Jun 082012

The Germanic-American Institute is hosting its annual Deutsche Tage (German Days) celebration on its beautiful and spacious Summit Avenue mansion grounds June 9-10. Best described as “Oktoberfest in June”, this event features authentic German foods cooked by actual Germans, a panoply of German beers on tap, live music, family-friendly activities and games, vendors, and a Lederhosenlauf 5K walk/run on Saturday morning, where 500+ participants run in lederhosen and dirndls (German dresses.) The GAI will also feature Grand Ol’ Creamery’s beer-flavored ice cream, and will welcome a real-life Herrman the German from New Ulm: a costumed, larger-than-life mascot of the iconic bronze statue New Ulm.

But there is one more thing that will make this year’s Deutsche Tage will extra-special. The City of Munich and Paulaner Brewery have teamed up to create a nationally-touring beer garden replica in celebration of 200th anniversary of the German Biergarten! The GAI is thrilled to announce that this spectacular set-up will be in Saint Paul at our Deutsche Tage event! This is a once-in-a-lifetime event that will bring the authenticity of Munich’s Oktoberfest to Saint Paul.
Saturday, June 9:
8am: Lederhosenlauf 5K Walk/Run kickoff event
5-10pm: Sommerparty Under the Tent featuring the German band Alpensterne
10pm-12am: After Hours Tanzparty in the Summit Avenue mansion featuring DJ Ben spinning Europop in the authentic Ratskeller (German beer hall-style basement)

Sunday, June 10:
11am-5pm: Deutscher Tag family-friendly celebration, featuring the German party band Alpensterne

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