Germanfest Picnic in Dayton Ohio

Germanfest Picnic in Dayton Ohio

Cultural Festival in Dayton

Join the Dayton Liederkranz Turner for an excellent cultural festival in Dayton. Germanfest takes place in August each year in the historic St. Anne’s neighborhood. Enjoy a wide variety of German food and entertainment! This event takes place over three days, so plenty of time to enjoy all the fun and all the eating! 

2022 Dates & Times:

Friday, August 12th: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
Saturday August 13th: 11:00am – 11:00pm
Sunday, August 14th– 11:00am – 4:00PM


Dayton Liederkranz Turner
1400 East Fifth St
Dayton, OH 45402

In August, 2022, the Dayton Liederkranz Turner will celebrate the 39th Anniversary of the GermanFest Picnic. For many in the community, it is one of the premiere summer festivals in the Dayton area!

Food & Entertainment

The 2022 GermanFest Picnic will feature the same great food, same great beverages, and same Gemütlichkeit that have made it a top regional festival. The beautiful St. Anne’s Hill neighborhood offers the historic ambience of one of Dayton’s earliest German neighborhoods and provides a charming backdrop for the festivities.

Patrons can enjoy continuous live music all three days featuring the Klaberheads from Hamilton, OH. In addition, two other bands: the Dayton favorite Band 5 and the Aaron Dussing Band out of the Cleveland area. A huge tent will offer plenty of shade with tables and chairs to enjoy the live music and dance floor, in addition to hosting lunch and dinner seating.

Tasty picnic fare includes:

  • German schnitzel
  • sausages
  • cabbage rolls
  • our famous potato salad
  • sauerkraut
  • sandwiches
  • A wide selection of beverages including a robust selection of draft and bottled German beers,
  • homemade German desserts and ice cream
  • funnel cakes
  • Bavarian almonds, and more!

Activities & Vendors

The weekend is full of activities for the whole family.  Vendors will line Fifth Street, offering a wide variety of food, German clothing and souvenirs, crafts, and community information. Enjoy a traditional Polka Mass at 10 AM on Sunday, presided over by Fr. Dave Schmitt, with live music provided by the Klaberheads Band. TV2 Meteorologist Jamie Jarosik moderates the much-anticipated Deutsches Trachtenschau (German fashion show) where traditional German attire will be on display, at 2:30 PM on Saturday afternoon. The Kinder Korner provides games and activities for our youngest visitors, including a puppet show which will be presented several times throughout the weekend.

Cultural Booth

The Culture Booth is staffed by volunteers who can discuss German heritage and travel as well as the Liederkranz Turner Club itself. The theme for this year’s Culture Booth is SPIELWAREN – The German Tradition of Toys and Games.

The booth will feature

  • games
  • dolls
  • stuffed animals
  • and other toys – manyof which will offer hands-on experiences for our visitors.

A game lounge inside the Clubhouse will provide visitors with an opportunity to relax and try out some of the latest Euro Games in air-conditioned comfort. Genealogy volunteers will also be available inside the Clubhouse to help guests investigate their German roots.

Admission & Parking:

Free Admission & Free Parking!

Plenty of free parking is available at Stivers High School and the adjoining SOITA center off Keowee St., as well as at several local businesses in the area. Just look for the yellow signs.

For more information, or to volunteer for the event, please visit the GermanFest Picnic website at:

Visit this awesome cultural festival in Dayton and don’t forget to bring some money to purchase delicious food! If you are staying in the area for a while, you may want to look at our list of things to do in Dayton.

*All photos Courtesy of Germanfest Picnic.