday… and continues until Faschnachtdienstag (Shrove Tuesday) the night before Ash Wednesday, and the beginning of Lent.

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 Germangirlinamerica@gmail.com



The Phoenix Club
For More information Anaheim Karnevalgesellshaft

phoenix club karneval


Newport Beach

German School Campus
For more Information- https://www.germanschoolcampus.com/karneval-party-2018/



TEV Edelweiss Karnevals Gesellshaft
For more informations TEV Edelweiss Karnevals Gesellschaft Denver
(No Karneval Event this year…. the clubhouse is under construction)


Lake Worth

American German Club
Fasching – Prince and Princess Ball- January 26
For More Information- http://www.americangermanclub.org/



Fasching German Mardi Gras Style— Feb 10
For more information http://www.exploregeorgia.org/listing/8133-fasching-german-style-mardi-gras



Arlington Heights 
Grand Masquerade Ball – Feb 10
For more information- http://germanday.com/event/grand-masquerade-2018/

Rheinischer Verein Chicago 
Crowning of the Prinzenpaar – Various Activities through the Season
For more information – http://www.mardigraschicago.com/


14th Annual Fasching (Mardi Gras) Ball with the West MacQueen Street Band – Feb 25
for more information – http://www.peoriagermans.net/



Maskenball- Jan2 7:11pm – 11:45
Germania Society of Cincinnati
for more information- http://germaniasociety.com/2017/12/ikg-germania-hosts-2018-gala-maskenball/



Spielmannszug Minnesota
inderKarneval – Jan 28
2018 Kostümball – Feb 10
for more information- https://www.facebook.com/Spielmannszug-Minnesota-73376609367/


St Louis

Winter Ball 31 Feb 3 6:00pm
St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister CitiesCordially invites you to attend our 57th Anniversary Celebration 31th Annual Winter Ball Karneval
For more information- http://stl4stuttgart.com/


Las Vegas

GAMGA Gala Karneval Jan 5 & 6th
For more information – German American Mardi Gras Association



Muller Fasching Verein
Bummel Tour Jan 13
Various locations  for more information- http://www.milwaukee-mullers.org/

Rheinischer Verein Gruen Weiss
Karneval Opening- Nov. 11 -Bavarian Bierhaus
Prinzenkroenung- Nov. 19 -Clarion Hotel
Gala Masken Ball-   February 3, 2017  .  –  4 Points Sheraton
Weiberfastnacht (Women’s Maquerade) February 8 –Bavarian Bierhaus
Chicago Maskenball – Feb 10
Chicago Rosenmontag- Feb 12
Kehraus (Closing of the Mardi Gras Season)  Feb 17- Bavarian Bierhaus

For more information-http://www.rheinischervereinofmilwaukee.com/



Spielmannszug and Rheinischer Verin Mardi Gras schedules
Bummel Tour
Jan. 20   7-10PM
(7pm Mader’s Restaurant, 8pm Uber Tap Room, 9pm Buck Bradley’s,10pm Old German Beer Hall)
for more information- –http://www.szmke.org/

Lumpenball ,
Schwabenhof, N56 W14750 Silver Spring Dr Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
For more information- –http://www.szmke.org/

Spielmanzug Milwaukee Drum and Bugle Corps
For more information-http://www.szmke.org/

Spielmannszug Maskenball Feb. 3
for more information- http://www.szmke.org/

 Washington DC

Washington Saengerbunds Fasching Masquerade Ball Feb. 10
For More Information- http://saengerbund.org/

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


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  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!


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