The 117th Annual German Festival Kicks Off July 22
The Maryland State Fairgrounds is once again hosting Maryland’s German Festival. Come out on July 22-23 for food, fun, cultural activities and more!
While Octoberfest will not yet be celebrated for another few months, Baltimore residents and area visitors will soon have the opportunity to party down the German way. The 117th installment of the state and city’s German Festival will take place on the weekend of July 22-23.
The festival will take place on the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium just outside of the city of Baltimore. The event promises to be lots of fun, unlike other festivals the German festival will be held in the air-conditioned comfort of the venue’s exhibition hall. German bands will be performing, also planned are traditional folk dancing as well as choral singing. Attendees will have the chance to view and purchase imported and local collectibles and crafts while kids are certain to enjoy the puppet shows, pony rides and face painting.
If you have never had German food, the Festival is your chance to try real German cooking and cuisine as well as beers (domestic beer will be available too), wine, schnapps and nonalcoholic beverages. Germany, like most countries in Europe are big on pastries, and festival attendees will have the chance to buy and try unique German dessert items.
The musical entertainment will feature several German musical acts. The Continentals of Washington D.C. will kick things off with their German Polka, Waltz and dance hit renditions on Saturday. The festival will also feature nonmusical performances such as Saturday night entertainment headliner Auerhahn Scuhplattler Verein, who are a German/Bavarian dance troupe that was founded in 1979 and performs at many different German Cultural events in the country and region. Also in the lineup is Alt Washingtonia Schuplattler Verein, another Bavarian dance troupe and regional performer committed to preserving, sharing and spreading Germany’s traditions and heritage.
The nationally acclaimed musician Alex Meixner is scheduled to play on both Saturday and Sunday. His unique playing style will bring a mix of polka, jazz, classical and ethnic music, which is sure turn heads once he takes the stage.
While the entertainment lineup may be interesting and fun for adults, kids will be properly entertained as Horn’s Punch and Judy Show will be performing on both Saturday and Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. Horn’s Punch and Judy show is a children’s comedy act that incorporates puppetry, magic and other amusements that is certain to wow and amaze younger audiences.
The Maryland German Festival begins 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and closes at 10 p.m. On Sunday, the festivities start back up at 11:30 a.m. and run until 6:00 p.m. On both days, pony rides will be available from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Adult tickets are $10, Seniors and Military with ID are $7 and kids under 12 are free with a paying adult. If you own lederhosen, or German traditional garments known as “tracht,” be sure to dress up as everyone who does so gets free entry. Parking, meanwhile, is free. For more information, visit the German Associations in Maryland’s website.
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