For German-Americans proud of their heritage, life can be tough. It's easy to make fun of our monochromatic food, ridiculous costumes, and proclivity toward mechanical efficiency. That's to say nothing of that decade or so in the last century that we really don't like talking about. But even these setbacks can't stop Germans from celebrating. After all, the food tastes great, even though it's mostly beige, and if we can't have fun in silly costumes, what's the point of ethnic pride? Luckily for Twin Citians, the Germanic American Institute agrees, so they're throwing a two-day party that features a 5K run to be performed in lederhosen (with beer afterward), a tent party with live German music (and beer), and a Europop dance party (fueled by beer). There'll also be carriage rides, vendors, a car show, and a German film festival, hopefully also enlivened by the inclusion of our culture's greatest liquid contribution to humanity. For the soccer nuts among you, fear not; the celebration will screen the World Cup games you crave, and you can toast every goal with a tall glass of Weizenbock. The 5K run is $29-$40 Saturday, June 12, at 8 a.m.; the Sommerparty is free from 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday, June 12; and the Deutscher Tag carnival is free from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 13. For more info, visit www.gai-mn.org.
Sat., June 12, 8 a.m. & 5 p.m.-midnight; Sun., June 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 2010