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VOlunteers Needed

The Frankenmuth Civic Events Council is seeking persons interested in helping out with the 58th Annual Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival. If you or your group are interested, please let us know by completing the volunteer form.

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2016 Parade Entries being accepted!

2016 German Clothing Sale Information

2016 Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival

2017 Schedule of Events coming soon!

Here's some of the things you missed out on for 2016:

Schedule of Events

Thursday night:

Bavarian Princess Coronation & Opening Ceremonies

Brown Vest Presentation

Dick Krafft Award

Music, Dancing, Food & ice cold beer!


Ice Cold Beer
Amusement Rides
Sand Carving
German Car ShowFestival Olympics


German Food
Chicken Dinners

Ice Cold Beer
Amusement Rides
Kinder Parade
German Car Show
Euchre Tournament
Cornhole Tournament
Da Frankenmudda Fratz'n


THE Bavarian Festival Parade

Volkslaufe Bags

The annual Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival cornhole tournament has quickly become one of the favorite activities taking place at Harvey Kern Pavilion during the annual Bavarian Festival. Event Chairman Jeff Titsworth has made the event such a fun activity that the Frankenmuth Jaycee's have asked him to spearhead a similar event during the July 4th Holiday weekend celebration and Volksläufe race!

If you enjoy paying the popular backyard game of "bags" or "cornhole" combined with a stress free environment that encourages socialization, fun, and some ice cold adult beverages, then you won't want to miss out on this opportunity!

July 3rd, 2016

5:00 p.m. Registration begins

6:00 p.m. Tournament play begins

$40.00 /Team

Unlimited fun!

Heritage Park, Frankenmuth MI



The atmosphere is relaxed and fun with German music playing, and plenty of food and beer available.

2016 Princess Applications Being Accepted

Princess Court Chosen

2016 Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival Princess Court



The 2016 Bavarian Princess Court was chosen Saturday, March 19th at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. The final candidates are pictured to the left.

Elizabeth Laux, Hannah Beller, and Abbey Leach.

A panel of six local judges chose the candidates. A huge thank you goes out to our judges: Martha Zehnder Keller, Zak McClellan, Jamie Furbush, Trisha Way-Uphold, Jenny Bickel, and
Carla Bronner Spletzer. Judges for the 2016 Princess tea

The final judging which will take place a week before the Festival. Information on Princess Coronation tickets is posted above.




Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival

A feeling of "Gemütlichkeit", which loosely translated means a welcome social Accordianacceptance for all surrounds the entire community of Frankenmuth beginning on Thursday night and lasts through the Bavarian Fest parade on Sunday. This family oriented event draws people from all over the world. Bavarian music is played by lederhosen clad German bands. Saturday's events feature the coronation of the Bavarian Princess and her court and the Kinder Tag parade which gives our youngsters the opportunity to express and celebrate their heritage. Visitors also have the entire weekend to enjoy a midway with rides and games. Local service groups offer everything from chicken barbeques to German fare. Participate in face painting, or simply take in the hands-on craft area.

Each year, over 100,000 people enjoy the annual Sunday Bavarian Parade, which will be held on June 12th, 2016. With over 100 entries that include marching bands, beautifully Paviliondecorated floats, dance clubs, visiting dignitaries, entertainers, royalty and our newly crowned Bavarian Princess and her Court. The Sunday parade is one of only two times during the year that Frankenmuth's Main St (Michigan Highway 83) is completely shut down. The route begins on the north side of Frankenmuth then works it's way to Heritage Park where all the festival events and entertainment are held.

The Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival is one of Michigan's best celebrations of German heritage and is certain to have something to entertain everyone in attendance.

Bus tours and large groups are always welcome!