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German Karneval Fasching Celebrations in the United States 2019-2020

German Karneval Fasching Celebrations in the United States 2019-2020


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

In 2020-
Weiberfastnacht falls on Thursday February 20
Ash Wednesday falls on  February 26

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]



The Phoenix Club

Proclamation Ball- Nov. 16, 2019
GAMGE- Jan 18-19
Prunksitzung Jan 11
Priatenball, Pirates costume Ball- Feb 15
Costume Ball – Feb 22
Kinderkarneval – Feb 23
Lumpenball- Feb 29
Nostalgia Ball- March 28
For More information Anaheim Karnevalgesellshaft

San Jose
Germania Verein
German Family Karneval- Feb 23
for more information- Germania Verein


Lake Worth

American German Club
Weiberfasching- Feb 22
For More Information- American German Club



Faschingverin Helen
Fasching Party- Feb 7
March to River & Parade- Feb 8
Fasching celebration at the Helendorf- Feb 8
Fasching Party- Feb 8
For more information –>Fasching Verein Helen



Arlington Heights 
Grand Masquerade Ball – Feb 15
For more information-Chicago German American Events

Rheinischer Verein Chicago 
Masked Ball — Feb 15
Rosenmontag — Feb 17
For more information  –Rheinischer Verein



Spielmannszug Minnesota
inderKarneval – Jan 28
2020 Kostümball – Feb 15
for more information- https://www.facebook.com/Spielmannszug-Minnesota-73376609367/


St Louis

St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities
Winter Ball  Feb 15
For more information- http://stl4stuttgart.com/


Las Vegas

GAMGA Gala Karneval Jan 15th & 16th
For more information – German American Mardi Gras Association



Germania Society of Cincinnati

Maskenball –Feb 2
Kinderfasching– Feb 23
Kehraus Party– Feb 29
For more information– Germania Society



Muller Fasching Verein
Schlachtfest Donauschwaben Milwaukee-  Jan 18
Schlachtfest Danube Society East Wisconsin- Jan 25
The Mullers Kegel’s Inn– Feb 1
Milwaukee Maskenball– Feb 9
Fasching Hofbrauhaus Chicago –Feb 15
Maskenball Rheinischer Verein – Feb 22
Muller Fasching Verein Nordamerika & Old Town, Fat Tuesday – Feb 25
Keraus- Feb 29
Various locations  for more information- Milwaukee Mullers

Rheinischer Verein Gruen Weiss
Spielmanzug Maskenball- Feb 8
Mullers Hofbrauhaus- Feb 15
Minnesota Spielmanzug Kostumball- Feb 15
Chicago Rheinischer Verein Maskenball- Feb 15
Chicago Rheinischer Verein Rosenmontag- Feb 17
Maskenball – Feb 22
Kehraus (Closing of the Mardi Gras Season)  Feb 29- Bavarian Bierhaus
Spielmanzug Lumpenball- March 7
For more information- Rheinischer Verein Milwaukee

Spielmannszug and Rheinischer Verin Mardi Gras schedules
Maskenball (Karneval on Broadway)- Feb 8
Lumpenball– March 7
For more information- Spielmannszug und Rheinischer Verein

 Washington DC

Washington Saengerbunds
Fasching Masquerade Ball–Feb 15
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!

  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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